James David (Dave) Payne, 59, is vice president, Health, Environment and Safety, for Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2018. He is responsible for leading Health, Environment and Safety including strategic planning and issues management, compliance assurance, and emergency response. He also is responsible for Chevron’s Environmental Management Company, which manages environmental remediation and abandonment liabilities.
Previously Payne was vice president of Drilling and Completions since 2006. Prior to that, he was the drilling manager in Bangkok, Thailand.
Payne has held various engineering and management positions in California, Louisiana, Trinidad and Tobago, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.
Payne is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has served in various roles for local chapters including section chairman in Santa Maria, California.
Payne joined Getty Oil Company in Santa Maria, California in 1981. He earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1981.