Limetree Bay Ventures LLC, a refinery, energy storage and logistics hub, has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Rinker as its Chief Executive Officer, effective from 11 November 2020. Mr. Rinker will lead the company’s combined refinery and terminal organisations. He succeeds Brian Lever, who will remain with the company through 30 November 2020 to ensure a smooth transition in senior leadership.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff to Limetree Bay as CEO,” said R. Blair Thomas, Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors and CEO of EIG Global Energy Partners, Limetree Bay’s controlling shareholder. “Limetree Bay made significant progress in 2020 and we are confident that Jeff’s deep industry experience and strong track record of delivering commercial results and creating shareholder value make him the ideal person to lead the company during its next chapter of commercial operation.”
“I am honored by the opportunity to join Limetree Bay as CEO,” said Mr. Rinker. “Limetree Bay is an exciting project that is well-positioned to succeed given its recent operating momentum, strategic location and world-class partners and facilities. I look forward to getting started and working with Limetree Bay’s talented team to drive further growth for the company and bring value to all our stakeholders.”
“On behalf of the entire board, I would like to thank Brian for his hard work and tremendous contributions to the growth and development of Limetree Bay during his tenure,” Mr. Thomas continued. “Brian was brought on two years ago to lead the refinery restart project and its integration with Limetree Bay’s world-class terminal facilities and, as we approached completion of the restart project, Brian and the board agreed that it was a natural time to transition leadership to a long-term CEO. We are thankful for Brian’s efforts and wish him the best in his retirement.”
Mr. Rinker has more than 30 years of industry experience leading large, international energy businesses. He most recently served as Executive Vice President, downstream and midstream for Husky Energy, and was responsible for the leadership of Husky's downstream business, including refining, upgrading, marketing, trading and delivering improved safety, reliability and profitability. Prior to joining Husky Energy in 2017, Mr. Rinker held various roles of increasing responsibilities at OMV Group and BP PLC. Mr. Rinker earned a Batchelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with honours from Carnegie Mellon University.
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