ChevronTexaco lures top Conoco exec to lead corporate comms

SAN FRANCISCO: ChevronTexaco has brought in a top Conoco PR exec to fill the corporate communications GM's position left vacant since last fall's Chevron-Texaco merger.

SAN FRANCISCO: ChevronTexaco has brought in a top Conoco PR exec to fill the corporate communications GM's position left vacant since last fall's Chevron-Texaco merger.

Jeanne Forbis will oversee global employee, executive, and web communications, as well as corporate media relations and advertising. She leaves Houston-based Conoco as corporate communications manager, having joined the company from Phillips Petroleum five years ago. Most recently, Forbis had been co-leading a communications integration team preparing for the impending Conoco-Phillips merger.

ChevronTexaco had been without an on-staff corporate communications leader because the person who led such efforts for Chevron, Anna Perez, went to Washington to serve as communications counselor to National Security Advisor Condo-leezza Rice. Texaco's corporate communications head, Chris Gidez, also chose not to take a permanent post with the newly merged oil company, but has been serving as acting head of external communications on a contract basis during the transition. Larry Shushan has been handling other corporate communications functions, also as an outside consultant.

Forbis will take over Gidez's and Shushan's duties, although both will work for ChevronTexaco in the "near term, Gidez said.

Forbis will supervise a staff of about 30 and will report to public and government affairs VP Rosemary Moore, who led Texaco's pre-merger PR efforts.

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