David “Dave” McKay recently retired as Vice President, Well Factory Execution– Bakken, for Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.
In this role, McKay applied lean philosophy to develop a well factory assembly line, from the initial scoping of wells through drilling and hydraulic fracturing to the final handover to production.
McKay joined Hess in 2010 as Director, Bakken Project, with primary responsibility for managing Hess’ operations in North Dakota.
Prior to joining Hess, McKay spent 13 years at Aera Energy LLC with the company’s Belridge asset as Vice President of Operations, Engineering Manager, and Development Manager. He was responsible for building the capabilities of the asset’s leadership and employees, and applying lean operating principles at all levels of the organization to reduce waste and improve productivity. Early in his career, he spent 16 years in various production and operations roles with Mobil Oil Corporation in Oklahoma and California.
McKay holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado, Denver.