// THE CASE FOR CHANGE + THE PATH FORWARD
ExxonMobil’s iconic status is being chipped away in the face of diminished returns, high debt levels, and questions about its ability to maintain its dividend.
We believe repositioning ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) for long-term value creation will require an understanding of the trends shaping the future of energy and the opportunities they create, yet none of the independent Board members have any other energy industry experience.
The time for change at ExxonMobil has come.
Gregory J. GoffFormer Chief Executive Officer of Andeavor
Mr. Goff has a long track record of success in the energy industry. Mr. Goff served as the CEO of Andeavor, a leading petroleum refining and marketing company formerly known as Tesoro, for eight years ending in 2018. During his tenure, Andeavor generated total returns of 1,224%, versus 55% for the U.S. energy sector. He was named one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review in 2018. Prior to Andeavor, he spent almost 30 years with ConocoPhillips in various leadership positions in Exploration and Production, Downstream, and Commercial operations.
Kaisa HietalaFormer Executive Vice President of Renewable Products at Neste
Ms. Hietala is an experienced leader in strategic transformation in the energy sector who began her career in upstream oil and gas exploration and crude oil trading. She served as the EVP of Renewable Products at Neste, a petroleum refining and marketing company, for five years ending in 2019. During her tenure, the Renewable Products segment’s revenues grew by 1.6x and operating profits grew by 4x. She played a central role in the strategic transformation of Neste into the world’s largest and most profitable producer of renewable diesel and jet fuel, which was named by Harvard Business Review as one of the “Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade” in 2019.
Alexander KarsnerSenior Strategist at X (formerly Google X)
Mr. Karsner is a leading corporate innovation strategist and accomplished energy entrepreneur and policymaker with more than three decades of global conventional and renewable energy experience. He is Senior Strategist at X (formerly Google X), the innovation lab of Alphabet Inc. He began his career developing and financing large scale energy infrastructure. As a private equity investor, venture partner, and advisor, his portfolios have included some of the most successful cleantech startups of the past decade. He previously served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy, responsible for multi-billion dollar federal R&D programs. He is a Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Anders RunevadFormer Chief Executive Officer of Vestas Wind Systems
Mr. Runevad is a successful business leader with global energy experience. Mr. Runevad served as the CEO of Vestas Wind Systems, a wind turbine manufacturing, installation, and servicing company with more installed wind power worldwide than any other manufacturer, for six years ending in 2019, and is credited with turning around the company. During his tenure, Vestas stock returned a total of 480%, significantly outperforming the global energy and industrials sectors. He was included in Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year” list in 2016 and was named one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review in 2016, 2017, and 2019.
Heard on the Street
‘This is a moment when real change can be made at Exxon, it’s a unique opportunity that hasn’t arisen before,’ said Edward Mason, who clashed with Exxon over shareholder resolutions in the past and is now a director at Generation Investment Management.March 4, 2021
Engine No. 1 has sensible recommendations. It wants Exxon to appoint new independent directors with outside energy experience, invest only in projects with lower break-even oil and gas prices, consider using existing skills and scale to invest in growing areas such as renewable energy, and change compensation policy that has resulted in [CEO Darren] Woods’ pay increasing about 35% over the past two years, according to the activist.December 7, 2020
‘Exxon was a superpower in every sense of the word — a blue-chip stock that handed out money year after year, a firm with a calling card to foreign leaders that rivalled even top international diplomats, and with geopolitical savvy that bested most intelligence agencies,’ said Amy Myers Jaffe, Professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. ‘It was one of the safest bets on Wall Street. But no more does it have this status,’ she adds.October 28, 2020
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