Executive Management

Moffett, James R. | Adkerson, Richard C. | Flores, James C. | Quirk, Kathleen L. | Arnold, Michael J.

Moffett, James R.

Mr. Moffett serves as Chairman of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. From 1964 to 1969, Mr. Moffett was a consulting geologist. In 1969, he and two associates founded McMoRan Oil & Gas Co., which developed into one of America's leading independent oil and gas companies. 

In 1981, Mr. Moffett put together the merger of McMoRan Oil & Gas Co. and Freeport Minerals Company.  The merger resulted in the establishment of a new company, Freeport-McMoRan Inc., our former parent company, which became one of the world's leading natural resource companies of which he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1984-1997, when it was acquired. 

Mr. Moffett serves on several boards and has received many awards, including the 1990 Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Award. In May 2000, he received that Association’s 2000 Norman Vincent Peale Award for his exceptional humanitarian contributions to society. He is also a member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame and the American Mining Hall of Fame, Mining Foundation of the Southwest. Mr. Moffett received a Bachelor of Science degree with special honors in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin while on a full football scholarship and a Master of Science degree in Geology from Tulane University. He has also received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Financial Economics, Honoris Causa, degree from the University of New Orleans. Mr. Moffett has served on the FCX Board since 1992.


Adkerson, Richard C.

Richard C. Adkerson is Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

He graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in Accounting with highest honors and an M.B.A. degree. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Mississippi State. He also completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School in 1988. Prior to joining Freeport-McMoRan in 1989, he was Partner and Managing Director in Arthur Andersen & Co. where he headed the Firm’s Worldwide Oil and Gas Industry Practice. From 1976 to 1978, he was a Professional Accounting Fellow with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Adkerson is a current member and past Chairman of the International Council on Mining and Metals. He is a member of The Business Council, the Business Roundtable and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He serves on the Arizona Commerce Authority, Greater Phoenix Leadership, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Dean’s Council of 100 for the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National WWII Museum, serves on the Board of Visitors of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and was Campaign Chair of the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cancer Has Met Its Match Campaign in Phoenix. He is a member of the Mississippi State University Foundation Board of Directors and served as its President. He chaired Mississippi State’s “State of the Future” capital campaign and serves on the University’s Advisory Board of the College of Business. He was named National Alumnus of the Year of Mississippi State University in 2011. He was inducted into the American Mining Hall of Fame in 2010, received The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers Charles F. Rand Memorial Award in 2011 and was named Copper Man of the Year 2009 by The Copper Club. He was named Executive of the Year by W.P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council at Arizona State University in 2011. In each of the past seven years, he was named Best CEO in Metals and Mining by Institutional Investor magazine. Mr. Adkerson has served on the FCX Board since 2006.


Flores, James C.

Mr. Flores serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC and as Vice Chairman of Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Since 1982, Mr. Flores has had an extensive career in the oil and gas industry in the roles of Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of a private and four public oil & gas exploration and production companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Initially in 1994, he led Flores & Rucks, Inc. (NYSE:FNR) and then Ocean Energy Inc. (NYSE:OEI) in 1997. In 2001, he became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Plains Resources Inc. (NYSE:PLX). Under his leadership, the exploration and production assets of PLX were spun off into Plains Exploration & Production Company (NYSE:PXP) and began trading on the NYSE with Mr. Flores as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in December 2002, and President since 2004. After 10 years of substantial growth, PXP was acquired by Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in May 2013.

He graduated from Louisiana State University with B.S. degrees in Corporate Finance and Petroleum Land Management. Mr. Flores is a member of the National Petroleum Council, and a board member of the American Natural Gas Alliance, the American Exploration and Production Council and the Baylor College of Medicine. He was inducted into the All-American Wildcatters in 1999 and is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization. He was recognized as the Executive of the Year in 2004 in Oil and Gas Investor magazine. In addition, Mr. Flores has endowed the LSU Flores M.B.A. program. Mr. Flores joined the FCX Board in May 2013, upon completion of FCX's acquisition of PXP.


Quirk, Kathleen L.

Ms. Quirk is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of FCX.  She has over twenty-five years of experience in the Freeport-McMoRan organization. She has played key roles in FCX’s financings and corporate transactions, and she was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer prior to the Phelps Dodge transaction.  During her career, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in tax, investor relations, treasury and finance.  Ms. Quirk is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. degree in Accounting.


Arnold, Michael J.

Mr. Arnold is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of FCX.  He joined Freeport-McMoRan in 1991, after working actively with the organization for approximately ten years as a consultant for its business processes and management information systems.  He is a former partner in Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.  After serving as Freeport-McMoRan’s Chief Management Information Officer and in a number of senior administrative positions, Mr. Arnold relocated to PT Freeport Indonesia’s jobsite in Papua, Indonesia in 2000, where he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of PT Freeport Indonesia until 2007.  He is a graduate of Spring Hill College with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and received an M.B.A. degree from Louisiana State University.