Archie W. Dunham
|Archie W. Dunham|
|Alma mater||University of Oklahoma|
|Home town||Ada, Oklahoma|
|Title||President & CEO (1996-2002), Chairman (2002-2004)|
|Predecessor||Constantine S. "Dino" Nicandros|
Board member of
|National Petroleum Council|
|Children||3: Steven, Laura and Cary|
Archie W. Dunham (born 1938) is the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Conoco Inc. from January 1996 to August 2002, then as Chairman of ConocoPhillips, following the merger of Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Company, until his retirement on September 30, 2004.
Early life and education
Dunham grew up in Oklahoma. After earning a bachelor's degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1960, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Dunham served four years in the Marines, then returned to the University of Oklahoma to complete an MBA in 1966.
Dunham joined Conoco Inc. in 1966 and subsequently held a number of commercial and managerial positions within Conoco and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company ("DuPont"). Mr. Dunham served as Senior Vice President, Polymers and Executive Vice President of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Conoco's former parent, from 1995 to October 1998. Mr. Dunham served as Executive Vice President, Exploration Production and Executive Vice President, Refining, Marketing, Supply and Transportation for Conoco. He served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Conoco Inc. (integrated energy company) from August 1999 to August 2002 and also served as Chairman of ConocoPhillips (integrated energy company) from August 2002, following the merger of Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Company, until his retirement on September 30, 2004.
Dunham was previously a Director of DuPont, Phelps Dodge, and Pride International. He has been a Director of Union Pacific since 2000, and is a Member of the Executive Committee. He has been a Director of Louisiana-Pacific since 1996.
He was past Chairman of the United States Energy Association, the National Petroleum Council and the National Association of Manufacturers. Dunham is also a Member of the board of visitors at the University of Oklahoma. He was a Director of the American Petroleum Institute, the U.S.–Russia Business Council and the Greater Houston Partnership. He served on the board of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, the board of visitors of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the board of Trustees of the Houston Symphony, the George Bush Presidential Library, and the Smithsonian Institution. He served as a Trustee of Houston Grand Opera. He was a member of The Business Council and The Business Roundtable. He is also a member of the Deutsche Bank Advisory Board of Directors.
In 2012, Mr. Dunham was appointed Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Chesapeake Energy as part of changes to the board of directors following concerns about loans and other corporate governance issues made under the watch of former CEO and chairman Aubrey McClendon. As of 11/7/2014, he was one of the largest non-institutional owners of Chesapeake Energy (CHK) shares with a portfolio totaling 1,632,110 shares.
Marriage and children
Archie and Linda Dunham married in 1960. The couple has three children, Steven, Laura, and Cary.
- 1998 Community Partners Houston Father of the Year.
- 1998: Inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
- 2000: New York Mercantile Exchange award for CEO of the Year for Global Vision in Energy.
- 2000: International Achievement Award by B'nai B'rith.
- 2001: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
- 2001: Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
- 2004: Greater Houston Partnership International Executive of the Year.
- 2005: John Rogers Award
- 2006: Inducted into Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame.
- 2011: Houston Baptist University Spirit of Excellence Award.
- Stuart C. Gilson; Edward I. Altman (2010). Creating Value Through Corporate Restructuring: Case Studies in Bankruptcies, Buyouts, and Breakups. John Wiley and Sons. p. 539. ISBN 978-0-470-50352-2. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
- "Archie Dunham Biography". http://www.nndb.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Joe Carroll, "Chesapeake Appoints Dunham Chairman, Stripping McClendon", Bloomberg Businessweek, June 21, 2012.
- "Dunham, Archie -- Insider Trading Activity". http://www.etrade.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
Constantine S. "Dino" Nicandros
|Chief Executive Officer of Conoco Inc.
January 1, 1996-August 30, 2002
Edgar S. Woolard, Jr.
|Chairman of Conoco Inc.
August 1999-August 30, 2002
|Chairman of ConocoPhillips
August 30, 2002-September 30, 2004