Downstream 2019 Speaker Line-Up

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Plenary Speakers:

  • Marcus Luttrell
    team-never-quit
    Marcus Luttrell Former Navy SEAL - Author of “Lone Survivor”
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  • Stuart Bradie
    KBR
    Stuart Bradie CEO
    KBR
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  • Alasdair Cathcart
    Bechtel
    Alasdair Cathcart President - Oil, Gas & Chemicals
    Bechtel
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  • Samik Mukherjee
    McDermott
    Samik Mukherjee COO
    McDermott
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  • Andrew Stewart
    Wood
    Andrew Stewart CEO - Americas
    Wood
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  • Jim Brittain
    Fluor Corporation
    Jim Brittain Group President - Energy & Chemicals
    Fluor Corporation
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Engineering & Construction Speakers:

  • Decie Autin
    ExxonMobil
    Decie Autin VP Project Management
    ExxonMobil
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  • Ed Lehotsky
    Cheniere Energy
    Ed Lehotsky Executive Advisor (former SVP Engineering & Construction)
    Cheniere Energy
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  • Jim Ellis
    SABIC
    Jim Ellis General Manager Global Engineering & Project Management
    SABIC
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  • Lance Medlin
    Meridian Energy
    Lance Medlin Chief Projects Officer
    Meridian Energy
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  • Bob Tinn
    Motiva Enterprises
    Bob Tinn Director of Supply Chain Management - Major Projects
    Motiva Enterprises
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  • Mark Fonda
    Meridian Energy Group
    Mark Fonda Chief Technology Officer
    Meridian Energy Group
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  • Ann Esbeck
    Bechtel
    Ann Esbeck Manager of Innovation
    Bechtel
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    Ann graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She started her career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center as a Flight Controller for the International Space Station before joining Bechtel in 2013, as the Vital Data and Documentation Team Lead for the Wheatstone Project. Currently, Ann is Innovation Manager for the Oil, Gas and Chemicals (OG&C) Global Business Unit (GBU). In this role she leads development and implementation of all Innovation initiatives for the GBU, while driving a culture of innovation within the organization. She coordinates with senior leaders across the business, and is responsible for developing the innovation strategy, assisting disciplines and functions in achieving their innovation goals, and managing and growing the innovation center.

  • Darren Mort
    Bechtel
    Darren Mort General Manager LNG
    Bechtel
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    Darren Mort is general manager for Bechtel’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) business line within the company’s Oil, Gas & Chemicals business. He was elected a senior vice president in 2014. Previously, he was operations manager for the LNG business line.

    Darren has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, construction, contracts, and business development across four continents and industries including transportation, energy, oil and gas, and mining. He joined Bechtel in 2000, and served as a chartered civil engineer in both the Civil and Power businesses. Darren held various roles in construction supervision, field engineering, proposals, and contracts on the motorway projects in Europe, eventually serving as project manager on the Albanian and Kosovo motorway projects.

    In 2012, Darren managed execution of the 2-train APLNG project, part of the historic Curtis Island LNG program Bechtel built in Queensland.

    Darren actively supports Bechtel’s stewardship program and volunteer teams, and has chaired the Stewardship Advisory Council from 2012 to 2013. In 2007, he served on a British Red Cross relief team supporting the 2004 Asian Tsunami Recovery program in the Maldives, as well as a capacity-building volunteer in Uganda.

    Darren has a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and a post graduate diploma and certificate in construction law and arbitration from University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, respectively.

  • Thomas Grell
    WOOD
    Thomas Grell President Downstream & Chemicals
    Wood
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    Thomas is president of downstream and chemicals for the Asset Solutions business in the Americas.

    He originally joined Amec Foster Wheeler in 2008 and held senior project roles on various mega projects including Shell Albian and ExxonMobil's Kearl project. In 2012 he led the Canadian Oil and Gas operating unit of Amec Foster Wheeler before being appointed president of oil and gas across Americas. In January 2017 he assumed the role of president of oil, gas and chemicals, downstream across Americas and Asia Pacific for Amec Foster Wheeler.

