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Caltex CEO earns chemical engineering post

19 March 2009

Desmond King, CEO of Australian oil refining and marketing company, Caltex has been confirmed as IChemE’s (Institution of Chemical Engineers) Deputy President 2009-10.
King will officially assume the post at the Institution’s AGM in May and succeed current Deputy President, Ian Shott as IChemE President in 2010.

Caltex CEO earns chemical engineering post
Caltex CEO earns chemical engineering post

King has a degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College London, UK and a PhD from Cambridge University, UK and has spent much of his career at Chevron, working his way from process researcher via refinery manager to key roles in technology, marketing and strategic planning.

King has been CEO of the Chevron subsidiary, Caltex since 2006, prior to which he was general manager of Chevron’s Pembroke refinery in Wales.

IChemE CEO, David Brown has welcomed the appointment: “Des is an ideal person to fulfil the role of President, with a distinguished career in the energy industry following experience as an academic, combined with a strong international profile having worked in North America, Europe and now Australia.”
IChemE is an international membership organisation for chemical engineers and has offices in Australia, Malaysia and the UK. With almost 30,000 members across more than 120 countries, King will become the latest high-profile figure to assume the Institution’s presidency.

Previous Presidents include former Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in India (CSIR), Ramesh Mashelkar (2007-08), President of Shell Global Solutions International, Greg Lewin (2006-07) and current President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Robin Batterham (2004-05).

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