Pilko & Associates Global Team
Our global team averages more than 38 years of industry experience, and our professionals each have extensive real-world and operational knowledge. They share their thinking, expertise and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and deliver practical advice.
CURTIS (CURT) BAKLE
Curtis (Curt) Bakle joins Pilko as a driven executive in the Energy industry with an ability transforming individuals/teams to achieving goals, enhancing profitability, and advancing strategies with over 25 years global business experience. Bringing his background in operations leadership, influence and direction, Curt works actively with an organization to successfully improve performance and create strategic mindsets for sustainable performance.
Curt is passionate about working with organizations that strive for improvement and growth linking his expertise in manufacturing and strategic mindset with a passion for leadership and people.
Curt is well versed in demonstrating management best practices and a serving leader in operational leadership working with front line people and board executives. This unique ability to understand how culture, human performance, and dynamics can change an organization and forge a new path that leads to breakthrough achievements. Leadership can manage ambiguity and complexity to create direction and simplification ending in systematic operations.
Utilizing his extensive manufacturing experience across global locations to establish production increases, optimize variable cost, create efficiencies in maintenance cost, and develop capital investment strategies with high return on investments to maximize profitability
Some of Curt’s key accomplishment include:
• Managed a framework targeting $25m to simplify and implement a consistent maintenance, TAR, and reliability process, increasing time on tool and reducing inefficient work. Changed mindset and established program for sustainable performance in near-term savings using scrum and agile processes.
• Led $365m global, strategic remediation management in the areas of liability, risk contracting and procurement, technology advancements, and business intelligence, driving a 20% cost reduction in services and enhancing performance-based contracting strategies.
• Supported systematic operations and continuous improvement of RIF<0.2. Led global team to provide assurance to safety and operational risk at hydrocarbon manufacturing plants. Targeted the elimination and mitigation of risk in both operated sites and non-operated sites in US, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
Curt spent 22 years at BP with his most recent position as Director and Vice President RMSC, where he led the subsidiary Remediation Management Services Company for liability purposes and regulatory clarity from past mergers and acquisitions. He led activities in Engineering, Procurement, Risk Assessment, HSSE, and Business Digital intelligence. Prior to that, he served in numerous roles such as Transformation Director for Manufacturing Processes, VP Safety & Operations Risk Global Petrochemicals, Manufacturing Manager and Deputy Plant Manager and Innovation and Development Manager, among others. Previous to BP, Curt was employed at the State of North Carolina, Department of Environment, Health, & Natural Resources, as Environmental Engineer and Ciba Corporate Environmental Technology as Environmental Engineer.
Curt graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He has earned a certificate program at the MIT Sloan School of Business in the Operations Academy.
MARTIN (MARTY) BROWN
What I like most about consulting is the diversity,” Marty says. “There are so many opportunities to apply the lessons learned from previous experiences to a variety of client issues with a very positive impact.” And Marty has more than 35 years of experience to apply, having risen to top management levels at DuPont, Henkel/Cognis, and Champion Technologies.
Marty’s experience spans several technologies/market segments in both US and International management assignments. His expertise in Manufacturing, Quality, EHS, Human Resources, and Operational Excellence are but a few of the portfolio of experiences that uniquely positions Marty to bring considerable value to client engagements. Marty’s competency based, results driven approach provide the basis for exceptional results in a variety of consulting needs.
Marty brings extensive understanding of International cultures and business requirements as he has lived and worked in Latin America and Asia Pacific.
DuPont (1966-1991): Various positions from Research Chemist to Plant Manager, Corporate Economic Analysis, Corporate Environmental Management, and Vice President of Manufacturing. Broad experience across the U.S., South America and in Korea and the Pacific Rim.
Henkel/Cognis (1991-2002): Corporate and Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, EHS, Quality and Human Resources for The Americas. Operations Vice President for divestiture of Cognis chemicals division, which involved 40 facilities on three continents.
Pilko & Associates – Senior Advisor/Consultant (2003-2007): Assisted clients in the areas of HSE, Quality Systems and Operational Excellence as well as Buy and Sell side due diligence for acquisitions from 100 Million to 8 Billion USD.
Champion Technologies/Nalco Champion (2007-2014): Global VP with responsibilities for HSE, Quality, Security and Regulatory Affairs for $1.5 Billion Energy sector specialty chemical company. Oversaw the integration of Champion and Nalco post acquisition of these two companies by Ecolab.
In the course of his career, Marty has become an expert in acquisition due diligence, EHS compliance, business process improvement, Behavior Based Cultural organizational improvement and post-acquisition integration. Some specific projects include:
Building, staffing, technology transfer and start-up: Managed construction and start-up of new plants in USA, Brazil and Korea.
Transactions: Successfully led acquisitions, divestitures and turn-arounds for both DuPont and Henkel, where, for example, he merged six unrelated acquisitions into a strong competence-driven regional company that routinely met or exceeded EBIT targets.
Team-based management systems: Excelled in implementation of the EHS management systems that took DuPont to the level of a top-tier EHS performer. Implemented Responsible Care, ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-18001 and Six Sigma at both Henkel and Champion Technologies.
Enterprise Resource Management: Successfully implemented SAP across Henkel’s North American operations, resulting in a savings of $28 million from an operating budget of $215 million.
OSHA PSM: Implemented OSHA PSM compliance systems across Henkel’s U.S. facilities to assure safe handling of all hazardous materials.
Cognis divestiture: Managed the divestiture of Cognis by Henkel’s Chemicals Division. This project involved 40 facilities on three continents.
Pilko & Associates – Worked due diligence for both buy and sell side of transactions from 100 Million to well in excess of 10 Billion USD. Worked extensive Management Systems implementation and improvement projects in the Chemical and Energy Sectors helping clients lower risk profiles while achieving improved efficiency.
Education and Certifications
B.S. in Chemistry and Physics, University of Tennessee
Continuing Education in Six-Sigma, Human Resources and Manufacturing/Operations Excellence
Fluent in Portuguese.
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Art Colwell earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of science degree in Chemistry from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His career in the chemical industry has spanned over 30 years. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Art was responsible for BASF’s largest North American manufacturing facility located in Freeport, Texas. In this role, Art oversaw the daily operation of 24 plants that manufacture 23 different products, including acrylic acid used in textiles, adhesives, and plastics; superabsorbent polymers used in baby diapers; caprolactam used in nylons and solvents; and intermediate chemicals like oxo alcohols used to produce polyesters, surface coatings and plasticizers. During Art’s tenure, the Freeport site was recognized by the Texas Chemical Council with its two highest honors – the Best in Texas Safety Award (4 of the last six years) and the Sustained Excellence in Caring for Texas Award (last 4 years).
Art also served as Chairman for BASF’s North American Manufacturing Community (2005-2008). In this role Art was responsible for the development and implementation of operational excellence programs across all North American manufacturing facilities.
An active supporter of the industry, Art served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Chemical Council for 9 years holding various offices culminating in his selection as TCC Chairman for 2009 – 2010.
