1983 - 2000: Executive Vice President, Administration. Occidental Petroleum - Chemical Operations (OxyChem).
Responsible for human resources, public and government relations, real estate/facilities optimization, and key productivity improvement programs. Part of a team of four executives recruited in 1983 from Olin Corporation to turn around OxyChem (the chemical business of Occidental Petroleum Corporation) from a money losing operation. OxyChem went from negative profitability in 1983 to $1 billion net profit in 1988 thru a program of reducing break even points and targeted acquisitions. The program has continued throughout Oxy to today where the chemical operations have ranked as high as sixth out of 46 worldwide chemical companies in the key productivity measures of sales and profit per employee. As of 2006, Oxy (the parent company) is now ranked 6th in the annual "Business Week" ranking of best managed companies regardless of industry.
Responsible for integrating acquired companies and their staffs into OxyChem, the largest of which was Diamond Shamrock, which necessitated the negotiation and purchase of the "Oxy Tower" in Dallas. The negotiation, purchase, and on-going administration of that building have caused it to be Oxy’s most valuable office asset
1973 - 1983: Vice President, Human Resources and Administrative Services. Olin Corporation - Chemical Operations.
Responsible for human resources, administrative support services and key productivity improvement projects. Joined Olin Chemicals as Manager, Compensation and Benefits in 1973 after leaving Citibank (Citicorp) to lead Olin Chemicals in completely revising its compensation, benefits and productivity improvement programs. With the same success of these programs, Mr. Hazzard was appointed Corporate Director of Compensation, Benefits and Personnel Planning in order to install these systems in Olin’s other operating divisions (Winchester, Olin Brass, etc). Following the success of this project, Mr. Hazzard was appointed Vice President, HR and Administrative Services for Olin Chemicals as part of Olin’s leadership team for growth through acquisition and productivity improvement.
1970 - 1973: Manager, Salary Administration. Citibank (Citicorp).
Responsible for improving the efficiency of all salary administration and job evaluation programs at Citibank. Created a more effective process for administering pay and job evaluation programs. Administered salaries within wage and price control guidelines during that U.S. govemment-mandated period in a way that complied but left room for bone fide promotions, etc.
1968 - 1970: Associate Director, Alumni Affairs. Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Responsible for improving alumni annual giving programs. Asked by Dr. Donald Blankhertz (Vice Dean and Director of Wharton Graduate) to return to Wharton in order to upgrade his staff overall and inject a sense of urgency into Wharton Graduate’s development programs.
1967 - 1968: Labor Relations Representative, Ford Motor Company - Steel Division (Rouge Plant).
Responsible for training and management development at Ford’s Steel Division, installed a progressive management development program (Xerox Problem Solving Discussion Skills) for top and mid-level staff. Promoted to Labor Relations in order to participate in local bargaining with the UAW for the 1967 labor contract. Honored to be asked to return to the Wharton School in order to upgrade programs there (see above).