The Lubrizol Corporation has initiated several management changes designed to better support the company's business objectives that include driving organic growth, strengthening the product portfolio and improving profitability. The newly appointed leadership will focus on enhancing product innovations across the enterprise, improving operating efficiencies across the global manufacturing and supply chain structure, managing enterprise risk and executing key bolt-on acquisitions that are complementary to existing product lines. The promotions took effect in September.
James Hambrick, Lubrizol's chairman, president and CEO, said, "In order to execute our strategy and continue to grow, especially in this challenging business environment, it is essential that we have the correct structure and people in the right roles. These management changes will provide us with the strong leadership required to achieve our goals."
In line with this goal, several corporate officers were promoted. Steve Kirk was elevated to senior vice president and chief operating officer, in charge of both Lubrizol Additives (LZA) and Lubrizol Advanced Materials (LZAM) business segments. He was elected vice president of the corporation in December 1993 and served in several marketing and sales roles before being named president of Lubrizol Additives in 2004.
In another appointment, Larry Norwood was named corporate vice president, operations, leading operations personnel and infrastructure for both LZA and LZAM. Most recently Mr. Norwood served as vice president, operations for the Lubrizol Additives segment.
Bob Graf was promoted to corporate vice president, research and development, leading research strategy and the development of scientific resources for both LZA and LZAM. Previously Mr. Graf was vice president, research and development for Lubrizol Additives.
Promoted to corporate vice president, global risk management and chief ethics officer was Greg Lewis. He will oversee loss prevention activities, the health, safety, environment and security function as well as corporate ethics for the company.
Dan Sheets was promoted to corporate vice president and president, Lubrizol Additives. Since 2005, Mr. Sheets has served as vice president of sales for Lubrizol Additives. Prior to 2005, he was vice president, Engine Additives and also served as global business manager for Fuels, Refinery and Oilfield. In his new role, Mr. Sheets will be responsible for the day-to-day management and growth of the Lubrizol Additives segment.
Eric Schnur was promoted to corporate vice president and president, Lubrizol Advanced Materials. Since 2007, Mr. Schnur was vice president and general manager of Performance Coatings in LZAM. He was vice president, Driveline and Industrial Additives, in the LZA segment from 2004 to 2007.
Don Bogus, senior vice president, The Lubrizol Corporation and president of Lubrizol Advanced Materials, will retire from Lubrizol effective January 2, 2009. Mr. Bogus began his career with Lubrizol in April 2000 as vice president of the then Chemicals for Industry division with responsibility for Lubrizol's paints, coatings and inks additive businesses.
In the Lubrizol Additives area, Mark Pringle has been named vice president, sales, Americas. Since 2004, Mr. Pringle was general manager, sales-North America. He joined Lubrizol in 1991 and has served in a variety of business development, field sales and global account management roles.
John Pilley has been named vice president, sales, Europe and Asia Pacific. Mr. Pilley joined Lubrizol in 1984 and has held a variety of sales positions beginning as an account manager in the London office and then moving to global account management. In 2003, he assumed the role of general manager for the Lubrizol Additives Europe and Africa sales regions.
In the Lubrizol Advanced Materials business segment, several appointments were made. In the first, Joseph Chai was promoted to vice president and general manager, Performance Coatings. Since March 2005, Mr. Chai held the position of vice president, Asia-Pacific, Lubrizol Advanced Materials and was based in Shanghai, China.
Additionally, Bernard Wong was promoted to vice president, Asia-Pacific, Lubrizol Advanced Materials. Mr. Wong originally joined Lubrizol Additives in 1990 and has held various sales roles, including managing major international accounts in the Asia-Pacific region.