At Pilko & Associates, Art has been able to leverage his extensive chemical industry experience to help companies improve overall EHS performance. Working directly with senior corporate executives, Art has advised and provided guidance on EHS risk assessment, risk mitigation and governance.
Art and his wife Nita reside in Magnolia, Texas. They have one son, Paul, a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Chemical Engineering. Paul is married and currently a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Service.
JEAN-PIERRE (JP) d’ENTREMONT
Jean-Pierre (JP) d’Entremont joins Pilko with 34 years’ experience in the refining and petrochemical industries. JP retired from Shell as a Principle Operational Excellence Engineer where he:
• Supported Upstream, Deepwater, LNG (Liquified Natural Gas), Downstream (refining and chemicals), and Heavy Oil. Some of these assets included Shell Operated Ventures (SOVs), Non-Operating Ventures (NOVs) and 3rd Party strategic partners. Locations (outside of Canada and the USA) included: Nigeria, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Trinidad & Tobago, and Japan.
• Facilitated Alarm Management workshops for new projects and for existing assets
• Facilitated new project start-up workshops for the review of operational/process safety risk during unsteady-state/start-up transient modes
• Led and facilitated gap assessments of the “Ensure Safe Production (ESP)” standard, which is to provide a structured framework by which an Asset can operate cost effectively within safe and optimal limits without compromising its integrity or reliability.
• Supported, provided expertise, and led gap assessments in: Mitigate Threats to Opportunity (MTO) work process, Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) process, and Reliability Management Systems.
• Provided full time reliability support at the Shell Albian Heavy Oil site (Nov ’11 to Dec ’13)
• Provided Operational Excellence and reliability support to some strategic Shell 3rd Party customers: Braskem (Brazil), Ecopetrol (Colombia) and Nexen, (Alberta)
Prior to that, JP served as Production Manager, at the Shell Scotford South Refinery. He was accountable for the operation of all South Refinery units; as well as for the Rail Loading and Distribution. The organization included 72 operators, 4 Shift Team Leaders, and 7 technical staff. He also served as Production Manager, Chemicals at Shell Scotford accountable for the operation of the chemical units at the Scotford site: EO/Glycol (MEG), EB/Styrene and Utilities.
JP filled the role of Site Manager at the Momentive Chemicals Edmonton site where he was responsible for HSSE, Quality, operations, maintenance, logistics and projects (managed staff of 85 people).
JP began his career at Dow Chemical Canada where he held many Manager roles such as Site Logistics Manager for Western Canada Operations; Canadian Operations Manager and Site Manager for Dow AgroSciences Canada. JP worked at both the Dow Chemical Fort Saskatchewan Site and the Dow Chemical Sarnia Site.
JP is a Canadian Citizen. He received his bachelor’s degree, Chemical Engineering from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
Alan joined Pilko & Associates from ConocoPhillips, where he has spent his entire career including the last 15 years working in the Health, Safety and Environmental field. Alan most recently served as Health, Safety and Environmental Manager responsible for stakeholder relations and for the development and implementation of a major programme to install state-of-the-art environmental controls. Reporting to the Europe and Asia Pacific Presidents and as a member of the European leadership team, Alan had functional accountability for the HSE aspects of approximately $6 billion worth of assets which included five refineries and approximately 1000 retail sites. At ConocoPhillips’ Humber Refinery, he helped to achieve industry leading accident and incident rates in businesses. Under his leadership, the ConocoPhillips European business consistently benchmarked in the top quartile of manufacturing businesses; the Asia Pacific (Malaysia and Thailand) retail businesses were widely recognised as the industry leader in safety.
Throughout his career, Alan has been recognized for his strong technical and operational background as well as his extensive experience in both process and occupational safety. Alan has the proven ability to provide practical HSE management systems, programs and solutions that are applicable to a wide range of operations, countries and cultures. The combination of Alan’s extensive experience as well as his international acumen position him well to advise companies and their stakeholders in these complex, multi-jurisdictional situations across transactions, operational excellence and governance and assurance needs. Alan obtained a first class honours degree from Teesside in chemical engineering and lives in Buckinghamshire.
Kimberly Gustafson recently joined Pilko as an expert with 29 years experience in the oil & gas industry. She has extensive experience across upstream, midstream and downstream operations, as well as in chemicals and mining. Kimberly spent 8 years with PwC where she led transformation projects for clients in the energy industry. Prior to PwC, Kimberly spent 20 years in refining, the majority of which was with BP at their Toledo, OH and Carson, CA refineries. Kimberly has significant experience in maintenance, reliability, and supply chain operations.
Kimberly has led the delivery of maintenance work process transformations, procurement transformations, and asset management system implementations, as well as assisted clients in the carve-out and integration activities associated with mergers and acquisitions. She has held positions in IT management, Capital Projects and Turnaround management.
Kimberly has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Toledo, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).
Ricky Hagler has almost 40 years of industry experience including 37 years with Chevron working mostly in Downstream facilities in Port Arthur TX and Pascagoula MS as well as working Upstream internationally in Kazakhstan. Most of his experience is in Operations and Major Capital Projects in both Chemicals and Refinery processes. Ricky has operator experience and operations management experience in process units, turnarounds and Major Capital Projects. Ricky is based in the U.S.
Greg Hanggi recently joined Pilko. Greg retired in 2017 with 43 years of distinguished service for Chevron and Chevron Phillips Chemical companies. Greg’s career focused on refining and chemicals manufacturing in a variety of senior leadership roles spanning numerous facilities and international assignments. Greg also led significant corporate initiatives improving manufacturing productivity, operational excellence and process safety.
In 2011, he led Chevron’s response to the tragic Pembroke Refinery, U.K. fatal vacuum truck incident including advancing industry lessons learned. Responding to significant process safety needs with Chevron Refining, in 2014 he took on a new role for Chevron’s Global Downstream and Chemicals. In this position, he led the creation of an organization that successfully developed and deployed strategies and methods enabling rapid step change improvements in the prevention of fatalities and high consequence process safety incidents.
Greg received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1974. He joined Chevron that same year as a design engineer in San Francisco, California. With Chevron, he held numerous operations and leadership positions in the United States, Singapore and the United Kingdom. He joined Chevron Chemical Company in 1997 which became Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem) in 2000. With CPChem he held senior leadership positions including General Manager for the Cedar Bayou, Texas, Petrochemical Complex and Corporate Vice President for OE/HES/PSM at the Woodlands, Texas, headquarters. During his career, Greg served on the Boards of Korea’s GSCaltex, Singapore Refining Company, Chevron U.K. Limited, and Peteropiar in Venezuela.
Greg and his wife Kathy now reside in Houston, Texas, taking extended summer stays in Idaho’s backcountry.
ROBERT (BOB) KENT
Bob Kent recently joined Pilko. He started his career with Chevron in their process design group followed by 20 years with Koch Industries in a variety of roles including process engineer, manager of planning and economics, and technical manager at both their St. Paul and Corpus Christi refineries. He also spent time in Wichita in the trading group, leading business development, and managing the overall refinery optimization group. Bob then joined CITGO Petroleum where he managed the Lemont refinery, the Lake Charles refinery, and prior to taking an early retirement, was the EVP-Refining with responsibility for all three refineries, HSSE, Capital, and Planning & Optimization.
