LMT News

EP Editorial Staff | September 1, 2008

News of people and events important to the Lubrication Management community

ConocoPhillips has announced a number of senior management changes. Among them: John Carrig, former executive VP, Finance, and CFO, will now serve as president and COO and continue to report to Jim Mulva, chairman and CEO. Jim Gallogly, who had been executive VP, Refi ning, Marketing & Transportation, has been named as executive vice president, Exploration & Production. His former position will be fi lled by Willie Chiang, former senior VP, Commercial. Greg Goff, former president, Strategy, Integration and Specialty Businesses for Refi ning, Marketing & Transportation, will replace Chiang as senior VP, Commercial. Ryan Lance will remain president, Exploration & Production – Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Emerson Process Management also has announced a number of corporate leadership changes. Steven A. Sonnenberg has been named executive VP of Emerson and business leader of Emerson Process Management, serving as president. John M. Berra, former president of the corporation and business leader since 2000, is taking a new role as chairman of Emerson Process Management to focus on strategic planning, technology, key customer relationships and organizational planning. Michael H. Train, president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacifi c, is returning to the United States from Singapore as president of Rosemount. Train’s former position is now held by Sabee Mitra, who most recently served as president of Emerson Process Management Middle East. David A. Tredinnick, VP Southeast Asia for Emerson Process Management Asia Pacifi c, is moving to Dubai and replacing Mitra as president of Emerson Process Management Middle East.

The Lubrizol Corporation has announced a number of management changes as well. According to James L. Hambrick, Lubrizol’s chairman, president and CEO, these changes were essential in order for the company to execute its strategy and continue to grow, especially in today’s challenging business environment. Among the promotions that took effect September 26 were that of Steve Kirk, who was elevated to senior VP and COO, in charge of both Lubrizol Additives (LZA) and Lubrizol Advanced Materials (LZAM) business segments. He had been serving as senior VP of the corporation and president of LZA. Larry Norwood was promoted to corporate VP, Operations, leading operations personnel and infrastructure for both LZA and LZAM. Most recently Norwood had served as VP, Operations for the LZA segment. Bob Graf was promoted to corporate VP, Research and Development, leading research strategy and the development of scientifi c resources for both LZA and LZAM. He was previously VP, Research and Development for LZA. Dan Sheets was promoted to corporate VP and president, LZA, where he had been serving as VP of sales since 2005. In his new role, Sheets will be responsible for the day-to-day management and growth of the LZA segment, which will continue to be structured around two major product lines, namely the Engine Additives line and the Driveline and Industrial Additives line.

On a related note, Don Bogus, senior VP of The Lubrizol Corporation and president of LZAM, will retire effective January 2, 2009. Bogus began his career with Lubrizol in April of 2000 as VP of the then Chemicals for Industry division with responsibility for Lubrizol’s paints, coatings and inks additive businesses. During his tenure with the corporation, he played a key role in the company’s M&A growth strategy and was instrumental in integrating the Noveon business into the current LZAM business segment.

Integrated Power Services, a leader in the service and repair of electric motors, generators and mechanical power transmission components, has acquired Trico TCWind, a familyowned power-services company, based in Litchfi eld, MN. Trico TCWind specializes in the North American service and repair of wind generators and turbines, as well as the repair of electric motors and other rotating equipment for the Minnesota regional market. The deal marks the third acquisition for IPS in 2008, following the company’s prior purchase of Electro-Mec and The Monarch Group. Terms were not disclosed. Headquartered in Greenville, SC, IPS now has 16 regional service centers across the country, offering coast-to-coast 24/7 coverage to more than 2000 customers across a wide range of capital-intensive industries. Trico TCWind will operate as an IPS company, enhancing the company’s full-service capabilities, particularly in North American wind energy service and repair markets and providing a presence in the upper Midwest.

Azima Holdings, Inc. has acquired Washington state-based DLI Engineering, a pioneer in vibration-based condition analysis. The resulting new entity, known as Azima DLI, is now one of the PdM market’s largest players, based on geographic and industry reach, customer base and concentration of experienced vibration analysts. Azima DLI provides services to two of the industry’s largest customers, Air Liquide and the U.S. Navy. According to company press releases, Azima DLI’s combined strengths will benefi t its customers with “one stop shopping” for all their condition monitoring needs. DLI Engineering has 42 years of expertise developing automated machine diagnostics that extend Azima’s sophisticated remote monitoring, wireless and web-based portal software and services. It also brings global expertise in markets such as aerospace, automotive, food, military and maritime, pharmaceutical, and wind power that complement Azima’s footprint in the industrial gases, oil and gas, paper, power and steel industries.


Energy use in buildings can be reduced by 10 to 40 percent by improving operational strategies in buildings, according to a study by the Energy Systems Lab at Texas A & M University. A new certifi cation program from ASHRAE helps building owners know they are hiring and retaining employees and consultants who know how to take advantage of such strategies.

The Operations and Performance Management Professional Certification (OPMP) program helps earners demonstrate their knowledge of the management of facility operations and maintenance and their impact on HVAC&R systems’ performance. The program will launch at the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Chicago in January and will be available via electronic testing centers worldwide starting in March 2009. For more information, visit

Abstracts for STLE 2009, which is scheduled for May 17-21, 2009 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL, are now being accepted. Please note that the Abstract Deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 24, 2008.

According to STLE, this extension accommodates the many individuals who have seen their operations and work schedules disrupted by the recent severe weather and economic problems throughout the U.S. and other countries. Abstracts received after October 24th will be placed on a waitlist.

Note, too, that submission for the Student Poster Competition ends April 5, 2009 at 11:59 p.m., EST. Submission for the 2- to 3-page Extended Abstracts for the Proceedings CD opens December 1 and ends March 16th at 11:59 p.m. For more information, visit




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