Patrick McVeigh
Senior Vice President, Global Exploration and International Developments

Patrick McVeigh joined Nexen as Vice President, Global Exploration in November 2013. In his role, Patrick works closely with our parent company, CNOOC Limited, to develop and implement the company’s global exploration strategy – the primary driver for future growth. As part of this role, Patrick leads the Nexen Global Exploration and International Development (GEAID) team, responsible for delivering commercial discoveries in the areas where Nexen, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited are delegated responsibility for discovering, and appraising, new energy developments. In addition, Patrick is responsible for Nexen's Nigeria and Colombia assets.

Patrick is a seasoned exploration leader with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry spanning locations around the world. Prior to joining Nexen, he was the head of commercial activities for Shell at the company’s headquarters in The Hague. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager, Exploration & Local Senior Upstream Representative for Shell China in Beijing; a role which allowed him to collaborate closely with CNOOC Limited as well as other Chinese energy companies. While in that position, Patrick significantly grew Shell’s unconventional business in that country, amassing a team of over 300 people across multiple offices and establishing the company as an upstream leader.

In addition to Asia and Europe, Patrick has also worked in the Middle East as well as West Africa where he led Shell’s deepwater exploration portfolio in Nigeria.

Patrick holds his Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the London University in Geology as well as his Masters of Science in Interpretation Geophysics, also from the London University.