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Former Oilman to Speak at ASU

April 04, 2012

The Angelo State University Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Student Association will feature guest speaker Robert A. (Bob) Malone, president and chief executive officer of the First National Bank of Sonora, Thursday, April 12, at its spring speaker series event.

Malone’s presentation, “How to Build a Successful Career in Business,” will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 105 of the Rassman Building, 2222 Dena Drive. The event is open free to the public. 

During this 38-year career,  Malone has developed a reputation for building teams, driving change, improving operating and safety performance, and changing company cultures.  In addition to his banking duties, he currently serves as an independent director of the Halliburton Co. and Peabody Energy Co., and is also on the advisory board of Mesirow Financial Services Co. 

Previously an executive with British Petroleum (BP), Malone served as vice president of BP Public Limited Co. and president of BP America Inc. from 2006 until his retirement in 2009.  During that time, he was BP’s chief representative in the United States and served on BP’s executive management team in London. 

He has also held senior positions within Kennecott Copper Corp., the Standard Oil Company of Ohio (Sohio) and the Carborundum Company, and had a four-year assignment as president, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, operator of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline. 

Malone also served on the executive committee and board of directors for the American Petroleum Institute (API), and was on the executive committee and board of directors for the Greater Houston Partnership, an advocacy organization aimed at creating economic prosperity. 

Malone earned a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).  He went on to be an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received a Master of Science in management.  In 2002, he was presented with the UTEP College of Engineering Gold Nugget Award, and was selected in 2003 as UTEP’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year. 

Malone has also been a guest lecturer at UTEP, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the UCLA Anderson School of Business.