David J. O'Reilly

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David J. O'Reilly
David O'Reilly - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2008.jpg
EducationBlackrock College
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
OccupationCEO at
Chevron Corporation (2000–09)
PredecessorKenneth T. Derr
SuccessorJohn S. Watson
Spouse(s)Joan Gariepy O'Reilly

David J. O'Reilly (born January 1947 in Dublin, Ireland), is former chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation.


In 1968, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from University College Dublin,[1] from which he also received an honorary doctor of science degree in June 2002.[2]


He began his career with Chevron Research Co. as a process engineer in 1968.[3] On 1 January 2000, he became chairman and CEO of Chevron, succeeding Kenneth T. Derr.[3] He retired effective 31 December 2009.[4]

In January 2010, O'Reilly joined the Board of engineering and construction giant, Bechtel Corporation.[5] In August 2010, he was appointed a director on the board of Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia.[6] He also is vice chairman of the National Petroleum Council. He is a member of The Business Council, J. P. Morgan International Council, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, and the American Society of Corporate Executives. O'Reilly also serves on the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.[7]

In April 2002, O'Reilly received the Order of Kurmet from Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbaev.[8]


  1. ^ "David J O'Reilly, CEO Compensation – Forbes.com". forbes.com. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b Salpukas, Agis (30 September 1999). "Vice Chairman of Chevron To Succeed Retiring Chairman". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  4. ^ Avalos, George (30 September 2009). "Chevron names Watson chairman, CEO; O'Reilly retires". The Mercury News. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  5. ^ "David O'Reilly, former Chevron Chairman and CEO, joins Bechtel Board". Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  6. ^ "David J. O'Reilly, former Chevron Chairman and CEO, among new appointees to board of Saudi Aramco".
  7. ^ "David O'Reilly: Executive Profile & Biography – Businessweek". investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Kazakh Watchdog Organization to track hydrocarbon revenues". Kazakhstan Daily Digest. 29 August 2009. Archived from the original on 4 September 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2009.

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