Coyne PR lands 20-year Exxon vet

PARSIPPANY, NJ: Coyne PR has tapped Jean Gould, former advisor, international corporate affairs at Exxon, to be director of corporate and government affairs, a new position.

PARSIPPANY, NJ: Coyne PR has tapped Jean Gould, former advisor, international corporate affairs at Exxon, to be director of corporate and government affairs, a new position.

Gould, who spent her entire 20-year career at Exxon and left the oil company in 2000 to pursue graduate work before it became ExxonMobil, will run a new division within Coyne.  Rich Lukis, Coyne VP, said Gould will initially handle Coyne's expanded responsibilities with Shell Lubricants.

"It is kind of what she did for Exxon – she will work almost exclusively, at first, on Shell business," he said, adding that the company has called on Coyne increasingly to support it with issue and crisis management and government relations.  "We are looking at the potential of expanding that discipline."

Ultimately, Lukis said Gould will be part of an effort by the agency to grow corporate work with other clients. 

Shell has been a client for three years, though the majority of the agency's work had been on Shell lubricant brands, including Quaker State, Pennzoil and, Rotella, as well as chemical brands. That began to change after Katrina last year, as Lukis said the agency's role expanded.

"We have helped Shell Lubricants on the corporate side, on product allocation [communicating supply issues to customers], and hurricane preparedness," Lukis said. 

Gould said that while she has only ever worked for Exxon, she has held diverse positions at the company, including a stint in engineering.

"Within corporate affairs, I've worked on issue management, public policy, and lobbying, and at all three levels on state national and international."

She will be based in New Jersey, but will travel to Houston. 

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