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    NPRA Elects Valero CEO as Association Chairman

    Executive vice president and chief operating officer of Tesoro will serve as vice chairman and senior vice president of refining for Lion Oil was elected as treasurer.

    HOUSTON -- The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) elected Bill Klesse, chief executive officer, president and chairman of Valero Energy Corp., as chairman of the association, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.

    Klesse worked with Valero and the former Ultramar Diamond Shamrock and its predecessors for 40 years. Prior to serving as the company’s chief executive, he was Valero’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, overseeing all of the company’s refining and marketing operations, the report stated.

    Additionally, serving as NRPA’s vice chairman will be Bill Finnerty, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Tesoro Corp., who joined Tesoro in 2003 as vice president of oil and logistics, and served as senior vice president of supply and distribution, according to the report.

    Richard Meeks, senior vice president of refining for Lion Oil Co., was elected NPRA’s treasurer. From 1982-98, Meeks held positions as senior process engineer, senior project engineer, and manager of planning and economics for Lion Oil Refinery. In 1998, he was promoted to the corporate office of Lion Oil’s parent company, Ergon Inc., as vice president of economics and planning, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.

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