Atlantic Richfield on Tuesday announced several management changes that the company said were part of a corporate strategy of giving management employees experience in various parts of the oil giant, but at least some of the moves were prompted by the resignation of the president of Arco’s pipeline unit.
In addition, Los Angeles-based Arco appointed an environmentalist to its board of directors. The new director, Frank D. Boren, was president of the Nature Conservancy from 1987 to January, 1990. Boren, 56, a lawyer, has also been a real estate developer.
Harold C. Heinze, Arco senior vice president and president of Arco Transportation, is leaving the company “to pursue other interests.” Arco spokesman Albert Greenstein said he did not know what Heinze’s plans are, and the 47-year-old Heinze was away from his Long Beach office and unavailable for comment.
But Greenstein said Heinze, who previously was president of Arco Alaska, did not resign because of recent problems with the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which is operated by a company owned by Arco and six other oil firms. That company, Alyeska Pipeline Service, has been battling federal and state officials who say the pipeline’s pump stations and oil storage tanks are polluting the air.
“Harold has been living with those problems for many years,” Greenstein said. Heinze will be replaced by William C. Rusnack, currently vice president of corporate planning.
Other changes include the appointment of William E. Wade Jr., president of Arco Alaska, to president of Arco Oil & Gas Co. Harrell E. Bilhartz Jr., president of Arco Coal, was promoted to Arco senior vice president and president of Arco Alaska. Anthony G. Fernandes, Arco controller, was named a senior vice president of the corporation and president of Arco Coal.
Investment Officer E. Kent Damon Jr. was named senior vice president of planning and control.
Marie L. Knowles was elected vice president and controller; Steven J. Shapiro was elected vice president of corporate planning.
Other changes include the appointment of William E. Wade Jr., president of Arco Alaska, to president of Arco Oil & Gas Co. Harrell E. Bilhartz Jr., president of Arco Coal, was promoted 1953439809