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Rick George, Suncor CEO for Decades, Dies at 67

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CANADA - APRIL 26: Rick George, chief executive officer of Suncor Energy Inc., speaks to shareholders at the company's annual general meeting, Thursday, April,26, 2007, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Suncor Energy Inc., the world's second-largest oil-sands producer, said first-quarter profit fell 23 percent on lower output, higher costs and absence of a gain from insurance settlements a year earlier. (Photo by Dave Olecko/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Bloomberg Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rick George, who helped pioneer Canada’s oil-sands industry during two decades at the helm of Suncor Energy Inc., died on Tuesday after a year-and-a-half battle against acute myeloid leukemia. He was 67.

George served as Suncor’s chief executive officer from 1991 to 2012, following stints at Texaco Inc. and Sunoco LP. At Suncor, he helped transform the company into Canada’s largest integrated energy company and oversaw the 2009 takeover of Petro-Canada, a fuel distributor and retailer.

“Rick’s impact on the oil sands industry, the Canadian business community, and the broader community has been immeasurable,” Steve Williams, Suncor’s current CEO, said in a statement.

George also served on the boards of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Osum Oil Sands Corp., Royal Bank of Canada and Obsidian Energy Ltd. and was a partner at Novo Investment Group.

Survivors include his wife and three children.