Robert Hawley

Visiting Professor

Robert Hawley


Bob Hawley's career in the energy industry encompassed two distinct phases: strategic planning and financial analysis followed by commodities trading and price risk management. The first phase began in 1975 in the Strategic Planning Dept. of Gulf Oil at corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. He was next transferred to Houston as head of the planning and budgets in the Plastics and Polymers unit. From there he went to Occidental Petroleum in their oil and gas (upstream) financial analysis group, then to head planning & budgets of Oxy's Chemicals Group in Niagara Falls. His final planning & budgets role was as head of that group for Burlington Resources/Meridian Oil back in Houston.

In 1990, Bob became Meridian's head of crude oil marketing, a group who were responsible for marketing Meridian's 50 MBD of equity crude production plus managing the company's paper hedging book for both its crude and natural gas production. After Meridian was acquired by Conoco/Philips in 1993, he joined a consulting firm that specialized in working with public utilities. In the wake of gas price deregulation in the 1990's, many gas and power utilities established commodities trading units. The utility commissions were rightfully concerned about the competence of the trading units and the potential impact on the rate payer of large commodity losses. The consulting firm was charged with assessing the effectiveness and risks posed by these in-house trading groups.

Mr. Hawley has also authored two energy related articles: The Outlook for Natural Gas Vehicles (Foundation for Energy and the Environment, 1988), Energy and the Environment: Is there a middle ground? Proceedings of the Mt. Pelerin Society, 1991.

He received his AB from Dartmouth College, his MA from London University, and MBA from Harvard University.

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