Roland is the Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSH&E) Manager for ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research Company. He also serves as Vice President for ExxonMobil Research Qatar Limited in Doha. Roland received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975, followed by an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984. He began his career with Exxon Company, U.S.A. as a Project Engineer at the Bayway Refinery in New Jersey in 1981. Since that time, he has held various technical, supervisory and managerial assignments for Exxon, and then ExxonMobil.
Following assignments as a project engineer and financial analyst at the Bayway Refinery, Roland transferred to Exxon's Production office in West Texas with various permitting and technical responsibilities for the LaBarge Project in Wyoming. Roland then moved to Production Headquarters in Houston in 1994 where he served as the waste management and environmental stewardship coordinator for the lower 48. He was then assigned as Compliance Supervisor at the U.S. West Production organization in 1998 (also in Houston), and later became SSH&E Manager for U.S. West in 2001.
Roland transferred to ExxonMobil Development Company (EMDC) in July 2003. Following an initial assignment as LNG Regulatory Manager, he assumed the position of SSH&E Manager for the Development Company with responsibilities for safety, security, emergency preparedness & response, operations integrity, environmental permitting, and regulatory compliance. In that role, he was responsible for providing resources, guidance, tools and training to EMDC project teams in support of global SH&E and security activities. In August 2006, Roland took an assignment in the Production Company as Upstream SH&E Resource Coordinator with responsibilities for evaluating global SH&E organization design and capabilities, as well as facilitating the transition of SH&E programs and obligations to Production as new Development Company projects are brought on line.
In November 2010, Roland transferred to the Upstream Research Company (URC) to lead efforts in forming a centralized SSH&E organization responsible for developing and supporting implementation of SSH&E programs for the URC organization, as well as managing the strategic environmental and safety technology research activities in Houston and Doha.
Externally, Roland was recently named as the Health. Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Technical Director for the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) Board of Directors. With SPE, Roland remains active with the SPE International HSSE conferences and currently serves as an Advisor for the 2012 conference in Australia.
Roland’s hobbies and outside interests include travel, music and reading.