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Gretchen H. Watkins is vice president of North America Production Operations for Marathon Oil Company. She has responsibility for production and exploration activities including unconventional plays in the Bakken, Niobrara, Anadarko Woodford and Canadian heavy oil. Ms. Watkins is also responsible for Marathon’s conventional assets located in Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Before being appointed to this role, Ms. Watkins was Marathon Oil’s vice president of International Production Operations, where she was responsible for all operations outside of North America, including Marathon’s flagship businesses in Equatorial Guinea and Norway. She joined Marathon in 2008.
Prior to joining Marathon, Ms. Watkins held a number of international leadership positions at BP. These included director general for BP Vietnam and China E&P in Ho Chi Minh City, vice president of the North American Natural Gas Liquids Business at BP Canada in Calgary and president of BP Netherlands Energy E&P in The Hague. She also worked at BP's corporate offices in London within the Group Marketing organization, and held supervisory and managerial positions in Pipelines, Crude Oil Supply and Trading. She began her career with Amoco (later BP) as a facilities engineer in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ms. Watkins earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Ms. Watkins serves as a board member with Communities in Schools, Inc., a non-profit organization providing social and educational support services to public school students in the Greater Houston area, and on the board of directors for the Offshore Energy Center and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).