BP announces new regional president, Alaska

Janet Weiss has been named Regional President of BP Alaska, effective Feb. 15, the company announced today.

She succeeds John Mingé, who has been appointed Chairman and President of BP America Inc. after serving as head of BP’s Alaska business since January 1, 2009. Mr. Mingé will be based in Houston, where he will serve as BP’s lead representative in the U.S.

Weiss (pronounced WEE-ss) serves currently in Alaska as Regional Vice President, Resources, accountable for resource progression and subsurface activities, as well as for IT. In her new role, she will be responsible for BP's oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. She will continue to be based in Anchorage.
Weiss has held engineering and executive posts in both Alaska and the Lower 48.

Beginning her career in Alaska in 1986, she has worked there as a process engineer, reservoir engineer, petroleum engineer, and reservoir engineering advisor. Her executive appointments include VP of Special Projects for BP Exploration & Production and VP for Unconventional Gas Technology. She has also led BP’s Western Wyoming businesses and Base Operations for the Gulf of Mexico Shelf.

Ms. Weiss holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.