Phillips Petroleum names new voice

BARTLESVILLE, OK: As part of an in-house shakeup, Phillips Petroleum has hired a top voice away from pharmaceutical giant G.D. Searle and cut two high-level communications posts.

BARTLESVILLE, OK: As part of an in-house shakeup, Phillips Petroleum has hired a top voice away from pharmaceutical giant G.D. Searle and cut two high-level communications posts.

BARTLESVILLE, OK: As part of an in-house shakeup, Phillips

Petroleum has hired a top voice away from pharmaceutical giant G.D.

Searle and cut two high-level communications posts.



Fred Ramos, formerly Searle’s Chicago-based senior director of strategic

communications, has been handed responsibility for Phillips’ media,

employee and financial relations functions.



Joining as corporate communications manager, Ramos arrives at Phillips

only weeks after the company announced it would spin off its chemical

division into a joint venture with Chevron. The two companies expect to

eliminate about 600 of their combined 6,000 chemical positions.



Departing Phillips during the tumult were corporate communications head

William Wertz and media relations leader Rob Phillips.



Wertz landed at Littlefield, a Tulsa-based integrated shop, as VP and

director of PR. During his almost 20 years with Phillips, Wertz played a

key role in PR and IR campaigns that helped stave off two hostile

takeover attempts.



Phillips spokesperson Kristi DesJarlais said she doesn’t foresee the

recent reorganization affecting the company’s relationship with its PR

partners. Kekst & Co. and the Graubard Group do outside PR work for

Phillips on a project basis.



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