Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) has elected Dr. Sean Gourley to serve as an independent director of the company. Additionally, Anadarko has promoted Amanda M. McMillian to senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief compliance officer.
Robert K. Reeves, formerly executive vice president, general counsel, and chief administrative officer, will assume the new title of executive vice president of law and chief administrative officer, and will continue to serve as a member of the company's executive committee. Anadarko Chairman, President, and CEO Al Walker commented that McMillian’s promotion will enable Reeves to “devote more time to the management of Anadarko globally and, in particular, to enhancing our approach to domestic and international government relations.”
Dr. Gourley is the founder and CEO of Primer, an early-stage, venture-backed company building software to power artificial intelligence applications. Prior to founding Primer, he was the founder and chief technology officer of Quid, a San Francisco-based augmented intelligence company building software for strategic decision making. Dr. Gourley studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he received a PhD in physics, and he received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in physics from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was additionally a post-doctoral research fellow at the Said Business School at Oxford University and is currently an equity partner with Data Collective Venture Capital Fund, investing in key data and algorithmic technologies.
McMillian joined Anadarko in 2004 and was most recently vice president, deputy general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. During her tenure at Anadarko, she also served as vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Western Gas Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Anadarko and general partner of Western Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES) from January 2008 to August 2012. McMillian began her career at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she represented clients in transactional, corporate governance, and securities matters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern University and received both a Master of Arts degree and a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University.