ConocoPhillips Alaska

Wes Heinold 

Michael J. Faust

Vice President, Exploration and Land


Michael Faust is vice president Exploration and Land for ConocoPhillips Alaska.

Mike began his career with ConocoPhillips in 1997 in Alaska as the Tarn Development Geophysicist. After the initial development of the first satellite field to the Kuparuk River Unit, Mike became the Geoscience Supervisor for Kuparuk. In 2000, Mike was named Exploration Manager for Technology and Operations. In 2002, he added the role of Alaska Chief Geophysicist to his duties.

In 2006, Mike became the Offshore Exploration Manager, where he led the Chukchi Sea lease sale team that successfully acquired our current acreage position. In 2009, Mike was named Exploration Vice President for the Canadian Business Unit. In 2011, Mike returned to Alaska to become the Project Manager for the Chukchi Sea Exploration Program. In 2013, he assumed the role of Exploration VP for Alaska.

Mike has a BS in Geology from the University of Washington and an MS in Geophysics from the University of Texas. He spent his first 14 years in the industry working in various technical and leadership roles with Exxon Co. USA, Exxon Co. International, and Exxon Exploration Company.