U.S. oil major Chevron has made several senior leadership changes including the appointment of a new chief financial officer (CFO).Sign in front of Chevron’s Houston office; Image: Jonathan McIntosh; Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license (image is cropped)Chevron said on Monday that it named Pierre Breber as the vice president and CFO, effective April 1. He replaces Patricia Yarrington who chose to retire after 38 years of service with the company.In related staff moves, Mark Nelson, the current VP of midstream, strategy, and planning, will succeed Breber as the executive VP of downstream and chemicals.Colin Parfitt, currently the president of supply and trading, will become vice president of midstream. Both appointments are effective on March 1.Michael Wirth, Chevron’s chairman and CEO, said: “Pat’s leadership, insight, and judgment were instrumental in directing our financial strategy over the last decade and essential in guiding our company through unpredictable commodity market conditions in recent years.”Breber joined Chevron in 1989. He became vice president and treasurer in 2009, vice president of gas and midstream in 2014, executive VP of gas and midstream in 2015, and executive VP of downstream and chemicals, his current position, in 2016.“Pierre is uniquely qualified to be our next CFO, having served in senior finance roles and operating roles across our downstream, midstream, and upstream businesses. Pierre’s deep financial background and broad knowledge of our operations will be valuable in ensuring we remain financially strong and create lasting shareholder value,” Wirth said.Nelson brings more than three decades of marketing, operations, and strategic planning experience to his new role. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in 2018, Nelson served as VP of corporate strategic planning; president of international products, with responsibility for Chevron’s refining and marketing businesses in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia; and president of Chevron’s Canadian upstream business in Calgary.“Mark’s breadth of experience, results-driven leadership and deep knowledge of our downstream and chemicals business makes him the right person to take the helm of this significant segment of Chevron,” added Wirth.Parfitt began his career with Chevron in 1995 with the Chevron International Oil Company, based in London. Since that time, he has held a variety of leadership, sales and marketing positions in Chevron’s supply and trading, Oronite Additives, Lubricants, and Americas Products businesses.Wirth stated: “Colin is an experienced leader who will ensure that our midstream business continues to create value in supporting our upstream and downstream assets and enabling Chevron to continue to deliver the energy that improves lives and powers the world forward.”It is worth noting that Breber, Nelson, and Parfitt will all report to Wirth following them taking on their new roles.
Meghan McIntosh went 6-8 for the Badgers last season with a 6.61 ERA. McIntosh and UW are set to start their season at Texas State.[/media-credit]Just beginning her first year as Wisconsin softball head coach, Yvette Healy is optimistic as her young team faces Texas State Thursday in Austin, Texas, to begin the 2011 season.Following their game against Texas State (2-3), the Badgers will take on No. 15 Texas (3-0) Thursday in the 2011 Time Warner Cable Texas Invitation.Texas State will be a tough test for the inexperienced Badgers. The Bobcats have won the Southland Conference regular season championship the past three seasons and feature back-to-back SLC Pitcher of the Year Chandler Hall.In her press conference Monday, Healey noted that the Badgers matchup nicely against the tough Texas State team, making it a good segue into UW’s match against Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Blaire Luna and the Texas Longhorns.After setting or tying 22 individual and team records last season and adding a talented crop of six freshmen to the roster, Healy is excited about the season. She saw improvements from Wisconsin’s play and level of commitment during the fall exhibition schedule.“You open up in Texas against Texas,” Healy said. “We’re going to have our hands full out there, but so far what we’ve been focusing on has just been getting a little better everyday. Trying to really get the kids to buy in and play hard and compete, and we’ve been happy to see how hard they are competing.”Wisconsin improved to 20-31 last season after winning just 15 games the previous two seasons, but with only four juniors and seniors on the roster and a new coach, the Badgers will have to undergo a great deal of growth this season. Healy said the team is anxious to get started and see how it matches up.She also believes her young group of players has more talent and dedication to improving than what Wisconsin’s current RPI ranking of 170 out of 290 and record from the past couple of seasons would suggest.The Badgers return eight of nine starters from last year’s squad, including leading hitters Molly Spence and Jennifer Krueger. Spence was awarded second-team All-Region honors along with the team’s MVP and Best Offensive Player awards. The sophomore set a UW freshman record with a .347 batting average and set school records for 41 RBI in a season, seven in one game and 11 multi-RBI games in 2010.While Spence and Krueger are recovering from surgery over the summer, Krueger is expected to see some playing time in Texas but Spence will not be back in the lineup until Wisconsin’s March 5 road trip to Florida State. Krueger stole a single-season record 29 bases last season to become the Badgers’ all-time leader in stolen bases with 55.