Governance at Phillips 66

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Jim Mulva is the chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips and conceived and executed the idea of splitting up ConocoPhillips. The Houston Chronicle reported on April 23, 2012 that Jim Mulva retired on May 1, 2012 when ConocoPhillips' refining, pipelines and chemicals units spun off to form an independent, publicly traded company called Phillips 66.[1] "The separation of ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 is the final achievement of CEO Jim Mulva’s eight-year reign atop the integrated company," writes Rod Walton. "Mulva helped oversee the 2002 merger as head of Phillips Petroleum and now walks offstage into retirement as the one company becomes two."[2] Photo: by EnergyTomorrow Flickr Creative Commons. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Governance of Phillips 66

Jim Mulva, Chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips

Although Jim Mulva will not be a corporate officer of Phillips 66, Mulva was the chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips who conceived and executed the idea of splitting up ConocoPhillips which resulted in the creation of Phillips 66. Mulva retired on May 1, 2012 when the split was accomplished.

Mulva served as president and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips from 2002 to 2004. Prior to that, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Phillips Petroleum Company from 1999 to 2002. Mulva served as Phillips’ president and chief operating officer beginning in May 1994 and executive vice president since January 1994. Mulva had been senior vice president in 1993 and chief financial officer since 1990, at which time he joined the company's management committee. Mulva began his career with Phillips in 1973.

Mulva graduated from the University of Texas in 1968 with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in business administration finance in 1969.[3]

The Houston Chronicle reported on April 23, 2012 that Jim Mulva retired May 1, 2012 when ConocoPhillips' refining, pipelines and chemicals units spun off to form an independent, publicly traded company called Phillips 66.[4]

Rod Walton writes in the Tulsa World on April 28, 2012 that ConocoPhillips decided that bigger was better when Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco Inc. merged in 2002, but now has turned 180 degrees around in 10 short years now believing that smaller is what investors want. ConocoPhillips, the nation’s third-largest integrated energy firm, will now become known as a “pure play” independent when the refining and chemical side is spun off into a new company called Phillips 66. "Mulva helped oversee the 2002 merger as head of Phillips Petroleum and now walks offstage into retirement as the one company becomes two," writes Walton.[5] "Outgoing Chairman and CEO Jim Mulva, who has expertly led the company for a decade — and several years prior to that as Chairman and CEO of Bartlesville-based Phillips Petroleum Co. — steps into retirement having proven to be a true friend to the City of Bartlesville," editorialized the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise.[6]

Mulva's Post-ConocoPhillips Activities

The Detroit News reported on April 26, 2012 that Mulva has been asked to join the board of directors of General Motors. "Jim's extensive experience and expertise in the energy industry and in-depth background in finance will be invaluable to GM," said General Motors Co. CEO and Chairman Dan Akerson. Mulva already serves on the board for GE, which has a partnership with GM to accelerate deploying electric vehicle charging stations in China.[7] Your Houston News reported on September 4, 2012 that Mulva will be headlining the Adult Learning Program’s Fall Session at St. John Vianney Church in Houston by speaking on the oil industry and its future in Texas on September 25, 2012.[8]

Greg Garland, Chairman, President and CEO of Phillips 66

Greg Garland was designated the Chairman and CEO of Phillips 66, the new Downstream company created with the split-up of ConcoPhillips on May 1, 2012. Garland is expected to take charge on May 1, 2012. Greg Garland was senior vice president, Exploration and Production, Americas for ConocoPhillips at the time of the split. Photo: ConocoPhillips
A sculpture of Phillips 66 in front of the Price Tower (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) in Bartlesville, a city in NorthEast Oklahoma that was formerly the headquarters of Phillips Petroleum Company. “I picked this company because of Bartlesville,” said Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland. “Four times over the course of 32 years I’ve lived here. We have good memories of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and it’s always going to be a very special place to me personally.” Bartlesville has the same pride in Frank Phillips and of its century-long oil heritage as Ponca City has of oil pioneer EW Marland.

