CALGARY, March 5 /CNW/ - Rick George, Suncor Energy president and chief
executive officer, today announced a restructuring of his senior management
team. The changes reflect the company's primary challenge in the years ahead -
managing significant growth while maintaining operational excellence across
all of its business divisions.
Steve Williams is appointed to the new position of chief operating
officer (COO), responsible for overseeing excellence in Suncor's operations,
while ensuring that a commitment to safe and sustainable development continues
to be a Suncor hallmark. For the past four years, Williams has served as
executive vice president, Oil Sands.
Mike Ashar is appointed to the new position of executive vice president,
Strategic Growth and Energy Trading. In this role, Ashar is responsible for
developing Suncor's growth plans for expansion beyond 2012 as well as energy
marketing and logistics. Ashar most recently served Suncor as executive vice
president of Suncor's U.S.-based downstream operations.
Both Williams and Ashar will continue to report to the CEO in their new
As COO, Williams will be accountable for overseeing Suncor's oil sands
operations, natural gas and renewable energy business and refining and retail
divisions. Williams' operating team will consist of Kirk Bailey, who takes
over as the new executive vice president of Oil Sands; Dave Byler, executive
vice president, Natural Gas and Renewable Energy; and Tom Ryley, executive
vice president, Refining and Marketing. Ryley's position has been expanded to
include all of Suncor's refining and retail operations in both Canada and the
"With these changes, we're harnessing the expertise that exists in our
senior ranks to meet our most pressing business objectives," said Rick George.
"I look forward to working with all members of our management team as we move
closer to achieving our strategic goal of doubling oil sands production by
2010 to 2012 and laying the foundation for the next phase of growth."
For more information about these management changes, see background
This news release contains forward-looking statements that address goals,
expectations or projections about the future. These statements are based on
Suncor's current goals, expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions,
as well as its current budgets and plans for capital expenditures. Some of the
forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "the years ahead",
"commitment", "plans", "goal" and similar expressions. These statements are
not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially,
as a result of factors, risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, to which
Suncor's business is subject. Further discussion of the risks, uncertainties
and other factors that could affect these plans, and any actual results, is
included in Suncor's annual report to shareholders and other documents filed
with regulatory authorities.
Suncor Energy Inc. is an integrated energy company headquartered in
Calgary, Alberta. Suncor's oil sands business, located near Fort McMurray,
Alberta, extracts and upgrades oil sands and markets refinery feedstock and
diesel fuel, while operations throughout western Canada produce natural gas.
Suncor operates a refining and marketing business in Ontario with retail
distribution under the Sunoco brand. U.S.A. downstream assets include pipeline
and refining operations in Colorado and Wyoming and retail sales in the Denver
area under the Phillips 66(R) brand. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are
listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
- As part of the announced management restructuring, Mike Ashar will be
leaving Denver, Colorado, where he has served for four years as
executive vice president, Refining and Marketing - U.S.A. While Ashar
is happy to be returning to Calgary, he will miss his Colorado-based
friends and colleagues. "But I know our industry and the community it
supports will benefit from the strong leadership of Tom Ryley," said
- Tom Ryley is a seasoned marketing strategist who most recently served
for seven years as executive vice president, Energy Marketing and
Refining - Canada. Tom's new role will see him focus on increased
alignment and integration of Suncor's downstream operations in both
Canada and the United States.
- Kirk Bailey has already put down roots in Fort McMurray in his former
role as senior vice president of Suncor's mining and extraction
operations. "I'm looking forward to this new role because it provides
me with the opportunity to be a strong advocate for the oil sands
industry and the community I'm proud to call home."
- Gord Lambert, vice president, Sustainable Development, will now report
to the COO (he previously reported to Suncor's chief financial
officer). This move will ensure that long-term sustainability
objectives continue to be integrated into our day to day operations.
- Suncor's management team continues to consist of Ken Alley, chief
financial officer; Terry Hopwood, senior vice president and general
counsel; Sue Lee, senor vice president, Human Resources and
Communications; Kevin Nabholz, executive vice president, Major
Projects; and Jay Thornton, senior vice president, Business
For further information:
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- John Rogers, (403) 269-8670