William A. Van Wie (59) has been appointed to the new position of vice president and general manager, exploration. He will be responsible for coordinating Devon's global exploration activities. Van Wie was previously vice president and general manager of Devon's Gulf Division. He will remain in Houston.
"Applying Bill's broad experience and knowledge in exploration across our worldwide portfolio of opportunities will enhance Devon's ability to deliver long-term growth through our commitment to high-impact exploration," commented Stephen J. Hadden, senior vice president, exploration and production.
Tony D. Vaughn (47) will succeed Van Wie as vice president and general manager, Gulf Division. Vaughn will be responsible for Devon's exploration and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico. He was previously vice president, planning and evaluation. Vaughn will relocate from Oklahoma City to Houston.
"Tony's global view and his Gulf of Mexico experience will continue to build on Devon's strong position in the Gulf," said Hadden.
Van Wie joined Devon in 1999 following the company's acquisition of PennzEnergy, where he served as senior vice president. He began his career with Tenneco and was also employed by Chevron, Pennzoil and Amerada Hess. Van Wie is treasurer of the American Geological Institute Foundation, a member of the National Ocean Industries Association's Board of Directors, vice chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America's Offshore Committee and serves as a delegate for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He attended St. Lawrence University where he majored in geology and earned a masters and a doctoral degree in geology from the University of Cincinnati.
Vaughn joined Devon in 1997 and has served in a variety of technical and management positions in the company's headquarters office in Oklahoma City. He began his oil and gas career with Amoco Production Company as an operations engineer. He spent 12 years with Kerr-McGee Corporation, the majority of which as a reservoir engineer and engineering manager focused on Gulf of Mexico operations. Vaughn holds bachelor of science degrees in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa and in business management from Oral Roberts University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
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