Leading communications at Chevron, the second-largest US energy company, must not be for the faint of heart. Dave Samson has been hard at work in an age when mention of an oil company often calls to mind exorbitant gas prices or disasters such as the BP oil spill. Chevron has not been immune to its own communications challenges. This year the energy giant suffered a string of legal setbacks. It fought an $18 billion ruling for environmental damages in the Amazon jungle and is facing two more massive battles on the horizon. These crises aside, Chevron consistently ranks among the top five of the Fortune 500, taking the third spot again this year.
Samson's team is responsible for corporate branding, issues management, media relations, and employee communications, in addition to managing the company's global website.
This year, Chevron continued its investment in the Asia-Pacific region; the company signed a contract with Japanese utilities company Tohoku Electric Power to supply LNG fuel as Japan moves away from nuclear energy.
There is sure to be another busy year ahead for Samson, but his track record shows he is a leader up for the challenge.