John Kenneth Jamieson

John Kenneth Jamieson, oil man (b at Medicine Hat, Alta 28 Aug 1910).

Jamieson, John Kenneth

John Kenneth Jamieson, oil man (b at Medicine Hat, Alta 28 Aug 1910). Educated at the University of Alberta and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1931), he worked for 3 years as a labourer on railway and highway construction and prospecting for gold in the Cariboo area of BC, before obtaining an engineering job with a Northwest Stellarene refinery. After the company was acquired by British American Oil Co (BA), Jamieson became manager of BA's refinery at Moose Jaw, Sask, then transferred to head office in Toronto.

After WWII, in which he had worked for the federal government's Oil Controller's Department, he joined Imperial Oil (1948), a subsidiary of Standard Oil Co of New Jersey (now Exxon Corp), and later became a VP (1953). He was named president of one of Standard's principal Latin American subsidiaries (1959), and then VP of the American operating subsidiary.

Appointed president of Standard in 1965, Jamieson became chairman and chief executive officer in 1969. When he became president, Standard was the world's largest company, with revenues twice that of the Canadian federal government. The biggest challenge of the job was maintaining corporate relations with governments throughout the world, often involving conflicting producer and consumer interests. Jamieson retired as Exxon chairman in 1975 and as a director in 1981. He remains active on the boards of several corporations from his home in Houston, Tex.