Lubrizol announces management changes

Driven by the retirement of some executives plus its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway, completed 16 September 2011, Lubrizol has made some leadership changes.

James L Hambrick remains Lubrizol’s chairman, president and ceo, while Lubrizol’s executive leadership team retains the following individuals: Suzanne Day, vp, general counsel and chief ethics officer; Bob Graf, corporate vp, research and development with responsibility for product safety and compliance; John King, corporate vp, information systems and business processes; Eric Schnur, president, Lubrizol Advanced Materials; Dan Sheets, president, Lubrizol Additives; Greg Taylor, corporate vp, strategy, development and communications; and Brian Valentine, corporate vp, cfo and treasurer, also responsible for global risk management.

In addition, the company has hired Andy Panega as corporate vp, human resources and Mike Vaughn will become corporate vp, operations, supply chain and HSES upon the retirement of Larry Norwood in 2012.

The following Lubrizol officers have retired: Charlie Cooley, senior vp and cfo; Greg Lewis, corporate vp, global risk management and chief ethics officer; Larry Miller, corporate vp, human resources; and Patrick Saunier, corporate vp, information systems and business processes. Meanwhile Steve Kirk, senior vp and chief operating officer; Larry Norwood, corporate vp, operations; and Leslie Reynolds, corporate secretary and counsel will retire later this year or in the first half of 2012.

Commenting on the changes, Hambrick said: “I want to thank our officers, some of whom have spent their entire careers at Lubrizol, for their tremendous dedication and commitment, as well as their numerous contributions throughout their successful and distinguished careers. It has been an honour to work with all of them.”

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