Joe Gorder became Chairman of the Board on Dec. 31, 2014, and Chief Executive Officer on May 1, 2014. He previously served as President, and as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for refining operations and commercial operations in marketing, supply and transportation. He also has served as Chief Commercial Officer and President of Valero Europe.
He oversaw all commercial trading and related activity for the company, including Crude and Feedstock Supply and Trading, Products Supply and Trading, Wholesale Marketing, Logistics Operations, Commercial Business Development, Transportation and Specialty Products Marketing. In addition, he was responsible for all business activity and operations of Valero’s assets in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Gorder served as Valero’s Executive Vice President-Marketing and Supply, following tenure as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategic Planning. Before joining Valero, he held the positions of Vice President of Business Development for Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, and Director of Commercial/Industrial Sales, Assistant Treasurer and Director of Information Systems for Diamond Shamrock.
Gorder earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master’s degree in business administration from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Lane Riggs serves as President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing refining operations, engineering, projects and strategic sourcing organizations, commercial operations and renewables and logistics operations. He has been with the company since 1989 and has served in many leadership positions.
He began his career at Valero as a Process Engineer at the McKee refinery and subsequently held management positions including General Manager-Process Engineering, Director-Supply and Optimization, Vice President-Refinery Planning and Economics, Senior Vice President-Crude, Feedstock Supply and Trading, Senior Vice President-Refining Operations and Executive Vice President-Refining Operations and Engineering.
Riggs earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance and economics from West Texas A&M University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jason Fraser serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has significant leadership experience at Valero, having served as General Counsel, as well as Senior Vice President with oversight of Valero's public policy, strategic planning, governmental affairs, investor relations and external communications functions.
Fraser also has served as President of European Commercial Operations, overseeing the company's European commercial businesses, and Vice President of Specialty Products Marketing. He began his career with Valero in 1999.
He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Prior to attending the University of Texas, Fraser served in the U.S. Army in 1986-1990.
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Gary Simmons is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, with oversight of the company's crude supply and products trading, wholesale marketing, transportation and international commercial operations groups. He previously served as Senior Vice President-Supply, International Operations and Systems Optimization; and Vice President-Crude, Feedstock, Supply and Trading.
Simmons joined Valero in 1987 and began his career as a Process Engineer at the Ardmore refinery and held many leadership positions including Executive Director-Regional Development, Vice President and General Manager of the Ardmore refinery, Vice President and General Manager of the St. Charles refinery, and Vice President-Planning and Economics, before being promoted to his current position. Simmons directs the supply, trading and hedging activities for supply of crude oil to all Valero refineries, and oversees international operations and refinery systems optimization.
Simmons has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Texas at San Antonio.
Senior Vice President-Wholesale Marketing and International Commercial Operations
Eric Fisher serves as Senior Vice President-Wholesale Marketing and International Commercial Operations, responsible for global wholesale marketing, including administration of London, Montreal and Dublin operations and the specialty products marketing business. Fisher has served as President of European Commercial Operations, and in leadership roles in Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development.
Fisher began his career with Valero in 1997, when he joined Valero’s Corporate Law Department. In 1999, he moved to Investor Relations, and in 2004 was named Vice President of Investor Relations. He then served as Vice President-Investor and Corporate Communications, President-Europe, and Vice President-Investor Relations, Market Analysis & Strategic Planning, before assuming his current position.
Prior to joining Valero, Fisher worked for the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski. Earlier in his career, he worked as an operations accountant for Exxon Corp. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Texas A&M University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.
Senior Vice President-Corporate Development and Strategy
Rich Lashway is Senior Vice President-Corporate Development and Strategy.
He joined with predecessor Ultramar Diamond Shamrock (UDS), and in his current position with Valero is responsible for company strategy and innovation efforts. Throughout his career with Valero and UDS, Lashway has held critical leadership positions in the commercial and corporate development groups, and has been an integral part of key transportation and logistics projects, including the initial public offering of Shamrock Logistics L.P., the predecessor to NuStar, and its acquisition of Kaneb Pipe Line Partners L.P.
Senior Vice President-Alternative Energy and Project Development
Martin Parrish is Senior Vice President-Alternative Energy and Project Development, overseeing Valero's 14 ethanol plants and the development of alternative energy investments. He has served in a number of key refining, supply and trading positions with Valero.
Parrish joined the company in 2000 as a Capital Projects Director at Valero’s headquarters in San Antonio and has subsequently served in a number of key operations positions. Those have included Operations Director at the Bill Greehey refineries in Corpus Christi, Texas, Vice President and General Manager of the Three Rivers refinery, Vice President and General Manager of the Aruba refinery, Vice President-Regional Refinery Operations, Vice President-Crude, Feedstock Supply & Trading and corporate Vice President-Alternative Fuels, before assuming his current position.
Prior to joining Valero, Parrish worked at ARCO and CITGO. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Julia Rendon Reinhart serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for Valero’s human resources operations companywide as well as global security, facilities and administrative services.
She joined Valero in December 2006 as Managing Counsel-Labor & Employment, overseeing legal aspects of Valero’s human resources policies, discipline, litigation and immigration. Reinhart was promoted to Executive Director-Corporate Communications, directing internal and external messaging, and advanced to Vice President-Corporate Communications in 2010.
In 2013, she became Vice President-Human Resources Administration & Refinery Operations, responsible for human resources in Valero’s refinery operations, as well as labor relations, technical training, HR Information Services and payroll. She was promoted to Vice President-Human Resources and Administration in November 2015, and to her current position in January 2019.
Prior to joining Valero, Reinhart served as a Partner in the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, where she defended employers in all phases of employment law. Prior to Bracewell, she practiced law at Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, with a short secondment to CNN as in-house labor and employment counsel, and the State of Georgia as an Assistant State Attorney General.
Reinhart earned a Juris Doctor from Emory University in 1994, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and statistics, with a certificate in actuarial science, from the University of Rochester in 1991.
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Mark Schmeltekopf serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, with responsibility for the company’s accounting, budgeting, forecasting and profit-planning procedures, as well as financial statements and reporting, and corporate tax functions.
Schmeltekopf joined Valero in 2003 as Executive Director of External Reporting. Soon thereafter, Mark was promoted to Assistant Controller, and ultimately, Senior Vice President of Accounting, in 2012. Schmeltekopf graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas State University in 1987.
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Cheryl Thomas serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, with responsibility for the company’s information services network and related technology.
Thomas has served Valero and its predecessors since 1984. She previously served as Senior Vice President-Information Services for Valero, managing the company’s Information Systems Development, Support and Infrastructure teams. Prior to that role, Thomas served as Vice President of Retail Operations Support and Vice President of Retail Information Systems. She has played a key role in restructuring Valero’s Information Services Department and integrating recently acquired assets into Valero’s complex systems.
Thomas earned a business administration degree in quantitative analysis from California State University-Fresno in 1983, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Rich Walsh serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, with responsibility for Valero's litigation, regulatory and employment law departments, as well as the company's ad valorem tax and environmental, health and safety groups.
Walsh has served in many different leadership roles within Valero's legal department. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He also has studied international and English law at the University of Oxford in England, and has extensive international legal experience working in South America, Asia and Europe.
Homer Bhullar is Vice President Investor Relations and Finance.
Bhullar joined Valero in 2014. He started as a Director in Corporate Development and moved to Business Development in 2015, where he was promoted to Vice President in 2018. In 2019, he assumed the role of Vice President Investor Relations, and was promoted to his current position in 2021.
Prior to Valero, Bhullar was an Investment Banker focused on the Energy sector at J.P. Morgan and Citigroup. While at J.P. Morgan, Bhullar was part of the advisory teams for the spinoff of CST Brands Inc. and the formation of Valero Energy Partners LP.
Bhullar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA with a focus on investment management and energy finance, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Greg Bram serves as corporate Vice President-Supply Chain Optimization, responsible for all economic analysis pertaining to Valero's refining operations.
He joined Valero in 2005 as part of the Premcor acquisition, serving as Refinery Manager of the Memphis refinery at the time. Bram moved to San Antonio in 2006 to serve as Vice President-Northeast/West Coast Optimization, added Mid-Continent operations to his duties in 2007 and moved to a similar role over Gulf Coast operations in 2009.
Prior to joining Valero, he was Refinery Manager at Premcor's Lima Refinery. At Premcor and its predecessor, Clark Refining & Marketing, he also held positions in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and planning and economics. He began his career in 1987 as a process engineer at Amoco Oil's Whiting Refinery, progressing through various engineering, operations and planning positions.
Bram holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now known as Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Eric Honeyman serves as Vice President-Refining Operations, serving previously as Vice President-Regional Refinery Operations.
He joined Valero in 2001 in the Risk Management Department. In 2007, he served as Vice President of Process Safety and Reliability, where his responsibilities included the creation of the overall management system for refining operations as well as the technical standards and work processes that drive operational excellence. Prior to Valero, he worked for ExxonMobil in refinery operations.
Honeyman graduated from Rice University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in environmental engineering.
Locke joined Valero in 2003 as an Audit Specialist in Valero's Internal Audit department where he earned several promotions and ultimately served as Executive Director of Internal Audit. In 2013, he transferred to Valero's Investor Relations department, before earning promotions to Vice President and ultimately Corporate Officer. Locke has since served in leadership roles over Strategic Planning, Public Policy, and Communications. Prior to joining Valero, Locke worked at La Quinta Corporation and Ernst & Young LLP, in SEC reporting and audit and assurance roles, respectively.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees in accounting from Texas Tech University, where he also played football. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.
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