Chief Information Officer, NW Natural


As Chief Information Officer of NW Natural, Jim Downing is responsible for overseeing the company’s Information Technology Department. NW Natural is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and provides natural gas service to about 730,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest.

Downing has been working in Information Technology for over 15 years. Before joining NW Natural in 2017, he was CIO at WorleyParsons-Americas Division, an Australia-based engineering firm providing consulting services internationally to the resources and energy sectors. He previously worked at British Petroleum (BP) for 10 years, holding executive positions there from 2008 to 2015. His experience also includes past roles at Schlumberger, Microsoft, and Siemens.