j. johnson

James W. Johnson

Executive Vice President, Upstream

James W. (Jay) Johnson, 57, is executive vice president, Upstream, a position he has held since 2015. He is responsible for Chevron’s global exploration and production activities for crude oil and natural gas.

Previously Johnson was senior vice president of Upstream.

From 2011 to 2014, Johnson served as president of Chevron Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration and Production Company.

From 2008 to 2011, he was managing director of the Eurasia business unit, responsible for exploration and production activities in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey. From 2003 to 2008, Johnson was managing director of Chevron's Australasia business unit, responsible for activities including production at Barrow and Thevenard Islands and the exploration and development of the Wheatstone and Greater Gorgon area gas fields. Past positions include work in production operations, major capital projects, planning and the Chevron Shipping Company.

Johnson joined Chevron in 1981 as a design and construction engineer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1981 and a master’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University in 1987.

Updated: September 2016