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ARCO PRESIDENT R.E. WYCOFF, EXECUTIVE VP J.S. MORRISON, SENIOR VP G.H. BABIKIAN, VP D.A. MURRAY TO RETIRE

M.R. Bowlin Elected President; W.E. Wade Jr. Elected Executive VP;
 Other Management Changes Announced Effective June 1
 LOS ANGELES, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The retirement of Robert E. Wycoff as ARCO (NYSE: ARC) president and chief operating officer was announced today by ARCO's board of directors. Wycoff will be succeeded by Mike R. Bowlin, currently ARCO executive vice president, effective June 1.
 Also announcing retirement are Executive Vice President James S. Morrison, Senior Vice President George H. Babikian and Vice President Donald A. Murray.
 Wycoff, 62, joined ARCO in 1953 and held numerous management assignments prior to becoming president and chief operating officer in 1985. "Bob has been a major player in our growth and success these past 40 years," said ARCOm?an and Chief Executive Officer Lodwrick M. Cook. "As president he effectively guided our operating companies through extremely productive years and provided me with valuable counsel." Wycoff will assume the title of president emeritus and remain chairman of Houston-based Lyondell Petrochemical Co.
 Bowlin, 50, began his ARCO career as a personnel representative in 1969, following graduation from North Texas State University with bachelor of arts and masters of business administration degrees. He held personnel and management positions for ARCO operations in Alaska, Denver and Dallas, and served as vice president of Finance Planning and Control for ARCO Oil and Gas Co. prior to becoming president of ARCO Coal Co. in 1985. He was elected president of ARCO International Oil and Gas Co. in 1987 and executive vice president and member of the board of directors in 1992.
 Executive Vice President James A. Middleton, 57, will report to Bowlin and continue to be responsible for ARCO's strategic West Coast operations -- ARCO Products Co., ARCO Transportation Co. and ARCO Alaska Inc. -- as well as ARCO Exploration and Production Technology.
 Also reporting to Bowlin will be William E. Wade Jr., 50, who has been elected executive vice president, succeeding Bowlin. Wade is currently an ARCO senior vice president and president of ARCO Oil and Gas Co. Wade's new responsibilities will include ARCO Oil and Gas Co., ARCO International Oil and Gas Co., ARCO Coal Co. and ARCO Aluminum Inc. Since joining ARCO in 1968, Wade has served as vice president of corporate planning and president of ARCO Alaska Inc.
 Continuing to report to Chairman Cook will be Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ronald J. Arnault, 49, whose responsibilities will now include External Affairs and Human Resources, in addition to Treasury and Corporate Services and Planning and Control. Senior Vice President and General Counsel Francis X. McCormack, 63, will also report to Chairman Cook.
 "The changes announced today are part of a management succession strategy we have been developing over the years," said Cook, 64, whose retirement is scheduled in 1995. "I thank each of the retiring senior executive officers for their significant contributions to ARCO's success and wish them well."
 Morrison, 63, will end a 34-year career with ARCO. He was elected an officer 25 years ago, and during his career has served as president of three ARCO divisions -- Anaconda Copper Co., ARCO Transportation Co. and ARCO Products Co. He was elected executive vice president and a member of the board of directors in 1985. "Jim has handled every assignment with distinction," said Cook. "It was under his leadership that ARCO Products Co. first gained the largest share of the very competitive gasoline market in the West."
 Babikian, 65, joined ARCO in 1954 as a dealer trainee and spent his entire career in petroleum marketing and refining. He was manager of the Rocky Mountains Plains Region and vice president and senior vice president of Marketing. He became president of ARCO Products Co. in 1985. "George's leadership has made Products Company the preeminent refining and marketing operation in the country," said Cook. "He is also responsible for some of the most innovative marketing program ?in the industry."
 Murray, 62, will end a 44-year career with ARCO during which he held a variety of Human Resources positions. He was vice president of Human Resources for ARCO Products Co. prior to being elected to his current position, ARCO vice president of Human Resources in 1985.
 Other management changes announced today and effective June 1:
 William E. Wade Jr., 50, will succeed Bowlin as executive vice president and report to Bowlin in his new assignment as president. Wade's responsibilities will include ARCO Oil and Gas Co., ARCO International Oil and Gas Co., ARCO Coal Co. and ARCO Aluminum Inc. Wade is currently an ARCO senior vice president and president of ARCO Oil and Gas Co. Since joining ARCO in 1968, Wade has served as vice president of Corporate Planning and president of ARCO Alaska Inc.
 Michael E. Wiley, 42, was elected an ARCO senior vice president and president of ARCO Oil and Gas Co., succeeding Wade. Wiley, who joined ARCO in 1972, is currently vice president of ARCO Exploration and Production Technology. Prior to that he was vice president of AOGC's Southern District.
 William C. Rusnack, 48, will succeed Babikian as president of ARCO Products Co. A 27-year ARCO employee, Rusnack is currently an ARCO senior vice president and president of ARCO Transportation Co. Among his previous assignments, he was vice president of Corporate Planning.
 Marie L. Knowles, 46, was elected ARCO senior vice president and president of ARCO Transportation Co., succeeding Rusnack. Knowles, who joined ARCO in 1972, is currently controller of ARCO and an ARCO vice president. Prior to that, she was vice president of Planning and Control for ARCO International Oil and Gas Co.
 Allan L. Comstock, 49, was elected an ARCO vice president and controller of ARCO, succeeding Knowles. Comstock is currently vice president of ARCO Chemical Co. in charge of Planning and Control. Prior to that he was general auditor of ARCO. He joined the company in 1970.
 John H. Kelly, 38, was elected vice president of Human Resources, succeeding Murray. Kelly is currently AOGC vice president of Human Resources. His previous assignment was as manager of Executive and Management Development in Corporate Human Resources.
 James K. (Ken) Thompson, 41, was elected vice president of ARCO Exploration and Production Technology, succeeding Wiley. Thompson is currently senior vice president of AOGC's Western District. He has also served as vice president of AOGC's Central District. He began his ARCO career 19 years ago.
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 /CONTACT: Albert Greenstein of ARCO, 213-486-3384/
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