Chevron Press Release - Chevron Executive Murray To Retire; Frolich, Gyorfi Named To New Positions
SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 -- Chevron Corp. today announced that J. Kent Murray, 59, president of Chevron Research and Technology Company (CRTC), will retire on July 1 after a 39-year career, primarily in management positions in the company's U.S. refineries.
Succeeding him is Bruce D. Frolich, 55, currently vice president of refining for Chevron U.S.A. Products Company.
That position will be assumed by Lance A. Gyorfi, 47, vice-president and general manager, operations, of Chevron Shipping Company.
"Kent Murray was always the first to take up a challenge," noted Jim Sullivan, Chevron vice chairman, "and over the years he showed his versatility and drive by meeting some of the most important challenges in the company." Sullivan especially praised Murray for his work as the first president of CRTC when it was created with the merger of three former Chevron units.
Murray is a native of Park City, Utah. He joined Chevron as a lab technician in 1956, earned a B.A. in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah in 1963, and went on to hold increasingly responsible management positions in various Chevron organizations, including the company's refineries in SLake City and Richmond, Calif. Murray is active in several organizations including the Industrial Research Institute and the United Way of Contra Costa County.
Frolich earned a B.S. degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1963 and obtained a M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968, at which time he joined Chevron. He has held increasingly responsible positions in the company's shipping subsidiary, in the company's international oil trading organization, and within Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
Gyorfi earned a B.A. in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington in 1970, joined the company's El Segundo, Calif., refinery and worked in positions in engineering and operations. In 1989 he was named refinery manager at the company's SLake City refinery, and in 1991 he became general manager at the Port Arthur, Texas, refinery. He was elected to his current position in 1994..
Updated: June 1995