“It helps they have experience, but it’s not going to be an easy track,” Healy said. “We’ve got some freshmen that are impact kids that we’re really excited about. Some kids that are going to help us right away that will get a ton of playing experience.”The Badgers have high expectations for freshman pitchers Amanda Najdek and Cassandra Darrah after losing three of their four pitchers last year. Sophomore Meghan McIntosh will have to set a strong example for the team’s new pitching staff after finishing 6-6 with one save and 48 strikeouts last year.Since Wisconsin will play just 15 games at home this season, Healy says traveling as a team will facilitate team bonding for her immature team. Newly hired assistant coach Randy Schneider has made a profound impact in aiding this process.“The kids are laughing; they’re lighthearted,” Healy said. “He’s got them bonding with the coaches, with the players, so I’m really pleased with how energetic they are right now, and you can’t underestimate that. Being on the road, I’m sure we’re all going to get to know each other a lot better now, the first couple of trips.”For the Badgers, measurable and attainable goals for team improvement, such as getting runners on base, advancing runners and keeping the ball in the ball park defensively will take precedent over a win total expectation.“We’re not walking out there and giving them a number, but we want to see them getting better every game and just really competing against everyone [by] staying in games, showing that effort,” Healy said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing whether we can get them there to be a really competitive, tenacious group.” read more
However, Donald Sterling’s attorney, Gary Ruttenberg, said Shelly Sterling’s attorneys are improperly using confidential medical information, which he called “fruit of the poisonous tree” that should be excluded from court consideration. He also said the NBA is complicit in Shelly Sterling’s actions.“The NBA wants to get rid of my client,” he said. “They were colluding with Mrs. Sterling and her counsel to do this.”The trial’s first witness, Dr. Meril Sue Platzer, testified she conducted two types of brain scans on Donald Sterling in May and then went to his home to perform cognitive testing. She said Shelly Sterling was present and one of Donald Sterling’s attorneys was in another room.Platzer said that after two hours of testing, she told Sterling he had Alzheimer’s disease, and he replied by saying, “I’m hungry, I want to eat.”His wife, however, was surprised, Platzer testified.“She was taken aback, shocked,” Platzer said. “She felt bad for her husband.”Platzer said she recommended that Shelly Sterling get a second opinion of her diagnosis to see if the second doctor backed up her findings. According to Shelly Sterling’s attorneys, the second neurologist concluded Donald Sterling suffered from dementia.Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life earlier this year following the public release of recorded conversations between him and companion V. Stiviano. Sterling is heard on the tape disparaging Stiviano for having her picture taken with black people and telling her not to bring them to Clippers games.The league announced plans to take action against Sterling to force him to sell the team. But Sterling has since filed a lawsuit against the NBA, alleging violations of his civil rights. He has contended that he was recorded illegally while making emotional remarks during a “lovers’ quarrel” with Stiviano. The trial also will deal with whether Sterling’s June 9 revocation of the family trust that held the Clippers had any impact on the proposed sale. Shelly Sterling’s lawyers maintain the $2 billion offer from Ballmer was already accepted by her and that her husband’s actions were meaningless.Donald Sterling tried unsuccessfully to have the case transferred to federal court, contending that his federal privacy rights were violated by the release of his medical records to his wife and the public. The legal maneuver prompted a half-day delay in the start of the Los Angeles Superior Court trial on Monday while the judge and attorneys awaited a ruling from a U.S. District Court judge.By mid-afternoon, however, a federal judge had rejected the case, clearing the way for the state court trial.In opening statements, Shelly Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, said Donald Sterling willingly agreed to undergo neurological exams that found him to be incapacitated. O’Donnell told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas that his client complied with the terms of a family trust when she made the deal with Ballmer. He said no fraud occurred and Donald Sterling changed his mind after originally agreeing to the deal. LOS ANGELES — After being a no-show in court on the first day of testimony, Donald Sterling is expected to take the stand today in a non-jury trial over whether his wife has the authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.Sterling is suing over the proposed $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, contending Shelly Sterling was not authorized to sell the franchise.The Superior Court proceedings will focus on whether Donald Sterling was induced into undergoing mental examinations by two doctors without being told the reason. But there will be no rebuttal testimony from Donald Sterling’s attorneys challenging the findings by two doctors that he was mentally incapacitated, which his wife maintains gave her authority to sell the team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more