Syncrude Canada selects chief executive officer

Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. has named Mark Ward as chief executive officer of Syncrude Canada Ltd., effective Apr. 1.

Ward most recently served with ExxonMobil Production Co. as Nigeria’s lead country manager as well as the country’s manager, production. He has more than 35 years of technical and leadership experience with ExxonMobil, Syncrude said.

Syncrude is separating the previous role of president and chief executive officer into the positions of chief executive officer and president and chief operating officer. Syncrude said the appointment of the president and chief operating officer will be reported at a later date.

Scott Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Syncrude since July 2010, will return to ExxonMobil. Under a management services agreement, Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil provide operational services to Syncrude Canada and senior leadership supports the organization.

The Syncrude Canada project is a joint venture of Canadian Oil Sands LP No. 1 with 36.74% interest, Imperial Oil Resources 25%, Mocal Energy Ltd. 5%, Murphy Oil Co. Ltd. 5%, Nexen Oil Sands Partnership 7.23%, Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership 9.03%, and Suncor Energy Ventures Partnership 12%.

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