Since leaving CITGO, Bob has been self employed providing technical assistance and problem solving to a wide variety of downstream refining and petrochemical companies throughout the world.
Bob has BS ChE from the University of Wisconsin, an MBA-Finance from the University of MN, is a registered professional engineer in MN, is a member of the board of directors for Sinclair Oil Company, and participates on several advisory committees for smaller start-up companies.
Thomas Kovar has 40 years’ industry experience including 36 years with Chevron. Experience includes both Upstream and Downstream with the majority of time in Refining. During Tom’s role as Chevron’s General Manager at the Pascagoula, Pembroke, Burnaby and Hawaii refineries, he managed several major turnarounds, projects, improvement initiatives including process safety and environmental performance. International experience includes Technical Service and operational assignments in Argentina, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Canada and the UK.
Tom is a graduate of University of Tulsa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, State of Alabama. Tom is based in the U.S.
Sue Krienen joined Pilko in 2017 and has 37 years in the oil industry having worked with Mobil Oil, ExxonMobil, Williams, Marathon Oil and Shell Oil. Her most recent position was the Shell Oil Regional Director for Americas Growth Projects for 8 refineries and chemical plants within North and South America. Sue also has extensive leadership experience in all aspects of refining and has been a Refinery General Manager for Shell and Williams. She also has completed Health, Safety and Environmental Audits around the world across a number of business units. Sue has excelled at coaching many people to improve their leadership capabilities and increase the performance of their organization. She also recently was the Company Bargaining Lead for the Shell Sarnia Refinery Union contract negotiations. She achieved very significant contract improvements and led the implementation efforts.
Sue received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1979.
Terrance Kutryk joined Pilko in 2017, bringing over thirty-five years of proven achievement across energy sectors as a strategically focused, results-oriented executive. Terrance is passionate about real-world operational excellence and risk management. Has demonstrated disciplined financial performance, a track record of business growth and organizational development, successful team selection and management, on-schedule — on-budget project development, safe operations and environmental stewardship.
Prior to joining Pilko, Terrance was President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Pipeline. He established a market leading service resulting in fully recontracting 1.6 BCF/day (one fifth of Canada’s natural gas exports and 150,000 BPD of NGL’s), dramatically reduced the company’s cost structure, achieved all-time record throughput, reliability and availability commensurate with improving safety performance.
Before that, Terrance held the position of Senior Vice President, Midstream & Refined Products at Husky Oil Operations Limited and was responsible for a wide-ranging portfolio including global commodity marketing, logistics and trading, storage, refining and upgrading business, pipelines, cogeneration, retail and wholesale operations, asphalt marketing, product supply and distribution, and new ventures. Terrance has also held the position of Chairman of the Board for Sultran Ltd. and Pacific Coast Terminals Company Ltd.
Terrance is Past Audit Committee member and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Petroleum Society of Canada, Canada Heavy Oil Association, CFA Institute and the Calgary Society of Financial Analysts.
Terrance holds Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Calgary, is a graduate of the Petroleum Land Management program at Mount Royal University and graduated with an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds designations from the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.
Charles adds 40 years of executive and technical leadership in the oil refining and petrochemical industries to our collective experience here at Pilko. Over the last four decades, he lent his expertise in asset optimization, performance management, process transformation, operations excellence, and benchmarking for the refining industry to all aspects of the oil refining industry.
Prior to Pilko, Charles was with Solomon Associates following 8 years at Valero Energy as Regional Vice President. Prior to Valero, Charles spent 14 years at CITGO in a variety of technical and operations management positions: Supply Chain Management for all business units; General Manager of Operations, Maintenance, Safety and Training. Before CITGO, in the early 1980`s, he spent 5 years at Valero Energy as Operations Superintendent and later Operations Manager, involved in the project management of building the Valero Corpus Christi refinery. Charles began his career as a chemical engineer for UOP for 7 years providing technical assistance to UOP`s clients in Europe, Japan, Korea, the Caribbean, and South America.
Charles is a published author of numerous technical papers and has presented and chaired numerous international industry conferences. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Just recently Charles published a paper with the AFPM on “A Survey of US Refinery Use of Growing US Crude Production” at the AFPM Annual Meeting in March 2015.
Charles is an extreme athlete and has completed 13 marathons, 50 triathlons, and two Iron man competitions. When he is not competing, he enjoys golf and tennis and spending time with his family. He is active in his community and church.
Reed Marton joins Pilko with 38 years in the oil and chemical industries with more than thirty years at manufacturing facilities in a variety of leadership positions in Health and Safety, Environmental and Process Safety. He has extensive incident investigation experience and knowledge of process unit operations.
Reed has held several managerial positions at Phillips 66, most recently Manager HSE Auditing where he was responsible for regulatory and management system audits of all operating assets and corporate support organizations (60+). Reed redefined existing corporate program emphasis and audit team staffing model to provide deep dive audits of process safety effectiveness at refineries and Midstream operations. Prior to that, he was HSE Manager of the Sweeny Refinery in Texas where he was a member of the refinery leadership team responsible for HSE and Process Safety Management compliance and improvement, supported by a team of 30+ professionals. He maintained the incident command system, served as Deputy Incident Commander and oversaw all incident investigations. Reed also provided sitewide stewardship of employee-based safety teams, maintenance of VPP Star status, and helped site achieve 2017 AFPM Gold Elite Award.
Reed also served as HSE Manager, Billings Refinery, Montana with ConocoPhillips where he was a member of refinery leadership team responsible for HSE and Process Safety Management compliance and improvement. Reed developed and stewarded a multiyear strategic safety improvement plan that began by reshaping an ineffective Joint Health and Safety Committee to include the Operations and Maintenance Managers and culminated in achievement of VPP Star status, two consecutive EPA Energy Star awards (the first refinery in the nation), the Governor’s top safety recognition and the company’s first AFPM Distinguished Safety Award in 2008.
Earlier, Reed was Environmental Manager, Gulf Coast Business Unit and Lake Charles Refinery responsible for environmental compliance and improvement and incident management at all transportation, marketing and refining assets across one of Conoco’s three Downstream integrated business units, supported by a team of ~20 professionals and also served as Corporate Auditor, Conoco; Area Superintendent at Sabine River Works, DuPont.
Reed received his B.S. in Chemistry from University of Texas at San Antonio.
Al Mok is a Professional Engineer with over 35 years of experience in environmental, health & safety (EH&S) management, and operational excellence in the Canadian oil & gas industry. Al began his career with Schlumberger in SE Asia, performing open hole logging and other downhole testing operations on offshore drilling platforms.
Throughout his career as an EH&S executive, Al has developed and led the implementation of various EH&S programs, including integrated EH&S management systems, operational integrity audits, transaction due diligence initiatives, as well as leading a successful merger between two EH&S departments of two major oil and gas companies in Canada. As an executive advisor, Al specializes in assisting clients in reducing operational risks and improving EH&S performance through implementation of effective management systems, robust & strategic enterprise risk management practices, change leadership, personal & process safety management programs, and safety culture transformation.
