CHEVRON vice chairman and executive vice president, Upstream, George L. Kirkland will retire on 15 June, to be replaced by James W. (Jay) Johnson, the next day.

Mr Johnson joined Chevron in 1981 and has been senior vice president of Upstream since the beginning of 2014.

Previously, he was president of Chevron’s Europe, Eurasia and Middle East exploration and production company and managing director of its Eurasia business unit, responsible for upstream and transportation activities in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey.

Mr Johnson also was managing director of Chevron’s Australasia business unit, responsible for exploration and planning for the development of the Wheatstone and Greater Gorgon area gas fields.

He has also worked in production operations, major capital projects, shipping and strategic planning.

Mr Kirkland, who joined Chevron in 1974, was named executive vice president of Upstream in 2005 and elected vice chairman in 2010.

Mr Watson said Mr Kirkland’s business acumen and deep operational knowledge of the industry had helped create enormous value for Chevron and our shareholders over many years.

“I am confident our track record of success in the upstream will continue under Jay’s leadership, as his broad base of experience has prepared him well for the job.”

With Mr Kirkland’s retirement, Joseph C. (Joe) Geagea has been appointed executive vice president of Technology, Projects and Services (TPS).

TPS includes a number of key functional groups that support the enterprise with services such as major capital project development; drilling and upstream base business operations; energy and information technology; health, environment and safety; procurement, and workforce development.

Mr Geagea joined the company in 1982. He has been senior vice president of TPS since the beginning of 2014.

Previously, he was president of Chevron’s Gas and Midstream group, managing director of the company’s Asia South business unit and president of downstream operations in East Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan.

Both Mr Johnson and Mr Geagea will report to Mr Watson.