Kashanchi to succeed Cervantes as new Chevron Oronite president
Mitra Basiri Kashanchi (left) and Coleen Cervantes (right). Photo courtesy of Chevron Chemicals

Kashanchi to succeed Cervantes as new Chevron Oronite president

Colleen Cervantes, currently the president of Chevron Chemicals, will retire on April 3, 2023, after nearly 40 years of service to Chevron. She will be succeeded by Mitra Basiri Kashanchi, vice president, Manufacturing and Supply, Chevron Chemicals, effective April 3, 2023.

Chevron Corp., which. is headquartered in San Ramon, California, U.S.A., is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Chevron Chemicals, which is part of Chevron Corp., is a leading manufacturer of petrochemicals and additives. Its primary chemicals business is Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, a 50-50 joint venture. Chevron Oronite, which is part of Chevron Chemicals, is Chevron’s global fuel and lubricant additive business.

Kashanchi brings more than 30 years of industry knowledge to her new role as president, with a robust manufacturing background that includes the past two-plus years overseeing Chemicals’ global Manufacturing and Supply operations. Kashanchi joined Chevron in 1991 and worked in various roles of increasing responsibility at the El Segundo Refinery before moving into leadership positions at refineries in British Columbia and Richmond, California. In 2017, she became the general manager at Chevron’s Salt Lake Refinery, where she oversaw the execution of Chevron’s first cutting edge ISOALKYTM technology. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry from Iran National University as well as a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in physical chemistry, both from California State University, Long Beach.

“Mitra’s selection as president, Chevron Chemicals, will help ensure the continuation of strong leadership in our fuel and lubricant additive business,” said Hearne.