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Chevron Press Release - Dave O'Reilly To Succeed Ken Derr As Chairman And CEO of Chevron

O'Reilly and Derr

Dave O'Reilly (left) and Ken Derr shake hands at a press conference to announce O'Reilly's election as Chevron's next chairman and CEO.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29, 1999 -- The Chevron Corp. Board of Directors today announced that Vice Chairman Dave O'Reilly has been elected chairman of the board and chief executive officer, effective January 1.

O'Reilly, 52, will succeed Ken Derr, 63, who has elected to retire after a distinguished career of almost 40 years with the company, including 11 years as chairman and CEO.

Dick Matzke, 62, a member of the Board of Directors and president of Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc. (COPI), will succeed O'Reilly as vice chairman, responsible for worldwide exploration and production operations.

Jim Sullivan, 62, continues as vice chairman responsible for worldwide refining, marketing and chemical operations.

"Dave O'Reilly is the right person to lead Chevron in the future," said Derr. "He combines broad company experience with a record of achieving superior business results, and he has strong leadership skills."

Dave O'Reilly

Dave O'Reilly

Born in Dublin, Ireland, O'Reilly earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from University College, Dublin in 1968. That year, he began his career with Chevron Research as a process engineer.

Serving in positions of increasing responsibility, O'Reilly later became manager of Chevron's SLake City Refinery, manufacturing manager for Chevron Chemical's Olefins Division, and general manager of Chevron's refinery in El Segundo, Calif. In 1989, he was elected senior vice president and chief operating officer of Chevron Chemical Co.

O'Reilly was elected a vice president of Chevron Corp. in October 1991, responsible for strategic planning and coordination of the company's quality improvement activities. He also served as a director of Caltex Petroleum Corp.

In September 1994, he was elected president of Chevron Products Co., where he led the company's U.S. refining and marketing operations. During his tenure, U.S. refining and marketing earnings rose from $75 million in 1995 to $633 million in 1998.

In November 1998, O'Reilly was elected a vice chairman and director, responsible for Chevron's worldwide exploration and production activities. He has also been leading the successful effort to reduce the company's cost structure by $500 million.

O'Reilly is a member of the American Petroleum Institute's board of directors; the board of the national Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.; the California Business Roundtable and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.


Dick Matzke

Dick Matzke

Matzke is a native of Illinois and a graduate of Iowa State University (bachelor's degree, geology, 1959); Pennsylvania State University (master's degree, geology, 1961); and St. Mary's College of California (master's degree, business administration, 1977).

He joined Chevron in 1961 as a geologist in Louisiana and advanced through positions of responsibility in the company's exploration, economics, research and corporate planning departments. He was named general manager, foreign operations staff, and director of Caltex Pacific Indonesia in 1982. In 1986, he was named president of Chevron Canada Resources Ltd.

Matzke was named president of COPI in 1989 and a vice president of Chevron Corp. in 1990. He played a key leadership role in expanding Chevron's international presence in exploration and production, resulting in a doubling of international oil production volumes during the past decade.

In his new position, he will be responsible for Chevron's worldwide upstream activities, with a primary emphasis on formulating and implementing the growth component of the company's exploration and production strategies.

Matzke was elected to the Chevron Board of Directors in 1997. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States-Kazakhstan Business Association, a member of the United States-Russia Business Council, vice chairman of the United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Business Council for International Understanding. He serves on the Board of Trustees of The Africa America Institute, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


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Ken Derr

Ken Derr has led Chevron through a period of unprecedented financial success as well as unparalleled economic challenges. Derr, who became chairman and CEO in 1989, has brought a strong investor focus to Chevron's performance.

During most of his tenure, the company led its oil competitors in total shareholder return, a period when Chevron's market capitalization increased from $15 billion to about $60 billion. And the company has increased its stock dividend for 10 consecutive years.

Derr also brought an intense focus to efficient operations. Under his leadership, the company has reduced its annual cost structure by about $2.4 billion.

Derr's tenure also saw Chevron sharply -- and successfully -- increase its overseas exploration and production activities, with two thirds of its multi-billion-dollar capital budget now allocated outside of North America.

Derr led the transition to international activities when he signed the first major joint venture agreement in the Caspian Sea region with the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Tengiz venture in Kazakhstan, which now produces 220,000 barrels of oil a day, is expected to more than triple production over the next decade. During the same period, the company re-entered Venezuela, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Derr joined Chevron in 1960 after earning a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering (1959) and a masters in business administration (1960) from Cornell University.

Derr has held positions of increasing authority, including assistant to the president (1969), vice president (elected 1972), president of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (1979), and vice chairman (1985). Perhaps the highlight of his pre-chairman tenure was his successful leadership of the effort to implement all facets of the 1984 merger of Chevron and Gulf corporations, the largest corporate merger at that time in American history.

Derr is a director of AT&T, Citigroup, Potlatch Corp., the American Productivity & Quality Center, the Bay Area Council and the American Petroleum Institute, which he also served as chairman. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, the Business Council and the Business Roundtable as well as a Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University. He also served as a member of President Bush's Commission on Environmental Quality and as a member of President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development.

As chairman of the fund-raising Committee to Save the San Francisco Cable Cars, he led the successful effort to preserve one of America's most recognizable civic symbols.

Updated: September 1999