SAN FRANCISCO—Bay Area public relations veteran David Samson is leaving his position as vice president of international public relations and executive communications at Oracle Corporation to become general manager of public affairs at ChevronTexaco, where he will be responsible for the company’s corporate communications, including corporate branding and advertising.
Samson will report to Patricia Yarrington, vice president of public and government affairs, as will Lisa Barry, who joins from Time Warner as vice president and general manager of government affairs. Samson’s position is a new one of the company.
According to Yarrington. “Our goal is to build on our highly effective policy, government and public affairs function and create a truly world-class operation.”
Samson joined Oracle in March of 2002, having spent the previous year as general manager of the San Francisco office of Ketchum. Previously he held senior corporate communications positions with Levi Strauss & Company, and IBM.
Don Spetner of Korn Ferry handled the search.
The move prompts promotions for two senior members of Oracle’s communications staff. Kristin Hollins will now oversee international public relations and executive communications, with responsibility for the company’s communications efforts outside the U.S.
According to Oracle’s vice president of worldwide public relations Jim Finn, “Kristin’s appointment is a strong testament to the bench strength of our team and to the many contributions Kristin has made to our product and services communications efforts over the past four years.” Hollins will continue to manage the product and services communications team, although a new appointment in that area is expected soon.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Glass takes on an expanded role as vice president for external affairs, responsible for communicating day-to-day business issues, global media relations, communications support for the office of the CEO, and worldwide crisis communications management.