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Chevron Press Release - Robertson To Head Chevrons Overseas Oil And Gas Operations

Peter Robertson

Peter Robertson

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29, 1999 -- Chevron today announced the appointment of Peter Robertson as president of Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc. (COPI), replacing Dick Matzke, who was elected a Chevron vice chairman earlier today.

COPI oversees Chevron's search for oil and production of oil and gas in such key areas as Kazakhstan, Angola, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Australia, Thailand and Latin America -- areas which represent the most promising growth prospects in Chevron's portfolio.

Replacing Robertson as president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production will be George Kirkland, current chairman and managing director of Chevron Nigeria Ltd. Both appointments are effective Jan. 1.

George Kirkland

George Kirkland

Kirkland, 49, has also been elected a corporation vice president, and Robertson will continue as a corporation vice president.

Robertson, 52, is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Edinburgh University, and he holds an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

He joined Chevron in 1973, and after a variety of assignments was named comptroller for Chevron Oil Europe in London in 1980. He then held several key comptroller posts before being elected vice president, finance, of Chevron U.S.A. in 1989.

In October 1991, he was named president of Warren Petroleum Co., Chevron's former natural gas liquids subsidiary. In 1994, he was elected a vice president of Chevron Corp., responsible for strategic planning and the company's total quality improvement activities. He also has served as a director of Caltex Petroleum Corp.

In 1997, he took on responsibility for Chevron's U.S. and Canadian exploration and production operations.

Robertson is on the board of directors of Dynegy Inc., a major natural gas and electric power marketer in which Chevron holds a 29 percent interest. He is chairman of the American Petroleum Institute's Upstream Committee and a member of the board of the Natural Gas Supply Association.

Kirkland, a civil engineer, joined Chevron 24 years ago and has worked in North America, Asia and Africa. He began his career as a construction engineer in 1974, in New Orleans, La., and later spent six- years with Caltex Pacific Indonesia, where he served as project engineering manager for the giant Duri steam flood project.

At various times, he served as senior project manager, division engineer, chief engineer and coordinator of production operations in Chevron subsidiaries.

For the past six years, Kirkland has been with Chevron Nigeria Ltd., first as general manager-production, then as general manager-asset management. In 1996, he was appointed chairman and managing director. Under his leadership, crude oil production rose from approximately 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to the present level of 440,000 bpd. The business unit is pursuing a plan to increase it to 600,000 bpd by the year 2001.

He has also managed successful implementation of the Escravos Gas Project, Nigeria's first major associated gas utilization plant, and has been a leader in development of the proposed West African Gas Pipeline.

Updated: September 1999