(EnergyAsia, May 6 2013, Monday) — Chevron Oronite has named Desmond (Des) King, a former CEO and managing director of Caltex Australia, as President to succeed Ron Kiskis who is retiring on August 31.

The company also announced the appointments of Jirong Xiao as vice president of sales and marketing, and Barbara Smith as vice president of products and technology with effect from June 1. Colin Parfitt, the current vice president of sales and marketing, has been promoted to President of supply and trading in the recently realigned gas and midstream organisation of parent company Chevron Corp.

Oronite said that under Mr Kiskis’ 13-year tenure as president, it achieved steady improvement in safe and reliable operations as well as strong overall performance in developing new additive technology and expanding its global supply chain.

“Mr King comes to Oronite with both operational and commercial expertise as the current president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) and the former managing director and CEO of Caltex Australia Ltd. He has a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), and served as president of the organisation in 2010-2011,” said Oronite.

Mr Xiao, who joined Chevron Research and Technology Company as a research engineer in 1990, has been the vice president of products and technology for Oronite since 2006.

Ms Smith, the senior business manager for refinery strategy at Chevron’s Richmond, California, since 2010, began her career with Chevron as a research engineer in catalyst and process development in 1989.

Chevron Oronite Company LLC, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corp, is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of fuel and lubricant additives, providing solutions to customers globally. Headquartered in San Ramon, California (US), Chevron Oronite maintains three regional offices in Houston (Americas Region), Paris (Europe-Africa-Middle East Region), and Singapore (Asia-Pacific Region) and several manufacturing sites around the world.