James Dupree

James Dupree is currently chief operating officer of subsurface, projects and exploration, and a member of BP’s upstream executive team. Dupree’s portfolio includes three upstream functions: global projects, reservoir development and exploration.

Dupree has worked for BP since 1985 and has held many leadership positions, including regional president Gulf of Mexico, group vice president Russia & Kazakhstan, president BP Angola, president BP Offshore Inc. USA, and president of BP’s Canadian Oil Unit. Dupree has also worked inside of BP’s Russian joint venture TNK-BP as an executive vice president, and later he served on the board of the TNK-BP.

In his early years with BP, Dupree held various engineering posts at the company divisions in Alaska and California. In 1992, he was named chief engineer of major projects in Colombia. In 1998, he worked in BP’s headquarters and was involved in management and planning of corporate business in the North Sea, Alaska and Australia.

Dupree holds a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences and a master's degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Dupree is also a Sloan Fellow of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.