Durbin brings to America West a wealth of financial experience earned over three decades serving leading international organizations, including Conoco, ConocoPhilips and The DuPont Company. Fluent in French, German and Portuguese, he has proven to be a hands-on leader who is highly skilled in building high performance teams and maximizing operational efficiencies across large and growing enterprises.
"We are delighted to welcome John Durbin to our team," said Dan Baker, America West CEO. "With his broad base of expertise and impressive track record in the energy sector, there is no doubt he will be a significant contributor to the success of our Company."
From 1979 through 2005, Durbin progressed through a career with Conoco Inc., and, subsequently, ConocoPhillips, serving in a succession of finance and treasury roles for the Company and with several of its domestic and international subsidiaries and joint ventures. When Conoco elected to enter the power generation and marketing segment in 1997, Durbin was appointed Vice President, Finance at Conoco Global Power Inc. In 1999, he was elected Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AEP-Conoco Energy Management, the new power marketing joint venture among American Electric Power, The DuPont Company and Conoco Inc. Following the spin-off of Conoco by DuPont, and Conoco's subsequent merger with Phillips Petroleum Company to form ConocoPhillips, Durbin was elected as Assistant Treasurer to create, implement and manage a new Enterprise Risk Management function.
After opting for early retirement from ConocoPhillips in 2005, Durbin founded JED Consulting LLC, an international, financial management consulting firm based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Miami, Florida. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Montana State University and an MBA in International Financial Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
"Since day one, I have been very impressed with the complementary strengths and talents of America West Resources' management team, the depth and quality of its employees and its methodical growth strategy," commented Durbin. "I feel privileged to be invited to play such a vital role in the Company's future, particularly in view of its aggressive expansion plans and promising outlook."
Baker also acknowledged Rodriguez for his many contributions to the Company. "Serving as our transitional CFO, Brian has been instrumental in helping us raise significant capital and bringing our Hidden Splendor subsidiary out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008. Additionally, we appreciate his efforts in recruiting a blue chip executive of John Durbin's status to join America West. We are very pleased that Brian has agreed to stay on as a member of our board."