Engine No. 1 formally nominates four director candidates to Exxonmobil Board

by | Jan 28, 2021

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Engine No. 1, a new investment firm that seeks to enhance long-term value through active ownership, today announced that it has formally nominated four highly qualified, independent director candidates with diverse track records of success across the energy sector to the Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) (“ExxonMobil” or the “Company”) Board of Directors (the “Board”) in connection with the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.  More information about this campaign can be found here.


Engine No. 1 stated:


“Investors increasingly want to see companies focused on the long-term and ExxonMobil is no exception.  We believe that ExxonMobil’s Board needs new members who have proven success positioning energy companies for today as well as tomorrow, and who are sufficiently independent from the current Board to ensure a clean break from a strategy and mindset that have led to years of value destruction and poorly positioned the Company for the future.

“While recently ExxonMobil has taken incremental steps in the face of financial and shareholder pressure, we believe a reactive short-term approach is no substitute for a proactive long-term strategy that addresses the threats and opportunities facing the Company in a changing world.  These four independent nominees – each of whom brings a differentiated skill set that makes them uniquely suited for this challenge – can help the Board chart a new value-creating path, including better long-term capital discipline, strategic planning, and management incentives.  We look forward to continuing to make the case to shareholders for reenergizing ExxonMobil.”



Engine No. 1’s highly qualified, independent director candidates include:


  • Gregory J. Goff – Mr. Goff has a long track record of success in the energy industry. He served as the CEO of Andeavor, a leading petroleum refining and marketing company formerly known as Tesoro, for eight years ending in 2018. During his tenure, Andeavor generated total returns of 1,224%, versus 55% for the U.S. energy sector. He was named one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review in 2018.
  • Kaisa Hietala – Ms. Hietala is an experienced leader in strategic transformation in the energy sector who began her career in oil and gas exploration and crude oil trading. She served as the EVP of Renewable Products at Neste, a petroleum refining and marketing company, for five years ending in 2019. During her tenure, the Renewable Products segment’s revenues grew by 1.6x and operating profits grew by 4x. She played a central role in the strategic transformation of Neste into the world’s largest and most profitable producer of renewable diesel and jet fuel, which was named by Harvard Business Review as one of the “Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade” in 2019. 
  • Alexander Karsner – Mr. Karsner is an accomplished energy industry entrepreneur and policymaker with more than three decades of global conventional and renewable energy experience. He began his career developing and financing large scale energy infrastructure, and as a private equity investor, venture partner, and advisor, his portfolios have included some of the most successful cleantech startups of the past decade. He previously served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy, responsible for multi-billion dollar federal R&D programs. He is Senior Strategist at X (formerly Google X), the innovation lab of Alphabet Inc., and a Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 
  • Anders Runevad – Mr. Runevad is a successful business leader with global energy experience and was a signatory of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement.  He served as the CEO of Vestas Wind Systems, a wind turbine manufacturing, installation, and servicing company with more installed wind power worldwide than any other manufacturer, for six years ending in 2019, and is credited with turning around the company. During his tenure, Vestas stock returned a total of 480%, significantly outperforming the global energy and industrials sectors. He appeared on Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year” list in 2016 and was named one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review in 2016, 2017, and 2019.



About Engine No. 1

Engine No. 1, founded by Chris James, is an investment firm purpose-built to create long-term value by driving positive impact through active ownership. The firm also will invest in public and private companies through multiple strategies. For more information, please visit: www.Engine1.com

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