Ken Cohen, vice president of public and government affairs for Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), plans to retire, effective Jan. 1, 2016, after more than 38 years of service. It is anticipated that Suzanne McCarron will be elected to replace Cohen in that role.
Cohen joined Exxon USA in June 1977 in the Law Department, where he held a variety of staff assignments. In 1985, he became chief attorney, Refining, Environment, and Health, and, in 1989, was named assistant general counsel at Exxon Co. International. He became senior counsel and coordinator, Exxon Corp. Law Department, in 1991, and, in 1995, became general counsel, Exxon Chemical Co. He was named to his current position in November 1999.
Cohen, who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 65 in January, is a director of National Math and Science Initiative Inc. and a member of numerous professional associations. He also serves on the board of directors of the Teagle Foundation, and is a national trustee of Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Cohen was an assistant professor of law at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. He earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Yale Law School, where he was a Sterling Fellow. He did his undergraduate study at Northwestern University, and earned his juris doctor (JD) degree from Baylor Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Baylor Law Review.
McCarron is currently general manager of public and government affairs, and president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corp. in the US. She joined Mobil Canada as public affairs manager in 1998, and held several management positions with increasing responsibilities in public and government affairs at Exxon Mobil Corp. headquarters, including manager of communications and manager of corporate public affairs, before moving to her current position in 2008. McCarron has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, and a Bachelor of Public Affairs degree from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.