ConocoPhillips makes several organizational changes

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, June 16 -- ConocoPhillips recently made some organization appointments.

Willie Chiang, currently president, strategy, integration and specialty businesses, refining, marketing, supply, and transportation, was named president, Americas supply and trading, commercial.

Chiang began his career in refining in 1981 in California and served in various technical and supervisory positions for operations, maintenance, engineering, and clean fuels projects. In 1998, he became manager of ConocoPhillips's Los Angeles refinery.

He was named general manager of the San Francisco refinery system in 2000 and assumed Western US refining responsibilities in 2001. Prior to his current assignment, he was general manager, Western US refining, and refinery manager for the San Francisco refinery.

Ryan Lance, currently president, Asia Pacific, exploration and production, will succeed Chiang.

Lance joined the industry in 1984 and held a number of engineering and operations positions in Alaska and exploration assignments in Bakersfield, Calif., and Midland, Tex. He later served as an exploration engineering manager and a planning manager.

In 1998, Lance was appointed vice-president, operations, on the Western North Slope of Alaska. In 2001, Lance became general manager of the company's operations in the US Lower 48 and Canada. In 2002, he was named vice-president, US Lower 48, for ConocoPhillips and then assumed his current role in April 2003.

Jim McColgin, currently vice-president, exploration and business development, exploration and production, will succeed Lance.

McColgin joined the company in 1973 and completed several US and international assignments related to the company's worldwide exploration activities.

In 1989, McColgin became president of the company's Canadian operations. He was then appointed general manager with responsibility for reserve acquisitions and asset management in 1991 and later became general manager of strategy and portfolio management for the company's exploration and production segment.

In 1997, he was named president and general manager of the company's Indonesian operations. In 2000, he became president, Africa, Asia, and Middle East, and was then named president, US Lower 48 and Latin America, in 2002. He assumed his current role in May 2003.

Stephen Brand, currently president, Australasia, exploration and production, will succeed McColgin.

Brand began his career with the company in 1976 as a geologist. He became supervisor of North America exploration and production in 1982. In 1989, Brand became a staff director for exploration and production.

Beginning in 1995, he served as Canada region manager of North American exploration and production and was later named the business development manager for the upstream organization. In 1998, he was named general manager, Australia division, and later promoted to his present role in the Australasia division.

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