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SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Harold J. "Bill" Haynes, former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Chevron Corp., passed away this week at the age of 83.
"Bill drove tremendous growth in the company and solidified its preeminent position in the industry by the time of his retirement," David J. O'Reilly, current Chevron chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "He left an indelible mark on our company and our industry, by encouraging open dialogue and challenging conventional thinking. He ushered in a new era of communication between the industry, public and news media on energy issues that was truly trendsetting. I speak for our board of directors and employees in saying we are deeply saddened by his passing."
Haynes joined Standard Oil Co. of California (later Chevron Corp.) in 1947. Early in his career, he was identified as a promising executive and rose rapidly through the ranks. In 1956, he was named chief engineer of the company's producing affiliate in Venezuela; in 1958 he became vice president of that operation. In 1962, he was named vice president of Standard's largest subsidiary, which was also one of the largest companies in the U.S. Haynes was elected to the board of directors in 1966, and elected president of the company in 1969. He assumed the post of board chairman in 1974 and retired in 1981.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Haynes graduated as a civil engineer from Texas A&M University in 1947 after serving with the U.S. Navy in World War II. He received Texas A&M's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1972; the university's first Geosciences and Earth Resources Medal for Distinguished Achievement in 1978; the Distinguished Graduate award from the Department of Civil Engineering in 2000; and the university's Dwight Look College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Honor Award in 2004.
Haynes served as chairman of the board of counselors and as a director for Bechtel Group Inc. He also was a director of Fremont Group, a private investment company. Past directorships included Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco), Citicorp-Citibank, Hewlett-Packard, The Boeing Co., Weyerhaeuser and PACCAR Inc. He also served as a member of the Business Council, according to Chevron.
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