Chevron Corp. has named Joe Laymon corporate vice president of Human Resources, effective immediately. Laymon joins Chevron from the Ford Motor Company, where he was group vice president of corporate human resources and labor affairs.
In his new role, Laymon, 55, will oversee Chevron’s human resources and medical functions worldwide. He succeeds Alan Preston, who is retiring from Chevron on April 30, after 35 years with the company.
"Few industries are facing a more competitive global market for talent than the energy industry," said Chevron Vice Chairman Peter Robertson. "Joe’s deep and proven expertise, especially in organizations with vast and far-reaching global workforces, will prove invaluable as we seek to attract and develop the critical talent we need to support our growing worldwide organization."
Prior to joining Ford in 2000, Laymon worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with assignments in Zaire and Washington, DC. He joined Xerox Corp. in 1979 and went on to hold a number of senior human resources jobs, including chief labor negotiator, over the course of 17 years. He then moved to the Eastman Kodak Co., where he held senior human resources positions.
In commenting on Preston’s retirement, Robertson said, "Alan was the chief architect of many of our most important workforce and strategic staffing initiatives, but none more central to our future success than our ‘Invest in People’ strategy. At the heart of this strategy are the ideals of continuous development, inclusion and diversity, all of which Alan long-championed across our global workforce."
Chevron also said Gen. James Jones (retired, U.S. Marine Corps) has been nominated for election to Chevron’s board of directors. Jones is currently president and chief executive officer of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, a policy, economic and educational center in affiliation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Jones will be considered for election to Chevron’s board at the company’s annual stockholders meeting on May 28. If he is elected, the board will increase from 14 to 15 members, and Jones will serve on the Public Policy Committee and the Board Nominating and Governance Committee.