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Ernest A. Leyendecker III

Mr. Leyendecker was the former Executive Vice President, Exploration for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

Mr. Leyendecker has 40 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He began his career in the Permian Basin in 1982 with Marathon Oil Company. He served in multiple engineering roles including drilling, completions and reservoir engineering in various basins across the world for Marathon.  After 15 years, he left to pursue a leadership role in the start-up of Enterprise Oil Gulf of Mexico which was eventually acquired by Shell.  Mr. Leyendecker joined Kerr-McGee’s Gulf of Mexico team where he served in increasing roles of responsibility before Kerr-McGee was acquired by Anadarko in 2006.  At Anadarko, he held positions of increasing responsibility including General Manager for Worldwide Exploration, Engineering and Planning; Vice President of Corporate Planning; Vice President of Gulf of Mexico Exploration and Senior Vice President, International Exploration where he was responsible for the company’s exploration activities around the world. He retired as Executive Vice President, International and Deepwater Exploration.

Mr. Leyendecker holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. 

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