Senior Management Positions Announced by ConocoPhillips
Phillips Petroleum Company and Conoco have named the initial members of the ConocoPhillips global management team that will take office after the completion of their proposed merger of equals that was announced in November 2001. As previously announced, James J. Mulva, currently chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Phillips, will become president and CEO of ConocoPhillips. The following will report directly to Mulva.
Robert E. McKee III, 55, will become executive vice president, exploration and production (E&P). He currently is executive vice president, E&P, for Conoco, a position he has held since 1996. McKee joined Conoco in 1967 and has held several senior positions in the United States and Europe, including vice president, refining and marketing, North America; senior vice president, administration; and executive vice president, corporate strategy and development.
Jim W. Nokes, 55, will become executive vice president, refining, marketing, supply and transportation (RMS&T). He currently is executive vice president, RMS&T, for Conoco. Nokes joined Conoco in 1970. He was named vice president of Conoco's North American refining and marketing operations in 1994, president of North American refining and marketing in 1998, and was elected to his current position in 1999.
John A. Carrig, 50, will become executive vice president, finance, and chief financial officer. He currently is senior vice president and chief financial officer for Phillips. Carrig joined Phillips in London in 1978 as a tax attorney. He was elected treasurer in 1995 and vice president and treasurer in 1996. In 2000, he was elected senior vice president and treasurer and was elected to his current position in 2001.
John E. Lowe, 43, will become executive vice president, planning and strategic transactions. He currently is senior vice president, corporate strategy and development, for Phillips. Lowe joined Phillips in 1981, and held a number of managerial positions in finance and controllers. He was elected vice president of planning and strategic transactions in 1999, senior vice president of planning and strategic transactions in 2000, and was elected to his current position in 2001.
Rick A. Harrington, 57, will become senior vice president, legal, and general counsel. He currently is senior vice president, legal, and general counsel for Conoco. Harrington joined DuPont in 1979 as a senior attorney and subsequently served as vice president and general counsel for Consolidation Coal Company, at that time a DuPont subsidiary. He was named vice president and general counsel for Conoco in 1994 and was elected to his current position in 1998.
``The selection process was difficult, given the proven leadership of the top executives of both companies,'' said Conoco Chairman and CEO Archie W. Dunham, who will serve as chairman of ConocoPhillips. The ConocoPhillips management team was reviewed with the Phillips and Conoco boards of directors. Said Mulva: ``I look forward to the closing of our merger and the opportunity to work directly with the members of the new management team. We have chosen individuals who clearly share our vision and best reflect the combination of strengths needed to make ConocoPhillips the successful and profitable company our shareholders expect it to be.'' Mulva also said that J. Bryan Whitworth, executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer for Phillips, will serve as executive vice president, reporting to the CEO of ConocoPhillips and assisting with the transition until Whitworth's retirement.
Last November, Phillips and Conoco announced an agreement to create ConocoPhillips in a merger of equals. As a premier global major, ConocoPhillips will have the size, portfolio of high-quality assets, and the capabilities and financial strength to compete and generate enhanced value for its shareholders. Specifically, in addition to announced annual recurring synergies of at least $750 million, ConocoPhillips will have substantial opportunities for profitable growth, world-class technology, work force and operational practices, significant opportunity to enhance its exploration portfolio, diversified earnings and cash flow, a strong balance sheet with improved capital efficiency and an efficient cost structure.
Special meetings of stockholders of both Phillips and Conoco have been called for March 12, when a final vote on the merger will be tallied. The merger also remains subject to receipt of necessary regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2002.