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Exxon Mobil vice president of public and government affairs Ken Cohen. Image courtesy of Exxon Mobil.

Exxon Mobil vice president of public and government affairs Ken Cohen announced his intention to retire at the start of 2016, after more than 38 years of service.

Exxon said it anticipates its board of directors will elect Suzanne McCarron to take over as vice president of public and government affairs.

McCarron is currently general manager of public and government affairs and president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States.

Cohen will reach Exxon’s mandatory retirement age of 65 in January and his retirement will be effective as of January 1.

Cohen joined Exxon USA in June 1977 in its law department, where he held a variety of staff assignments.

In 1985, he became the chief attorney of refining, environment and health and in 1989 he was named assistant general counsel at Exxon Company International.

He became senior counsel and coordinator of the Exxon Corporation Law Department in 1991 and in 1995 became general counsel of the Exxon Chemical Company.

He was named to his current position in November 1999.

McCarron, originally from Canada, joined Mobil Canada as public affairs manager in 1998.

She held several management positions with increasing responsibilities in public and government affairs at Exxon Mobil Corporation headquarters, including manager of communications and manager of corporate public affairs, before moving to her current position in 2008.