Board Candidates

Addressing the fundamental issues at ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) will not be easy and will require directors with relevant industry experience and skills. 

We’ve nominated four highly qualified, independent individuals who will bring to the ExxonMobil Board much-needed experience in value-creating, transformational change in the energy sector.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Heard on the Street

The slate of four put up by activist Engine No. 1 could help. Gregory Goff helped the oil refiner Andeavor generate over 1,000% returns for investors during his reign. And Kaisa Hietala built and ran the renewable business at Finnish refiner Neste, which has helped push that firm’s share price up 10-fold over a decade. March 22, 2021
The fund’s selection of people with significant energy experience — including Gregory Goff, a former chief executive of refiner Andeavor — could prove significant. ‘The investment community is on board,’ said Sam Margolin, managing director of Wolfe Research. ‘The [Engine No. 1] board nominees have a really good chance of getting elected … they all have very strong repute, they have track records in the industry, and some of them cross over into low-carbon fields.’ March 3, 2021
‘The goal’, said Aeisha Mastagni, portfolio manager for CalSTRS’ sustainable investment and stewardship strategies, ‘is to get new voices inside the boardroom. We are making sure we have the right alignment of interests in terms of the executive team, as opposed to the current board, which doesn’t have experience in the energy industry or with energy companies in transition’, she said. ‘This is providing a solution that we hope will drive performance.’ December 14, 2020


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