The global economy may be slowing down, but sales of energy and industrial products do not indicate that growth will come to a halt, according to Chevron Chairman and CEO Michael Wirth.
Financial markets are under pressure this week following fresh signs of a slowing economy. On Tuesday, the IMF knocked down its forecast for global economic growth. A day earlier, China reported its weakest annual economic expansion in nearly three decades.
Wirth says the slowdown concerns him because small changes to oil demand can tip the oil market into oversupply or deficit, resulting in volatile oil prices. However, he doesn't see major problems yet.
"We're not seeing signs that we're hitting any kind of a wall. Things may have slowed down a little bit in certain parts of the world," he said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.
"We sell our products into a number of sectors that have historically been pretty good indicators of economic activity — so construction, mining, transports — we sell lubricants and lubricant additives into industrial applications," Wirth told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
On Tuesday, BP CEO Bob Dudley told CNBC he expects solid growth in demand for oil this year, despite concerns about the global economy. BP is currently forecasting annual growth of 1.4 million barrels a day. The world is expected to consume about 100 million bpd in 2019.
Oil prices are currently recovering from a precipitous drop to 18-month lows in the final quarter of 2018. The plunge came after a rapid rise to nearly four-year highs at the start of October.
Asked where he'd like crude prices to be, Wirth said what he really wants is stability in the oil market.
"Commodity markets, when they're volatile, they make it hard for investors to invest. It's hard on consumers, and so you really need a price that encourages investment and draws in enough new investment, but is not so high that it weighs on the economy," he said. "We're probably not far from that kind of a price right now."