Mr. Yang is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of CNOOC Limited and is Chairman of the Board of Nexen Energy ULC.
He graduated from China University of Petroleum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. He also received his MBA degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT as a Sloan Fellow and is a professor-level senior economist with over 30 years of experience in petroleum exploration and production.
Mr. Yang joined CNOOC in 1982. He has substantial experience in international business, M&A, corporate finance and capital market operations. He has held various positions of increasing importance and seniority including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer. From August 2011 to April 2015, Mr. Yang served as Director and President of CNOOC. He was appointed as Chairman of CNOOC in April 2015. He also serves as Chairman and Director of CNOOC China Limited. Mr. Yang was appointed as Chairman of the Board of CNOOC Limited in May, 2015 and was re-designated to an Executive Director and appointed as Chief Executive Officer of CNOOC Limited in June, 2016.