David H. Welch is President and Chief Executive Officer of Stone Energy Corporation. He joined Stone in mid-2004 and has since repositioned the Company for long-term profitable growth in the Gulf Coast, Appalachia and other onshore oil.
Stone now has an extensive prospect inventory in the Gulf of Mexico owning 156 outer continental shelf blocks that includes 66 deepwater blocks, as well as over 83,000 net acres in Appalachia and 73,000 net acres in other onshore areas.
Prior to joining Stone, David held many executive positions with Amoco and later BP.David studied petroleum engineering at LSU and Colorado School of Mines, economics and chemical engineering at Tulane, and business at Harvard. He completed a doctoral dissertation entitled World Oil Market Economics. He has testified on multiple occasions before the U.S. Senate on energy related issues.
David serves as a director of Stone Energy Corporation and Iberia Bank Corp., past chairman of the Offshore Energy Center, an executive director of the National Ocean Industries Association, a trustee of the Nature Conservancy, past chairman of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, a director of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and serves as 2011 Chairman of the United Way of Acadiana.