Gardner W. Walkup, Jr. is a global energy executive, innovative strategist, trusted advisor to corporate management and boards, and energy expert for law firms, industry clients, and regulatory agencies.
He has developed and implemented strategic transformations and led the alignment of corporate culture and competencies necessary to implement these strategies.
Mr. Walkup has a deep understanding of the energy value-chain, from land acquisition and exploration through power distribution and energy marketing. He brings a keen understanding of geopolitical, economic, commercial, operational, and technical risks, as well as experience in over thirty countries representing capital investments of more than $300 billion.
As a corporate executive, Mr. Walkup has chaired an Investment Committee directing overall corporate capital allocation, led the development of a new corporate strategy that drastically narrowed investment focus and reduced costs, and was part of the leadership team for the design and implementation of culture change and capability building efforts in response to new strategies and major acquisitions.
Mr. Walkup is a recognized expert in energy asset valuation and mega-project management. He has advised corporate boards and executives investing globally in unconventional resource plays, including shale gas, tight oil, and coal-bed methane, and investments in global mega-projects with capital requirements of more than $5 billion. He has significant experience in LNG and deepwater development. In addition, Mr. Walkup has advised corporate leadership on portfolio management, transaction support, business-unit growth strategies, and project management leadership capability building.
Mr. Walkup’s expert advisory experience includes significant international litigation and arbitration matters concerning industry practices in mega-project development, offshore operations, and operating/non-operating party industry best practices.
Mr. Walkup started his career at Chevron, where he served as senior reservoir engineer for a 250,000-barrel-a-day oil field in Indonesia, led strategic planning and petroleum engineering for a major offshore Gulf of Mexico development, managed a corporate project to improve economic valuation methodologies of large capital projects, and developed novel reservoir-characterization approaches.
Bridge Energy Partners
2013 – 2014
The AES Corporation
Senior vice president
2010 – 2013
Vice president and global managing director of consulting
2007 – 2010
Strategic Decisions Group
2001 – 2007
1999 – 2001
Applied Decision Analysis
1997 – 1999
Senior petroleum engineer
1984 – 1997
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Tau Beta Pi
American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
Areas of Expertise
MS, Petroleum Engineering
University of California, Davis
BS, Chemical Engineering