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  • Writer's pictureTimothy Henry

Episode #52: Not your traditional ‘Oil Guy’

This week we interview one of the newest members of the Board at Exxon-Mobil… you might have heard of the activist shareholder revolt that put him there! Meet Greg Goff, an inspiring, successful former CEO (Named one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review in 2018) founder of a leadership institute and a purpose driven transformation leader. We discuss the power of purpose and how to make it matter in the rough and tumble world of the Oil business, his view of ‘strategic’ leadership and how to help young people get there faster, and earlier, and the journey of activism at Exxon Mobil. A wide-ranging discussion with someone with a strong bias to action and making a positive difference in the world.

Listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

About Greg Goff:

  • ~40-year track record of success in the energy industry.

  • As CEO of Andeavor, spearheaded a financial transformation resulting in the company generating a total return of over 1,200% under his leadership.

  • Served in various leadership positions at ConocoPhillips over nearly 30 years.

  • Named one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review in 2018.

Mr. Goff was Executive Vice Chairman of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, an integrated downstream energy company, until his retirement in 2019. He joined Marathon Petroleum in 2018 following its acquisition of Andeavor.

Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer (2010-2018) of Andeavor, a leading petroleum refining and marketing company formerly known as Tesoro Corp., and as its Chairman (2014-2018). Under his leadership, Andeavor generated total returns of over 1,200%, significantly outperforming the U.S. Energy sector’s total return of 55%. In 2018, Harvard Business Review named Mr. Goff one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World.” Prior to joining Andeavor, Mr. Goff had an almost 30-year career with ConocoPhillips, during which time he held various leadership positions in Exploration and Production, and Downstream, and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Commercial businesses from 2008 to 2010.

He serves on the Board of Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB), a Canadian energy infrastructure company, and Avient (formerly PolyOne Corporation), a U.S. polymer company. He is also the Founder of the Goff Strategic Leadership Center at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. As of May 2021 he was elected to the board of ExxonMobile; notably, he is one of the first environment-friendly board members of the Big Oil Company. Mr. Goff holds a BS and an MBA from the University of Utah.

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