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Texaco Press Release - Thomas S. Williamson, Jr. Named Chair of Texaco Equality and Fairness Task Force


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 13 - Texaco today announced that Thomas S. Williamson, Jr. has been named chairperson of the company's Equality and Fairness Task Force, which is charged with evaluating potential improvements to Texaco's human resources programs and monitoring the progress made in those programs.

Williamson, a partner with Washington, D.C. law firm Covington & Burling, has been a member of the Task Force since its establishment in June, 1997. He replaces Deval L. Patrick, who tendered his resignation as Task Force chairperson in December to become Vice President and General Counsel of Texaco Inc.

Commenting on the announcement, Janet L. Stoner, Texaco Vice President, Human Resources, said, "Tom Williamson has served with distinction as a member of the Task Force since its creation. We look forward to his leadership as we move forward with our shared goal of ensuring world-class human resource programs and policies at Texaco."

The Task Force was established as part of the settlement Texaco reached in November, 1996 with current and former African American salaried employees. Under the terms of the agreement, the Chair of the Task Force is selected jointly by Texaco and attorneys representing the members of the settlement class, subject to approval by U.S. District Court Judge Charles L. Brieant. Mr. Williamson's appointment as Task Force chairperson has been approved by Judge Brieant.

Williamson has been associated with Covington and Burling since 1974. From 1978 to 1981 he served as Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Energy. He returned to Covington and Burling and became a partner in 1982. In 1993 he was named Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor, with responsibility for the enforcement of federal statutes relating to wage protection, worker health and safety, pension benefits, employment discrimination and affirmative action, labor standards, job training, union democracy, unemployment insurance and other labor programs. Williamson returned to Covington & Burling in 1996.

Williamson graduated from Harvard College in 1964, and earned his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974.

Updated: January 1999