Chevron announces retirement of Jim McGeehan

One of the lubricant industry’s stalwarts, James (Jim) McGeehan is retiring effective 30 June, after 39 years of service with Chevron Products Co., a Chevron U.S.A. Inc. division. He is currently consulting scientist for Delo®Heavy Duty Engine Oils.

McGeehan successfully led the introduction of seven heavy-duty engine oil categories, from API CE through CJ4, in his capacity as chairman of the ASTM Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel since 1987. He has also been involved in the final development of Proposed Category 11 (PC-11), which is expected to be licensed on 1 December 2016.

In 2002, he was selected “Person of the Year” by the then leading lubricant industry publication, Lubricants World.

“Jim’s passion and visionary outlook for developing Chevron Heavy Duty Engine oils was key to elevating Chevron’s Delo Brand to a top tier category performer over the years and we are indebted to his efforts in developing Delo’s superb reputation,” said Leonard J. Badal, Jr., Chevron’s global commercial brands manager.

He began his career with Chevron in 1976 as a research engineer in Chevron Research Co. During his tenure, he has served as the global manager of diesel engine oil technology and was responsible for all global heavy-duty engine oil development and coordinating all diesel engine programs for Chevron’s lubricants businesses. He led the team responsible for the successful development of Chevron Delo 400, which is now a global product meeting worldwide requirements.

“I would like to thank Jim for his dedication, passion and many contributions and mentorship to our company, personnel and industry over the past four decades. He has been a leader in our lubricants formulating team and has set a high standard for all of us to follow into the future,” said Brian Stripling, general manager, brand, technology & original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Chevron Products Co.

A member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK since 1971, he was appointed an SAE Fellow in 1989 and a Chevron Fellow in 2002.

Shawn Whitacre, senior staff engineer, technology, has been named McGeehan’s direct replacement. Before joining Chevron in 2013, Whitacre spent 12 years leading global fluids and materials engineering activities for Cummins. He also spent five years conducting lubricant, fuel, and emission research for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., U.S.A. At Chevron, he is primarily responsible for product formulation of the Delo brand of heavy-duty engine oils. He is currently the lead formulator responsible for development of Chevron’s PC-11 product line upgrade.

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