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Changes to the top at the Coast

Chevron, Ingalls, Keesler see new top executives

A change is in the air for the largest industries and military installation on the Gulf Coast, with new top executives appointed at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Chevron and Keesler Air Force Base.

Usually top executives stay in place a long time at major industries. So having changes of the top at the Coast’s two largest industries and Keesler Air Force Base at the same time is unusual.

“Senior management of our industries along the Coast is very stable,” said Terry Carter, president and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. “The senior management positions are generally maintained for a long period of time, so turnover is not frequent. When people are named as general managers to these positions, they stay there for a long time.”

Norm J. Szydlowski, former manager of health, environment and safety for the Chevron Corporation, is the new general manager of Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery. He replaces Graham F. Somerville, who has retired. Brig. Gen. Ann Harrell has been named new wing commander at the 81st. Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base. And Patrick Keene has been named new president of Ingalls.

Keene’s appointment came following the promotion of Jerry St. P

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