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ARG announces promotion of Kozminski to vice president of R&D

Mike Kozminski
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American Refining Group Inc. (ARG) announced that Mike Kozminski has been promoted to vice president of research and development.

“We are thrilled to announce Mike’s progression to vice president of research and development,” said ARG President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Giberson. “Mike’s technical expertise regarding the chemistry of our refinery’s products and processes is unparalleled,” he said.

Kozminski succeeds David Krantz, who retired in January after a decade of service to ARG.

“We certainly thank David for his contributions to ARG during the last 10 years,” Giberson said.

As ARG’s VP – R&D, Kozminski plans and directs all aspects of R&D policies, objectives and initiatives, demonstrating expertise in the field’s concepts, practices and procedures. To assist leadership in maintaining ARG’s competitive, profitable position, he directs the development of new lubricant formulations and new-process development; plans capital expenditures and maintains expense budgets for the R&D and Quality teams; directs product registrations and licensing; and must be able to lead at all levels and simplify complex concepts.

In planning and executing new research and development proposals, Kozminski must define the project’s purpose and costs as well as equipment and HR requirements. The newest member of ARG’s leadership team, some additional key responsibilities include strategic vision communications, tactical planning and execution, consulting, executive-level problem solving and incident investigation.

Kozminski worked previously at ARG’s Bradford refinery, then re-joined ARG on June 1, 2007, as manager of R&D. He was promoted to director of R&D on August 3, 2014. 

Kozminski has co-/authored several technical papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. 
For more information about ARG, visit www.amref.com.