Executive Team

 

All titles below reflect overall Corporate positions.

Joe Gorder

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Joe Gorder became Chairman of the Board on Dec. 31, 2014, and Chief Executive Officer in addition to President on May 1, 2014. He also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Valero Energy Partners LP, a midstream master limited partnership. He previously served as President and 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.

 

Jay Browning

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Jay Browning is Executive Vice President and General Counsel, with responsibility for the company's legal department and corporate governance. Since he joined Valero in 1993, Browning has provided legal counsel on the company’s numerous transactions, ensured compliance with securities laws and provided legal counsel to the board of directors and principal officers.

His experience also includes positions as an Associate in the Corporate & Securities division of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP in San Antonio, and as an attorney in the Corporate/Transactional division of Baker & Botts LLP in Austin, Texas. Before attending law school, he was a commercial loan officer with InterFirst Bank-Dallas N.A.

Browning earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance, a Master of Business Administration degree and a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University.

 

Mike Ciskowski

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mike Ciskowski serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for Treasury, Finance, Accounting, Internal Audit, Trading Controls, Insurance and Information Services. Ciskowski has held many different positions in the financial planning and the business and corporate development areas of the company, including Investor Relations Director, Financial Planning Director and Manager of Financial Planning.

While leading the Corporate Development Department, Ciskowski oversaw a string of highly successful acquisitions including the purchases of the Benicia refinery, Corpus Christi East refinery, Huntway Refining Co., UDS and the St. Charles refinery. He has helped Valero earn a reputation for making very successful acquisitions, conducting smooth transitions and closing those transactions in record time.

Prior to joining Valero, he worked for Williams Exploration Co. and Getty Oil Co. in finance and planning. He earned Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees in finance from Central State University in Oklahoma.


 

Lane Riggs

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Lane Riggs serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing refining operations, engineering, projects and strategic sourcing organizations, and commercial 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.

 

Mark Schmeltekopf

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.

 

Gary Simmons

Senior Vice President-Supply, International Operations and Systems Optimization

Gary Simmons is Senior Vice President-Supply, International Operations and Systems Optimization, and previously served as 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.

 

Donna Titzman

Senior Vice President and Treasurer

Donna Titzman serves as Senior Vice President and Treasurer and has overall responsibility for the company’s banking, cash management, customer credit and investment management areas.

Titzman joined Valero in 1986 as an accountant in the Natural Gas Liquids area. In 1989, she transferred to the Finance Department and held several positions before being appointed Vice President and Treasurer in 1999. She additionally was appointed Director, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Valero Energy Partners LP, a master limited partnership, in September 2013.

She is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Ken Applegate

Vice President-Transportation

Ken Applegate serves as Vice President-Transportation, with responsibility for the company's marine and rail transportation of raw materials and finished products.

He joined Valero in 2000, serving as Vice President of Gasoline Trading, and subsequently has held a number of senior positions, including Vice President-Marketing, overseeing marketing activities for wholesale, retail, asphalt, lubricants and petrochemicals. He also has served as Vice President of Wholesale Marketing, responsible for branded distributor sales, unbranded wholesale and commercial end-user sales activities.

Prior to joining Valero, Applegate worked for Fina Oil and Chemical Co. and TOTAL for 20 years, serving in a variety of management positions in Supply, Trading and Transportation. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.



Greg Bram

Vice President-Supply Chain Optimization

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 Fisher

Vice President-Wholesale Marketing & International Commercial Operations

Eric Fisher serves as Vice President-Wholesale Marketing & 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.

 

 

Jason Fraser

Vice President-Public Policy & Strategic Planning

Jason Fraser serves as Vice President-Public Policy & Strategic Planning, coordinating Valero's public policy and long-term strategic planning efforts. He previously served as President of European Commercial Operations.

Fraser began his career with Valero in 1999 when he joined the Legal Department. His practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, and commercial and antitrust law. In 2006, he was named Vice President-Specialty Products Marketing, with responsibility for the marketing of Valero’s production of asphalt, lubricant base stocks, petrochemicals, natural gas liquids, petroleum coke and sulfur.

In 2013, Fraser returned to the Legal Department as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, responsible for the areas of international law, commercial law, employment law and trading compliance, before assuming his position in Europe. Fraser 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 college, he served in the U.S. Army in 1986-1990.



Eric Honeyman

Vice President-Refining Operations

Eric Honeyman serves as corporate 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.

 

Rich Lashway

Vice President-Logistics Operations

Rich Lashway is Vice President-Logistics Operations, and also serves as Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of the general partner of Valero Energy Partners LP, a midstream master limited partnership.

He joined with predecessor Ultramar Diamond Shamrock (UDS), and in his current position with Valero is responsible for developing and managing logistics projects. 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.

He was appointed to his positions with the general partner of Valero Energy Partners LP in September 2013.


  

Martin Parrish

Vice President-Alternative Fuels

Martin Parrish is Vice President-Alternative Fuels, overseeing Valero's 11 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, and Vice President-Crude, Feedstock Supply & Trading, 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.

 

 

Chris Quinn

Vice President & Assistant Treasurer

Chris Quinn serves as Vice President & Assistant Treasurer. Previously, he was Vice President-Corporate Development, with responsibility for the company's corporate development functions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions.

Quinn joined Valero in 1997 in the Corporate Development group, and was appointed Vice President-Corporate Development in 2002. In his time with Valero, he has worked on all of the company's major transactions, including mergers with Ultramar Diamond Shamrock and Premcor, and refinery sales and divestitures. He also worked on the spinoff of CST Brands Inc. and the formation of Valero Energy Partners LP.

Prior to joining Valero, Quinn worked for TOTAL Petroleum in Denver, in treasury and corporate development. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Colorado.

 

Julia Rendon Reinhart

Vice President-Human Resources

Julia Rendon Reinhart serves as Vice President-Human Resources, responsible for Valero’s human resources operations companywide.

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 her current corporate role in November 2015. 

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.

 

Cheryl Thomas

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Cheryl Thomas serves as Vice President and Chief Information 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.


Rich Walsh

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Rich Walsh serves as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, with responsibility for the company’s litigation, commercial, customs, compliance and regulatory law departments.

Walsh has served in various leadership roles within Valero's legal department. Much of his current work involves interfacing with key regulatory agencies such as the Coast Guard Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Customs Service and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Walsh 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.