William R. Klesse and Gene L. Batchelder Elected to Occidental Petroleum
Board of Directors
LOS ANGELES -- October 10, 2013
Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) announced today that William R.
Klesse, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Valero Energy
Corporation, and Gene L. Batchelder, former Senior Vice President and Chief
Administrative Officer at ConocoPhillips Company, have been elected to its
Board of Directors.
“The election of Bill and Gene reflects the Board’s intent to bring on new
directors with experience in the energy industry,” said Ambassador Edward P.
Djerejian, Chairman of the Board. “We’re delighted they are joining us, and we
look forward to working closely with them.”
Mr. Klesse, 67, began his 40-plus year career in the energy industry at
Diamond Shamrock Corporation. Following the merger of Ultramar Corporation and
Diamond Shamrock, the company was acquired by Valero. Mr. Klesse became
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2003, CEO in 2006 and
Chairman of the Board in 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical
Engineering from the University of Dayton and an MBA with an emphasis in
Finance from West Texas A&M University.
Mr. Batchelder, 66, joined Phillips Petroleum in 1972. He was named President
of Phillips Driscopipe, Inc., in 1990 and Finance Manager of GPM Gas Co. in
1994. He was Conoco’s Senior Vice President, Services and Chief Information
Officer from 2002 to 2009, when he was promoted to Senior Vice President and
Chief Administrative Officer. He retired from Conoco in 2012. Mr. Batchelder
holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and is
a certified public accountant.
Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration
and production company with operations in the United States, Middle East/North
Africa and Latin America regions. Oxy is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas
companies, based on equity market capitalization. Oxy's wholly owned
subsidiary, OxyChem, manufactures and markets chlor-alkali products and
vinyls. Oxy is committed to safeguarding the environment, protecting the
safety and health of employees and neighboring communities and upholding high
standards of social responsibility in all of the company's worldwide
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
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