ChevronTexaco hires Visa chief

SAN FRANCISCO: ChevronTexaco has hired Visa International senior V-P of corporate relations Russ Yarrow to spearhead the oil and gas giant’s global PR efforts.

Yarrow joins next week in the newly created role of manager of external relations, and will report to general manager of public affairs Dave Samson.

A Chevron spokeswoman said Yarrow would oversee the firm’s executive comms and media relations teams, totalling around 20 staff.

Exploration and production in the Middle East and Russia are key to the world’s fourth-largest energy provider’s growth.

Yarrow said Visa International staffers Cheryl Heinonen and Mike Sherman will oversee external and internal comms respectively as it recruits for his successor.

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