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Desmond (Des) King

Desmond (Des) King is president of Chevron Oronite Co. LLC, a position he has held since September, 2013. Previously King served as president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) since 2009, a division of Chevron that champions innovation, commercialization and integration of emerging technologies and related new business models within the corporation.

From 1994 to 2001 King served in a variety of leadership positions, including general manager of Alberta Envirofuels in Edmonton and managing director of technology marketing for Chevron Downstream. He was named general manager of Corporate Strategic Planning from 2001 to 2004, followed by an assignment as general manager of Chevron’s refinery in Pembroke, Wales. From 2006 to 2009, King served as managing director and CEO of the publically listed Caltex Australia Ltd., the leading oil refiner, fuel marketer and convenience store operator in Australia.

He was a director of the Australian Institute of Petroleum and a member of the Business Council of Australia. Des is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a Chartered Engineer. He was the President of IChemE for 2010-2011.

King joined Chevron in 1981 as a process engineer in Chevron Research Company. King received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, in 1976 and a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1979.

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