November 16, 2010
Dan Schuessler, a high-ranking venture executive for ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas, and former site manager of ExxonMobil’s chemical plant in Baton Rouge, visited Tulane Law School on November 18th to speak about corporate environmental responsibility in the context of climate change. Mr. Schuessler addressed the role that lawyers play in helping corporate managers to assess environmental risks from their operations and ensure compliance with environmental regulations. Following the presentation, Schuessler met with a small group of law school faculty and students over lunch.
Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer welcomed Schuessler’s visit to campus, stating, “Understanding the risks presented by major industrial activities and navigating the regulatory environment are enormously complex challenges for modern corporate leaders. Especially in the context of the times—given the questions raised about BP’s decision making in the events preceding the Deepwater Horizon disaster—this promises to be an important and very interesting conversation.”
Dan Schuessler earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Washington University in 1985. He earned his M.B.A. from Louisiana State University’s E. J. Ourso College of Business in 1989. He began his career with Exxon as an instrument engineer at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Chemical Plant in 1986, and eventually became supervisor of Electrical Distribution/Technical Services and then section supervisor of Aromatics Operations. After several relocations, Schuessler became petrochemical engineering marketing manager in the Houston office in 2001. He relocated to Tokyo, Japan, in 2004 as manager of Tonen Chemical and then rejoined ExxonMobil to become Global PE Film Marketing Manager in Brussels, Belgium. Schuessler returned to Baton Rouge to become ExxonMobil Chemical Plant Site Manager in 2008, before moving to the corporation’s Houston offices in 2010.