Vardeman has 25 years with Kerr-McGee and nearly 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He started with Sun E&P, a predecessor of Oryx Energy and Kerr-McGee, in 1979 as the district electrical engineer in Midland, Texas. He held positions of increasing responsibility including manager of facility engineering, manager of operations technology and manager of the Neptune project. In 1999, Vardeman was named manager of marine facilities engineering. A year later, he was promoted to director of worldwide deepwater facilities.
"Don's leadership has been an integral part of Kerr-McGee's deepwater success," said Chuck Meloy, Kerr-McGee vice president of Gulf of Mexico exploration, production and development. "He and the teams he has led have played a key role in the development of several deepwater Gulf of Mexico fields using innovative, leading-edge technology. He was instrumental in Kerr-McGee's successful deployment of the world's first spar floating production facility, as well as the world's first truss spars and cell spar."
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