HOUSTON, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Affairs Council of Houston will recognize Chad C. Deaton, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baker Hughes Incorporated at its annual benefit luncheon on Thursday, April 26th Noon - 1:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Houston.
Each year, the Council honors a member of the community who - in the spirit of Jesse and Mary Gibbs Jones - has contributed to the international life of the city. Mr. Deaton will be presented with the award before an audience of 800 business and community leaders who support the Council's educational programs.
Past recipients include Mark Papa, EOG Resources, Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil Corporation; Doug Foshee, El Paso Corporation; Clarence Cazalot Jr., Marathon Oil Company; and Joe B. Foster, Newfield Exploration Company.
Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State, will be the speaker. Dr. Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Rice also served as President George W. Bush's National Security Advisor, the first woman to hold the position.
A non-partisan educational charity, the World Affairs Council seeks to promote America's understanding of the world through events for the community and schools. EOG Resources has supported its work for many years.
"As a Houston company with a global presence, Baker Hughes is proud to support organizations that are making a difference in our community. The World Affairs Council is one of Houston's finest, with thoughtful speakers and a strong educational outreach to our schools."
Lead sponsors include Chevron, Baker Hughes, and CB&I. Proceeds of this event are used to support the award-winning programs of the World Affairs Council.
About Chad Deaton
Chad C. Deaton is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baker Hughes Incorporated in Houston. He previously served as Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes from 2004 through 2011. Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry, and has more than 57,000 employees in 80 countries, including over 8,000 employees in the Houston area.
Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Mr. Deaton served as President, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hanover Compressor Company from August 2002 until October 2004. He was with Schlumberger Oilfield Services from 1976 until 2001, where he held positions in the United States and internationally. Mr. Deaton's last position with Schlumberger was Executive Vice President of Oilfield Services.
Mr. Deaton is a director of Ariel Corporation and of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers' Industrial Advisory Council and the OTC Executive Advisory Board. Mr. Deaton serves on the API Board of Directors, the National Petroleum Council Nominating Committee, the University of Wyoming Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Board, and Houston Achievement Place Board.
A native of Wyoming, Mr. Deaton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Wyoming.
SOURCE World Affairs Council of Houston