ChevronTexaco fortifies PR team with hires

SAN RAMON, CA: Dave Samson and Lisa Barry have joined ChevronTexaco's communications team and will handle public affairs and government affairs, respectively.

SAN RAMON, CA: Dave Samson and Lisa Barry have joined ChevronTexaco's communications team and will handle public affairs and government affairs, respectively.

Samson, who was VP of international PR and executive communications at Oracle, takes over as GM of public affairs, a newly created position. He will oversee all corporate, external, and internal communications.

Lisa Barry, who previously served as SVP of international policy at Time Warner, becomes VP and GM of government affairs. Barry succeeds Phil Cavanaugh, a 40-year ChevronTexaco veteran, who will retire in April. She will be based in Washington, DC.

Samson's departure has triggered a communications shuffle at Oracle. Kristin Hollins will replace Samson, but she will also continue her responsibilities as VP of product and services communications. However, Oracle's VP of global corporate communications, Jim Finn, indicated that he will soon be looking for someone to take over the product and services communications team.

ChevronTexaco has also promoted Christina Jones to GM of corporate public policy, a new post at the company. Jones was previously regional general counsel for the company's overseas petroleum division.

All three will report to Patricia Yarrington, VP of public and government affairs. Samson and Jones will be based in the Bay Area. Executive recruitment firm Korn/Ferry International placed both Samson and Barry at ChevronTexaco.

"ChevronTexaco is a huge company at the nexus of a lot of geopolitical issues," said Samson, who will also oversee executive communications and corporate brand management. "My time at Oracle has been terrific, but this is a very compelling opportunity."

Samson, who was at Oracle for a little less than two years, has also worked for Ketchum, Levi Strauss, and IBM.

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