Neal E. Schmale
Neal E. Schmale is President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas, and energy products and services. The Sempra Energy companies’ 14,000 employees serve more than 29 million consumers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Asia.
In his current position Mr. Schmale is responsible for the overall operations and management of the Sempra Energy companies. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2005.
Mr. Schmale formerly was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sempra Energy.
Before his career at Sempra Energy, Mr. Schmale was Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Unocal Corporation and had earlier served as Unocal’s Senior Vice President and President of its petroleum products and chemical division. Throughout his 29-year career at Unocal, Mr. Schmale held a variety of positions in the operations, legal, and finance functions.
Mr. Schmale, a native of Nebraska, holds a law degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Murphy Oil Corporation and serves on its audit and compensation committees. He is the Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the WD-40 company, and was previously a chairman of its audit committee. Mr. Schmale is a member of the California Bar. He joined the NBR Board of Directors in June 2007.