Al is based in Canada.
Richard (Rick) L. Monty has over 40 years of experience in the chemical industry and 10 years as a senior consultant and advisor in EHS and Operational Risk, both in the chemical and energy sector. He has served as a Senior Advisor and Principal Consultant for Pilko & Associates as an adjunct to his corporate career. In his last corporate role, he served as Executive Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety for Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., a post he held beginning 2004. Mr. Monty’s prior background included EH&S executive and management roles with Huntsman International, General Electric Plastics and Monsanto Corporation. During his tenures at GE, Huntsman and Hexion, Rick was a key M&A team member in 45 separate chemical deals and he has international due diligence experience in 22 countries on six continents. Rick is experienced in assessing the valuation effects of EHS and Operational Risk for potential deals and interfacing with corporate buyers/sellers, private equity investors, lenders and boards. More recently in his Senior Advisory capacity, Rick has performed Operational Risk Management assessments in a number of assignments for clients in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. His in-country experience in the Middle East for major petrochemical sites is extensive. Within his executive roles with Huntsman and Hexion, Rick directed Operational Risk reduction efforts in programs specifically aimed at insurance loss reduction and premium optimization. Rick led major enterprise risk analysis and implementation processes that significantly improved property and casualty loss performance at both Huntsman and Hexion. This experience has been translated to risk reduction efforts on behalf of Pilko clients. Rick was one of the principal authors of Pilko’s proprietary 8IGHT DRIVERS® protocols.
Rick is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. He is based in the U.S. and resides in Park City, Utah.
Roy has over 40 years of business experience in the petrochemical industry having retired from Chevron Phillips in 2019. He began his career with Gulf Oil Chemicals in operations, primarily Olefins, Alpha Olefins and Plastics production. Roy also has an extensive EHSS background serving as an EHSS, PSM and Operational Excellence Specialist in the plant and project team environment. He has mentored over a dozen companies in EHS Management system implementation and as an OSHA SGE has performed over eighteen onsite assessments of US industries including NASA, steel mills, refineries, and petrochemical facilities.
Based in Houston, Oliver specializes in Operational Readiness and Operational Excellence in major capital projects. His project experience has been in operations, safety, commissioning, startup, project management and most recently in coordinating Operational Readiness for a $6B US Gulf Coast based petrochemical project.
Jim Overman is an accomplished business, operations, and execution leader with 40 years experience in the downstream energy sector. Jim retired from Shell in 2019. He started with Shell as a plant support engineer before moving into operations management. He progressed to Refining Operations Superintendent, then transitioning to the business side of manufacturing. Jim ended his career with Shell as Vice President of Business Management for the Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership (DPRLP), a joint venture between Shell Oil Company and P.M.I. Norteamerica S.A. de C.V. (a subsidiary of PEMEX). Jim has extensive experience in strategy development, strategy implementation, and benefits realization holding positions such as strategy advisor, business opportunity manager, and business lead for a global ERP system implementation. Jim additionally held leadership roles in hydrocarbon supply (Supply Operations Manager), commercial marketing (eCommerce Director), and technical IT systems (VP Programmes).
Jim is passionate about improving operational, EHS, and financial performance centered through strengthening organizational capability. Jim assists leaders in assessing current state, identifying opportunities and blind spots, and developing actionable improvement plans. Jim additionally educates leaders in their critical role of championing organizational capability maturation focused on the “SEA of Leadership” (Setting direction, Enabling the organization, and Assuring execution).
Jim received his BS Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is currently on the board of Bay Area Turning Point, Inc., a non-profit advocating to end sexual and domestic violence. Jim additionally volunteers with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and ESCH (Executive Service Corps Houston) supporting small businesses and non-profits achieve their aspirations. Jim and wife, Diane, split their time between Houston and Galveston and have two adult children, Catherine (Chicago, IL) and Michael (New Orleans, LA).
Donna Petrone has 39 years’ experience in the chemical and petroleum industries. Donna’s work supporting Sustainability started 14 years ago and has included the evolving issues of corporate citizenship, environmental disclosures, emissions reduction targets, metrics and reporting, human rights supply chain issues, including conflict minerals and forced labor, sustainability platforms, ESG issues, UN SDGs and circular economy. Donna also advised on life cycle assessments, evaluation of new sustainable products and joint venture opportunities and sustainability marketing claims. She helped develop advocacy approaches and strategies for NGO engagement and participation in sustainability-focused activist groups.
As an executive legal counsel, Donna was the recognized company legal expert on product stewardship. She supported “Fortune 500” business lines on all aspects of product stewardship, including country product restrictions and brand owner deselection bans and strategies to address the changing regulatory landscape. Her work enabled global sales of specialty and commodity chemicals into a broad range of consumer-focused end applications including medical, pharmaceuticals, food, food packaging and pesticides.
She spent her early career in corporate and plant assignments as an industrial hygienist with Gulf Oil, and then with ARCO as a refinery-based Safety Supervisor. Donna’s first role at ExxonMobil was as a Chemical plant Environmental Coordinator handling air, water and waste permitting. After completing her law degree, Donna served as managing counsel on complex environmental and chemical injury lawsuits, then as a Chemical company business lawyer on transactional work, including joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and divestures. Donna was then assigned to support chemical and refinery operations on health and safety issues, process safety, emergency response, remediation and community outreach.
Greta, head of Pilko’s Governance & Assurance practice, joined Pilko & Associates in September 2010 from Petro-Canada, where for the past seven years, she had managed global responsibility for environment, health, safety, aboriginal affairs, security, stakeholder relations, emergency response and crisis management as well as corporate responsibility. As Vice President of Environment, Safety and Social Responsibility, Greta reported directly to the CEO and was the primary contact with the Petro-Canada Board EHS Committee. She contributed to Petro-Canada’s Human Resources efforts including five years as Vice President, responsible for HR service delivery globally.
Greta has focused on corporate governance and operational excellence for over 15 years. She is an experienced environmental, health and safety (EHS) and human resources professional with in-depth expertise in the oil and gas industry. She advises Corporate Boards of Directors and Executives on operational and EHS risk assessment and governance. As Pilko’s head of Governance & Assurance, she works directly with Boards of Directors and senior executives on operational, environmental, health, safety, and stakeholder risk assessment, mitigation and governance. In addition, Greta leads the members-only Governance Forum, where she develops case studies on relevant Operational Risk and EHS governance topics on behalf of member companies and facilitates the Forum discussions.
Greta is an Independent Director of Tidewater Midstream, where she serves on the Governance, HR, and EHS Committee. She is a member of the Board of CAWST, a non-profit that brings clean water to the very poor in 53 countries around the world, The Alberta Water Portal Society, and the Calgary Opera Association. Greta is also professionally certified with the Institute of Corporate Directors’ (ICD), the professional association representing Canadian Directors and Boards across the for-profit, not-for-profit and government sectors. The ICD.D designation is recognized both nationally and internationally.
