Don Bagley

Vice President – Business Development at ExxonMobil Exploration Company

Don is Vice President of Business Development for ExxonMobil Exploration Company. He received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Duke University in 1987 and a master’s degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma in 1989. He began his career with Exxon in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1989, and has worked in Houston, London, and Dallas.

Over his career, Don has held various technical, supervisory and managerial assignments across the Upstream. In his current Exploration VP role, Mr. Bagley is responsible for ExxonMobil’s global new opportunity generation, portfolio management, commercial, and strategic planning teams.

Don has participated in leadership development training with the Columbia Business School and the Thunderbird International School of Business. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Don is an active champion for inclusion and diversity at ExxonMobil. Outside of work Don is a community volunteer and enjoys exercise, traveling, cooking, and fishing.

Don is married and manages a dual career family with his wife Betsy. They have four children.


International Exploration

International exploration and production has proceeded along a steady path with more inertia and longer time frames necessary to bring resources to market. Is it equipped to change with the advent of unconventional production from the US? Have recent discoveries like Eni’s Zohr field or Exxon’s Guyana development, marked a new approach by IOC/NOCs or is it an aberration? If it is a trend that is likely to continue, what impact will global exploration and development have on the broader upstream business?

All Discussion Leaders & Topics

Scott Anderson

Senior Policy Director, US Climate and Energy Program

Discussion: Where is the common ground with the environmental movement?


Don Bagley

Vice President - Business Development at ExxonMobil Exploration Company

Discussion: International Exploration


David Baldwin

Co-President, SCF Partners

Discussion: Continuous Technology Disruptions


Porter Bennett

President and CEO, Ponderosa Advisors LLC

Discussion: Oil & Gas Fundamentals and their Impact on the Future of Energy


Kirk Coburn

Shell Technology Ventures, Co-founder The Frontier Conference

Discussion: AI and Machine Learning: Where and how is it applied today and how will it be applied tomorrow in E&P and Trading?


Tom Gardner

President, Millennium Energy Advisors

Discussion: Financing E&P Projects: A Whole New Landscape


Kathleen Hartnett White

Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-residence & Director, Armstrong Center For Energy & The Environment

Discussion: Global Warming: Dead on Arrival or a Looming Disruptor?


Katie Mehnert

Founder and CEO of Pink Petro

Discussion: Talent and Culture - The New Ts and Cs For Energy


Mark Mills

Partner, Cottonwood Venture Partners

Discussion: Which renewables have a legitimate chance to disrupt hydrocarbons? What is needed for them to do so?


Patrick Reames

Founder, Commodity Technology Advisory

Discussion: Blockchain: Where and how will it be best used in oil and gas?


Dr. Mukul Sharma

Professor, W.A. (Tex) Moncrief, Jr. Centennial Chair in Petroleum, Geosystems and Chemical Engineering University of Texas at Austin

Discussion: Water: Reinjection or Reuse? How is the technology evolving?


Mona Sutphen

Partner, Macro Advisory Partners, and Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy

Discussion: Geopolitics: Inevitable Disruption


Matt Thomas

President and CEO of JP3 Measurement

Discussion: How Are Machine Learning and Data Analytics Changing Crude and Natural Gas Marketing?


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