James David (Dave) Payne, 60, is vice president, Health, Safety and Environment, for Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2018. He is responsible for leading Health, Safety and Environment including audit and assurance and emergency response. Previously Payne was vice president of Drilling and Completions since 2006. Prior to that, he was the drilling manager in Bangkok, Thailand. Payne has held various engineering and management positions in California, Louisiana, Trinidad and Tobago, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Payne joined Getty Oil Company in Santa Maria, California in 1981. He earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1981.