Charles Davidson's commitment has made him a leader in his industry Featured

11:17am EDT July 5, 2011
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In October 2000, Charles Davidson joined Noble Energy Inc. as chairman and CEO, assuming leadership of a company that was underperforming and in need of a strategic reset.

Since then, Davidson has built an industry-leading team at Noble Energy that has delivered remarkable results.

In the 10 years between 2001 and 2010, Noble Energy’s total shareholder return has been 300 percent, or 15 percent per year on an annual compound basis.

Davidson’s leadership style is exemplified by an exceptional personal commitment to the highest business and personal ethics, a low ego where success is broadly shared and a facilitative style with employees, businesses and stakeholders. His low-key, data-based approach to challenges and opportunities, and his personal integrity, are recognized by key stakeholders, government officials and his industry peers. Davidson has become a go-to leader for the company, and for the oil and gas industry as a whole.

Davidson is a founding member of and serves on the executive committee of America’s Natural Gas Alliance. He serves as the offshore committee chair of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and as a board member of the American Exploration & Production Council, the Gas Technology Institute and the Offshore Energy Center. He is also a member of the National Petroleum Council.

Davidson’s leadership and his open approach to challenges and opportunities were demonstrated following the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Early last May, as the gravity of the incident became clear, Davidson pulled together the Noble Energy leadership team to brainstorm the likely implications and impacts to the company and the industry.

Davidson recognized it as an opportunity. The team took a proactive approach with government regulators and industry peers to help support the development of new drilling regulations, and spill response and containment capabilities.

How to reach: Noble Energy Inc., (281) 872-3100 or