People moves in the lubricants sector

People moves, hires and retirements in the lubricants and speciality chemicals sector

Eleven Team speciality-chemicals

People moves in the lubricants sector

At the start of 2020, the challenges that were soon to be faced by the sector were unknown and unpredictable. For an industry, like so many others, that relies on reliable logistics and face to face interactions, a global pandemic which locked us away was sure to hinder standard working procedures. But, like many other sectors, recruitment in lubricants and speciality chemicals continued, and we witnessed several people moves. 

Starting at home, Eleven Recruitment welcomed Andrew England to lead the lubricants, fuels and speciality chemicals desk in June. With previous experience of running a successful recruitment company himself, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the desk;

“I have first-hand experience of being an employer, after running a successful recruitment business for 10 years, so speaking with and understanding the needs of clients comes easily to me.”

We’ve also seen the following moves in the speciality chemicals and lubricants markets:.

  • Andy Ogley has moved to Millers Oils as their new Technical R&D Manager.

  • Dominic Popham has been appointed as Sales and Marketing Manager at H&M ChemPharm (UK) Ltd. Previously, Dominic worked at Duckhams as European Sales Director.

  • Jon Dutton has been promoted from International Sales Manager to Director of Sales & Marketing at Libra Speciality Chemicals.

  • Helga Laporte has moved to PB Leiner as their Global Marketing & Product Development Director from Wolf Oil Corporation.

  • Leeds-based Rocol has appointed Richard Cobley as its new Sales Engineer. In his new role, Richard will support UK customers across the Midlands.

  • Valentina Serra-Holm has left Calumet and moved to Koras Group in Switzerland as Business Development Manager.

  • The ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants’ board of directors has appointed Ian Carr to succeed Bryan Milton as President, as Milton announces his retirement effective from the 1st September. Carr has also been elected as Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corp

  • Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP has named Todd Borgmann as Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer. Borgmann will assume the CFO duties on 1st September, following a transition with the current executive Vice President and CFO, H. Keith Jennings, who is leaving the organisation on 31st August.

  • Penthol LLC USA, based in Houston, Texas has announced the appointment of Harji Gill as Chief Executive Officer effective from 1st September. Gill joins Penthol with more than 20 years of experience in the lubricants and specialty products markets. Gill was most recently Vice President and General Manager of Finished Lubricants and Chemicals at Calumet Specialty Products Partners and also served as President of Golden Triangle Lubricants LLC, a controlled subsidiary of Pinnacle Oil, to supply lubricants and services to large marine vessels across the U.S. Gulf Coast, from 2005 to 2013. Before this, Gill worked at Pinnacle Oil, an integrated independent lubricant manufacturer and packager based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

As well as new acquisitions, it has also been interesting to see movement and promotions within companies. 

  • Following his role as Deputy Managing Director and Technical Director, Chris Wholley succeeded Peter Vickers as Managing Director of the UK-based Vickers Oils on March 30th. Peter remains as Chairman of the company. The company has also appointed John Mainwaring as Project Manager. Mainwaring previously worked at Metalube before joining Vickers Oils. 

    • Mahdi Aladel, previously the head of Aramco's base oils and lubricants division, will take over as CEO of Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV).

  • At John Hogg, Rebecca May, who has worked at the company since 2017 as Account Executive and Customer Manager, began her new role as Senior Customer Manager for Europe in June. 

Company expansions echo how many businesses in the sector have remained resilient, and how some have indeed grown during this time.

  • Emery Oleochemicals announced the expansion of its bio-lubricants commercial team. Alexis Weber and Michael Chong have joined as Sales Manager based in Düsseldorf, Germany and as Regional Sales Manager based in Telok Panglima Garang, Malaysia, respectively. They will both be leading customer and regional initiatives as part of the bio-lubricants ongoing global growth strategy.

Andrew England commented on the recent activity; “The challenges of this year have been felt by the industry, there’s no doubt about it, but it is positive to see so much movement in the sector and we are certain that the desk will continue to be busy as we near the end of 2020. As ever, we are also excited to see what next year will bring.”