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Keith Seilhan
BP’s Incident Commander

Keith Seilhan is an Operations Director for BP America in Houston, Texas. Keith has worked for BP America in a variety of management roles over the past 20 years specializing in Asset Operations and Organizational Capability. Keith and his wife Laurie are both natives of Louisiana and graduates of Louisiana State University. They have two teenage sons, Grant and Wyatt. Keith and Laurie are active in supporting various charities including TSA, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In Keith’s professional life he has many special interests that focus on improving organizational capability. One area of special interest is the advancement of collaboration technology in support of more efficient and reliable energy production.

Keith’s work at BP in the area of “Advanced Collaboration Environments” has led the energy industry’s application of digital technology for improving the efficiency of reserve delivery. Keith has presented at several industry forums in the US and Europe on techniques to improve performance through higher levels of collaboration.

Keith participates on several energy industry committees including the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Operations Committee where he served as chairman for one term.

Keith is also active in promoting and supporting the advancement of engineering programs and workforce development initiatives in support of the energy industry. Keith has participated as chair for the Louisiana State University, Minority Engineering board, chartered and chaired the Fletcher Technical Community College Advisory board, and was appointed to the National Visiting Committee for the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology under a National Science Foundation grant.

Currently Keith is coordinating private foundation support for three community colleges in the Louisiana, gulf coast region. Keith recently managed the development of a cornerstone project in BP, a $30 million Learning Center was opened in Houma, Louisiana in March of 2009.

Keith and Laurie are avid golfers and enjoy spending time in the Texas hill country with their two sons.

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