On October 7, 2011, Greg Garland was designated the Chairman and CEO of Phillips 66, the new Downstream company created with the split-up of ConcoPhillips on May 1, 2012. Greg Garland was senior vice president, Exploration and Production, Americas for ConocoPhillips at the time of the split. Garland was previously president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips, a joint venture between ConocoPhillips and Chevron, with approximately 5,000 employees that is one of the world’s top producers of olefins and polyolefins and a leading supplier of aromatics, alpha olefins, styrenics, specialty chemicals, piping, and proprietary plastics.[9][10]

According to George Pilko, founder of Pilko & Associates, a Houston- based company that advises chemical and energy companies on risk, Garland understands strategy, is a good leader and has a demeanor that makes him well liked by people who work for him. “He’s got a very effective, relaxed manner,” says Pilko. “Many CEOs are so hyper and wound tight, and Greg is always relaxed and in control.”[11]

Garland's Education and Background

Garland was the first in his family to go to college.[12] Garland received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980.

Garland has more than 30 years of industry experience in technical and executive leadership positions with ConocoPhillips, its predecessor Phillips Petroleum Company, and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. Garland has been with Phillips for his entire 32-year career. Garland was previously president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips, a joint venture between ConocoPhillips and Chevron. Before his election to that position, Garland served Chevron Phillips as senior vice president, Planning & Specialty Chemicals.[13][14]

Garland served as general manager of Qatar/Middle East for Phillips, a position he assumed in 1997.[15] Garland said that taking the job in Qatar in 1997 to manage one of the first oil operations in the Middle East for Phillips was a turning point in his career. Garland says that although he didn’t want to take the job initially, he learned to view the company with a broad perspective.[16]

From 1995 to 1997, he served as general manager of natural gas liquids after serving as manager of planning and development in planning and technology. From 1992 to 1994, he was manager of the K-Resin® business unit. Garland began his career with Phillips in 1980 as a project engineer for the Plastics Technical Center. He later worked as a sales engineer for Phillips' plastics resins, business service manager for advanced materials, business development director, and olefins manager for chemicals.[17]

How Garland Was Selected for CEO of Phillips

By October 2010, CEO James Mulva was expected to retire within two years and wanted to establish a cabinet of possible successors. On October 7, 2010, ConocoPhillips announced a sweeping overhaul of its executive suite. The executive changes included the departure of the president and chief operating officer, John Carrig, and the chief financial officer, Sigmund Cornelius, as well as two senior level vice presidents. ConocoPhillips spokeswoman Cathy Cram said the changes are part of a plan to provide for a smooth transition in anticipation of Mulva’s retirement. “You can assume the next leader will come from this team,” Cram said. “They’ve been taking a lot of steps to position the company as well as they can for Mulva’s successor,” said Phil Weiss, an energy analyst with Argus Research who said he was pleased the company had lined up management with strong operations experience. “One of the biggest issues that many people believe Conoco faces is a somewhat lackluster production portfolio, as compared to other large integrated companies,” he said. “I was of the opinion that to have someone with an operating background would be better than somebody that doesn’t.”[18]

Tom Fowler reported in FuelFix on October 7, 2010 that the management team reporting to Mulva at the end of the shakeup consisted of:

  • Alan Hirshberg, senior vice president, planning & strategy; formerly vice president, worldwide deep-water and Africa projects, for Exxon Mobil;
  • Greg Garland, senior vice president, exploration and production-Americas; formerly president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co;
  • Jeff Sheets, senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer; formerly senior vice president, commercial and planning and strategy;
  • Willie C.W. Chiang, senior vice president, refining, marketing & transportation, adding responsibility for the company’s commercial business activities;
  • Ryan Lance, senior vice president, exploration and production, international, and
  • Larry Archibald, senior vice president, exploration and business development, continuing in those roles.[19]

Tom Fowler reported in FuelFix on October 7, 2010 that since 2006 about a dozen executive-vice-president-level staff members moved on from ConocoPhillips, for a wide range of reasons and that a number of observers note there’s been an oversized churn of talented executives from ConocoPhillips who one might have expected to stick around longer. According to Fowler some observers think the turnover may have more to do with the command-and-control management style of Chairman and CEO Jim Mulva than the day-to-day stress of working at an oil major. “It sounds like the head coach firing all the assistant coaches for a bad season, when it’s really the head coach who’s the problem,” said one analyst. A former ConocoPhillips executive puts it another way: The company is seen by many as a major international corporation with an Oklahoma mentality (he’s referring to the Bartlesville, Okla. roots of Phillips Petroleum, where Mulva worked when the firm merged with Conoco in 2002). "The latest round of departures is to clear the way for a likely successor to Mulva, who is expected to leave in a couple of years," writes Fowler. "It appears outgoing COO John Carrig didn’t have the operations background the company wanted to fill that role."[20]

