Fang Zhi


Fang ZhiFang Zhi was appointed Chairman of CNOOC International in March 2018. In this role, Fang Zhi provides oversight and strategic leadership over CNOOC International’s global assets.

Prior to being appointed to this leadership role, Fang Zhi was the CEO of Nexen, a former subsidiary of CNOOC Limited. As an active member of the Integration Steering Committee during the CNOOC – Nexen transaction, Fang developed a solid understanding of Nexen’s organization which allows for superior collaboration between our Beijing and North American headquarters.

Over his 30-year career, Fang has gained significant operational and technical experience by holding positions of increasing responsibility within CNOOC. Much of his career as leader has been spent at CNOOC International, a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited which oversees all non-domestic exploration and production activity including assets in Africa, the Americas and Australia. Other roles have included General Manager of CNOOC China Limited Shenzhen Branch, the President of CNOOC Southeast Asia Ltd., the Vice President of CNOOC Limited, and General Manager of International Cooperation Department of CNOOC Limited.

Fang received his MBA from the University of Birmingham in the UK and is a professor-level senior engineer, with more than 15 years of dedicated reservoir engineering experience.