Occidental Petroleum Names Marshall D. Smith as Chief Financial Officer of California Resources Corporation


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:00 pm PDT



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"His background in corporate finance combined with expertise in petroleum engineering and deep understanding of operating independent oil and gas companies will be a tremendous asset to the company."

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) today announced the appointment of Marshall D. (Mark) Smith as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for its subsidiary, California Resources Corporation. Following its separation from Occidental, California Resources Corporation 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.

Mr. Smith was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Ultra Petroleum, an independent energy company engaged in domestic natural gas and crude oil exploration, development and production. Mr. Smith’s 32 years of experience in the energy industry spans operations, strategic planning, corporate finance and business development. He began his career as a petroleum engineer working at both major and independent oil companies, later focusing on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance advisory assignments. Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Upstream Business Development at Constellation Energy from 2004 to 2005. He was Vice President of Business Development at J.M. Huber Energy from 2002 to 2004, and Chief Financial Officer of Gulf Liquids, Inc., from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and an MBA from Oklahoma City University.

I’m pleased to add Mark to the California Resources executive management team,” said Todd A. Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer of California Resources Corporation. “His background in corporate finance combined with expertise in petroleum engineering and deep understanding of operating independent oil and gas companies will be a tremendous asset to the company.”

The spin-off of California Resources Corporation 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.

About Occidental Petroleum

Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Middle East/North Africa and Latin America regions. Occidental is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization. Occidental’s wholly owned subsidiary OxyChem manufactures and markets chlor-alkali products and vinyls. Occidental is committed to safeguarding the environment, protecting the safety and health of employees and neighboring communities and upholding high standards of social responsibility in all of the company's worldwide operations.

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