Michael Willis serves as President of Upstream and has 24 years of industry experience.
Immediately prior to Upstream, Mr. Willis was Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Century Exploration New Orleans. He joined Century in 1992 and served as their General Manager from 2003 onward and since 1995 served as a senior officer heading up the exploration and operations management team. Mr. Willis is well versed in all aspects of the E&P business, with an emphasis on safety and environmental responsibility, and working with all stakeholders with integrity and transparency.
Prior to joining Century, Mr. Willis served as the Vice President, Administration of Langlais, Ltd., Hong Kong, from 1990 to 1992. While in Hong Kong Mr. Willis was a project manager at Commercial Software Services Limited, an IBM Systems Reseller, from 1988 to 1990. Prior to that Mr. Willis had his own computer consulting business in Cape Town, South Africa. He was an adjunct professor at the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University from 1997 to 2005.
Mr. Willis earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his Master of Business Administration from A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University.