    Before joining Amec Foster Wheeler, Thomas worked for ABB Lummus, a technology-based EPC company, where he focused on international lump-sum turnkey projects in the refining and petrochemical sector. He has a strong project delivery and operations background with over 22 years of experience in the international oil and gas markets, both upstream and downstream. His professional background includes degrees in mechanical engineering and business management which he acquired from the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany after conducting his military service in the Navy.

  • Nicholas Smith
    LyondellBasell
    Nicholas Smith Global Projects Estimator
    LyondellBasell
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  • Olivier Le Normand
    Dow Chemical
    Olivier Le Normand Global Improvement Leader - Modularization Execution
    Dow Chemical
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  • David Sheffield
    Huntsman Advanced Technology Center
    David Sheffield Capital Projects Coordinator
    Huntsman Advanced Technology Center
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  • Paul Won
    INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA
    Paul Won Procurement Specialist
    INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA
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  • Miguel Vidal
    Marathon Petroleum
    Miguel Vidal Corporate SRM
    Marathon Petroleum
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    ExxonMobil
    Kris Ramanadhan Global Technology Scout & Venture Development Advisor
    ExxonMobil
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  • Adriana Garcia
    Shell New Energies
    Adriana Garcia IT Innovation Lead - Downstream
    Shell New Energies
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  • Jan Shamute
    Jan Shamute
    Jan Shumate Director Worldwide Engineering & Construction
    Eastman Chemical
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  • John Hammond
    LyondellBasell
    John Hammond Senior Project Manager
    LyondellBasell
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  • Lane Butters
    Bechtel
    Lane Butters Program Operations Specialist (Small Cap)
    Bechtel
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  • Joel Perez
    ExxonMobil
    Joel Perez AWP CoE Lead
    ExxonMobil
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  • Silvana Lara
    Fluor
    Silvana Lara Global Director of Advanced Work Packaging
    Fluor
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  • Glenn Johnson
    BASF
    Glenn Johnson Workforce Development Manager
    BASF
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    With 20+ years of experience within Manufacturing Leadership and Organizational Development roles in Oil, Gas, and Chemical operations; Glenn began as a Plant Operator. Today he is the Workforce Development Leader for BASF. Glenn is a published author in the Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering, and has contributed content to 5 university level text books used in 90 colleges across the United States. He has a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a certified Instructional Facilitator and Designer. Glenn is; President of the Southeast Texas Educational Foundation; Industry Representative for the National Association of Manufacturers; and Chief Financial Officer of the North American Process Technology Alliance.

  • David King
    INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA
    David King Workforce Development Manager
    INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA
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  • Brian Vogel
    Dow
    Brian Vogel AWP Champion
    Dow
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Reliability & Maintenance Speakers:

  • Walter Pesenti
    BP
    Walter Pesenti Global Petrochemical Operational Excellence Manager
    BP
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  • Tony Barre
    Dow Chemical
    Tony Barre (Former) Global Maintenance & Reliability Director, Hydrocarbons & Energy
    Dow
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  • Kane Hittle
    HollyFrontier
    Kane Hittle VP Capital Projects & Reliability
    HollyFrontier
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  • Victor Ortega
    Covestro
    Victor Ortega VP - Technical Site Manager
    Covestro
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    Graduated in Chemical engineering by Universidad de Granada and BA by Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, both in Spain, I’ve spent the last 19 years leading technical changes at Covestro, formerly Bayer Material Science.

    As a young process engineer soon I realize the needs of making business predictable and dependable.

    After a few assignment in Europe and US in engineering and technical management I came to Texas in 2014 as a Reliability Director at our BTN site, focused on increasing assets availability.

    Soon after Bayer carved out the Material Science business to Covestro, BTN went through a major reorganization to foster efficiency and assets utilization.

