Shell Fills Top Lube Slots


Shell Oil Products U.S. last week announced the appointment of a slew of officials to the lubricants business that would be created by its anticipated acquisition of Pennzoil-Quaker State Co. The companies announced in March that Shell had agreed to buy Pennzoil-Quaker State for $2.9 billion in cash and assumed debt. The deal is being reviewed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, but the companies expect approval by early in the fourth quarter.

Doug Boyle, currently president of automotive products for Pennzoil-Quaker State, was named vice president of automotive/consumer products, a unit that would include passenger car motor oils, car care products and installed customers, plus Pennzoil-Quaker States business in Canada. Boyle joined Pennzoil-Quaker State last year after a 19-year career with PepsiCo.

Larry Cekella, now vice president of sales for Shell Oil Products U.S. Lubricants, is slated to become vice president of commercial, heading commercial transport motor oils and coolants. He joined Equilon Enterprises LLC in 1998, when it was formed as a joint venture between Shell and Texaco, and was employed by Texaco for 12 years before then.

Dian Austin would become vice president for industrial, overseeing business-to-business sales and marketing activities. She is currently Shells mid-continent supply director and has been with Texaco and its Star Enterprises and Equiva joint ventures with Saudi Refining and Shell since 1971.

Jiffy Lube President Marc Graham was appointed vice president of fast lubes, which would handle Jiffy Lube and Shells Rapid Lube chain. Graham joined Pennzoil-Quaker State in 1999 and has 30 years of automotive and business development experience.

Allen Kirkley, who was named vice president of lubricants when Shell bought out Texacos stake in Equilon, will become vice president of lubricants supply chain. The supply chain unit would be in charge of strategic sourcing, blending, packaging, distribution and customer service, as well as health, safety and environmental oversight. Before being named vice president of lubricants, Kirkley spent 21 years at Shells Norco Refinery and in the main office of Shells U.S. subsidiary.

Steve Hirst was appointed vice president of international, which would include Pennzoil-Quaker States international business except in Canada. He has been with Shell for 28 years and is now head of a London-based Oil Products strategy and portfolio team that played a large role in the deal to acquire Pennzoil-Quaker State.

The company also named Duncan Palmer vice president of finance, Bill Fitzpatrick vice president of human resources and services, and Claudia Gattis, director of ongoing transition and integration management.

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