BHP Billiton's Group President Energy, J. Michael Yeager, said O'Rourke would bring to the role experience in all aspects of the upstream petroleum business.
"Steve has proven exploration management and technical expertise. In filling this role we considered a number of qualified candidates and chose from within our own ranks a very successful oil finder," he said.
Yeager said O'Rourke would serve on the petroleum business's executive leadership team and direct a team conducting exploration and appraisal activities across six continents.
O'Rourke was previously Vice President of Development Planning for BHP Billiton Petroleum. He joined the company in 2000 as the Manager of Appraisal Operations for the Company's Gulf of Mexico assets. Prior to joining the company, O'Rourke worked for Shell Oil Company in New Orleans, Brunei Darussalam and The Netherlands.
O'Rourke is a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the Wharton School's Advanced Management Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
BHP Billiton is the world's largest diversified resources company, with a portfolio of high-quality, long-life assets and a significant pipeline of growth projects. The Company employs approximately 37,000 people at more than 100 locations in more than 25 countries. BHP Billiton Petroleum is a substantial oil and gas exploration and production business. Its principal activities are oil and natural gas exploration, development, production and marketing.
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