David H. Welch is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stone Energy Corporation listed on the NYSE. 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 areas of North America.
Prior to joining Stone, David held many executive positions with Amoco and later BP, including Director of Strategic Planning, President of the Amoco Gulf Group, Sr. V.P of BP North America and President of BP Alaska Canada Gas. He also spent 5 years with the US Geological Survey and one as an adjunct professor at Tulane in the graduate school.
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 and has testified on multiple occasions before the U.S. Senate on energy related issues.
David also serves as a director and Chairman of the Enterprise Risk Committee of Iberia Bank Corp., past chairman of the Offshore Energy Center, executive director of the National Ocean Industries Association, a trustee of the Nature Conservancy, Chairman of Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation, past chairman of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, a director of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and past chairman of the United Way of Acadiana.