Mr. Xia was appointed as Director of Western Potash Corp. in September 2016，and his directorship was transferred to Western Resources Corp following the completion of Western Potash Corp.'s Plan of Arrangement in April 2017. He is currently Chairman of ChinaBlue Chemical Ltd. He was also appointed Executive Deputy Director of CNOOC Bohai Petroleum Administrative Bureau in 2015.
Mr. Xia brings over 30 years experience in the resource extraction industry beginning a distinguished career serving as Project Manager and Chief Engineer Geophysics at Bohai Oil Research Institute, as well as Deputy Chief Engineer, Deputy General Manager, Chief Geologist and Executive Deputy General Manager of CNOOC China Limited Tianjin Branch, etc.
Mr. Xia graduated from Chenddu Geology Institute （China）with a degree in Petroleum Exploration. He also holds a PhD in Geophysics from the Chinese University of Sciences Academy and subsequently attained the title of Professor Grade Senior Engineer.