Occidental Petroleum elects news Board Members

Occidental Petroleum Corporation announced the election of William R. Klesse, chairman of the Board and CEO of Valero Energy Corporation, and Gene L. Batchelder, former senior vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO) at ConocoPhillips 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.”

Klesse 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. Klesse became executive vice president and COO in 2003, CEO in 2006 and chairman of the Board in 2007.

Batchelder joined Phillips Petroleum in 1972. He was named president of Phillips Driscopipe in 1990 and finance manager of GPM Gas Co. in 1994. He was Conoco’s senior vice president, Services and CIO from 2002 to 2009, when he was promoted to senior vice president and CAO. He retired from Conoco in 2012.

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