Changes in Command at ARG

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Jeannine Schoenecker will become president and chief operating officer of American Refining Group by next March 31, succeeding Harvey Golubock on his retirement, ARGs board of directors announced.

In her new position, Schoenecker will report directly to Harry Holloran Jr., chairman and CEO of the company. Schoenecker, currently chief financial officer, has been with Bradford, Pa.-based ARG since 1985. The independent refinery has 2,400 barrels per day of base oil capacity.

Golubock will retire as president and chief operating officer and become vice chairman of the board. He will remain president of ARG Resources, an affiliated company focused on crude oil production, and is expected to continue his involvement with the Bradford community.

He anticipates working at least the next six to nine months with ARG during the transition period. Im well past the traditional retirement age, Golubock told Lube Report. We figured its time to plan for succession and bring in some new blood, and let the next generation run it. It gives me some time to spend with my grandkids.

He joined ARG as president and chief operating officer in 1997 when the company purchased the Bradford refinery. Prior to that, Golubock spent 28 years with Witco and held many senior positions, including vice president of Witcos lubricant group. Prior to Witco, Golubock worked at Gulton Industries and Permutit.

The base oil market has changed considerably during his many years in the industry, he observed. Weve seen a number of shutdowns of [API] Group I refineries, Golubock recalled. A major change from Group I being the largest seller of base oils, to now seeing Group IIs, Group IIIs, synthetics and others taking over. Its significant change, probably greater change in the last decade than the industry has ever seen before.

Schoenecker joined ARG as assistant controller in 1985. She became controller later that year, and in 1991 was promoted to vice president of accounting. She joined ARGs executive and management teams in 1998. She assumed the chief financial officer position in 2008 and is also president of AR Trucking.

The company will also expand the responsibilities ofTim Brown, vice president of sales and marketing, to embrace all marketing related activities of the company. Brown is responsible for sales and marketing of ARGs refinery outputs, including fuels, solvents, base oils and waxes. Brown was ARGs director of refinery sales before being named to his current position in 2008.

Schoenecker and Brown will assume their new roles on a date to be determined after subordinate positions have been filled and responsibilities have been realigned, ARGs board said.

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