Retired Exxon Mobile Executive, Alumnus Returns to Lecture on U.S. Energy Policy

Posted on 3/13/2012 12:03:43 PM

Tim Cejka '73, retired president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company and vice president of ExxonMobil Corporations, returned to campus on March 7, 2012, to lecture on U.S. energy policy.

Tim Cejka '72 lecture on videoSponsored by the Geoscience Department, Cejka's lecture drew a full room and press coverage by local media.

See the Indiana Gazette's coverage for a brief overview of the lecture, or see the full 38-minute talk in this video, made available on IUP's YouTube Channel.

Cejka has more than 35 years of experience in geological exploration, development, and energy management.

His career as a geologist began in 1973 when he graduated from IUP with a B.S. in Geology, and it came full circle in 2005 when he was awarded an IUP Honorary Doctor of Science degree. His career with Exxon began in 1975 as an exploration geophysicist working offshore California. Later, he was promoted to geological and geophysical manager of the Gulf of Mexico. He then moved on to positions in strategic planning and as advisor to the upstream director for Exxon Corporation.

In 1993, when Exxon created the Exxon Ventures Company, he became the vice president of Exploration and traveled extensively in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. After the merger of Exxon and Mobil, he became vice president for the Caspian/Middle East Region for ExxonMobil Exploration Company.

In 2001, Cejka assumed the position of executive vice president for ExxonMobil Exploration with responsibilities for exploration and geosciences in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and the Caspian Region. He was named president, ExxonMobil Exploration Company, in May 2004.

Cejka is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, a member of the Baker Institute Energy Forum Advisory Board, a member of the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, and a member of the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board.

A native of Pittsburgh, Cejka is married to Debra Phillips Cejka '73.