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Gary Emmick stepped down as president of Valor Oil. His son Josh Emmick took over the position on January 1, 2020 and is the third Emmick family member to lead the company. Gary will shift into a new role as chairman of the board and CEO.
Pilot Chemical has appointed Rob Harpum as its new metalworking and lubricants sales manager.
George Damiris retired as CEO, president and director of HollyFrontier Corp. on December 31. The company’s board appointed Michael Jennings--previously executive vice president for the company--as CEO and president effective January 1.
Infineum announced changes to its leadership team: Philippe Creteur is executive vice president of sales; Aldo Govi is EVP of business growth and technology; Chris Locke is EVP of supply and operational excellence; Rebecca Oldfield is EVP of business transformation and digitalization; and Mike Chen is the company’s president in China.
Gisela Miller has been named director of sales for American Refining Group after serving as the interim director since July 2019.
Nanotech Industrial Solutions appointed Hoon Kim as the company’s new technical director.
Matteo Morelli was appointed as Greif’s sales director in Italy.
Evonik Oil Additives USA appointed Richard Van Sleet regional president in the Americas. He will retain his current responsibilities as global head of marketing for lubricant additives.
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Castrol India announced the appointment of Sandeep Sangwan as managing director for the company, effective January 1. He will succeed Omer Dormen, who will move into another role leading Castrol’s business in Europe.
After 49 years with Calumet Specialty Products Partners, John Banach, vice president, base oil sales, retired on September 1. His son, Bart Banach, was promoted to sales director, base oils.
Chemical distribution company Brenntag A.G. appointed Christian Kohlpaintner CEO and member of the company’s management board, effective January 1, 2020. He succeeds Steven Holland.
The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association announced new leadership at its 2019 annual meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The new president is Chuck Decker of American Oil and Supply International, replacing Barbara Kudis of Allegheny Petroleum Products Co.
Delphine Persouyre, formerly managing director of Total Luxembourg, joined Total Canada as president and managing director. She succeeds Franck Bagouet, who was appointed senior vice president of lubricants at Total Specialties USA, Inc. Bagouet replaces Christophe Doussoux, who has assumed a new leadership role with the company in Paris, France.
Aziz Gdihi joined Flexcon North America as vice president of supply chain.
Osvaldo Desvard, president of Soltex, died October 1 at his home in La Plata, Argentina. He was 66 years old.
Born in Trenque Lauquen, Argentina, Desvard graduated from the University of La Plata with a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1979, then conducted research at the University of Cambridge.
In 1986 he left his position as a professor of chemistry at the University of La Plata to join Imperial Chemical Industries, where he worked for several years until joining Bridas Corp. Desvard held various positions at Bridas, including managing director of the polyisobutylene business. He joined Soltex as international manager in 2004. In 2011 he became commercial manager, and in 2015 he was appointed president of the company.
Desvard is survived by his wife Sylvia, sons Mariano and Nicolas, daughter Celina, and grandchildren Manuel and Lupe.
Jeremy Baines became president of Neste U.S. on September 1.
Songwon CEO Maurizio Butti died on September 7. Jongho Park is acting CEO.
Westlake, Ohio-based Sea-Land Chemical Co., a lubricant additives distributor, named Ryan Keating chief financial officer.
Emmanuel Decoeur has been named regional sales manager of Flexicon’s new office in Dijon, France.
Total announced that Marius Vermeulen has taken over as sales director for lubricants in Germany. Vermeulen replaces Patrick Schnell.
Total announced that Marius Vermeulen has taken over as sales director for lubricants in Germany. Vermeulen replaces Patrick Schnell.
Pilot Chemical Company named John Manka director of technology. He will oversee product development processes and protocols from Pilot’s new technology center. The company has also expanded its distribution sales team, adding account managers Chris Urban, Patrick Conover, Cathi Mowery and Hannah Davis.
German specialty chemicals company Biesterfeld Spezialchemie appointed Pavlo Prykhodchenko general manager of its Ukraine operations.
Nynas appointed Roberto Ortiz as general manager North America. He joined the company in August 2005 as manager of Nynas Mexico and is now responsible for sales management in the North American region including Canada, the USA and Mexico.