Greta graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in human biology and from the University of California at Berkeley with an MPH in environmental health. She attended the Executive Management Programme at the University of Michigan School of Business.
James Rhame is an Executive Advisor at Pilko & Associates and has 40+ years of Refining and Petrochemical experience in various management and leadership positions. He has the unique ability to connect with the factory floor as well as the Board room to deliver sustainable results the right way.
His most recent assignment was the Vice President and General Manager for Motiva Chemical leading the integration of the Port Arthur Chemical Plant into the Motiva company by leading the Operations as well as the Commercial transition into this new business area for Motiva.
Prior to that assignment, James spent 9+ years with Flint Hills Resources in various leadership positions. His last assignment was the Vice President of Olefins and Polymers, where he served on the senior Operations Leadership Team as well as was responsible for several Olefins and polymers assets within the Flint Hills portfolio.
Prior to Flint Hills, James worked in many positions in a 23+ year career with Shell.
His passion has been and will continue to be to serve the manufacturing facilities to deliver a safe, environmentally sound and profitable operation that creates value for society by delivering the overall lowest cost of manufacturing and assures no one or the environment is compromised. He does this by understanding the culture and developing leaders to work through their shift teams to achieve the desired results.
During his career, James has served on many industries and community-based boards in which he has been actively involved.
• Member of the AFPM Process Safety Advisory Board
• Member of the East Harris County Manufacturing Association
• Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Houston
James graduated with a BS degree in Chemistry from Sam Houston State University, plus attended the Wharton School of Business Executive Leadership Program.
Ken Richter has 49 years of experience with Chevron and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company including petroleum refining and petrochemicals both domestic and internationally. Ken retired from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in 2017. He has manufacturing expertise and leadership experience in refinery and chemical process plant operations, process design, construction, organization design, health, safety & environmental management and business processes. Ken provided leadership and operating expertise on several major capital projects during his career. This experience includes major refinery capital projects, operations management consulting in Argentina as well as two greenfield petrochemical major capital projects in the Middle East. He worked 12 years in the Middle East and served as the Benzene Project and Ethylene/Polymer Project Operations Manager for the Saudi Chemical Company in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. In addition, Ken also served as Plant Manager for the Qatar Chemical Company green field Ethylene/Polymers facility from the design phase through construction and startup. As Operations Manager and Plant Manager for both Middle East mega projects he served in operating, technical and leadership roles through the design, construction and start-up phases of operation. Ken provided leadership to build the organizations and create the foundation and culture of incident and injury free operations In the U.S. Ken has refinery operations experience in both daily operations as well as major capital projects including crude, cracking and hydro-processing facilities. Daily responsibilities throughout his career included, improving personnel and process safety, developing and providing leadership for a team culture, developing and meeting operating cost challenges, major capital project operations planning and inspiring teams to work injury and incident free.
At Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Ken held several professional titles such as most recently, Corporate Project Team Operations Consultant, Operations Manager for Saudi Polymer Company in Jubail, Manager Refinery Chemicals Operations at Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, Plant Manager at Qatar Chemical Company in Doha, Qatar and Operations Manager at Saudi Chevron Petrochemical in Jubail, Saudi Arabia among others. His global and leadership experience provides the knowledge and perspective needed to facilitate management teams to get control of risk before it leads to catastrophe. Ken is based in the U.S.
Terry D. Roby joined Pilko & Associates in January 2019. Terry retired from Phillips 66 in December 2018 as Global Compliance and Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Manager for Phillips 66. He has over 40 years of experience in a variety of HSE and operations leadership roles within the oil and chemical industries. Terry began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in 1979 and served in refining, chemicals, and corporate headquarters in HSE and operation roles building strategies and ensuring compliance. In 1996, he transferred from Bartlesville, OK to the Puerto Rico Chemical Plant as Environmental Compliance Manager. In 1998, he was named Operations Superintendent at the Borger Refinery. His areas of responsibility included the Crude units, Reformer, Utilities, Cogen, Fuels Blending, pipelines, tank farms and cavern operations. In 2002, he transferred to ConocoPhillips headquarters in Houston, TX as the HSE Functional Excellence Coordinator for corporate HSE services. Beginning in 2005, Terry worked in Russia for four years as ConocoPhillips HSE Manager Consultant to LUKoil in Moscow; and as HSE Deputy General Director, NaryanMarNefteGas in NaryanMar, Russia. In Moscow Terry reported to LUKoil’s HSE Vice President and worked closely with Executive Management to introduce LUKoil to western HSE management governance. In NaryanMar Terry was the HSE manager for a greenfield construction project that included the drilling of 75 wells and construction/operation of associated pipelines/terminals. In 2009, Terry transferred to Houston, TX in the ConocoPhillips Midstream organization where he worked as Midstream HSE Manager and Pipelines Manager. The scope of Midstream activities included 20,000 miles of pipelines and over 60 crude oil and finished product terminals. At the spin-off from ConocoPhillips in May 2012, Terry became the HSE Compliance Manager for Phillips 66 in Bartlesville, OK. In July 2014 he transferred back to Houston, TX as Global Compliance and HSE Manager. Corporate functions Terry was responsible for included HSE Auditing, Personnel and Process Safety, Crisis Management & Response, Corporate Security, and Industrial Hygiene &Toxicology. He also served as the HSE Functional Lead for the Midstream and Lubricants business units.
Terry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, TX and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.
Ed Rule is a Manufacturing and Environmental, Health and Safety professional with over 36 years of global, cross-cultural experience in corporate, business, site and JV leadership roles. He has experience in the petrochemical, energy and automotive sectors. He is passionate about helping leaders understand how they can make positive changes in their culture, improve their workplace and safely deliver their business objectives.
Ed served as a Global Director, Culture Development for Momentive Performance Materials, a leading specialty chemicals company. In this role Ed provided leadership focused on driving positive change in the corporate culture overall while providing targeted support and consulting to the company’s underperforming sites globally.
Ed’s 30+ year career at The Dow Chemical Company, saw him in 30+ manufacturing facilities across 25 countries. He served for 3.5 years as the EH&S Expertise Director during the formation and launch of Sadara Chemical Company, a JV company between Saudi Aramco and Dow, in Khobar and Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Ed was responsible for standing up Sadara’s EH&S organization and management systems. During this assignment Ed regularly interfaced with Sadara Board of Directors, Senior management, 3rd parties and the $20B project’s global lenders.
Ed served in several other leadership roles at Dow including as a Business Operations Leader (EH&S) for Dow’s specialty plastics businesses, where he managed the business’ global EH&S issues - overall performance, M&A and divestitures. He served as a Production Leader for Dow, where he supervised all operations of Bromine and Calcium Chloride manufacturing and labor relations at the Ludington, MI site.
Earlier in his career Ed worked in a variety of functions for Dow including manufacturing, and capital project engineering. Ed also had brief experiences in the automotive industry at Diamond Star Motors, a Chrysler-Mitsubishi greenfield JV, and the electric power industry at Central Illinois Public Service Co. (now Ameren).
Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electric Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Leonard Schooler worked in the Chemical Industry for 42 years, both domestically and abroad. He has held management positions in Engineering, Production and EHS. He retired from BASF Corporation in 2017 as Director of EHS/Texas Hub. In this role, he led an organization of EHS professionals providing EHS programs, support and services for BASF manufacturing sites, businesses and laboratories in Texas. BASF Corporation utilizes a number of safety concepts Leonard developed, among these are the AB Index, Schooler’s Triangle and the Career Safety Rate (cSr). He also organized and led the Annual BASF/Contractor Safety Conference, which helped align safety goals with major contractors. These programs and concepts contributed to significant improvement in safety. Leonard has shared many of these concepts with industry groups such as Texas Chemical Council, American Fuels and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association and others.
Leonard has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas @ Austin and a MBA from Corpus Christi State (now Texas A&M Corpus Christi). Leonard resides in Lake Jackson, TX.
Nilesh Shah is an Ex-Global Research Director with a record of delivering results in a range of specialty chemical businesses, while leading global research teams as well as a major research center. He has a strong technical background coupled with a long record of participation in Business Leadership Teams and experience in Marketing and Strategic Planning.
Dr. Shah is currently a Management Consultant specializing in innovation management and technology strategy development. He retired from The Dow Chemical Company as Global R&D Director, member of Dow’s R&D Leadership Team where he:
• Led R&D and Technical Service & Development for the Home and Personal Care business ($1.3 Bn revenue)
• Was responsible for product development and process technology across a range of platforms, with an established track record of new product launches
• Developed deep relationships with key customers for collaborative innovation programs.
Previously, Nilesh was Site Director, Northeast Dow Center, a research and commercial center with over 700 employees, and R&D Director, Dow India, responsible for people and capabilities for the Dow India R&D organization. Previously, he was also Global Technology Director at Rohm and Haas Company where he was responsible for Global Research and Regulatory Affairs for Home Care, Personal Care, Ion Exchange Resins, Biocides, and a range of Specialty Chemicals.
Dr. Shah’s professional activities include:
University of Massachusetts, Chemical Engineering Department – Technical Advisory Board member
Member of Tau Beta Pi, American Chemical Society and American Association for Advancement of Science.
Dr. Shah received his Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Calcutta.
Phil Snyder has more than 38 years’ experience in the petroleum and chemical industries where he held various senior managerial HSE positions combined with multiple technical roles earlier in his career. In 2014, Phil became an independent HSE consultant with Pilko & Associates and since January 2015, has regularly worked participating to help characterize the business risks associated with proposed M&A transactions and supporting efforts to improve client HSE performance.
Prior to Pilko, Phil served as the General Manager for Product Stewardship at Shell serving the global refining and chemical business lines where he designed and implemented a new global organization and supporting systems across 100 countries. Prior to this, Phil was the General Manager for HSE for the newly formed global Chemicals organization and led changes in HSE processes, manufacturing standards (including HSE), risk management and organizational learning.
During his 34-year career at Shell, he also served in various plant and operational positions where he successfully provided leadership to improving HSE risk management, process safety, epidemiology, toxic tort litigation, incident & crisis management, compliance issues, capital projects, business divestment and plant acquisitions. His experience included working to better leverage the technical knowledge inside Shell to support priority site risk issues. Phil is recognized for his breadth and depth of professional experience in health, safety and environmental management (multimedia) as well as his ability to integrate across these disciplines to provide pragmatic solutions to support business strategy. His global experience provides a sensitivity of international issues and considerations. His legal training enables him to readily incorporate and pragmatically bridge law and business needs. His leadership at one of the world’s largest integrated refining and chemical plants, coupled with his many global leadership roles provides him with the knowledge and understanding to bring unique perspectives for delivering solutions to highly complex organizational issues involving HSE risk. He is uniquely positioned to identify and drive organizational change and the effective use of management systems and networks to support business needs.
Phil holds professional designations of Certified Safety Professional (1981-2018) and Certified Industrial Hygienist in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (1980-2017) and is currently licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.
Phil is married, has two grown children and resides in Houston, Texas.
Kenan Stevick joins Pilko with 39 years of chemical industry leadership in Process Safety, Manufacturing, Project Management and EHS&S. Kenan has been an independent Process Safety Consultant for the last 4 and a half years. Prior to that, Kenan worked for Dow Chemical for 34 and a half years. He was the Chief Process Safety Engineer and the Global Director of Process Safety at Dow Chemical.
In these roles, he was responsible for the development and application of technology, management systems, and hazard / risk assessment tools designed to protect people, property, and the environment by controlling the risks of unplanned events such as fires, explosions, reactive chemical incidents and chemical releases; including corporate stewardship responsibility to assure that these are appropriately applied in all businesses and applicable functions within the company. This included leading the Process Safety Technology Center at Dow consisting of 70 reports, responsible for the development and global application of technology, management systems, and hazard / risk assessment tools.
Kenan led Dow’s Corporate Process Safety Tier 1 & 2 Incident Reduction teams, achieving a 75% reduction in four years resulting in leading the industry in incident rate performance, which continues to this day. He defined and implemented corporate wide Process Safety Tier 3 & 4 Metrics as leading indicators for Tier 1 & 2 Incidents and had coordination and oversight of legal compliance and risk reduction capital program. Kenan was responsible for coordination and facilitation of facility/business risk classification system for review of facility / business Risk Management Plans with Sr. Executives and Process Safety Management System Reviews with Sr. Executives and the Board of Directors.
Kenan has extensive expertise in working with stakeholders to evaluate risk/performance and success in guiding cross-functional teams in the design of pragmatic technology solutions/administrative controls and driving improved process safety and operational reliability performance.
Earlier, Kenan held several roles at Dow such as Reactive Chemical, Mechanical Integrity, Process Safety Discipline Manager, Production / Site Leader, Global EH&S Business Operations Leader, Responsible Care Leader (EH&S Manager), Engineer/Supervisor/Project Manager/ Plant Manager.
Kenan received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1981 and Six Sigma Black Belt in 2005.
Affiliations and Awards include:
• CCPS Certified Process Safety Professional (Admitted 2019)
• Fellow of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (Elected 2015)
• Emeritus Member of Center for Chemical Process Safety (Appointed 2015)
• K. Stevick, S. Berger, CCPS book “Process Safety: Leadership from the Boardroom to the Front Line”, John Wiley and Sons, 2019
• K. Stevick, “Next Generation Root Cause Investigation and Analysis” 11th Global Congress of Process Safety”, Austin Texas, 2015
• J. Champion, K. Stevick, et al. “Dow Learnings & Actions from the Deep Water Horizon Accident.” 11th Global Congress of Process Safety, Austin Texas, 2015
• Contributor on numerous CCPS publications on Process Safety including: Reactive Chemicals, Mechanical Integrity, Metrics, etc.
