United States: Two top executives at refiner Citgo Petroleum exit abruptly

Two top executives at Citgo Petroleum, part of a team of U.S. managers put in charge of the Houston-based refiner after it split from its Venezuelan parent, have abruptly left the company, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The departures on Friday of one of its top lawyers and the head of strategic projects come as a U.S. investigation heats up into bribery during Citgo Petroleum’s control by Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA.

Rick Esser, who ran the refining company after U.S. authorities barred its former CEO from entering the United States, and General Counsel Judith Colbert, who oversaw the company’s legal team managing its cooperation with a U.S. Justice Department probe of bribery in Citgo contract awards, left at the same time, the people said.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

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