Brian Youngberg, an analyst with Edward Jones, says Garland's selection as CEO of Phillips was likely due to Garland's experience as chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips because he brings a wider view to Phillips including chemicals, the likely growth engine for the downstream company. Youngberg said Phillips will continue to de-emphasize refining over time, so "having someone with a broader background like Garland makes sense." ConocoPhillips brought in Garland in 2010 to oversee exploration and production in a management shake-up that included the retirement of former Chief Operating Officer John Carrig, who had been seen as Mulva's successor.[21]

Garland, who formerly headed Chevron Phillips Chemical, was selected to head the new company over Willy Chiang, senior vice president of ConocoPhillips' refining division.[22] Oxy reported on May 23, 2012 that Chiang left Phillips 66 and went to work as Executive Vice President, Operations at Occidental Petroleum Corporation with responsibility for oversight of Occidental’s Midstream businesses.[23] Kristen Hays wrote at Reuters on October 7, 2011 that according to Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Sankey "we believe that Chiang sees himself as a future CEO, and he would have to find that role in a different company."[24]

Bartlesville a Special Place for Garland

The Tulsa World reported on September 12, 2012 that Garland spoke on September 11, 2012 at a packed Bartlesville Area Chamber of Commerce Forum at the city's community center downtown carrying on a tradition started several years ago by his predecessor, ConocoPhillips CEO Jim Mulva. Garland was adamant that Bartlesville's value as a global web center, combined with its heritage as home city of the original Phillips Petroleum Co. always make it important to the company's future plans. "We have deep roots here," Garland said adding that he visits the company's local operations several times a year. "It's a cost-efficient place for us to do business. I think we made the right decision." Garland noted that office space is almost maxed out locally, so he does not see more than "modest growth" adding to the 2,000 jobs Phillips 66 already has in Bartlesville. Garland was recruited out of Texas A&M by Phillips and lived many years in Bartlesville with his wife and four children.[25]

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reported on September 12, 2012 that Garland went to work for Phillips 66 as his first job out of college because of Bartlesville. “I picked this company because of Bartlesville. Four times over the course of 32 years I’ve lived here. We have good memories of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and it’s always going to be a very special place to me personally," said Garland. “As we were approaching the repositioning and spinning Phillips 66 out of ConocoPhillips, there was never any question that Bartlesville would continue to be a strategic and important part of our company, in the support of our company operations, for a very long time."[26]

Conoco the Only Company That Didn't Offer Garland a Job

In an anecdote that reveals Garland's humorous side and long memory, Garland told members of the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce during his speech in September 2012 that when Garland was looking for his first job as a chemical engineer after graduating with honors from Texas A&M in 1980, Garland interviewed with 17 companies but only received job offers from 16 of the companies. More than thirty years later, Garland was still able to quote from memory to his Bartlesville audience the contents of the rejection letter he received from the only company that did not offer him a job. According to Jessica Miller writing in the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, when Garland disclosed the name of the one company that did not offer him a job, "his revelation of the company — Conoco — garnered laughter from the audience."[27]

Garland Recognizes Contribution of E. W. Marland

ConocoPhillips announced on November 11, 2011 that the new independent downstream company created through its previously announced strategic repositioning would be named Phillips 66. When Phillips went public on May 1, 2012, Garland recognized the contribution of Frank and L.E. Phillips and the company's "birthplace" in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1917. "With a history that goes all the way back to petroleum industry "birthplace," in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1917, the company will be a leading independent company with refining, marketing, midstream and chemicals businesses operating across the globe. "Phillips 66 has strong brand recognition and value and it provides a link between our rich history and our exciting future," said Greg Garland, designated chairman and chief executive officer of Phillips 66. "Our name reflects an independent spirit and drive--two attributes of our future company."[28] According to the ConocoPhillips web site "the name Phillips 66 was chosen [for the new downstream company] because it has strong brand recognition and value, which allows us to link our rich history and our exciting future. The name represents the independent spirit and drive that will be part of the culture of Phillips 66."[29] The new company's name capitalizes on the public awareness and gives tribute to history, Garland added.[30]

