San Francisco: Chevron has announced that George L. Kirkland, vice chairman and executive vice president, upstream, will retire as of June 15 and be succeeded in the latter role by James W. Johnson.
Kirkland, aged 64, has been responsible for Chevron’s global exploration and production activities for crude oil and natural gas and its technology and enterprise support functions.
He joined the company in 1974 as a construction engineer and has held the vice chairman position since 2010, and been executive VP, upstream since 2005.
Under his stewardship the company made offshore developments such as the groundbreaking Lower Tertiary resources at the Jack and St. Malo fields in the Gulf of Mexico.
“George’s business acumen and deep operational knowledge of our industry have helped create enormous value for Chevron and our shareholders over many years,” said John Watson, chairman and CEO. “I am confident our track record of success in the upstream will continue under Jay’s leadership, as his broad base of experience has prepared him well for the job.”
Johnson, aged 56, joined Chevron in 1981 and has been senior vice president, upstream since the beginning of 2014.
Additionally, effective with Kirkland’s retirement, Joseph C. Geagea has been appointed executive vice president of technology, projects, and services (TPS).