Susan M. Cunningham is an advisor for Darcy Partners, a research company connecting oil and gas companies with emerging technologies. She retired from Noble Energy in 2017, where she was most recently executive vice president of EHSR (Environment, Health, Safety and Regulatory), global exploration and business innovation, after about 35 years of industry experience.
Before joining Noble Energy, Susan served as Texaco’s vice president of core worldwide exploration from April 2000 to March 2001. Employed by Statoil from 1997 through 1999, she was responsible for West Africa exploration as well as vice president of deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration. She began her career in 1980 in Calgary as a geologist at Amoco Canada. She moved to Houston in 1981 to join Amoco’s International Region and held various exploration and development positions including managing director of Denmark, based in Copenhagen, and deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration manager.
Active in the industry and the community, Susan served as chair of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in 2010 and 2011, representing the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. She served on the board of Cliffs Natural Resources, an iron ore and metallurgical coal mining company from 2005 to 2014. She is currently serving on the board of Oil Search, an oil and gas company. She also served on the boards of the Houston Area Women's Center and the Houston Geological Society.
Susan holds a bachelor's degree in geology and physical geography from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She also completed a management program through Rice University's Office of Executive Development.