Smith has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of the oil and gas exploration and production business. This includes 13 years with Shell Oil Co., 10 years in senior management with British Petroleum, which included three years as General Manager of the Australia and Papua New Guinea assets, nine years in officer-level positions with various U.S. independent companies, and eight years of full-time planning and organizational development consulting.
Smith has extensive experience in strategic and operational planning, performance management, and organizational development. Having worked in Louisiana, Texas, California, Alaska, Ohio, Scotland, and Australia, he is a recognized expert in all aspects of the drilling and hydrocarbon producing business.
Smith holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University, and he attended the 54th Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.