Kevin Ferrick of the American Petroleum Institute has been promoted to director, API product programs. He was previously senior manager of API’s engine oil program.
Biosynthetic Technologies has added three new members to its research and development team: Alex Kitchel, Marlon Lutz and Annie Hynes.
Al Pape has left Shamrock Technologies. William B. Neuberg, principal owner and chairman of the company, will take over the duties of president.
Michael Duncan, executive vice president, technology at Daubert Chemical, is the 2019-2020 president of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. Ryan Evans, director of R&D for bearings at Timken, has joined the STLE executive committee. Terms began at the society’s annual meeting in May.
Stefano Colonna has joined Kemat in technical sales. He previously was technical consultant and business lead for the elastomeric polyurethane business of Xenon Arc.
Thom Smith, 63, died on June 3, 2019, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Thom earned a Bachelor of Science with honors in chemistry from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and had a successful career. Thom’s activities in the lubricant industry spanned over forty years, including roles with Shell, Gulf Canada (now Petro-Canada), Ultramar and Lubrizol. He moved to Lexington, Kentucky, in 1997, when he began his career with Ashland Oil, now Valvoline. He was vice president of branded lubricant technology at Valvoline.
Josh Frederick and Fran Lockwood, both of Valvoline, said that Thom was one of the most affable, optimistic, humble and fair gentlemen they had ever known. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Angela Willis, who followed Thom as chair of the ASTM Passenger Car Engine Oil Classification Panel, commented that Thom brought humanism to the role. He always incorporated ways to help lighten the mood with his trivia tidbits, while still orchestrating a very professional, well-facilitated meeting.
The industry knew him as a vigorous participant in American Petroleum Institute and ASTM International forums, who could always be counted on to be at once outspoken, open-minded and fair. In addition to his 13-year leadership of PCEOCP, Thom served as chair of the API Category Life Oversight Group, where he inspired many others to assume active roles within various API and ASTM forums. My thoughts were that Thom could always keep the discussions objective and civil.
Angela probably summed it up best, saying, “I will miss his warm and welcoming personality.
Valentina Serra-Holm joined Indianapolis, Indiana-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners as vice president of global product marketing, effective May 6. Her most recent position was director of global marketing and technology for Nynas.
Jan Lee, marketing and communications manager, Asia Pacific for Chevron Oronite, retired in April.
Chevron Phillips Chemical announced Mitch Eichelberger will become senior vice president of corporate planning and technology effective June 1. Eichelberger succeeds Dave Smith, who is retiring.
Lanxess has appointed Anno Borkowsky to its board of management, effective June 1. He will take responsibility for the Specialty Additives segment. He had been head of the Additives business unit.
Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants appointed Larry Hofstetter as president in April. Hofstetter succeeds Jay Schaeffer Shields, who will remain as CEO.
Mark Miller joined Biosynthetic Technologies as CEO in February. Bruce Marley, who was senior vice president—sales and marketing, left the company on March 31.
Amalie Oil’s Dennis J. Madden has retired as senior vice president for global sales and marketing. Rick Barkett is now SVP for global sales in addition to his role as COO. Michelle L. Barkett will take over the company’s marketing. Andrew A. Bornstein is vice president for strategic enterprises, a new position. Kenneth J. Holder is vice president for North American sales.
Steven Holland, CEO of Brenntag AG, will retire when his current contract ends in February 2020.
CEO Keith Mullin announced his retirement from Hong Kong-based Gulf Oil Marine. David Price will take his place effective May 14.
Mike Clark is now president of Pilot Chemical while continuing to serve as chief operating officer. Mike Bizzarro has been named director of manufacturing, in addition to his current role as manager of the Middletown, Ohio, manufacturing site. Kate Slyman is now regional sales manager for the Northeast.
Hydrodec’s CEO David Dinwoodie succeeded Michael Pitcher as president of Hydrodec of North America.
Elena Scaltritti is division leader of industrial chemicals for Songwon Industrial Co., which includes its lubricants business. She has also been appointed a member of the executive committee. Gerard Mulqueen now leads the fuel & lubes business unit.
American Refining Group announced that Jon Giberson will succeed Jeannine Schoenecker as president and chief operating officer. John Malone joined ARG’s leadership team as vice president of sales and marketing.
Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., announced that Tracey Gardiner succeeded Cary Knuth as vice president of base oils on Jan. 1. The company also named Luyen Vo marketing and business development manager, immediately succeeding Brent Lok, who will retire this month.
Phil Levy will return to Monson as account manager for lubricants and metalworking fluids, responsible for Southern Ohio, Indiana, Western Pennsylvania and New York.
X.B. Cox, ExxonMobil senior engineering advisor, retired on Feb. 28. Rick Dougherty has assumed some of his responsibilities with the title of chief of base stocks and specialty technology.
John Verity, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Co., has retired. Karen McKee, senior vice president for basic chemicals, integration and growth, was appointed to take Verity's place effective April 1.
Chicago-based Tower Metalworking Fluids named Scott Prince president and chief operating officer.
Thomas Duletzki took over as head of Lanxess’ Mergers & Acquisitions group. He replaced Marcel Beerman, who joined the company’s High Performance Materials business unit.
Charles Ross & Son Co. promoted Joseph Martorana to executive vice president. He previously served as vice president of corporate operations.
Glenn Alton Beck, founder of fuel and lubricants supplier Beck Oil Inc., died Jan. 8 at the age of 88. Beck was born in Aspen, Colorado, and attended the University of Colorado to study chemical engineering. He attended graduate school at the Thunderbird School of Foreign Trade served after serving as a naval officer in the Korean War. He was hired to serve as plant manager of Armco Steel in Venezuela, where he worked for seven years. When he returned to the United States, he founded Beck Oil Inc. in Victorville, California, in 1967. He is survived by his wife Betty, children Laurie, Wendy, Corey and Alexandra, 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and extended family.
Specialty chemicals distributor Connell appointed Azita Owlia president and CEO. She joined the company in 2011 as vice president of its north Asia division.
Bob Rechtin, senior key account manager at Pilot Chemical Co., retired in January after 13 years with the company.
Ametek Land, a unit of Ametek Inc., promoted Manfred Hayk to global infrared product manager. Prior to this role, he was the company’s sales channel manager for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia.
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom-based Morris Lubricants appointed Chris Slezakowski as managing director.
Gregory Lynn “Greg” Shank, who was a key figure in the development of specifications for heavy-duty diesel engine oils, died Dec. 23 at the age of 69. He was employed at Volvo Group Trucks Technology in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he held roles including executive staff engineer; manager of fluids technology; manager of engine product development; and coordinator, lubricants, fuels, coolants and filtration.
Along with Jim McGeehan, formerly of Chevron, and the late Pat Fetterman of Infineum, Shank contributed to the development of heavy-duty oil specs for trucks. His primary focus was on the need to protect Mack and later Volvo engines, said McGeehan. “Consequently he got Mack/Volvo to support these engine tests throughout the life of all categories since 1988 when API CE was introduced with the Mack T-6 test,” he added.
Shank was a member of ASTM International’s Heavy-duty Engine Oil Classification Panel and chairman of the Engine Manufacturers Association, where he collaborated with members of oil companies and additive and base oil suppliers to develop heavy-duty engine oil formulations. “He would visit fleets and field test sites to understand their needs and concerns. He understood the industry concerns and could articulate their needs to our panel,” said McGeehan.
Shank is survived by daughter Michelle S. McCullough and her husband Christopher, grandchildren Rory, Connie and Lindsey McCullough, brother Rick Shank and mother- and father-in-law John and Peggy Anderson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Jean Anderson Shank, in 2016.
Shell distributor Vivo Energy Ghana appointed Ben Hassan Ouattara as its managing director.
Hans Jensen Lubricators appointed former sales manager Stefan Sletting Nielsen as its new chief commercial officer. The company is a family-owned Danish cylinder lubrication systems manufacturer for two-stroke marine diesel engines.
Taco van der Maten, marketing manager at United Kingdom-based testing company Malvern Panalytical, is the new chairman of ASTM International’s board of directors.
Nynas appointed company CFO Bo Askvik interim president and CEO. Gert Wendroth, president and CEO since 2014, will leave the company.
Fuchs Lubricants appointed Laura Morrey as product developer and manager.
Lubricant data collection company Olyslager hired Sander Scholten as managing director of Olyslager North America.
Pilot Chemical Co. named Hans Hummel business line manager at its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.
John Rastoka joined Acme-Hardesty as regional sales manager for the western region of the company’s oleochemicals business unit.
SI Group made changes to its executive leadership. Frank Bozich was named CEO, Patrick Weinberg is now senior v.p. and CFO, while John Steitz is CEO of additives. Chris Cornille became senior v.p. of supply chain services, Wei Ru is now senior v.p. of engineering and process technology, Paul Tilley was named senior v.p. of chemical intermediates and industrial resins, and Rich White is senior v.p. of manufacturing and environmental health, safety and quality. The company also appointed Chris Roberts as v.p. of its fuels and lubricants business unit.
Charles Ross & Son Co. named Gregg Drames regional sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic region.
Lubrizol Corp. named Ana G. Rodriguez corporate vice president and chief human resources officer. She replaced Andy Panega, who retired from the company
Markus Hoschke joined Oxea as executive v.p. of global marketing and sales. He previously worked at specialty chemicals distributor Azelis. The company also named Oliver Borgmeier COO, and its current CEO, Salim Al Huthaili, will also oversee Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries, a joint venture of Oman Oil Co. and Kuwait Petroleum International.
American Refining Group President and COO Jeannine T. Schoenecker will resign in March 2019 due to her husband's recent ALS diagnosis.
Shrewsbury, England-based Morris Lubricants appointed Andy Morrey as its new operations manager.
Oxea CEO Salim Al Huthaili was elected in October as a new board member of the European Chemical Industry Council.
KPI Bridge Oil promoted Victoria Freeman to chief financial officer. Freeman joined the company in 2009 as an accountant and most recently served as group financial controller.
Harrison Chien was named vice president of sales at Flexcon North America, a laminated films manufacturer. Chien most recently served as v.p. of sales and marketing at Luxfer Corp. in Madison, Illinois.
Consulting firm Kline & Co. hired Debbie Powell as a manager of energy practice. Powell has over 20 years of experience in the lubricants industry and previously worked at Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron.
Jason Galary was named director of research and development at Fairhaven, Massachusetts-based Nye Lubricants. He previously was applied science and tribology manager.
SK Lubricants Americas named Jeff Presley its new technical manager. Presley has over 30 years of lubricants experience from various roles held at Valvoline Inc.
Soltex Inc. hired Cloe West to its technical sales team for the company’s line of performance chemical additives.
Palmer Holland appointed Drew Ursic sales manager for the Midwest region.
Sea-Land Chemical Co. hired Tony Grzejka as account manager for the United States West Coast. He most recently served as senior account manager at Infineum.
Wanda Gonzalez was named plant manager for Pilot Chemical Co.’s production facility in Houston. She most recently served as site manager at ISP Freetown Fine Chemicals Inc. in Freetown, Massachusetts.
Dick Wolpert, marine product line specialist, and Global OEM and Industry Liaison Gary Parsons both retired from Chevron Oronite in September. Richard van den Bulk is Parsons’ replacement.
Texas Refinery Corp. named Patrick M. Walsh its new president. Walsh oversaw the lube manufacturer’s domestic lubricant sales and international sales divisions, and has held numerous management and executive roles at TRC and its subsidiaries over 35 years. The company also promoted J.R. Hannan to senior vice president and chief operations officer.
Ergon Inc. promoted Kris Patrick to chief operating officer for the company and its subsidiaries. Lance Puckett, senior vice president of the petroleum specialties marketing division, replaces Patrick as president of Ergon Refining Inc. and Ergon–West Virginia.
