Petroleum giant Chevron today announced that Australian boss Nigel Hearne will move to the US, to be replaced by company veteran Al Williams.
He is currently vice-president of the San Joaquin Valley business unit, and is responsible for Chevron's oil and gas production in California with core operations in seven field locations.
He was previously president of Chevron Pipe Line Company, managing a network of crude oil, natural gas and refined product pipelines, as well as storage facilities in North America.
A native of Mississippi, Mr Williams received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 1990, and a master in business administration from Tulane University in 1998.
He succeeds Steven Green, who has been appointed president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production.
In his new capacity, Mr Hearne will oversee nine countries across the Asia-Pacific region.
Recently, Mr Hearne has overseen the early stages of production from the Chevron-operated Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas facilities, and ongoing investment decisions including the Gorgon Stage Two development.
“Nigel brings extensive international upstream and downstream operating experience to his expanded role,” Chevron chief executive and chairman Mike Wirth said.
“His recent experience commencing operations at our two flagship natural gas projects in Western Australia makes him exceptionally qualified to assume this key leadership position.”
Chevron Australia currently operates the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas facilities, manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture, operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island, and is a significant investor in exploration.
Meanwhile, the board of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association formally accepted the resignation of its chief executive Malcom Roberts today.
“After more than three years leading APPEA, it is time for a fresh challenge,” Dr Roberts said in a statement.
“My time with APPEA coincided with an extremely challenging period for the industry.
“The industry – and APPEA – are now both leaner and more capable with very positive prospects heading into the future."
His successor, who was recruited to the role after an extensive search, will be named in the New Year and commence soon after, ensuring a smooth transition with Dr Roberts.