From 2013 to 2020, James Hackett served as an Advisor and Partner to private energy investing firm, Riverstone Holdings, LLC (and was Chairman of Alta Mesa Resources, Inc., a public company sponsored by Riverstone). Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, an international energy production and midstream company. Before joining Anadarko, Mr. Hackett served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Devon Energy Corporation following its merger with Ocean Energy, where he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He joined Seagull from Duke Energy, where he was President of its Energy Services Division. His energy experience includes positions in engineering, finance, and marketing in conventional (and nuclear) power, E&P, midstream, and oilfield services. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and National Petroleum Council, which he formerly chaired.
Mr. Hackett has served on the Boards of many public and private companies and is currently a director of Fluor Corporation, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., National Oilwell Varco (all Fortune 500 public companies). He has also been a Board member and chairman of many civic organizations including serving as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas during the financial crisis of 2008. Mr. Hackett is currently a board member of the Baylor College of Medicine (and former Chairman) and Rice University (where he taught in the MBA program for many years). He currently serves on the humanities faculty at Rice and the undergraduate honors liberal arts and MBA faculties at UT Austin. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois (following two years at the U.S. Air Force Academy) as well as a Master in Business Administration and Master in Theological Studies from Harvard University and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Thomas.