Ray Irani Ceo of Occidental Petroleum(OXY)
Ray Irani was born in Lebanon. He comes from a Palestinian background. He went to the American University of Beirut and received Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1953. Within the same year he moved to Los Angeles, California. When he was 18 he started his studies for his master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Southern California. In 1957 he received a PhD. Ray Irani has been CEO and chairman of OXY Corp. since 1990. OXY is an oil and gas exploration and production company. They have been a marketer and manufacturer of chemicals since 1990. He has been president of the corporation since 2005. Joined the company in 1983 and became Chief Executive officer. At one point he also served as the Executive Vice President of Occidental. Before joining OXY he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Olin Corporation. He has been a Director of KB Home since 1992 and is Chairman of Executive Committee. Also a Director of Lyondell Chemical Co. since August 22, 2002 and Occidental Petroleum Corp. since 1984 and is a Member of Executive Committee. As you can tell so far Irani is a very accomplished and successful man. Dr. Irani is also a Director of the American Petroleum Institute and Cedars Bank. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemists. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Chief Executive Officer Roundtable, The Conference Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, the National Petroleum Council, the Scientific Research Society of America, and the Industrial Research Institute. Trustee of the University of Southern California and is Chairman of USC's Academic Affairs Committee. Also, he is a Vice Chairman of the Board of the American University of Beirut. Irani has accomplished many positions throughout his career.
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