Michael P. Ure
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael P. Ure has served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Western Midstream Partners, LP since August 2019.
Mr. Ure is Senior Vice President, Business Development, for Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental. Mr. Ure joined Occidental in 2014 as Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, with a leadership role in acquisitions, divestitures, trades and swaps, including Occidental’s 2019 acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum. During his tenure, he has had accountability for Occidental’s business development activities in North and Latin America.
Prior to joining Occidental, Mr. Ure had a leadership role with Shell Exploration and Production’s Upstream Americas Business Development organization. A former investment banker most recently with Goldman, Sachs & Co., Michael has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory transactions throughout the Americas and EMEA regions.
Mr. Ure holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Westminster College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Jaime R. Casas
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Jaime R. Casas has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the general partner of Western Midstream Partners, LP since May 2017. Prior to joining Western Midstream, Mr. Casas served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. from October 2016 until the company’s sale in April 2017. Previously, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the general partner of LRR Energy, L.P., a publicly traded exploration and production master limited partnership, from 2011 to October 2015, and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Laredo Energy, a privately held oil and gas company, from 2009 to 2011.
From 1995 to 1997 and 1999 to 2008, Mr. Casas worked in various positions and industry groups in the investment banking divisions at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse. Mr. Casas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Craig W. Collins
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Craig W. Collins has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the general partner of Western Midstream Partners, LP since August 2019.
Previously, he was Vice President, Midstream for Occidental. Prior to that, Mr. Collins served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kingfisher Midstream and Altus Midstream, respectively, from April 2018 through May 2019. From February 2017 through April 2018, he was Vice President, Midstream, of Anadarko Petroleum, and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the general partner of Western Gas Partners, LP. During his 15-year tenure at Anadarko, he held positions in Treasury, Corporate Development and Midstream.
Mr. Collins holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University where he was a recipient of the Jones Scholar Award. He is an Eagle Scout and serves on the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Area Council, is a member of the GPA Midstream Association and Society of Petroleum Engineers, and has volunteered as a committee member with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo since 2003.
John D. Montanti
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
John D. Montanti has served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of our general partner since March 2019. Mr. Montanti previously served as an Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Anadarko, where he led the corporate legal practice group for over six years. He joined Anadarko in February 2009, and since that time served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the legal department. Mr. Montanti holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida.