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henry kusch, new general manager of el segundo refinery

Henry Kusch, formerly General Manager of Chevron’s Escravos Gas-to-Liquids Venture in Nigeria, has assumed the position of General Manager of the El Segundo Refinery. Mr. Kusch replaces Frank Semancik who has been appointed Vice President of Chevron’s Complex Process Facilities in San Ramon, California. In his new role, Mr. Kusch will be responsible for ensuring the safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally sound operation of the El Segundo Refinery.

Mr. Kusch, a native of Placerville, California, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Davis in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1991, and then immediately began his career with Chevron. During Mr. Kusch’s 25 years with the Corporation, he has held a variety of management positions at Chevron’s refineries in Richmond, California; Pascagoula, Mississippi; and El Segundo, California. Mr. Kusch also served as General Manager of the Supply Optimization Group, Americas in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Kusch, and his wife of 29 years, Melinda, have three children, two sons and one daughter. Their oldest daughter, Kate, is a senior at Georgia Tech, and will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. Their middle son, Kevin, is in his junior year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is also the starting nose tackle on MIT’s football team. The Kusch’s youngest son, Connor, is a senior at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, Alabama, and will begin the Naval Academy in June.

In commenting on his move, Mr. Kusch indicated that, “When the opportunity presented itself for Melinda and me to come back to El Segundo we were absolutely thrilled. We love this community, and we are so excited to once again call it home. We are really looking forward to seeing long-time friends, as well as making new ones. Thank you for graciously welcoming us back.”