On August 27, 2013 Garland spoke to the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce and said that the reputation and success of Phillips were built from the “giants” who first created the company and recognized E. W. Marland's contribution for the first time. “We are standing on the shoulders of giants,” said Garland. “People like E. W. Marland, who started Marland Oil in 1911, and Frank and L. E. Phillips that started Phillips Petroleum in 1917. I could go on and on and list the giants that have come before us that have so well positioned this company for the success that we enjoy today.”[31]

Other Board Memberships

On October 16, 2013 Amgen Inc. announced the appointment of Garland to the Company's Board of Directors. Garland will serve on the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Audit Committee of the Board. "We are pleased to welcome Greg Garland to the Amgen Board," said Robert A. Bradway, Chairman and CEO of Amgen. "In addition to his leadership experiences as a chief executive officer, Greg brings more than 30 years of international experience in a highly regulated industry. At a time when Amgen is expanding its global presence to serve more patients, we look forward to Greg's contributions to the Board."[32]

Garland's Compensation as CEO of Phillips

Businessweek reports that as of the fiscal year 2012 Garland's Total Annual Calculated Compensation is $14,423,038 including his salary and stock options.[33]

John Lowe, Member of the Phillips 66 Board of Directors

Apart from Greg Garland, J.E. (John) Lowe is the only present or former employee of ConocoPhillips serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Phillips 66. Lower was executive vice president, planning, strategy and corporate affairs, of ConocoPhillips with responsibility for emerging businesses, as well as government affairs and communications. Lowe previously served as senior vice president, corporate strategy and development and was responsible for the forward strategy, development opportunities and public relations functions of Phillips Petroleum Company. Lowe was named to this position in 2001 after serving as senior vice president of planning and strategic transactions in 2000 and vice president of planning and strategic transactions in 1999. Lowe currently serves on the board of directors for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Duke Energy Field Services and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Lowe was born in 1959 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Lowe received a bachelor of science degree in finance and accounting from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1981. Lowe is a certified public accountant.[34]

Board of Directors

On April 16, 2012 Phillips 66 announced the names of the seven members of its future board of directors. Greg Garland will serve as Phillips 66' chairman, president and CEO. He most recently served as senior vice president, Exploration and Production -- Americas for ConocoPhillips. The other members of the board will be:

  • Greg Garland, Phillips 66 chairman, president and CEO
  • John Lowe, who has served as assistant to the CEO of ConocoPhillips. Lower currently serves as assistant to the CEO of ConocoPhillips, a position he has held since 2008. He previously held a series of executive positions with ConocoPhillips, including executive vice president, Exploration & Production, from 2007 to 2008 and executive vice president, Commercial, from 2006 to 2007. He currently serves on the board of Agrium Inc.
  • J. Brian Ferguson, retired chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Co. Ferguson served as chairman of Eastman Chemical Company (Eastman) in 2010 until his retirement and as CEO of Eastman in 2009. He became the chairman and CEO of Eastman in 2002. He currently serves on the boards of Owens Corning and NextEra Energy Inc.
  • William Loomis Jr., an independent advisor who formerly served as CEO of Lazard LLC . Loomis has been an independent financial advisor since 2009. He was a general partner and managing director of Lazard Freres & Co. from 1984 to 2002, the CEO of Lazard LLC from 2000 to 2001 and a limited managing director of Lazard LLC from 2002 to 2004. He currently serves on the boards of Pacific Capital Bancorp and Limited Brands Inc., and is also a senior advisor to Lazard LLC and China International Capital Corporation.
  • Harold McGraw III, current chairman, president and CEO of The McGraw Hill Companies. McGraw currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Prior to his service as chairman, he served as president and CEO from 1998 to 2000 and president and chief operating officer from 1993 to 1998. He currently serves on the boards of The McGraw-Hill Companies, ConocoPhillips and United Technologies Corporation.
  • Glen Tilton, chairman of the Midwest and was formerly chairman and CEO of United Airlines. Tilton currently serves as chairman of the Midwest of JPMorgan Chase & Co. He was chairman and CEO of United Airlines Inc. from 2002 to 2010, having previously spent more than 30 years in increasingly senior roles with Texaco Inc. including chairman and CEO in 2001. He currently serves on the boards of United Continental Holdings Inc. (as non-executive chairman), Abbot Laboratories and Corning Inc.
  • Victoria Tschinkel, chairwoman of 1000 Friends of Florida. Tschinkel served as state director of the Florida Nature Conservancy from 2003 to 2006, was senior environmental consultant to Landers & Parsons, a Tallahassee, Florida law firm, from 1987 to 2002, and was the secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation from 1981 to 1987. She currently serves on the board of ConocoPhillips.
  • Dr. Marna C. Whittington, chief executive officer of Allianz Global Investors Capital, a diversified global investment firm, from 2002 until her retirement in January 2012. Whittington was chief operating officer of Allianz Global Investors, the parent company of Allianz Global Investors Capital, from 2001 to 2011. Prior to that, she was managing director and chief operating officer of Morgan Stanley Asset Management. Whittington started in the investment management industry in 1992, joining Philadelphia-based Miller Anderson & Sherrerd. The election of Dr. Whittington on May 9, 2012 increases the total number of Phillips 66 directors to eight.[35]

