Chevron Corp. has promoted John McDonald, the current vice president of strategic planning, to chief technology officer, succeeding Donald Paul, who will retire from the company in 2008 after more than 32 years of service. Paul Siegele, currently vice president of deepwater exploration/projects, will replace McDonald. McDonald and Siegele will assume their new roles on Jan. 1.
“Over the course of his outstanding career, Don has made many significant contributions to our company and the industry, where he is widely recognized as a thought leader in advanced energy technologies and their role in defining the evolution of the energy business,” said Dave O’Reilly, chairman and chief executive officer. “Don’s unique ability to combine innovation with practical application helped establish the integrated model for how we approach the development and deployment of technology across the company.”
In his new role, McDonald, will serve as corporate officer for Chevron’s three technology companies: Chevron Energy Technology Co., Chevron Information Technology Co. and Chevron Technology Ventures LLC.
“The development and deployment of advanced technology is absolutely critical to our success,” O’Reilly said. “John combines a deep knowledge of our business with a practical understanding of technology application and integration. As CTO, he will be focused on continuing to enhance the company’s technology leadership.”
Siegele will assume the role of corporate vice president of strategic planning. He began his career with Texaco in 1980 as a petroleum geologist in the Los Angeles operations division and has held numerous technical and managerial positions in California, Texas, New York and Argentina throughout his career.