President and Chief Operating Officer

Brent Smolik is president and chief operating officer of Noble Energy, Inc.  He brings to his role more than 35 years of technical, operating and leadership experience in the oil and natural gas industry.  Before joining Noble Energy in 2018, Mr. Smolik served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of EP Energy Corporation and EP Energy LLC from 2012 to 2017.  He previously served as executive vice president of El Paso Corporation and president of the El Paso Exploration & Production Company.

From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Smolik served as president of ConocoPhillips Canada and Burlington Resources Canada.  From 1990 to 2004, he served in a variety of engineering and asset management positions of increasing responsibility for Burlington Resources Inc., including chief engineer.  He began his career with ARCO Oil and Gas in 1984.

Active in industry and community organizations, Mr. Smolik serves on the American Petroleum Institute Upstream Committee and the boards of the American Exploration and Production Council, Center for Hearing and Speech Foundation and Houston Zoo. He previously served on the boards of Cameron International Corporation, America's Natural Gas Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Mr. Smolik holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.