BP named Janet Weiss Regional President of its Alaskan branch, effective 15 February 2013.
Weiss succeeded John Mingé, who now serves as Chairman and President of BP America Inc. after heading up BP’s Alaska business since January 1, 2009. Mingé will be based in Houston, where he will serve as BP’s lead representative in the US.
“BP’s history in Alaska stretches back more than five decades and it is one of the largest and most important businesses in BP’s global portfolio,” Mingé said. “Having spent 18 of her 27 years in the industry in Alaska, I am confident that Janet Weiss’ background and experience are what BP Alaska needs to continue thriving as a major global energy producer.”
Before taking the reins as Regional President, Weiss served as BP Alaska's regional vice president of resources, accountable for resource progression and subsurface activities, as well as for IT. In her new role, she will be responsible for BP's oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Weiss will continue to be based in Anchorage.
Weiss began her career in Alaska in 1986, working as a process engineer, reservoir engineer, petroleum engineer, and reservoir engineering advisor. Her executive appointments include VP of Special Projects for BP Exploration & Production and VP for Unconventional Gas Technology. She has also led BP’s Western Wyoming businesses and Base Operations for the Gulf of Mexico Shelf.
Weiss holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
“BP Alaska is home to some of the most capable people in the industry and I am honored to be asked to lead them,” Weiss said. “I’ve seen first-hand what they can achieve in even the most challenging of environments.”