Lubrizol Announces New Leadership Team

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Berkshire Hathaway’s The Lubrizol Corporation has announced the appointment of a new Lubrizol Executive Leadership Team. These experienced business leaders will continue to support the organization’s world-class talent and committed customers, advancing breakthrough chemistry that helps the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better.

“For more than 90 years, Lubrizol science has solved complex challenges and advanced new opportunities across a variety of industries,” said Lubrizol President and CEO Rebecca Liebert. “We’re pairing that history of innovation with strong leadership, drawn from inside and outside our organization, to propel our Lubrizol people, customers, technology and enterprise operations to our next 100 years of growth.”

In addition to oversight by President and CEO Rebecca Liebert, Lubrizol will be led by these proven executive leaders:

Julie Edgar, Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer
Julie Edgar brings more than 25 years of Lubrizol technology and commercial management positions across Asia, Europe and North America to the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, focused on overseeing the company’s technology teams globally. Julie most recently served as Vice President, LZA Transportation, and brings a deep understanding of our chemistry, products and sustainable solutions, having previously served as Lubrizol’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.

Jose Gonzalez-Magaz, Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer
Effective March 1, 2023, Jose Gonzalez-Magaz will join the organization as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Jose brings nearly 30 years of experience as a transformative business partner, including expanding commercial opportunities, protecting against and minimizing risk, leading organic and M&A growth, and optimizing the performance of legal teams for global organizations. Jose was most recently with Marmon Holdings, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company.

Jeff Lauderdale will serve as Lubrizol’s interim Chief Legal Officer until Jose’s arrival, bringing more than 20 years of legal experience to the role, including a variety of legal leadership positions within Lubrizol.

Shuja Ishrat, Senior VP and Chief Information Officer
Shuja Ishrat was appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Shuja has nearly 30 years of experience with global business systems development and transformation. He is a hands-on leader and strategic technology executive with a proven history of operational excellence while transforming IT organizations into high-performing teams aligned to business goals. He was most recently with Jabil, a solutions company providing advanced manufacturing and technology services.

James “JT” Jones, Senior VP of Procurement and High-Growth Regions, Chief Procurement Officer
JT Jones will assume the role of Senior VP of Procurement and High-Growth Regions and Chief Procurement Officer. JT has significant international experience and more than 20 years of business development, strategy, procurement, operations, financial, senior sales management and P&L leadership experience at preeminent international consulting and Fortune 500 chemical and coatings companies, most recently at PPG Industries.

Flavio Kliger, Senior VP and President of Lubrizol Additives
Flavio Kliger was appointed as Senior Vice President and President of Lubrizol Additives. Since joining Lubrizol in 2017, he served as Senior Director for the company’s Industry Formulated Fluids & Greases business. Prior to Lubrizol, Flavio spent more than 20 years at The Dow Chemical Company, where his career spanned increasing responsibility in multiple commercial and general management roles in three countries, touching all range of product, from basic chemicals to specialty chemicals, in multiple-end user industries.

Trina Nally, Senior VP and Chief Human Resources Officer
Trina Nally was appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. With 30 years of human resources experience, Trina is a strategic and results-oriented people and culture leader. She has a track record of aligning company strategy, structure, culture, capabilities, and rewards to build high-performing organizations. Most recently she served as Senior Vice President, People & Culture for BP’s Customers & Products business, the company’s largest customer-facing business unit with 27,000 employees across more than 50 countries.

Arnau Pano, Senior VP and President of Lubrizol Advanced Materials
Arnau Pano was appointed as Senior Vice President and President of Lubrizol Advanced Materials (LZAM). Arnau was previously Vice President, Engineered Polymers and LZAM South Asia, where he led the Engineered Polymers division, in addition to overseeing LZAM’s South Asia region. He has been with Lubrizol for more than a decade, following Lubrizol’s acquisition of Merquinsa where Arnau served as CEO. Arnau also spent more than 15 years with General Electric where he held diverse business management positions.

Eduardo Pedreira, VP, Supply Chain
Eduardo Pedreira was appointed Vice President of Supply Chain, leading the team in strategic supply planning, production scheduling, customer service and business partnerships. Eduardo has an accomplished history as a transformational supply chain and operations leader with more than 17 years of experience at PPG Industries. At PPG, Eduardo served as Global Resin Business Director, where he led the PPG vertical integration on the resin portfolio, managing the overall strategy including operations, supply chain, procurement, capital investment and technical development.

LG Tackett, Senior VP, Operations
LG Tackett was named Senior Vice President of Operations, responsible for the safe and efficient operations of the company’s 55 manufacturing facilities in 17 countries around the world. An industry veteran of 30 years, LG’s extensive global leadership is rooted in safety, process safety, operations, reliability, supply chain, and engineering. He was most recently Vice President of Global Operations for PPG Industries Industrial Segment.

Davies Walker, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer
Davies Walker was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. With more than 20 years of finance and business management experience, Davies has a proven record of leading multi-billion-dollar global manufacturing businesses to financial growth and profitability. Most recently, he served as Vice President and CFO for Honeywell Process Solutions.

These leaders will be supported by more than 8,000 talented Lubrizol employees serving customers across the world.

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