Archie W. Dunham is the Non-Executive Chairman of Chesapeake Energy and the retired chairman of the board of ConocoPhillips. He is past president, CEO and chairman of the board of Conoco Inc. Dunham currently serves on the boards of directors of Louisiana Pacific Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Union Pacific Corporation. He is a member of the Deutsche Bank Advisory Board.
At Conoco, Dunham served on the boards of directors of the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petroleum Council, The Business Round Table, the U.S.-Russia Business Council, the United States Energy Association, the Business Council, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Commission, the Bush Library Foundation, the Commission on National Energy Policy, The CEO Forum, and the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution. He is past chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers, the United States Energy Association and the National Petroleum Council. He was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Dunham was recognized by the World Affairs Council as Houston’s 1998 International Citizen of the Year, by the New York Mercantile Exchange as 2000 CEO of the Year for Global Vision in Energy and received the International Achievement Award by B’nai B’rith. He was presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Horatio Alger Award in 2001 and was recognized as a “Legend of the Industry” in 2003. In 2004, Dunham was recognized by the Greater Houston Partnership as the International Executive of the Year. In 2006 he was presented the John Rogers Award for a career of extraordinary professional and civic achievements and inducted into the Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame.
Dunham holds a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma. He remains associated with the university through service on the O.U. Foundation and has been honored by both the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering as a distinguished graduate. In 1999 the University granted him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1998. Houston Baptist University granted him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dunham served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 to 1964 and is a member of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. In 2011, the U.S. Marine Corps recognized him with its highest honor, the Globe and Anchor Award.
Dunham was named 1998 Houston Father of the Year. He has three children and eight grandchildren. He has been married to Linda for over 52 years. They are active members of the Second Baptist Church of Houston.