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Howard Paver


Howard is a Petroleum Engineer with 40 years’ experience in E&P, including 20 years at senior executive level. He has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, US, Middle East and Australia, working across all aspects of E&P which has given him a deep understanding of both the industry and working with different cultures across the globe. A safety champion, Howard has driven transformational changes with a focus on shareholder value; a clear, strategic vision and drive for results; and unwavering integrity. He has worked for Hess (SVP), BHP Petroleum (Regional President), Mobil and Dowell Schlumberger.

Howard holds an MSc from Imperial College, and an MA Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University. He is a British citizen, fluent in French and a good German speaker.


  • In his latest role as SVP at Hess, he was responsible for developing and driving Hess’ growth strategy. This involved a major portfolio shift including a €6Bln divestment program, focus on US unconventionals, Deep Water developments and the capture of the Liza license in Guyana (resulted in the largest industry discovery in 2015).
  • The growth strategy resulted in top quartile performance in Hess’ peer group in the following years for shareholder return, stronger balance sheet and resilience against the subsequent oil price downturn.
  • Prior to that, as international and BD SVP, he transformed the UK organisation to reduce focus on the UK and expand to an international hub running Algeria, Denmark, Russia and SE Asia operations. He built the Algeria business through a key relationship with Sonatrach and the SE Asia business through the relationship with Petronas.
  • At BHP he held positions such as President of Global Exploration and Regional President for EU, Russia, Africa and ME. He oversaw multiple discoveries in GoM, Trinidad and Pakistan that jointly created over $15Bln in value. He reduced finding costs to $2/bbl, integrated the Hamilton Oil acquisition and negotiated an agreement to develop the Ohanet gas field in Algeria.