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Chevron announces leadership changes

Nigel Hearne appointed president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production company. Al Williams appointed Managing Director of Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit.

PERTH, Western Australia, 07 November 2018 – Chevron Australia Pty Ltd announced today Nigel Hearne, managing director of Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit will become president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production company, effective 1 February 2019, based in San Ramon, California.

Hearne succeeds Steven W. Green who has been appointed president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production, effective 1 March 2019. In his new capacity, Hearne will oversee nine countries across the Asia-Pacific region and will report to Jay Johnson, Chevron’s executive vice president of Upstream.

CEO and Chairman Mike Wirth said, “Nigel brings extensive international upstream and downstream operating experience to his expanded role. His recent experience commencing operations at our two flagship natural gas projects in Western Australia makes him exceptionally qualified to assume this key leadership position.”

In recent years, Hearne and his team have played a pivotal role in overseeing the early stages of production from the Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas facilities, ongoing investment decisions including the Gorgon Stage Two development, and championing industry collaboration efforts to fully utilise its operated and non-operated LNG and domestic gas infrastructure for the long term.

Nigel received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sussex and his master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Glamorgan. Since joining Texaco in 1989 as a facilities engineer at the Pembroke refinery in the United Kingdom, Nigel has held refinery, operations, and management positions of increasing responsibility in a variety of locations, including the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Australia. In addition to his current role, Nigel has led several businesses across the enterprise including the Richmond refinery and the Appalachian Mountain business unit. Nigel will continue to enhance the value of the Asia-Pacific region to the enterprise.

Al Williams, currently vice president, San Joaquin Valley business unit, is appointed managing director, Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit in Perth, Australia, effective 1 January 2019, and is responsible for the company’s upstream interests and activities in Australia and New Zealand.

In his current role, Al is responsible for Chevron's oil and gas production in California with core operations in seven field locations. Chevron is the largest oil and gas producer in California and is the leading producer of thermal heavy oil production in the San Joaquin Valley and internationally. Previously Al was president of Chevron Pipe Line Company (CPL), a role he assumed in May 2014. He was responsible for managing an extensive network of crude oil, natural gas and refined product pipelines, as well as storage facilities in North America. CPL also provides technical, commercial, operational and project management support to Chevron’s pipeline projects around the world.

In 27 years of service, he has served in a number of leadership positions with increasing responsibilities in Thailand, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and multiple locations in the United States. A native of Mississippi, Al received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 1990, and a Master in Business Administration from Tulane University in 1998.

Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for more than 60 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of thousands of workers, Chevron Australia operates the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas facilities; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island; and is a significant investor in exploration.

Contact: Kathryn Ackroyd  +61 438 969 164 (Perth)


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