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Speaker

William R Downey Jr.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
NOVVI
William R. Downey Jr. is the Senior Vice President, Business Development for Novvi LLC. In this role, he is responsible for the market and business development activities at Novvi, reaching across OEMs, major oil companies and key independents, as well as distributors. He has used Novvi's technology platform, in combination with his deep lubricants industry expertise, global contacts, and strategic insights to target, process, and close customers, together with the CEO and the rest of the Business Development team. He led, working directly for the CEO, the due diligence efforts for recent strategic investors in Novvi, including partner approach, strategic rationale, and detailed case building, which has now resulted to two closed investments and was the foundation for a third. 
 
Prior to joining Novvi, Bill was a Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants LLC, based in its New York and Boston offices.  Bill was a member of the Global Oil & Chemicals Competency Center, as well as a member of its North American Management Team. Prior to joining Roland Berger, Bill Downey was Senior Vice President and Head of the Global Energy Practice at Kline & Company, a leading downstream petroleum and lubricants consultancy. 
 
He started his career in the lubricants business in an eight- year tenure with the Royal Dutch Shell/ Group of Companies, in technology, lubricants, base oils and additives. Across these endeavors, he has more than 35 years of experience in the petroleum and chemical industry and is recognized as an expert in the lubricants, wax, and petroleum specialties value chains.
 
His functional experience includes BU strategy, industrial distribution channels, M&A strategy, technology management, as well as pricing management and sales force development. 
 
He has been a frequent speaker at important industry and trade association meetings.  He has addressed and moderated ICIS Conferences in London, New York, Jersey City, NJ, Sao Paulo and Seoul. He is proud to have moderated or co-moderated each of the first fourteen ICIS Middle Eastern Base Oils & Lubricants conferences in Dubai, UAE. He has addressed the NPRA and it successor organization, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). He has served as a committee chairman for ILMA and has delivered papers at the annual congress of UEIL. He has been a by-lined contributor to industry journals, including Lube Report, Lubes ‘N Greases, Lubes ‘N Greases EAME to name just three.
 
Bill studied chemistry at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey (USA) and holds an MBA from Rutgers Business School (RBS) in Newark, NJ. He lives in West Caldwell, NJ with his wife Nancy and they together have three sons. He is a Trustee of the Caldwell Public Library Foundation and an active Scouter. Last year, he was awarded the Boy Scouts District Service Award, which is the highest award that a District can grant one of its volunteers. He is on the Board of the RBS School Alumni Association, where he has recently served on the event committee to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the chartering of Rutgers University.
 
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