Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply
Walt Szopiak is vice president of Manufacturing & Supply for Chevron Oronite, a position he assumed in October 2019. He is responsible for overseeing the safe and reliable operation of Chevron Oronite’s global manufacturing and supply operations.
Previously, from 2014 to 2019, Szopiak served in various roles in the technology, strategy and planning areas, most recently as the vice president of Downstream Technology & Services for Chevron Energy Technology Company at the Richmond (CA) Technology Center. Other roles included vice president of Strategy, Planning & Technology (SP&T) for Chevron Corporation and general manager, Manufacturing & Petrochemicals Strategy for SP&T.
From 2010 to 2014 he held the position of general manager, Manufacturing & Supply for Chevron Oronite’s additives business. Based in Singapore, he was responsible for manufacturing and supply activities in the Asia Pacific region.
Szopiak was in charge of the global business development activities for Chevron’s refining system from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years in a number of technical and operations management roles across Chevron’s Refining and Global Supply & Trading organizations.
He has served on the board of directors for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Star Petroleum Refining Company Limited in Thailand, Caltex Australia and Indian Additives Limited. He was also Chevron’s board member for the National Petrochemical and Refiner’s Association from 2007 to 2008 and the Singapore Chemical Industrial Council from 2010 to 2013.
Szopiak joined Chevron in 1983 as a process engineer at the El Segundo Refinery after earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.