Occidental Petroleum Corp has announced the leadership team for its subsidiary, California Resources Corp (CRC), and named Todd A. Stevens as President and CEO and William E. Albrecht as Executive Chairman of the Board. CRC will be an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company focused on high-growth, high-return conventional and unconventional assets exclusively in California. “Todd and Bill are eminently qualified to lead CRC,” said Stephen I. Chazen, President and CEO for Occidental Petroleum. “They bring proven leadership abilities and more than 50 years of combined industry experience. Both have played an important part in building and managing our California operations for over 15 years.”
Mr Stevens, a 19-year veteran of Occidental, has served as VP of Corporate Development since August 2012. In this role, he led the company’s growth-focused initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, land management and worldwide exploration, and has played a key role in the capital allocation process. From 2008 to 2012, Mr Stevens was VP of Acquisition and Corporate Finance and VP of California Operations for Occidental.
Mr Albrecht has been President of Occidental Oil and Gas – Americas and VP of Occidental Petroleum Corp since 2011. With more than 35 years of industry experience, Mr Albrecht was responsible for Occidental’s oil and gas operations in North and South America, including its HSE, government relations and social responsibility activities. He joined the company in 2007 as VP of California Operations.
Occidental will continue to plan for the separation of the businesses. The spinoff of CRC from Occidental is subject to market conditions, customary regulatory approvals, receipt of an affirmative IRS ruling, execution of separation and intercompany agreements, acceptance of the new company’s stock for listing and final approval by the board of directors.