Exxon changes country manager

Vol 11, PW 21 (06 Mar 08) News in Brief

ExxonMobil will soon have a new CEO in India to replace Mac Cessna, who moves to Houston after eight years as â€کLead’ country manager.

PETROWATCH learns Cessna officially steps down as CEO of ExxonMobil Gas (India) Pvt. Ltd on April 1, but will stay on until his successor Paul Kleijnen, a Dutchman, moves to Delhi from Doha in Qatar, where he helps sell LNG from RasGas, in which Exxon has a 30% stake.

In addition to overseeing Exxon’s gas business in India, centred largely on the 25-year 7.5m t/y SPA between RasGas and Petronet-LNG, Kleijnen will be Exxon’s interface with the oil ministry and the public face of ExxonMobil group companies in India, including the company’s chemicals business run out of Mumbai and its lubes business run out of Gurgaon.Cessna, a former US Army captain and member of the 18th Airborne Corps before he joined Exxon in 1981, returns to Houston as head of the company’s global gas and power regulatory division.