press release

Unocal names former ambassador John J. Maresca as vice president, International Relations

El Segundo, Calif., Sept. 9, 1997 -- Unocal Corporation today announced the appointment of John J. Maresca, former United States ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as vice president for International Relations.

Maresca will be responsible for advising Unocal's management on international relations worldwide, with initial emphasis on Central Asia. He reports to Unocal President John F. Imle, Jr.

"Given the increasingly global scope of Unocal's activities, managing the complexities of international issues is imperative," said Imle. "With his extensive diplomatic experience in Europe and Central Asia, Jack will play a key role on Unocal's international team."

Maresca was the first president of the Open Media Research Institute, the private successor to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute, and also the first director of the European Centre for Common Ground, a private international conflict resolution organization.

During his career with the U.S. State Department, Maresca served as U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE from 1989 until 1992. At OSCE, he was a principal architect of several significant agreements on political, military, economic and human rights issues, including its Charter of Paris for a New Europe which was signed at the summit officially ending the Cold War in 1990.

Maresca also was the U.S. mediator for the conflicts in Cyprus and Nagorno-Karabakh, where he worked closely with the governments of Russia, Turkey, Greece, Armenia and Azerbaijan. In 1992, he was sent as Special Envoy to establish American diplomatic relations with the newly formed independent states of the former U.S.S.R. and with Albania.

From 1986 until 1988, Maresca served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and supervised U.S. defense interests in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Europe and the U.S.S.R.

A former U.S. naval officer, he earned a B.A. degree in political science from Yale University and pursued graduate studies at the London School of Economics.

Unocal Corporation is one of the world's leading energy resource and project development companies, with reserves of more than 9.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (1.6 billion barrels of oil equivalent) and major oil and gas production activities in Asia and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The company maintains headquarters in both California and Malaysia.

Updated: September 1997