Graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Jurist Doctor from Temple University Law School in Philadelphia. West is an international expert in energy markets, especially all areas related to oil&gas. In 1984 he founded PFC Energy, a company over which he presided until 2013.
Before founding PFC Energy, he held positions of responsibility in government with different administrations. During the Reagan administration, as an Assistant Secretary of the Interior, he developed and implemented the five-year leasing plan for the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the largest non-financial auction in the world at that time. He served in the Ford administration as part of the White House staff and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic Affairs, receiving the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service.
He currently leads the Center for Energy Impact of the Boston Consulting Group and is also a Member of the National Petroleum Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman Emeritus of the United States Institute of Peace, and Chairman of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Mr. West was appointed Director at Repsol by resolution of the Board of Directors on January 28th, 2015. His appointment was ratified and he was reelected at the Annual General Meeting on April 30th, 2015 and on May 31st, 2019.