US oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips has appointed a new president for its UK upstream business as part of a shake-up.
David Chenier is to take over from UK and Africa head Paul Warwick, on May 1.
Mr Warwick, who took on the role of UK and Africa president in 2010, will become president of Asia-Pacific on the same date. The moves, described as a “repositioning”, come as ConocoPhillips spins off its refining and marketing operations into a separate business, Conoco 66. This is expected to happen in the second quarter of this year.
US-born Mr Chenier will be president for the UK operations, based in Aberdeen, while Norway president Steiner Vage will take on the wider role of president for Europe. Mr Chenier, a petroleum engineer, joined ConocoPhillips in 1990 and has been central North Sea general manager since 2009.
He is chairman of the International School of Aberdeen’s board of trustees.
Chartered engineer Mr Warwick joined the pre-merged ConocoPhillips group in 1988. He became joint chairman and a member of the board of directors of Oil and Gas UK in 2010.