James L. Ketelsen Named To Top Post At Tenneco

James L. Ketelsen, 47 years old, has been elected chairman and chief executive officer of Tenneco Inc. He will continue as president, a post he attained last year. He succeeds Wilton E. Scott, 65, who will retire from Tenneco management but remain on the board.

Mr. Ketelsen joined a Tenneco subsidiary, the J.L. Case Company, as assistant controller in 1959. He became president of Case in 1967. In 1972, he moved to Houston Texas, as a Tenneco vice president with responsibility for financial affairs and, at various times, corporate-level responsibility for automotive component manufacturing, construction and farm equipment manufacturing, and oil operations and investments.

He was elected president of Tenneco on June 1, 1977.

Tenneco, which has interests in oil and gas, natural gas pipelines, shipbuilding and other areas, had operating revenues of $7.4 billion and net income of $427 million last year.

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