James Storm is an Advisor at Pilko. He is a chemical engineer with approximately 45 years of engineering and management experience in the chemical and refining industries. His engineering career began at Tennessee Eastman Company, where he spent five years as a process engineer for the manufacture of photographic, food and other fine chemicals. The balance of his experience has been associated with the operation, design, and management of refining facilities both in the United States and internationally. He also has project experience having been a principal with the design and construction of major expansions resulting in the largest refineries in Saudi Arabia and the United States. After retiring from Saudi Refining, Inc as VP of operations in 2016, he worked with Edwards Energy Consultants until December 2020 to develop options to improve vacuum residue processing economics for the manufacture of low sulfur fuel oil that meets IMO 2020 specifications.
James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Kentucky. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Mike Tierney has 39 years’ experience with Chevron in chemicals and refining in domestic and several international assignments before retiring in 2016. Mike’s manufacturing expertise includes engineering and leadership roles in plant operations involving petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, refining, and organizational design and optimization. Experience includes capital projects in the U.S., three greenfield petrochemical projects, one in the U.S., one in the Middle East and one in Nigeria. Mike also has extensive operations experience while holding various positions in the U.S., Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and led a refinery operations focused consulting group in Kuwait.
Mike worked more than 25 years in international assignments, with 14 years in the Middle East, five years in south Asia and six years in Africa, with assignments in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Kuwait and Nigeria. In Bahrain, Mike was a superintendent for crude, Merox treating and vis-breaking for three years and served two years as a project leader for a refinery wide IT project. In Saudi Arabia he served as the technical & maintenance manager and designed and hired the technical and maintenance organizations and for the Saudi Chevron Benzene and Cyclohexane project & ongoing plant support operations. In Singapore Mike served as G.M. Operations, leading an extensive effort to overhaul training and process safety. In Kuwait Mike served as G.M. Technical Services Agreement for a Chevron refining consulting group with major focus areas in hydrocracking, training, FCC, process control, maintenance, reliability, operations optimization in addition to improving performance in Health, Safety and Environmental management. Mike was the Integration and Project Completions Manager in Nigeria, merging a downstream / chemicals organization with an upstream gas plant / crude oil export organization that included merging and streamlining of engineering, operations, maintenance, supply chain and other support organizations in addition to serving as the Project Completions Manager for a $800 million chemical / refining export project.
At Chevron, Mike held several various job titles, including Technical and Maintenance Manager at the Saudi Chevron Aromatics plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, Operations General Manager at Singapore Oronite (specialty chemicals) , General Manager for the Chevron Technical Services Agreement in Kuwait and Integrations and Project Completions Manager in Nigeria. Mike is currently based in the U.S.
Mark Turri has worked in the oil refining industry for over 40 years. His approach to operations excellence is based on the belief that it can best be achieved through a competent, engaged workforce with clear roles, responsibilities, expectations and aligned behaviors. This belief has been formed through multiple Refinery Manager assignments both domestically and internationally and also many years of organizational development work. His goal is to guide people to a culture of “Doing the Right Thing, The Right Way, Every Time”. Prior to his role at Pilko, he was Vice President West Coast Refining for Alon USA, responsible for the AltAir Paramount renewable fuels refinery in Paramount California. He was also the Corporate Operations Excellence Leader for HollyFrontier Corporation, overseeing the implementation/improvement of effective Conduct of Operations (COO) practices, including process unit operating practices, organizational effectiveness, operations training, and other operational improvement strategic initiatives. Previously, he was appointed Refinery Manager at Western Refining in Gallup, New Mexico and was also the Facility Manager at the Sunoco Tulsa Refinery.
Mark worked 32 years with ExxonMobil Corporation, completing an assignment as the Site Manager for the ExxonMobil Cerro Negro Jose Heavy Oil Upgrading Plant in Venezuela.
A native of Buffalo, New York, he holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and is also registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He and his wife Donna have a home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
FRANS VAN DE BERGH
Frans van de Bergh joins Pilko with 38 years of fire protection and chemical industry leadership in Process Safety, Manufacturing, Project Management and EHS&S. Frans worked for Dow Chemical for 30 years. He was the Corporate Process Safety Director, Chief Process Safety Engineer for the Sadara Chemical Company, KSA. Prior to that he was Associate Process Safety Director for M&E in the Process Safety Technology Center and Process Safety Resource Leader for Europe, Africa, Middle East, India, Asia/Pacific area.
In these roles, he was responsible for the development and application of technology, management systems, and hazard/risk assessment tools designed to protect people, property, and the environment by controlling the risks of unplanned events such as fires, explosions, reactive chemical incidents and chemical releases; including corporate stewardship responsibility to assure that these are appropriately applied in all businesses and applicable functions within the company. In this role Frans was also responsible for implementation of the Dow Chemical Process Safety Program for Mega Projects.
Frans’s expertise is working in teams to evaluate risk/performance and success in guiding those teams in the design of pragmatic technology solutions and procedures to administratively control and improve process safety performance.
Earlier, Frans held several roles at Dow in Loss Control, Manufacturing and Engineering, Reactive Chemicals, Loss Prevention and Process Safety. Prior to Dow, Frans served as Department Head Industrial Fire Prevention for the city of Rotterdam, responsible for the fire prevention and protection in the industrial area of Rotterdam.
Frans received his degree in Chemical Technology from Technological High School in Heerlen in 1978 and the degree as Professional Fire Officer in 1980 from the Academy of the National Fire Brigade.
Ms. Margaret R. Walker, also known as Maggi, has been the Owner of MLRW Group, LLC since January 2011. Ms. Walker served as Vice President of Engineering Solutions, Technology Centers and Manufacturing & Engineering Work Process of Dow Chemical Company, at retirement. She has been a Director of Methanex Corporation since April 30, 2015.
She has been a Director of Independent Project Analysis, Inc., since 2011. From 2004 to December 2010, she served as a Vice President of Engineering and Technology for The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow Chemical”). Prior to this, she held other senior positions with Dow Chemical including Senior Leader in Manufacturing and Engineering, Supply Chain, and Business Director of Contract Manufacturing.
Ms. Walker holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, Texas.
Dave Wandor was the Chief Operations Director for a small consulting firm (2015 – 2018) following a 34-year career at The Dow Chemical Company. During his Dow career, Dave worked in various roles within Manufacturing, Technology Expertise Centers, and Environmental Operations. He is experienced in managing manufacturing processes, capital projects, research programs, and technical professionals globally. During his time as a consultant, his field and office staff worked incident free under his direction.
Within Manufacturing and Environmental Operations, Dave has experience with driving EH&S issues to zero, while improving product quality and transforming operations for new products. He has led root cause analyses for a variety of EH&S issues and has two six sigma certifications. Dave has advised and negotiated globally in a variety of regulatory environments. He has audited numerous plant operations throughout the world for the past 25 years.
In addition to his management expertise, Dave has technical expertise in the areas of wastewater treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, deep well injection, and persistent chemicals (such as dioxin, PCBs, and PFAS). He has advised people globally in these areas for over 20 years. He has also been called on as an expert witness.
Dave is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He resides in Michigan with his family.
