Candidate for President-Elect (2019-20)

William V.
William V. Maloney
Non-Executive Director
Trident Energy; Non-Executive Director, ATX Energy; Energy Advisor, Warburg Pincus; Executive Advisor, Balex Technologies, Houston, Texas



William "Bill" Maloney, Candidate for President-Elect

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Meet William "Bill" Maloney, 2019 Candidate for AAPG President-Elect

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In 1917 when AAPG formed, the world was very different to the one we live in today. While AAPG's original purpose remains valid and still guides the Association, the nature of the job of a petroleum geologist has expanded. The amount of data we must process, analyze and interpret has grown. The multidisciplinary composition of our working environment continues to broaden. The formations we target have undergone a renaissance, whereby tighter rocks have become viable and profitable exploration targets; so much so that those rocks and the hydrocarbons they contain have changed the balance of supply and demand globally.

This is happening during a time when the world is collectively demanding that our industry develop the resources of our planet so that we "meet the needs of the present without compromising the welfare of future generations."

Today's AAPG is global, and its membership is more diverse and broader technically than ever before. The challenge and opportunity facing AAPG is how to remain vital – not only to the membership, but to the worldwide geoscience community that benefits from the conferences, publications and insights that AAPG provides.

The reason I accepted the invitation to be a candidate is to help lead AAPG in advancing the geosciences together to the global community it serves.

My experience as an oil and gas executive included leading large and complex organizations. During my time at Equinor (formerly Statoil), I had the opportunity to set the foundation for an expanding and globally competitive exploration team. Later, while heading Development and Production North America and serving on the corporate executive committee, I had the challenge of leading and growing an organization with a portfolio of assets in the onshore of the United States, deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Canadian oil sands and offshore East Coast Canada. During the same period, I sat on the board of the American Petroleum Institute and was a member of the National Petroleum Council. Those experiences have prepared me well to take on a leadership role for AAPG.

Advancing the geosciences together will require improved communication, effective leadership and more innovation in the products AAPG offers, plus openness to new ways of doing things and new partnerships. I believe we can all take part in this advancement – by teaching, mentoring, reaching out to students or simply helping a colleague with advice. Pulling together and sharing our knowledge in this way will make us a richer association.

AAPG is one of the world's premier geoscientific societies. Looking forward, we can make AAPG even better – serving the needs of a broader, more diverse and larger membership while helping our colleagues be even better professionals through association with AAPG and all it offers. I proudly and humbly accept the invitation to be a candidate to serve AAPG in a leadership role.

Thank you.

Academic Degrees

  • 1981 – M.S. Geology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 1979 – B.A. Geology, Hunter College (C.U.N.Y.), New York City, N.Y.


  • 2016-Present – Non-Executive Director for Trident Energy and ATX Energy, Energy Advisor Warburg Pincus, Executive Advisor Balex Technologies
  • 2010-15 – Executive Vice President, Statoil ASA, Houston
  • 2002-09 – Senior Vice President, Statoil ASA, Stavanger, Norway, Oslo, Norway and London, England
  • 1998-2001 – Vice President, Texaco Inc., London, England
  • 1997-98 – Business Unit Leader, Texaco Inc., Houston
  • 1995-97 – Director International E&P, Davis Petroleum, Houston
  • 1986-95 – Exploration Region Manager, Pecten International (International Division of Shell Oil Co.), Houston
  • 1981-86 – Senior Geologist, Shell Oil Company, Houston


AAPG Activities

  • Joined AAPG 1980
  • 2018-Present – Co-Chair Ad Hoc Committee Sustainable Development
  • 2017-Present – Trustee Associate, AAPG Foundation
  • 2008-Present – AAPG Corporate Advisory Board
  • 2008-Present – Visiting Petroleum Geologist
  • 1997-2000 – Visiting Petroleum Geologist

AAPG Honors & Awards


  • October 3, 2018-On a knife edge: Balancing supply and demand in a changing world. Published in
  • March 23, 2018 – Renewable Energy Subsidies…Yes or No. Published in
  • November 27, 2017 – Is this a normal business cycle or are we seeing structural changes to the energy business? Published in
  • April 4, 2017 – The Future of Energy Exploration. AAPG Abstract
  • March 27, 2013 – Statoil's International Efforts 2002 – Today. HGS abstract
  • January 24, 2013 – From Ideas to Profits. AAPG Playmaker Forum abstract
  • April 2004 – Statoil: We deliver what we promise. AAPG abstract
  • October 1993 – Petroleum Geology of the Deltaic Sequence. Rio del Rey Basin, Offshore Cameroon. AAPG abstract with co-authors Coughlin and Bement
  • August 1987 – Hydrodynamics of the Minnelusa Formation, Powder River Basin, Wyoming. AAPG abstract Rocky Mountain Section meeting

My publications at the start of my career were primarily technical. Later my speeches and abstracts concerned Statoil. Since 2017 my speeches, abstracts and articles have focused on various topics that impact the energy industry.

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General Info

Candidates for AAPG office have been given the opportunity to respond briefly to the subject: "Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office."

Their responses and biographical information were provided by each candidate and edited only for grammar, spelling and format.

This information will also be provided as hard-copy in an early issue of the EXPLORER and available on the AAPG website through the election period. Ballots will be mailed, online in the first quarter of each year. Results will be posted mid-May.

Candidates were asked to limit their biographies to 350 words and responses to 500 words.

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