    I was appointed VP for Site Technical Management end of 2016 as result of the transformation, and since then I spend my time making sure all efficiency and reliability improvements achieved over the last years are sustained and ever-greened.

    I’m married, father of two and a retiring pick-up basketball player.

  • Cindy Gross
    Flint Hills Resources
    Cindy Gross Director of Reliability
    Flint Hills Resources
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  • Kannan Palanisamy
    Cameron LNG
    Kannan Palanisamy Director of Maintenance
    Cameron LNG
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  • David Reed
    Eastman Chemical
    David Reed Director of Plant Maintenance
    Eastman Chemical
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  • Ken Stevens
    Invista
    Ken Stevens Director of Reliability
    Invista
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  • Richard Ellis
    Dow
    Richard Ellis DFRAM Global Expertise Lead
    Dow
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  • Jimmy Jernigan
    LyondellBasell
    Jimmy Jernigan Manager - Global Reliability Process
    LyondellBasell
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  • Dana Hanning Jr
    Flint Hills Resources
    Dana Hanning Jr Manager - Reliability & Maintenance
    Flint Hills Resources
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  • Heith Robey
    Celanese
    Heith Robey Turnaround Leader
    Celanese
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  • Chad Bates
    BASF Chemical Corporation
    Chad Bates Operations Maintenance Gatekeeper
    BASF
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    Twelve years experience aerospace propulsion technician Louisiana Air National Guard.

    Twenty years experience petrochemical and refinery with operations, learning and development, and maintenance planning/scheduling.

  • Amy Odom
    BASF
    Amy Odom Asset Effectiveness Engineer
    BASF
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  • Miguel Hernandez
    Shell
    Miguel Hernandez Refinery Maintenance Field Execution Supervisor
    Shell
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  • Stuart Fondon
    ExxonMobil
    Stuart Fondon Senior Maintenance Planner
    ExxonMobil
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  • Steven Bates
    Chevron Phillips Chemical
    Steven Bates Fixed Equipment Reliability Engineer
    Chevron Phillips Chemical
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Shutdowns & Turnaround Speakers:

  • Walter Pinto
    LyondellBasell
    Walter Pinto (Former) Senior Director, Global Projects, Engineering, Maintenance, Reliability & Turnarounds
    LyondellBasell
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  • Randy Pound
    Olin Corporation
    Randy Pound Global Manufacturing Director - Maintenance & Reliability
    Olin Corporation
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  • Jeff Brock
    LyondellBasell
    Jeff Brock Global Manager - Performance Improvement
    LyondellBasell
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  • Eric LaPointe
    Chevron Phillips Chemical
    Eric LaPointe Turnaround Coordinator
    Chevron Phillips Chemical
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  • Theunis Myburg
    LyondellBasell
    Theunis Myburg Portfolio Manager: Maintenance & Reliability, Turnarounds, Warehouse Management, & Capital Projects
    LyondellBasell
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  • Jeff Spiginer
    INEOS
    Jeffery Spigener Turnaround Manager
    INEOS
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    In the Industry for 38 years

    Current Position 11 Years

    TAR Coordinator Ineos O&P

    Started out as an Operator for Gulf Oil at Cedar Bayou 1980

    Responsible of all TAR in INEOS O&P

    Created the TAR organization in 2013

    Oversite of TAR’s from 5M to 220M

    Based out of Chocolate Bayou Site

    Report in to the VP of Operation

  • Joe Jackson
    LyondellBassell
    Joe Jackson Process Quality Assurance
    LyondellBassell
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    LyondellBasell
    Formerly known as a Turnaround Project Manager, Joe Jackson has moved into the newly created role of Project Process Assurance for the LyondellBasell Houston Refinery, with the responsibility for insuring Project Process adherence and development for both Capital Projects and Turnaround Projects.

    Dyno Nobel
    Joe Jackson worked as North American Shutdown Manager for Dyno Nobel. As their corporate shutdown manager Joe was challenged with establishing an organization that facilitated the planning and execution of turnarounds for the six North American manufacturing sites.

