October 24, 2020

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Appointments: Chevron Phillips, Pilot Chemical, Evonik, CPCL, Sea-Land
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Photo of Pamela Butcher and Mike Clark courtesy of Pilot Chemical

B.J. Hebert joins Chevron Phillips Chemical as EVP and chief operating officer

B.J. Hebert will join Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (CPChem), one of the world’s top producers of olefins and polyolefins and a leading supplier of aromatics, alpha olefins, styrenics, specialty chemicals, plastic piping and polymer resins,  as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective November 1, 2020. In this newly created role, Hebert will have responsibility for the company’s manufacturing operations and commercial functions.

Hebert has 33 years of industry experience and joins CPChem from Occidental Chemical (OxyChem), where he has served as president since 2017. During his tenure with OxyChem, he held numerous roles of increasing responsibility including senior vice president, basic chemicals; vice president and general manager, vinyls; and manufacturing director, chemicals. Hebert began his career with Vista Chemicals, where he served in plant and operations engineering roles. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from McNeese State University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC is equally owned indirectly by Chevron Corporation and Phillips 66, and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, U.S.A. 

Pilot Chemical announces leadership transition

Pamela Butcher will step down from her CEO role at Pilot Chemical Corp., a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical company,  effective January 1, 2021. She will remain on the Pilot Board of Directors and serve as a special advisor to the chairman.

This is part of a planned transition and structuring of the Pilot organisation to continue the growth and innovation that has enabled it to be successful for more than 69 years, providing high-quality products and services to the disinfecting, sanitizing and cleaning; metalworking and lubricants; oil field and emulsion polymerization industries.

“Pam’s leadership and guidance over the past 10 years have been instrumental in making Pilot the success it is today,” said Paul Morrisroe, chairman of the Pilot Board of Directors. “Without her determined efforts, visionary business acumen, industry knowledge and concern for employees, customers, and our communities, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We are extremely pleased to have her remain on our Board and to serve in a new capacity as a special advisor to the Chairman.”

Mike Clark, president and COO, will continue in those roles, serving as the company’s top executive and reporting to the Board of Directors. He joined Pilot in early 2018 with more than 30 years in the industry and has been leading operations and, most recently, a successful strategy refresh.

Over the next few months, Butcher and Clark will continue to work together to ensure a smooth transition.

As Clark assumes the top leadership position at the start of 2021, he will oversee nine locations and more than 400 employees.

Evonik appoints Shirley Qi regional president for SEAANZ region

Shirley Qi, 38, started her new role as regional president for Evonik’s South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) region and head of Nutrition & Care division for Asia Pacific, effective October 1, 2020.

Evonik Industries AG is one of Germany’s leading specialty chemical companies. In Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Evonik is headquartered in Singapore.

“I am excited to start in my new position here. Singapore is our gateway to markets in Southeast Asia and beyond. As the regional president, I will be overseeing major business, investment and R&D projects in the SEAANZ region, among other responsibilities,” Qi says in an interview with The Business Times.

Born in Shanghai, China, Qi studied business administration at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, before starting her career as a consultant at a management consultancy company in Munich, specialising in procurement. In 2012, Qi joined Evonik in Shanghai, taking on various leading procurement roles, the latest being head of Procurement for Asia Pacific.

In her LinkedIn page, Qi noted that she has been with Evonik for more than a decade, where as head of Procurement Controlling Asia and moving up to vice president, head of procurement Asia Pacific, “I was able to make a positive impact at every level of the supply chain.”

“Additionally, my appointment as president in Asia for the “Together for Sustainability” initiative, of which Evonik is one of the six founding members, enabled me to drive forward transparency and sustainability along the supply chain,” she added.

Chennai Petroleum Corp. names new technical director

Indian Oil group company Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd (CPCL) announced that H. Shankar has assumed the office of director (Technical) with immediate effect. He succeeds R. Srikanthan, who retired on September 30, 2020.

Shankar, a mechanical engineer from the Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, joined Indian Oil in 1992 at the Haldia Refinery and has more than 28 years of work experience in the following IOCL Refineries of Haldia, Vadodara and Panipat.

He has the unique experience of executing a ‘delayed coker unit’ as a grassroots project at IOCL Gujarat Refinery.

In his tenure at Refineries headquarters, New Delhi, he was associated with BS-IV and BS-VI Fuel Quality Improvement project at IOCL, Barauni Refinery. His latest achievement was in directing the investment proposal for the expansion project at Barauni refinery in January 2020.

Sea-Land Chemical announces promotions, new marketing director

Sea-Land Chemical Company, a leading global chemical distributor of specialty additives for the lubricants industry and household, industrial and institutional cleaning market, announced the appointment of Doug Honig as marketing director, as well as several promotions.

Honig held key leadership positions in marketing, digital communications, and vendor management at Parker Hannifin Corporation for the past 14 years, recently serving as Digital Merchandising and eCommerce campaign manager. Prior to working at Parker Hannifin, Honig was the manager of Public Relations and Employee Communications at Picker International.

Honig earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

Matt Mapus has been promoted to vice president of Sales and Marketing, effective September 1. In addition to responsibility over the marketing and technical departments, Mapus will now lead the North American sales team. He will be supporting Vice President of the East Region, Christy Henley, and Vice President of the West Region, Jack McKenna, and their regional sales teams.

Mapus has been with the company for 12 years, serving as vice president of marketing, product manager and marketing specialist. Prior to Sea-Land, Mapus spent 8 years in technical service and sales for Nalco Company and PPG Industries. Mapus holds his Bachelor of Science from Heidelberg University and MBA from Cleveland State University.

Ted McClure has been promoted to director of Technical Resources. McClure started at Sea-Land in 2014. Before joining Sea-Land, he owned Tribsys LLC, a consulting and testing company in Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.A. for 14 years. Earlier, McClure was R&D director at Fuchs for five years, and vice president, Technical, for Franklin Oil Corp. for 11 years. 

Brittany Hennings has been promoted to the role of marketing communications manager. Hennings started at Sea-Land in 2015 in the internship program and was most recently marketing communications specialist. Hennings earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Cleveland State University.

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