Two top PR pros to leave Fina prior to Houston move

PLANO, TX: Petrochemical giant Fina will be missing two of its top PR pros and four other high-level executives when it relocates to Houston next year.

PLANO, TX: Petrochemical giant Fina will be missing two of its top PR pros and four other high-level executives when it relocates to Houston next year.

PLANO, TX: Petrochemical giant Fina will be missing two of its top

PR pros and four other high-level executives when it relocates to

Houston next year.



Word leaked out earlier this month that several of the company’s most

highly regarded employees have decided to pursue other options rather

than move across the state. Government relations VP Bill Phelps will

retire, while Carla Meadows, the company’s GM of corporate

communications and public affairs, said she plans to resign before the

mid-2000 move. Also retiring are CEO Ronald Haddock and the heads of

Fina’s legal, IT and finance teams.



Parent company TotalFina had given Plano, TX-based employees - who

worked in the new corporate headquarters for only a year - until

December 1 to decide whether to transfer or accept severance packages.

The relocation was announced in September.



According to Maria Martineau, who handles corporate communications and

runs Fina’s charitable foundation, the move won’t necessarily affect the

company’s relationship with Dallas-based Levenson PR. She added that the

rest of the in-house PR staff, which includes two community relations

reps, have yet to announce their decisions regarding relocation.



Similarly undecided is how the company will structure internal PR in

Houston. Both Phelps and Meadows are expected to continue working for

Fina until the relocation.



In the last two years, a series of acquisitions has made Fina an

increasingly smaller part of the overall TotalFina operation. It will

become part of the world’s fourth-largest oil firm next year when its

French parent purchases Elf Aquitaine, also based in France.



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