    ConocoPhillips
    Joe Jackson held varying roles during his 30 years at the ConocoPhillips’ Lake Charles Refinery including his final role serving as Director of Site Construction & Turnarounds. In 1980, Joe started as an Operator and quickly moved through the operations ranks to Shift Supervisor. He joined PSM in the early days of interpreting, defining and applying the new Process Safety regulations. Joe then served as Senior Production Superintendent, returning to Operations during a company re-organization. Two other Operations Supervisors roles followed, as Joe oversaw the Lake Charles FCC Unit and Combination/Sulphur Plant units. He was deceptively introduced to the Turnaround Organization when presented with the challenge of integrating the operations side of planning and scheduling.

  • Leviticous “Vic” Cleveland
    Motiva
    Vic Cleveland Category Manager
    Motiva
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    Flint Hills Resources
    Mark Geisenhoff Global Fixed Equipment Leader
    Flint Hills Resources
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    ExxonMobil
    Mark Savage Reforming & Clean Gasoline Unit Inspector
    ExxonMobil
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Supply Chain & Logistics Speakers:

  • Joe Kelly
    Shell Chemicals
    Joe Kelly Logistics Manager - Polyethylene
    Shell Chemicals
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  • Brent Bement
    BASF
    Brent Bement Director Supply Chain, Petrochemicals N. America
    BASF
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  • Rick Lissa
    Formosa Plastics
    Rick Lissa Sr Director of Logistics Management
    Formosa Plastics
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  • Paul Jepson
    Sabic
    Paul Jepson Supply Chain Manager
    Sabic
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  • Reggie Brown
    Chevron
    Reggie Brown Category Manager, Logistics
    Chevron
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  • Karn Sood
    Shell
    Karn Sood BD - Connected/Distributed Energy
    Shell
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  • Grigor Bambekov
    Andeavor
    Grigor Bambekov Director, Operational Services, Operational Excellence Management System, and Risk Management
    Andeavor
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  • Ed Brzytwa
    American Chemistry Council
    Ed Brzytwa Director International Trade
    American Chemistry Council
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  • Cliff Lee
    Octagon Supply Chain
    Cliff Lee Vice President
    Octagon Supply Chain
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  • Brian Hill
    US Maritime Administration
    Brian Hill Western Gulf Gateway Director
    US Maritime Administration
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  • Martin Parker
    US Maritime Administration
    Martin Parker Office of Ports & Waterway Planning
    US Maritime Administration
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Process Engineering / Technology Speakers:

  • Rashid Iqbal
    Bechtel Corporation
    Rashid Iqbal Technical Specialist - Refining
    Bechtel Corporation
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  • Dilip Dharia
    TechnipFMC
    Dilip Dharia Senior Director High Olefins FCC
    TechnipFMC
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  • Nitin Talreja
    KBR
    Nitin Talreja Technology & Consulting
    KBR
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  • MJ Rahman
    KBR
    MJ Rahman Director, Refining Technology
    KBR
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  • Jerry Price
    Jacobs Consultancy
    Jerry Price Director - Petrochemicals
    Jacobs Consultancy
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  • Jaydip Bhadaliya
    NARL Refining
    Jaydip Bhadaliya Manager - Business Optimization
    NARL Refining
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  • Sachi Maiti
    SNC Lavalin
    Sachi Maiti Global Director - Technology Taskforce & Process Engineering
    SNC Lavalin
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  • Aivars Krummins
    McDermott
    Aivars Krummins VP Downstream
    McDermott
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    Lyondellbasell
    Steve Davis Licensing Manager - Americas
    Lyondellbasell
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  • Armin Azabajian
    Advisian
    Armin Azabajian Senior Consultant - Process Engineering
    Advisian
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  • Gustavo Neumann
    Braskem
    Gustavo Neumann Automation SME
    Braskem
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