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Johnny B. Bradberry
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Mr. Bradberry was appointed Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco on April 1, 2004. In this capacity, he leads a staff of approximately 5,300 with an annual budget of more than $1.2 billion. DOTD produces an annual construction program of more than $600 million and is responsible for highway maintenance and construction, intermodal transportation and water resources, and flood control programs.

Prior to his appointment, Bradberry's professional career spanned almost 27 years in the oil and gas industry with ConocoPhilips Company of Houston, Texas. His industrial experience includes having served as a senior oil and gas manager, both domestic and international, in the exploration and production areas. Other positions held at ConocoPhilips included: Director of Engineering Recruiting, North American Operations Coordinator, Division Engineering Manager, Manager of Business Development, Asset Manager/Acting Vice President of Operations for Dubai Petroleum Company (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), and Gulf Coast Asset Manager and Extraction Manager.

Bradberry is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. He served on the executive subcommittee of the Offshore Operators Committee and currently serves on the Industry Advisory Council of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Petroleum Engineering Department.

Bradberry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas in 1973. He earned his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1976. He also participated in the University Management Development Program at the University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business in 1992, and the Manager of the Future Development Program in 2000-2001. Bradberry has also completed some graduate work in Petroleum Engineering at Tulane University.

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