Lamar University’s College of Business will host Thomas Anderson, president of Baker & O’Brien Inc., a professional consulting firm serving the oil, gas, chemical, pulp and paper, and power industries, as the ExxonMobil Executive in Residence, Feb. 3.

As the ExxonMobil Executive in Residence, Anderson will speak with students on “Vulnerabilities in the U.S. Petroleum Refining and Product Distribution Infrastructure.” The session begins at 11 a.m. in the Landes Auditorium in the Galloway Business Building and is open to the public. Later in the day, Anderson will meet with business college faculty and host a question and answer session with graduate students. Anderson’s visit is made possible by a generous grant from ExxonMobil.Anderson has 38 years of experience in the petroleum industry, including refining, natural gas processing, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, and petroleum products distribution and marketing.  Before joining Baker & O’Brien in 2001, he spent 14 years with Solomon Associates where, as a vice president, he directed performance evaluations and improvement initiatives on refineries, chemical plants, and pulp and paper mills throughout the world.

Anderson’s refining career began with Gulf Oil, where he worked at refineries in Port Arthur and Cincinnati. Later, he worked for Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia, where his assignments included facility planning studies and expansion of crude oil export capacity by 3 million barrels per day. After joining Mobil Oil in 1977, he was involved in linear program optimization studies of Mobil’s refinery operations including Beaumont.  He also participated in Mobil’s task force to evaluate a $1 billion heavy crude expansion at the Beaumont refinery. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Lamar University.

Anderson’s focus at Baker & O’Brien includes mergers and acquisitions, plant performance evaluations, crude and products trading studies, litigation support, refinery LP analysis, and improvement initiatives for petroleum processing facilities. More information is available at

For more information on the ExxonMobil Executive in Residence program, call the College of Business at 880-8603.