R.E. (Rob) McKee, executive vice president, Exploration and Production, has elected to retire, effective March 31, 2003, after 35 years of service. As of Jan. 1, 2003, he is on special assignment to ConocoPhillips CEO Jim Mulva until his retirement. McKee began working for Conoco Inc. in 1967, holding 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 business development. McKee served as executive vice president, exploration, for Conoco Inc. from 1992 to 2002.
W.B. (Bill) Berry, currently president, Asia Pacific, has been promoted to executive vice president, Exploration and Production, effective Jan. 1, 2003, replacing McKee. Berry began his career with Phillips in 1976 and progressed through various domestic and international Upstream management positions. In 1996, while leading Phillips' Upstream and Downstream activities in China, he was recognized by the government of China as one of the 31 outstanding foreign experts. Berry was named senior vice president of E&P Eurasia-Middle East in 2001. He also served as director of Corporate Strategic Planning for Phillips.
"Rob has helped us create what has the potential to become a great exploration and production organization, and we wish him every success in his future endeavors," said CEO Jim Mulva. "He will continue to help us with a successful transition during the first quarter of the new year."
"I am confident that Upstream, under the direction of Bill Berry, will not only succeed but will set the industry standard for E&P operations. I wish him and the rest of the leadership team the very best," said Rob McKee.
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