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Fred Hoffman

Chief Geophysicist

Fred Hoffman is Chief Geophysicist of Bluescape Energy Partners and Executive Vice President, Exploration of Nautilus Resources (a subsidiary of Bluescape Resources Company). Hoffman is responsible for technical and commercial evaluation of new upstream opportunities, as well as subsurface evaluation, development planning, and execution for Nautilus and for Bluescape Energy Partners. Prior to his current roles, Hoffman was Vice Chairman of Exploration and Chief Technology Officer of Bluescape Resources Company. Hoffman serves on a number of the Boards of existing portfolio investments and previously helped evaluate investments for Bluescape Resources Company and Parallel Resource Partners as the in-house technical expert.

Prior to joining Bluescape, Hoffman was Chief Geophysicist, Exploration Manager, and Vice President of Research and Development for Royal Dutch/Shell. Hoffman also served as a member of the Hydrocarbon Maturation Forum, responsible for maturation of Shell’s 70 BBOE portfolio of reserves, and as a member of the Exploration Forum, responsible for selecting the global Big Cat (>100MMBoe) drilling program that underpinned Shell’s $2 billion annual exploration spend. As Chief Geophysicist, Hoffman ran 13 land seismic crews and 3 marine seismic crews, and Shell’s super-computing enter, driving Shell’s move into 3D and 4D seismic. As Exploration Manager, Hoffman discovered four giant oil fields and acquired four prospects in lease sales that became discoveries, representing a total resource greater than 1BBOE and value of $15 billion. As VP of R&D, Hoffman led an international staff of 470 with an annual budget of $200 million. Deployment of technology in Shell’s Operating Units created more than $1 billion of value, and technology commercialization created more than $0.5 billion of additional value. Hoffman has expertise in earth sciences, exploration and deepwater technology, unconventional resources, and innovation.

Hoffman earned a bachelor of science in geophysical engineering from Montana Tech, graduating summa cum laude, a master of science in geophysics from Stanford University, and a master of business administration from Tulane University, where he was first in his class and recipient of the Vorholt Award.


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