Leads efforts to strengthen ConocoPhillips’ capabilities by devising, adopting and exploiting technological innovations to enhance oil and gas discovery, production and delivery.
Al Hirshberg and his team ensure that ConocoPhillips deploys the optimal technology solutions to maximize production volumes and efficiency, and thereby achieve the company's strategic and financial goals. His range of responsibilities includes innovation, solutions and services for subsurface disciplines, production, drilling and completion, major projects, marine operations, aviation, supply chain, information technology and protection and other functions.
Hirshberg has 3 decades of oil and natural gas industry technical and executive management experience.
Before assuming his current role in 2012, he served as senior vice president, Planning and Strategy for ConocoPhillips. Prior to joining the company in 2010, he was a vice president at ExxonMobil, responsible for worldwide deep water and Africa projects, following earlier responsibility for offshore production and operation projects in Norway, Australia, Angola, Nigeria, the Gulf of Mexico, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. He had also served as a vice president responsible for a number of major oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas and power projects in the United States and overseas.
Hirshberg began his career at Exxon in 1983 as a research engineer. He held planning, engineering and production operations positions in various affiliates before being named a senior department head and upstream planning manager, responsible for upstream strategic planning and business analysis as well as financial reporting and asset acquisition and divestment in 1998.
Hirshberg is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers, where he is a member of the Industry Advisory Council. He also serves on the Rice Engineering Advisory Board and the Alley Theatre Board of Directors.
He received bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Rice University in 1982 and 1983.