Jamie Brunk, lube study manager with HSB Solomon Associates, retired on Sept. 4. Brunk managed the base oil and wax portion of Solomon’s benchmarking and consulting businesses since 2004, as well as the “Worldwide Paraffinic Lube Refinery Performance Analysis” (Lube Study) between 2004 and 2016. Tim Langlais will take over the position. Langlais has served as a global base oil marketing executive most recently with Ergon and also with Phillips 66.
Colleen Murphy-Smith was named director, base oils, at Motiva, replacing Bryan Schorzman, who was appointed director, refining and strategy analysis.
Ametek Brookfield appointed Hitesh Shah global vice president of sales. Shah has over 25 years of experience in sales and executive roles, having worked at General Electric, Meggitt Sensing Systems and most recently as global sales director at Novanta.
John Bucci is vice president of technical development with the Savant Group. He brings over 30 years of experience and knowledge in process R&D, chemical manufacturing and mechanical processing, most recently with Hemlock Semiconductor Corp.
Lanxess named Jacques Perez as its new country representative in the United Kingdom and managing director of Lanxess Holding UK, effective Oct. 1. He previously held positions at Lanxess India, where Neelanjan Banerjee is now country representative and managing director. Banerjee will also remain head of the Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit.
Bob DeGennaro, editor and founder of industry newsletter OEM Lube News, died on July 27. The July 30 edition was that newsletter’s final issue, his son Ryan told its readers and sponsors. DeGennaro spent his career in the oil and gas industry working for companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobil and Gulf Oil before retiring to start a consulting business and the newsletter more than 14 years ago.
Lubricating Specialties Inc. appointed Carmen Fiordirosa to the newly created role of director of e-commerce.
Pilot Chemical named attorney John Brantley, who has provided counsel to the chemical company for 13 years, director of the company’s board.
Jim Becker, current vice president of polymers at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., assumed an additional role to coordinate commercial and technical resources to advance the company’s sustainability strategy.
Richard “Dick” Kabel, who spent 32 years at General Motors Research Laboratories and was one of the key figures in the development of the ILSAC passenger car motor oil standard, died July 29 at age 85.
Born in Detroit, he attended the University of Detroit and later graduated from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan. In addition to his career at GM, Kabel was an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, serving on its board of directors, and formed Rich-Lo Consulting after his retirement from GM in 1987.
Kabel is attributed with developing the framework that led to the ILSAC specification, which replaced a handful of different standards that were used in the late 1960s, including standards from SAE, the American Petroleum Institute and ASTM International.
Kabel is survived by his wife Lois Kabel, children Keith Kabel and Kathleen Kania and sister Dee Berg, as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Edward J. Palecki, a former general manager of the National Lubricating Grease Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, died Aug. 2 at the age of 91. He worked with Trans World Airlines in various management capacities for 34 years and led NLGI for six years after retiring from TWA. He is survived by sons Michael and Paul, daughters Mary, Carol, Ann Fierstos and Jean Ray Chubrilo, as well as 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Miranda C. Hubbs was appointed to the board of directors of Canada’s Imperial Oil.
Amanda Eversole will join the American Petroleum Institute this fall as chief operating officer. She previously served as managing director and head of public affairs at JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Patrick McCloud will take over as CEO and managing director of Chevron Lubricants Lanka effective Sept. 1. He will take over for Kishu Gomes, who resigned from the position in May.
Bryan Stewart was hired as operations manager at Penthol LLC’s new Houston office.
Middleborough, Massachusetts-based measurement and control instrumentation manufacturer Ametek Brookfield appointed Vicki Case global marketing director.
Pilot Chemical Co. Vice President of Research and Development Rick Shook retired from his position at the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company after nearly 40 years. He will remain involved with Pilot Chemical in a consultant capacity.
Consultant Roy Fewkes, a recognized driveline lubricant and lubrication expert with over 40 years of industry experience, died May 11 at age 69.
Born in Derby, United Kingdom, he obtained an M.B.A. from Loughborough University. Fewkes’ involvement in the automotive industry began when he developed and built motor racing engines during the 1970s. Those motor racing activities later resulted in his appointment by the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association as a senior motor racing official responsible for safety and technical compliance.