"We have assembled a strong board of directors, consisting of individuals with appropriate skills and experiences to meet their governance responsibilities and contribute effectively to our company," said Garland. "Our board reflects a range of talents, diversity and expertise, particularly in the areas of accounting and finance, domestic and international markets, government and regulatory affairs, management and leadership and petroleum-related industries, sufficient to provide sound and prudent guidance with respect to our operations and interests."[36][37]

Management and Governance Effectiveness at Phillips 66

December 3, 2012: Standard and Poor Judges Management and Governance to be 'Fair' at Phillips 66

Standard and Poor reported on December 3, 2012 that they judged Phillips 66 Co.'s management and governance to be 'fair' based on a consolidated approach to the Phillips 66 entities. "While the best positioned of Phillips 66 Co.'s refineries are highly competitive, the overall quality of its operations is mixed, with some facilities being, in our view, candidates for divestiture or closure over the next few years."[38]

Financial Stability of Phillips 66 and Risk Management

June 6, 2013: A.M. Best Affirms Excellent Rating for Phillips' Captive Insurer

The Fort Mills Times reported on June 6, 2013 that A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a” of Spirit Insurance Company of Burlington, VT, the captive insurer for its ultimate parent, Phillips 66. "Business written by Spirit has a history of strong underwriting results and operating returns. The company’s loss experience has remained favorable due in part to its strong loss control program at the parent. Phillips 66 will conduct periodic reviews of Spirit’s potential loss exposures through a specialist in industrial risks," reads the report.[39]

However the report also observes that a single occurrence could result in a large loss that approaches Spirit’s limits, that partially offsetting A.M. Best's positive rating factors are Spirit’s exposure to large losses due to the limits offered on its policies as well as its significant dependence on reinsurance protection and that although the majority of Spirit’s capital is loaned to its parent, there is limited counterparty risk due to the affiliation of the two companies.[40]

December 3, 2012: Standard and Poor Assigns BBB/Stable/A-2 Corporate Credit Rating, Judges Financial Risk Profile as 'Intermediate'

Standard and Poor reported on December 3, 2012 that they had assigned a BBB/Stable/A-2 corporate credit rating to Phillips 66 Co. based on a consolidated approach to the Phillips 66 entities. "The rating on Phillips 66 Co. reflects Standard & Poor's assessment of the company's business risk profile as 'satisfactory' and financial risk profile as 'intermediate' (as our criteria define these terms)," says the report prepared by Primary Credit Analyst Mark Habib. "We view the refining sector as having significantly higher-than-average industry risk, given its exceptional degree of volatility and fixed- and working-capital intensity. Notwithstanding the relatively favorable market conditions at times over the past year, we view long-range industry fundamentals as difficult given persisting excess production capacity globally and a secular decline in demand for some key transportation fuel products in developed markets."[41]

