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Felipe Bayón Pardo

President, Ecopetrol

Felipe Bayón Pardo, 52, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ecopetrol Group, the largest oil and gas conglomerate in Colombia, and the fourth most important in Latin America. Bayón holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes, and has over 26 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

Between February 2016 and September 2017, he served as Ecopetrol´s Chief Operating Officer. During this time, he oversaw the upstream, midstream, downstream, technology, engineering, projects and marketing operations, as well as the research and innovation areas. For more than 20 years, he worked at BP in Colombia and in international operations. Most recently, as Senior Vice President of BP America and Head of Global Deepwater Response.

From 2005 to 2010, he was Regional President of BP Southern Cone (South America). Prior to 2005, he worked in BP’s headquarters as Chief of Staff to the Upstream CEO and Head of the Executive Office for Exploration and Production. Bayón joined BP Colombia in 1995 as a Project Engineer, where he held various positions until becoming Vice President of Operations. Prior to that, he worked at Hocol, a Shell Company.