Lee K. Boothby
(Rice MBA '92)
Former Chairman, President and CEO, Newfield Exploration Company
Lee K. Boothby was named Chairman of Newfield Exploration Company in May 2010. He was previously named President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors in 2009. From 2007 to 2009, Boothby served as Senior Vice President – Acquisitions and Business Development. From 2002 – 2007, he held the role of Vice President – Mid-Continent. Boothby was responsible for leading Newfield's early development of the Woodford Shale play in southeastern Oklahoma, and other resource plays that have driven this region’s significant growth. From 1999 – 2001, Boothby was Managing Director – Newfield Exploration Australia Ltd. and managed the Company's operations in the Timor Sea (divested in 2003) from Perth, Australia. Prior to joining Newfield in 1999, Boothby worked for Cockrell Oil Corporation, British Gas and Tenneco Oil Company.
Boothby serves on the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute. He is a member of the Board and past Chairman of the American Exploration & Production Council and a member of the National Petroleum Council where he serves on the Finance Committee. He is a past board member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. In 2015, Boothby received the prestigious Chief Roughneck Award, honoring an individual whose lifetime achievements represent the highest ideals of the industry. He also is a member of the Louisiana State University Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering Advisory Committee and Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business Council of Overseers. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He holds a degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.