Unocal forms new upstream business units for domestic, international operations headed by Schanck, Williamson
El Segundo, Calif., Aug. 16, 1996 -- Unocal Corporation today said it is realigning its worldwide oil, gas and geothermal activities into two business units that will focus on domestic growth activities and the company's expanding international operations.
Jack W. Schanck, 45, will be responsible for exploration and production activities in the United States. Charles R. Williamson, 47, will have responsibility for Unocal's foreign oil and gas production operations, including projects operated by others, and the company's geothermal activities.
"The segregation of our domestic exploration and production operations into one organization emphasizes the importance of these businesses to Unocal's long-term future," said Roger C. Beach, Unocal chairman and chief executive officer. "We expect a sharper focus on growth opportunities as well as on continuing operational improvements."
Previously, the company's worldwide oil and gas production activities were in one organization headed by Schanck.
Unocal has domestic exploration and production operations in Alabama, Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah, and as well as extensive offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
The new international operations group headed by Williamson includes Unocal's oil and gas production operations -- Thailand, Indonesia, the U.K., Canada, and the Netherlands, as well as international projects operated by others -- and the company's geothermal operations in the U.S., Philippines and Indonesia.
Schanck joined Unocal in 1976. He held various positions as a field geologist with the company's Louisiana/Gulf of Mexico operations before becoming vice president, Unocal Canada, in 1989. He was named president of Unocal Canada in 1990.
Schanck then became vice president for Unocal's worldwide exploration in 1992 and was promoted to his current position of group vice president for oil and gas operations in 1994.
He holds a masters' degree in geology from Memphis State University.
Williamson joined Unocal in 1977 as a research associate. In 1983, he was named chief exploration geologist for the company in the U.K., and, in 1986, became exploration manager and director of Unocal Netherlands.
He was named exploration vice president for Unocal Thailand in 1989, and then was named vice president for technology in the company's former Energy Resource Division in 1992. In 1994, he was named to his current position as vice president for corporate planning and economics.
He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas (Austin).
Updated: August 1996