Calgary-based Imperial Oil has named Cheryl Gomez-Smith as senior vice president of upstream, effective May 1, the company said in its April 29 press release.

Gomez-Smith, who is currently director of safety and risk at Exxon Mobil’s global operations and sustainability business, succeeds Simon Younger. At Exxon, Gomez-Smith oversees personnel and process safety.

Younger has been appointed to lead county manager and general manager of Australia conventional at Exxon Mobil upstream.

Gomez-Smith began her career in 1990 as a facilities engineer in Midland, Texas, and has held leadership and technical roles in the U.S., Qatar, Russia and Kazakhstan, where she served as lead county manager.

“With her global experience, Cheryl brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role as senior vice president for our upstream organization as we continue our focus on strong operational performance, increasing production and reducing costs across our assets,” said Brad Corson, president and CEO of Imperial.