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James S. Cromton

James S. Crompton

Crompton graduated from the Colorado School of Mines (BS in Geophysical Engineering 1974 and MS in Geophysics in 1976 before joining Chevron in Denver, Colorado. He later earned an MBA degree (1996) from Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas). Early job assignments included exploration projects in the Wyoming Overthrust Belt and foreland basins in Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah as well as technical staff positions in seismic processing, E&P data management and workstation interpretation support.

In 1982, Crompton was transferred to London, England to work on exploration and equity determination development project in the UK and Danish North Sea. In 1984, he became the geophysical coordinator for the exploration group in the UK. After the Chevron & Gulf merger, Crompton returned to Denver as the District Supervisor of the Colorado Plateau District. In 1988, Jim transferred to Houston, Texas as Division Manager for upstream technical support in Chevron Petroleum Technology Company. Following assignments included Assistant to the Exploration Vice President in 1990 and Division Geophysicist for the Frontier Division in 1991.

Crompton served as a study team leader for the reorganization of the Information Technology function in Chevron's North America Upstream company which led to his assignment in New Orleans as the IT Manager for the Gulf of Mexico Business Unit in 1993. In this assignment, Crompton led one of the largest desktop PC standardization projects (which become a precursor to the first generation of GIL in the corporation) and leveraged that initiative to the entire North American Upstream operating company when he became the OPCO IT manger in 1995. Crompton participated in the early phases of the IT Vision Study which led to the current model for the central IT organization in ChevronTexaco. Jim joined ITC in 1997 as the Principal Technical Advisor where he was responsible assessment of emerging technology and strategic planning for the IT function including strategic research. Crompton helped to introduce the concept of technology lifecycle planning and broader system perspective on assessment of emerging technology opportunities. The "IT Tech Trends" work started in his group still continues as the foundation for IT strategic planning and as the technology strategy for the IT Enabling Strategic Focus Area.

In 1999, Crompton was elected to the position of chair of the general committee of PIDX (Petroleum Industry Data Exchange, the API electronic commerce sub committee. Jim was able to influence the direction of the standards setting activities towards emerging technologies, such as XML, and new electronic business models to complement the established EDI practices in the industry. Crompton has made numerous presentation to industry and trade organizations on electronic commerce and enterprise IT strategy themes. Crompton still serves on the general committee as an advisor and emeritus chair.

Crompton led the IT merger integration organization study team in 2001 as part of the Chevron & Texaco merger which developed the IT organization structure and IT strategic direction for the corporation where he received a President's Award for this activity. In acknowledgement of his accomplishments in applications of information technology to business problems and in working to develop industry standards in electronic data exchange, James S. Crompton, Manager of Organizational Capability, Information Technology Company has been named a ChevronTexaco Fellow on July 21, 2002.