press release

Unocal names Ellice-Flint to new exploration-technology chief post

El Segundo, Calif., Dec. 19, 1997 - Unocal Corporation today said it has named John C. Ellice-Flint to the new post of senior vice president, Global Exploration and Technology, to leverage the company's strong exploration portfolio and better integrate the company's data and analysis processes into the exploration program.

Ellice-Flint, 46, was vice president, corporate planning and economics, prior to this appointment. He has had 23 years of experience in the company's exploration and production operations around the world.

Ellice-Flint will play a key role in accelerating Unocal's decision-making and review of new opportunities. He will manage Unocal's worldwide exploration portfolio and focus the company's exploration, production and information technology groups on advanced techniques for evaluating prospects and mitigating risk. Unocal's planned 1998 exploration capital expenditures are nearly $555 million, with another $200 million for geologic and geophysical work. The company is slated to drill or participate in 189 exploration wells next year.

The company has developed a portfolio of promising exploration prospects in the Gulf of Mexico, Indonesia, Brunei and Bangladesh that will be drilled in 1998.

"John is a respected and accomplished upstream executive with broad international experience," said Roger C. Beach, Unocal chairman and chief executive officer. "He has an excellent track record of successfully finding new reserves for the company and bringing these on production at low-cost. In this new position, John will help us apply advanced techniques in evaluating data on exploration prospects for our business units in the United States and abroad."

Biographical information

Ellice-Flint joined Unocal in 1974 in Indonesia as a geologist. This was followed by assignments in Thailand, Japan, Bangladesh, and Norway, focusing on evaluating exploration prospects and implementing cost reduction efforts.

In 1984, he became exploration manager for Unocal in the United Kingdom. In 1989, he became regional exploration manager for Unocal's Texas/Southeastern region in the United States. He was named group exploration manager for the central Asia and Middle East area in 1992.

In 1994, Ellice-Flint was named to head Unocal's production and exploration activities in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. He assumed the corporate planning and economics post in 1997.

Born in Sydney, Australia, he holds a bachelor of science degree with honors from the University of New England. He also graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business. Ellice-Flint is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Petroleum Society of Great Britain, and the Royal Geological Society.

Updated: December 1997