John W. McDonald is vice president and chief technology officer of Chevron Corporation, a position he assumed in January 2008. He is the corporate officer responsible for Chevron’s technology strategies and three technology companies representing about 7,000 employees: Energy Technology Company, which conducts research and development and provides technology services to Chevron’s operating units; Information Technology Company, which manages Chevron’s digital assets worldwide; and Chevron Technology Ventures, which invests in innovative venture capital startups, technology transfer, and new business models in conventional energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
McDonald graduated with an honors bachelor of science degree in geophysics in 1975 and began his career with Texaco that same year as a geophysicist in the company’s Calgary Canada office. He went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility at various locations around the world, including vice president for Texaco’s Exploration and Production Offshore Gulf of Mexico Division in New Orleans; vice president, Exploration and Production, for Texaco International in London with responsibility for Europe; and following the merger of Chevron and Texaco in 2001, president and managing director of ChevronTexaco Upstream Europe, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Before his current appointment, McDonald served as vice president of Strategic Planning for Chevron Corporation, responsible for advising senior corporate executives in setting strategic direction and for resource allocation, operating unit performance measurement and mergers and acquisitions.