Timothy H. Ling, Unocal President and COO, dies Unexpectedly

Unocal Corporation said that Timothy H. Ling, 46, president and chief operating officer, died suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 28, in El Segundo.

"Tim Ling was a brilliant executive with boundless energy and enthusiasm," said Charles R. Williamson, Unocal chairman and chief executive officer. "He lived every moment with gusto. Although his life was tragically short, it was remarkably full. The entire Unocal family is shocked and saddened by Tim's sudden passing. We will miss him terribly."

Williamson indicated that he would assume Tim's responsibilities as president and chief operating officer on an interim basis, effective immediately.

Tim was also a member of the company's management committee and had served as a member of Unocal's board of directors since 2000. Previously, he was executive vice president, North American Operations. He joined Unocal in 1997 as chief financial officer.

Tim was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in geology from Cornell University in 1982 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1989. Prior to joining Unocal, Tim was a partner at McKinsey and Company in Los Angeles. He also worked as a research geologist for the United States Geological Survey at Woods Hole, Mass., where his focus was on the assessment of deep-water energy and mineral resources.

Tim served as a director of Maxis Communications, a cellular telephone provider in Malaysia. He was also a director of the American Petroleum Institute and the Domestic Petroleum Council, and served on the secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the highest-level advisory board at the U.S. Department of Energy. He was on the management board for the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and served as an officer and board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

Tim is survived by his wife, Kimberly, and three children. Funeral arrangements are to be determined.