Chevron Corp. has tapped Chris Cavote as the new refinery general manager for its Pascagoula Refinery, succeeding Bruce Chinn, who according to gulflive.com will be Chevron Oronite Co.’s next president beginning Jan. 1, 2018. However, Chinn’s new position has not been officially announced nor confirmed by Chevron.
Prior to the announcement, Cavote held the same position at Chevron’s refinery in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and is chairman of Chevron Canada Limited, Chevron’s downstream company in Canada.
“It has been a privilege to lead Pascagoula particularly the dedicated men and women who come to work here every day to make this refinery an essential element in the fuels and base oil business,” said Chinn, who was appointed general manager of Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery in Pascagoula, Miss., U.S.A., in March 2014.
Cavote holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Sacramento, and joined Chevron in 1989. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, business analysis and planning. Before his current assignment in Canada, Cavote held management roles at Chevron’s El Segundo, Calif., Richmond, Calif., and Hawaii refineries, and was a general manager for Chevron’s large-scale Escravos Gas-to-Liquids facility in Nigeria.
The Pascagoula Refinery is Chevron’s largest wholly-owned refinery, processing 330,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Its primary products are motor gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel and premium base oil.
“I’m excited to be joining the Pascagoula Refinery,” Cavote said. “The Pascagoula site not only is Chevron’s largest and most complex refinery, but also has a well-established culture of operational excellence and teamwork. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues there to continue to build on that foundation to achieve even greater success.”