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Jun 13, 2024

ExxonMobil names former Fox attorney as successor general counsel

Craig Morford to retire in July

ExxonMobil has named Jeff Taylor as its new vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. He succeeds Craig Morford, who has announced his retirement, effective July 1.

Taylor joined ExxonMobil in May this year from Fox Corporation, where he was executive vice president and general counsel. Before joining Fox, he was deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer for General Motors Co and previously general counsel of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

He worked for more than 15 years in the federal government, including as the US Attorney for the District of Columbia from 2006 to 2009, counselor to the attorney general, counsel to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary and assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of California.

Morford joined ExxonMobil in 2019 as deputy general counsel. He had previously been chief legal and compliance officer for Cardinal Health since 2008. Before moving in-house he spent more than 20 years with the US Department of Justice with assignments as US Attorney in Michigan and Tennessee and first assistant US Attorney in Ohio. In 2007, then president George W Bush appointed him acting deputy attorney general.

ExxonMobil CEO and chair Darren Woods says in a statement: ‘Craig has been a valued member of our corporate leadership team during his time as general counsel, providing his strong legal experience and counsel to advance our strategic priorities. He leaves our company well positioned for the future and we thank him for his contributions to ExxonMobil.

‘We also welcome Jeff to ExxonMobil. He brings the right blend of corporate governance and legal expertise, and I look forward to working with him.’

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