Mr. Archie W. Dunham
Chairman of the Board, ConocoPhillips
The Qualities of Leadership
Archie W. Dunham is chairman of the board of ConocoPhillips, the third largest integrated energy company in the United States and the world’s sixth largest publicly owned energy company.
Dunham served as chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Conoco Inc. from 1999 to 2002. He became president and CEO in 1996 and was instrumental in Conoco’s IPO separation from former parent company DuPont in 1998, which was the largest in U.S. history. He assumed his current position following the 2002 merger of Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Company.
He serves on the boards of directors of the American Petroleum Institute, the Energy Institute of the Americas, and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, as well as the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution. He is also on the board of trustees of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, the Commission on National Energy Policy, and the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. He is chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers.
He has a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma. The OU College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering have both honored him as a distinguished graduate. In 1999, OU granted him an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1998.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 to 1964, reaching the rank of captain, and currently serves as a member of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.