Bob Malone is the Executive Chairman, President and CEO of First Sonora Bancshares, the holding company for Sonora Bank. He is also the Executive Chairman, President and CEO of Sonora Bank. He joined First Sonora Bancshares and Sonora Bank in October 2009. Prior to a second career in banking he was an Executive Vice President of BP p.l.c. and was the Chairman and President of BP America Inc. from July 2006 until April 2009. During that time, he was based in Houston, Texas and was BP’s senior representative in the United States. He also served as one of eight members of BP’s Executive Management team in London that guided the worldwide operations of BP. Prior to this role he was the Chief Executive of BP Shipping Limited. He retired from BP plc. in April 2009 after a 35-year career.
Over his almost 42-year career, Mr. Malone has developed a reputation for building team, driving change, improving operating and safety performance and changing cultures.
In addition to his roles at BP, he has held a number of senior positions over his career with Kennecott Copper Corporation, the Standard Oil Company of Ohio (Sohio), and the Carborundum Company. Mr. Malone also served for four years as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, operator of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline.
He currently serves as an Independent Director of the Halliburton Company, Peabody Energy Company and Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. He is also a Director of the privately held First Sonora Bancshares, INTERA Technologies, Inc. and International City Mortgage Company.
Mr. Malone holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Master of Science in Management. In 2003, he was selected as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the University of Texas at El Paso.