Government Relations

Phil Brady, the president of National Automobile Dealers Association, was named senior vice president of government affairs for Phillips 66 on July 30, 2012. Brady, who will be based in Washington, will be responsible for the company's federal, state and international policy and governmental affairs efforts.[42] Photo: Businesswire

February 20, 2013: Phillips Retains Van Ness Feldman as New DC Lobbyists

Legal Times reported on February 20, 2013 that Phillips has retained Van Ness Feldman as their first outside firm to lobby in Washington to advocate for it on oil and gas industry matters, tax reform and the looming $85 billion in spending cuts known as the sequester, according to lobbying registration paperwork filed with Congress.[43]

February 20, 2013: Phillips Spent $1.5 million Lobbying Federal Government in 2012

Legal Times reported on February 20, 2013 that according to congressional records, Phillips has spent $1.5 million on federal government advocacy since it submitted lobbying registration paperwork to Congress in June 2012 and deployed three of its employees to lobby for it. In 2012 Phillips lobbied on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues concerning the oil and gas industry, the EPA's renewable fuel standard program and refinery rulemaking.[44]

November 14, 2012: Greg Garland Expects More Government Regulations During Second Obama Term

Fuel Fix reported on November 14, 2012 that Greg Garland expects President Barack Obama’s second term to bring a wave of regulations on their industry that portends another four years of policies that will reduce demand for their refineries’ petroleum-based fuels. “With the election now decided, I see a very active regulatory environment for the next four years,” says Garland. "There’s no question, between renewables and CAFE standards, over the next 10 to 20 years, you’re looking at a 10 to 20 percent reduction in gasoline demand. That’s something that concerns us.” Garland and Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger said new and expanded federal regulations, including the Renewable Fuel Standard and the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, have cost their companies billions over the years while cutting use of their products.[45]

July 30, 2012: Phil Brady Named Top Lobbyist for Phillips 66

The Detroit News reported on July 30, 2012 that Phil Brady, the president of National Automobile Dealers Association, has been named senior vice president of government affairs for Phillips 66. Brady, who will be based in Washington, will be responsible for the company's federal, state and international policy and governmental affairs efforts. Brady has previously served in senior White House positions for President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush and also served as general counsel at the U.S Transportation Department, and in senior positions with the U.S. Justice Department and Congress.[46] “It is important that our key constituents understand the economic value that energy companies like Phillips 66 bring to our country as a U.S. manufacturer, and Phil will help us to effectively share that story,” says Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland. “Over just the past few months as an independent company, Phillips 66 has already put together an exceptional management team and strategy to grow in meeting the energy needs of this country,” says Brady. “I look forward to joining the team to help re-introduce this iconic energy company to our government leaders.”[47]

Public Relations and Media Relations

January 2, 2013: Gregg Laskoski at US News and World Report is Critical of Lack of Tranparency at Phillips 66

Gregg Laskoski wrote at US News and World Report on January 2, 2013 that after Reuters reported that some 7,700 gallons of fuel spilled from Phillips 66's Bayway refinery in Linden, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy in November, 2012, New Jersey environmental protection officials said they were not made aware of a major spill at the Bayway plant, and the refinery failed to respond to inquiries from Reuters reporters. "Too many times, history has shown us, the Phillips 66 response or lack thereof characterizes the standard practice of the oil industry. Refineries often fail or are slow to communicate problems that create significant disruptions to fuel supplies and spikes in retail gasoline prices. More often than not, scant information is provided reluctantly, if at all," writes Laskoski. "When such things occur is silence from refineries acceptable? Or does our government and the electorate who put them there have a right to know what's really going on? "[48]

November 5, 2012: Motor Trend Journalist Takes Money To Be Spokesperson For Phillip 66

