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Mary A. Francis. Image courtesy of Inside Counsel.

Chevron’s chief corporate counsel Mary A. Francis was named the company’s new corporate secretary and chief governance officer last weeky.

Francis, 50, will counsel the board of directors and senior management of Chevron on corporate governance matters, manage the Corporate Governance Department and serve on the Law Function Executive Committee.

She succeeds Lydia I. Beebe, who is retiring from Chevron on April 30 after 37 years with the company.

Francis joined Chevron in 2002 as a trademark senior counsel in the Corporation Law Department and has held a number of legal positions at the company.

In 2009, she was appointed general counsel at Chevron Asia Pacific, Exploration and Production Company.

She has held her current position as chief corporate counsel since 2012.

Her appointment is effective May 1, 2015.

Francis will assume the transitional position of deputy corporate secretary as of Dec. 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.

“Her proven expertise will guide the board and senior management on important corporate governance issues,” Chevron’s chairman and CEO John Watson said.