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HOUSTON -- William F. Schwind Jr., Marathon Oil Corp. vice president, general counsel and secretary, will retire Nov. 1, 2009, the company announced. Sylvia J. Kerrigan, Marathon assistant general counsel, has been elected vice president and general counsel, effective Sept. 1, 2009.
Schwind will continue in his current role until Sept. 1, when he will assume the position of senior vice president of Law and secretary. Following his retirement, Kerrigan will assume the additional responsibility of corporate secretary.
"Bill Schwind's 34-year career has been marked by a deep commitment to personal and professional excellence in every aspect of his work," said Clarence P. Cazalot Jr., Marathon president and CEO, in a released statement. "His wealth of experience and knowledge of the law, grounded by a keen sense of integrity that is not only consistent with the intent of the law, but also the spirit of the law, has made his counsel to our management team an essential element of Marathon's success and continued growth. We thank Bill for his dedicated service and outstanding contributions to our company, and we wish him and his family the very best in their retirement."
Schwind joined Marathon in 1974 in the company's offices in Robinson, Ill., and then Findlay, Ohio, and he subsequently held a number of legal and government affairs positions of increasing responsibility. In 1983 Schwind moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, as a commercial contract manager. He returned to the United States in 1984, serving as a general attorney for Marathon's refining, marketing, supply and transportation (downstream) activities located in Findlay.
In 1991, Schwind was appointed senior vice president of administration, general counsel and secretary of Delhi Gas Pipeline Corp., a former wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon located in Dallas. The following year, he was named general counsel and secretary of Marathon Oil Co. and to his current position in 2002.
Schwind is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and he serves as a member of the General Committee of Law of the American Petroleum Institute.
Kerrigan currently serves as Marathon's assistant general counsel for Litigation, Human Resources, Health, Environmental, Safety and Security Law. She joined Marathon in 1995, and has been in her current position since 2001.
"We also want to congratulate Sylvia Kerrigan on her appointment as she prepares to assume her expanded role as a member of Marathon's executive management team," said Cazalot. "Sylvia's breadth of domestic and international law experience and her knowledge of oil and gas industry issues will enable her to provide the sound legal advice and counsel which is essential to Marathon as we seek to profitably expand our business in both existing and new core areas around the world. We look forward to the many contributions she will make to our company's future success."
Previously, Kerrigan worked at the United Nations Security Council's Commission d'Indemnisation in Geneva, Switzerland (UNCC) for two years, and the law firm of Bell & Murphy for five years. At the UNCC, she served as the senior legal officer and team leader responsible for arbitrating the losses sustained by international energy companies following Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. At Bell & Murphy, Kerrigan counseled energy, construction, manufacturing and transportation clients on complex commercial, international and insurance matters.
Kerrigan is the immediate past chairman of the State Bar of Texas International Law Section. She has served on the board of directors for various professional organizations, including the American Leadership Forum, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, the Houston Bar Association, and the National Association of Minority and Woman-Owned Law Firms.
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