Michael Washington joins Pilko with more than 30 years of experience across a variety of business sectors, Oil & Gas, Consumer Products, and Foods. He has significant senior leadership experience in Supply Chain, Chemical and Contract Manufacturing, as well as Engineering and R&D. Mike has international leadership and training experience in North America, South and Central America and Asia. Most recently, he led integration for the joint venture startup of a polyethylene company, Bayport Polymers in La Porte, Texas.
Prior to Bayport, Michael was Site General Manager of Criterion Catalyst Technologies at Shell Oil Products Company where he led a chemical manufacturing facility producing 45 Million pounds of chemical substrate used in refining catalyst manufacturing.
Michael held leader roles as Continuous Improvement Expert Americas; Shell Pennzoil-Quaker State as VP North American Logistics Operation; Diversapack, LLC as Director, Contract Manufacturing Division; Pedes Inc. as President/CEO; and The Procter & Gamble Company (Engineering, R&D, and Corporate Purchasing).
Mr. Washington received his Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering from Tuskegee University; Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Fisk University; Master of Arts, History and Culture, Union Institute and University and his PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies (Ethical and Creative Leadership) from Union Institute and University.
Other Professional Development Accomplishments include:
• Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management-Ghana: Eminent Member, Subject Matter Expert, Operations & Controls Stream
• Executive Education Program, Emory University, Goizueta School of Business
• Shell Global Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business
• Minority Business Executive Program, Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
• Black Belt Certification – Six Sigma Training, Aveta Solutions
• Board, Tuskegee University Business and Industry Cluster/Tuskegee Chemical Engineering Advisory Board
• Advisory Council, North Carolina A&T State University School of Business and Economics
• Vice President – Programs, 100 Black Men of Houston
Peter Webb recently joined Pilko with 38 years’ experience in the chemical industry. Peter retired as HSE Director, Europe Asia and International Region, LyondellBasell Industries NV. He was accountable for health, safety, environmental and security performance in LyondellBasell’s activities in 23 manufacturing sites in Europe, India, Thailand, China and Australia as well as commercial offices with a total of 7,000 employees, 23 Manufacturing sites producing 2 MM tonnes ethylene, 1 MM tonnes propylene, 4.5 MM tonnes polyolefins, and other chemical products, $75MM pa HSE Capex. 22 technologies. Prior to this, Peter filled other roles such as site management, HSE management, process technology, patents & licensing. Peter also worked for Shell Canada and Shell International, based in the UK, Canada, The Netherlands and Germany.
Peter has experience in process technology and plant management and is able to achieve results in process safety as well as occupational safety. He has led HSE due diligence teams for merger and acquisition activities.
Peter was instrumental in LyondellBasell becoming an industry leader in HSE performance at the same time as being honoured as one of Fortune Magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies”. He has the ability to engage and motivate front line staff to stimulate outstanding safety behaviours. He can also coach and advise senior vice presidents on strategy and management practices. He is able to be effective regardless of the national context in which he is working, with experience spanning Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. He gets results by making safety performance personal.
Peter’s Education and Accreditations include:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Management (with distinction) Loughborough University (2003 to 2004)
- BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering, Manchester University (1973 - 1976)
- FIChemE (Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers)
- CMIOSH (Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health)
Peter’s citizenship is British and Canadian.
Greg Weber’s thirty-eight year career in the energy industry spans from the shop floor to the executive ranks. He is effective leading the hourly work force and collaborating with members in the C-Suite. His professional experience includes major IOC’s; spanning North & South America, Europe and the Middle East; refineries, chemicals, upstream and mid-stream. He has broad experience leading all facets of plant operations, maintenance and technical. In his corporate roles he managed implementation of management systems across multiple sites; focusing on effective results delivery through the application capability maturity models delivering enterprise wide performance.
Initially a Pilko ‘client’, he served on EHS Op Ex governance teams successfully implementing Pilko’s OE model at two IOC’s. He is currently active in Pilko’s EHS Operational Excellence Playbook practice and M&A due-diligence team, guiding clients through their OE design and implementation.
Greg graduated with high honors from Michigan Technological University.
Kelli Whiteneck, a professional educator of 10 years, is an expert in knowledge management. With a focus on behavioral change, she designs training and development programs that deliver superior performance, far exceeding that of traditional functional task training. By thoughtfully incorporating scientifically proven principles, such as Bloom's Taxonomy, Kelli provides opportunities that develop greater depths of knowledge resulting in heightened critical thinking skills and, ultimately, internalization. These skills equip individuals with the capability to not only analyze new challenges but to create unique solutions. Additionally, Kelli is fluent in various Microsoft O365 tools including: MS Offices Applications, SharePoint, PowerApps and TEAMS. She provides support in deploying and implementing client projects by establishing these tools in technology to support virtual teams and promote optimal collaboration and engagement. Prior to entering business consulting, Kelli has held educator's licenses in 3 states. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Belhaven University in 2009 receiving her degree in education.
Greg Willms is a Lead Advisor at Pilko. Greg has worked over 36 years in the global oil and gas industry: 33 years for Royal Dutch Shell (RDS, 1987-2020) and 3 years for Husky Energy (HSE, 1985-1987). During his time with Shell, Greg had the opportunity to lead several refining, petrochemical, and oil & gas production facilities, including the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery (a Shell/Aramco JV) in SE Texas, which is the largest refinery in North America, from 2011 to 2015, and the CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Complex (a Shell/CNOOC JV) in SE China, which is a world-scale petrochemicals complex with steam cracking, SMPO, EOEG, polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyols production, from 2007 to 2011. He was also President and CEO of the Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership (a Shell/Pemex JV) from 2018 to 2020 and, concurrently, Vice President of the Deer Park Site, which is the largest integrated refining/ petrochemicals site in Shell’s global manufacturing portfolio, from 2018 until his retirement in 2020.
His time at Port Arthur saw him lead the post-325,000 bbls/day expansion integration of the site and deliver significant improvements in reliability, operational availability, and overall profitability. While at Nanhai, Greg led the largest and most complex maintenance turnaround event in Shell’s history, along with the delivery of a major debottlenecking project. Similarly, at Deer Park, Greg led the largest maintenance turnaround in that site’s history. In addition to providing direct leadership to these refining and petrochemical sites, along with the Scotford (2002 to 2007) and Shellburn (1995-1997) Refineries in Western Canada, Greg served as a Director on several JV Boards, including Albian Oil Sands (AOSP, a Shell/CNRL JV) from 2018 through 2020, CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Limited (CSPC/Nanhai, a Shell/CNOOC JV) from 2016 through 2018, and Saudi Aramco and Shell Refining Limited (SASREF, a Shell Aramco JV) from 2016 through 2018.
Greg was a member of Shell’s Senior Executive Group from 2011 through to his retirement in 2020 and beginning in 2015, he was a member of Shell’s Global Manufacturing Leadership Team, reporting to the Executive Vice President for Manufacturing. He began his career at Shell as a Project Engineer in 1987, following three years as a Project Engineer at Husky Energy in Canada.
Greg has a BSc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, a MBA from the Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario), and a Leadership Certificate from the Wharton School of Business (Pennsylvania University). He is an accomplished aviator and holds a Commercial Helicopter License and is a Certified Helicopter Flight Instructor.
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