By Houston Business Journal

Houston-based ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has released the names of the executives who will lead the two separate energy companies to be formed by the oil giantâ¿¿s restructuring plan, announced earlier this year.

Ryan Lance will be chairman and CEO of the upstream company. Currently, Lance is senior vice president for international exploration and production at ConocoPhillips.

Greg Garland will be chairman and CEO of the downstream company. He currently serves as senior vice president of exploration and production in the Americas.

ConocoPhillipsâ¿¿ current chairman and CEO, Jim Mulva, will retire once the split is complete, which is expected in the second quarter of 2012.

Lance and Garland will continue in their senior management roles until that time while also directing their transition plans and the appointment of their executive teams.

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