Tim Leach


Executive Vice President, Lower 48

Tim Leach is executive vice president, Lower 48, responsible for the company’s Lower 48 operations comprised of positions in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian. He is also a member of the ConocoPhillips board of directors. Leach has nearly 40 years of oil and natural gas industry experience. Prior to joining the company, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Concho Resources Inc. from its formation in February 2006 until its acquisition by ConocoPhillips in January 2021. During his time at Concho, Leach also served as president from 2009 until 2017. His other previous leadership roles include chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Concho Oil & Gas Corp. from its formation in 2001 until its sale in 2004. He also served as chairman and chief executive officer of Concho Resources Inc., a predecessor company to Concho, from 1997 to 2001. Prior to joining Concho, Leach served in various positions with Parker & Parsley, including as executive vice president. Externally, Leach was appointed to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2017. He currently serves on the Energy Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Additionally, Leach serves on the Board of Governors for Midland Memorial Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Midland College Foundation, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, on the Board of the Scharbauer Foundation, on the Advisory Board of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and as a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Permian Strategic Partnership. Leach earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Sessions With Tim Leach

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 03:55pm - 04:35pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 09:55 pm - 09/mar/2022 10:35 pm

    North America Shale: Balancing growth & investor returns

    Panel Upstream Oil & Gas
    After years of disappointing investor returns, in 2021 shale companies rocketed to the top spot across all economic sectors. That momentum has continued into 2022, but strategic challenges are mounting for executives as they contemplate the medium and longer term. Can the shale business deliver sustained value to its shareholders and to society at large? How does it compete with tech companies, financials, and other sectors? How should companies balance volume growth versus shareholder returns? Would sustained higher prices impact current fiscal discipline? Would delivering both high prices and rapid growth satisfy investors? Will consolidation continue and will it lower investment overall? On what future vision should companies base their investments? How do the costs of measuring and reducing GHG emissions factor into investment plans? How should successful shale producers engage with "new" energy businesses?