Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX) has named Mary A. Francis corporate secretary and chief governance officer effective May 1, 2015. Francis will counsel the board of directors and senior management of Chevron on corporate governance matters, manage the corporate governance department and serve on the law function executive committee. She succeeds Lydia I. Beebe, who is retiring from Chevron on April 30 after 37 years with the company.
Francis joined Chevron in 2002 as a trademark senior counsel in the corporation law department. In 2005, she was appointed to the position of lead senior counsel in Chevron Shipping Co. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of managing counsel, pipeline and shipping in global gas. In 2009, she was appointed general counsel, Chevron Asia Pacific, Exploration and Production Co. She has held her current position as chief corporate counsel since 2012.
Francis has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from the College of William and Mary.
Francis will assume the transitional position of deputy corporate secretary as of Dec. 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.
Beebe joined Chevron in 1977 as an attorney and held a variety of legal and government affairs positions before assuming her current position as corporate secretary and chief governance officer in 1995. Recognized for her expertise in corporate governance, she was named Corporate Secretary of the Year in 2009 by Corporate Secretary Magazine and serves on the advisory board of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.
Beebe also has been a leader in the public and community arenas. She has served on numerous boards of directors, including the National Judicial College, to which she was appointed by the American Bar Association; the Presidio Trust, to which she was appointed by President George W. Bush and the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, to which she was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson and for which she was recognized as a Civil Rights Hero by the state of California.