Fewkes’ industry background also saw him managing business units at General Motors and Lubrizol. At GM, he conceived and implemented the company’s Dexron licensing and approvals program for automatic transmission fluids, eventually turning the Dexron trademark into a brand covering other products that he was instrumental in developing, including gear oils, dual clutch transmission fluids and hydraulic fluids.
After his retirement from GM, he became a consultant to original equipment manufacturers and oil and additive companies. Fewkes also authored and co-authored a number of published articles and technical papers related to lubricants, lubricant development, lubricant testing, and other lubricant related issues, and his name is on a number of patents regarding transmission fluids and tests.
He is survived by his wife, Emma, and two children, William and Sarah .
Donald Brinkman, who built Safety-Kleen into a national recycling company and later was on the board of directors at Heritage-Crystal Clean, died June 11. He was 87.
Born in Chicago and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, Brinkman attended the University of Illinois. Urbana-Champaign where he earned a bachelor's degree in business. He later went on to receive an MBA from Northwestern University. Donald began his career in marketing research, joining CR Industries of Elgin, Illinois, in 1960. He recommended that CR Industries purchase Safety-Kleen, and the acquisition was completed in 1968.
He became Safety Kleen's president and CEO until his retirement from the company in 1998, and then served as director of Heritage-Crystal Clean from 2002 to 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly, his children, Scott, Bonny Putney, Barbara Ladd, Donna Spethman and Dawn Walters, sister Shirley Modelhammer, as well as 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild .
Clariant announced that Deepak Parikh, the chemical company's region president of North America, has been appointed to the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council for a two-year term. He most recently served as Clariant’s region President for India, Middle East and Africa as well as vice chairman and managing director of Clariant Chemicals.
Rajesh “Raj” Shah, director at Koehler Instrument Co., became the youngest recipient of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers’ P.M. Ku Award, which he was given at STLE’s annual meeting in Minneapolis in May. The award recognizes outstanding and selfless achievement in service of the organization’s mission. Shah has been an active STLE member for over two decades, serving as its annual meeting technical chair, lubrication education course chair, fundamental lubrication committee chair and technical editor of STLE’s Tribology and Lubrication Technology magazine.
Doug Church, president and CEO of Elco Corp. (now part of Italmatch Chemicals), retired from the company after 17 years. Dave Millin replaced him as CEO, in addition to being named executive vice president of Detrex Corp. Danny McCaul became president of Elco Corp. and president and CEO of Detrex Corp. He is the CEO of both Italmatch USA and Compass Chemicals, units of Italmatch, both in Smyrna, Georgia.
Authentix named Kevin McKenna as its new president and CEO, succeeding Bernard Bailey, who will remain as chairman of the board. The Addison, Texas-based company provides end-to-end authentication solutions to help safeguard customers' lubes and other refined products.
United Kingdom-based Vickers Oils hired Ian Bower as business development manager and Esther Murray as marketing communications manager.
Functional Products Inc. promoted Erik Willett to technical director, where he will be responsible for developing and expanding Functional’s line of additives.
Chevron Lubricants Lanka's CEO and managing director Kishu Gomes resigned from his role in late May. Rochna Kaul, general manager of the company's Asia and Pakistan region, is acting CEO and managing director.
Kirill Vereta was appointed general director of Lukoil lube arm LLK International, succeeding Maxim Donde. Vereta was general director of Intesmo as well as deputy general director for manufacturing and chief engineer of LLK International.
Pilot Chemical Co. named Mike Clark chief operating officer. He most recently served as vice president, organics, at Sasol Performance Chemicals in Houston.
KPI Bridge Oil made four new bunker and lubricant trader appointments and announced the relocation of one of its traders. Mikkel Kristensen now works at the company’s office in Denmark. Eren Onder joins KPI’s Istanbul location from Turkey’s OMV Petrol Ofisi, while Marc Cook will be based in the London office. Paul Martinez was hired to the lubricant and fuel supplier’s office in New York, where bunker and lubricant trader Cihan Birdogdu relocated from Istanbul.