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Job Titles: In Sept. 1999 PDVSA President Ciavaldini made the Exec. VP the highest level in each of the four PDVSA Oil & Gas divisions. The bearers of these titles are now directly responsible to the PDVSA Oil & Gas board as represented by the Executive Committee. Five persons form this board: the three board VPs directly responsible for divisions, the planning and finance VP and the director for labour unions. The Executive Committee has eight members: the four VPs in the PDVSA Oil & Gas board and the Exec. VPs of each of the four divisions. Executive committees within each division are chaired by the PDVSA VP responsible for the division's operations with the co-operation of each division's Exec. VP and the directors under him. These committees continue to operate as they did before. The title of managing director applies to those directly below Exec. VPs, assigning the Man. Dir. to the highest ranking executive in each of Bariven, Bitumenes Orinoco (Bitor), Carbones del Zulia (Carbozulia), CVP, Deltaven, Interven, Palmaven, PDVSA Faja, PDV Marina, Proesca and Sociedad de Fomento de Inversiones Petroleras (SOFIP). No changes were made at CIED, Intevep and Pequiven, units which continued using their current management titles.

The title general manager applies to those managers reporting directly to Man. Dirs. The subsidiaries making the title changes from president to Man. Dir. were in Sept. 1999 required to make the statutory changes and to see that all necessary steps were taken to legalise them.

The PDVSA Oil & Gas board members are the following Corp. VPs: Carlos Jorda as president, Domingo Marsicobetre as VP, Oswaldo Contreras Maza, Aires Barreto and Luis Ramos (see profiles in DT).

At PDVSA E&P, Daniel Ramirez was made Exec. VP. Alberto Finol was made Man. Dir. of Production. Ludovico Nicklas became Man. Dir. Exploration. Carlos Machado was made Gen. Man. of the Western Division. Argenis Moreno became Gen. Man. of the Eastern Division. Felix Rodriguez was made Man. of the Lagunillas District. Nelson Benitez was made Man. of the Southern District and Ramon Gutierrez became chief exploration advisor.

At PDVSA M&M, Rodolfo Giusti was made Exec. VP and the pattern for the various parts of this division was the same as the ones for PDVSA E&P, PDVSA Gas and PDVSA Services. Ronald Pantin was in Sept. 1999 made Exec. VP of PDVSA Services. From Jan. 1, 1998 until then, Pantin was VP of PDVSA E&P and head of PDVSA Exploration. He worked closely with ex-PDVSA president Luis Giusti for years at Maraven.

Many Quit PDVSA: However, many executives have left PDVSA since the departure of Luis Giusti and Roberto Mandini. The latest to leave the group in December 1999 were Rodolfo Giusti, Ronald Pantin, Alberto Finol, Luis Pellicer and Francisco Bustillos, as they took early retirement packages.

Jorge Kamkoff, an Exec. VP, was made head of PDVSA Gas in Sept. 1999. This then became in charge of all aspects of the gas business and was divided into two units, operations and development. Winston Carrillo was made head of operations, and Nelson Nava headed development.

Kamkoff is a chemical engineer graduated in 1969 from Universidad Central de Venezuela. He had courses in technical and management development abroad and in Venezuela. He was professor at Universidad de Oriente and instructor at Meneven and Corpoven management development programmes. He was head of the governing council of the oil industry's training centre CEPET, assistant to PDVSA's presidency in relations with the US Congress and energy administration; head of Corpoven refining, of Puerto La Cruz and Meneven refining operations, and of project management & control at PDVSA's petrochemicals co-ordination department.

Kamkoff took part in the Venezuela-Germany agreement as alternate co-ordinator for energy and heavy crude upgrading project. He worked for Warren Petroleum Co. of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was president of the National Ports Institute during its restructuring and privatisation. He was president of the commission to restructure the Venezuelan Institute of Social Security.

David Tippeconnie is the president and CEO of CITGO, PDVSA's large US refining and marketing arm (see OMT). He took over from Ralph Cunningham in late May 1997. Previously Tippeconnie was head of PDVSA's US refining and retail subsidiary Unoven.
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Publication:APS Review Gas Market Trends
Geographic Code:3VENE
Date:Dec 27, 1999
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