Matt Hardigree reported on Jalopnik on November 5, 2012 that Motor Trend's Jessi Lang is being paid to represent oil company Phillips 66 as a spokesperson who is trying to help influence young people to buy their gas, "something Motor Trend doesn't appear to be telling its readers." Last month a PR firm hired by Phillips 66 reached out to reporters with the results of a survey designed to evaluate the buying habits of "millenials" and offered a quote from Lang, who they identified as a spokesperson and host of Motor Trend's weekly automotive news roundup "Wide Open Throttle" on YouTube. "Taking payment from a potential newsmaker is a generally frowned upon practice, but Lang, and the PR firm representing Phillips 66, say Motor Trend approves of her simultaneously representing an automotive publication and a company that's part of the automotive industry," writes Hardigree who asked Lang if it was proper for her to take money from Phillips 66 and work as a journalist for Motor Trend at the same time. "I get paid by Motor Trend to be a journalist and to help educate others and that doesn't at all call into question my integrity as a writer," said Lang adding that "anyone within a capitalist society" should be compensated for their work. Motor Trend's Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh declined to comment if there is a conflict of interest. "In the case of Lang, Motor Trend, and Phillips 66 it seems they've skipped ahead from trying to woo car writers with free trips to paying them outright," writes Hardigree.[49]

September 6, 2012: Motor Trend's Jessi Lang says Drivers Can Clean Thier Engines with Top Tier Gas Like Phillips 66

PR Newswire reported on September 6, 2012 that Jessi Lang, host of Motor Trend's "Wide Open Throttle" and Phillips 66 spokesperson, says that "millennials think they're saving money by seeking out cheaper gas, but what they don't realize is that the unbranded gasoline they're buying actually can cost them money in the long run by compromising their fuel economy and causing build-up in their engine. "By using branded TOP TIER gas like Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco, these drivers can clean up their engines and accrue significant savings over time -- especially now that these brands have had the detergent additive treat rate increased by more than 25 percent in all fuel grades."[50]

New Phillips 66 Headquarters

November 22, 2013: Phillips Breaks Ground on New Headquarters Building

The Houston Business Journal reported on November 22, 2013 that Phillips broke ground on November 22, 2013 on its new 1.1 million-square-foot corporate campus in the Westchase District that will house all of the company’s 1,800 Houston-area employees once construction is finished in about three years.[51]

July 23, 2013: Phillips Shares Conceptual Rendering of New HQ

The Houston Chronicle reported on July 23, 2013 that Phillips' new headquarters, still in "conceptual design phase,” will include about 1.1 million square-feet of space in multiple buildings, along with a cafeteria, fitness center, coffee shop and conference center. The new facility, located on about 14 acres, will provide office space for the 1,800 employees that work for the company in Houston. Construction is expected to start by the end of the year. We are excited about our new state-of-the art Phillips 66 headquarters facility, which when built, will provide a location for all of our Houston employees to work together at one location, and it will provide our global employees with a place to meet, train and grow,” said spokeswoman Janet Grothe.[52]

September 12, 2012: Phillips Selects Site for New Global Headquarters

Phillips reported on September 9, 2012 that the company will build its new global headquarters at a 14-acre site located off Beltway 8 West, between Westheimer Road and Briar Forest Drive. “We searched for several months for the right site to build a headquarters campus where our employees and future employees can come together to work, and develop their skills and talents,” said Greg C. Garland, chairman and chief executive officer of Phillips 66. “This property is conveniently located in the Westchase District and a location that aligns with our commitment to making our company a great place to work.” Once ground is broken at the new site, construction is expected to take between 24-36 months.[53]

July 9, 2012: Interim Headquarters Selected

CSPNet reported on July 9, 2012 that Janet Grothe, senior adviser for health, safety and the environment at Phillips 66, confirmed that Phillips 66 has settled on a temporary headquarters in the Pinnacle Westchase building near ConocoPhillips' home office in the Houston "Energy Corridor." ConocoPhillips' headquarters is about eight miles away. In March, 2012 it sent an email to employees that said the new headquarters would be constructed near Interstate 10, within 10 miles of ConocoPhillips' current headquarters. The Pinnacle Westchase building fits that general description.[54]

March 20, 2012: Phillips 66 Headquarters to be Located in Houston

Houston Business Journals reported on March 20, 2012 that according to an email sent to employees, the new headquarters of refining and marketing spin-off company Phillips 66 will be near Interstate 10 and Beltway 8, within 10 miles of ConocoPhillips' current headquarters at 600 N. Dairy Ashford Road. The decision to locate in Houston was made because the company’s oil and gas infrastructure is already present. During the two- to three-year construction period on the new facility, Phillips 66 employees will be located in temporary locations in the company’s current space.[55]

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