Joe Gorder became Chairman of the Board on Dec. 31, 2014, and Chief Executive Officer in addition to President on May 1, 2014. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for refining operations and commercial operations in marketing, supply and transportation. He also has served as Chief Commercial Officer and President of Valero Europe.
He oversaw all commercial trading and related activity for the company, including Crude and Feedstock Supply and Trading, Products Supply and Trading, Wholesale Marketing, Logistics Operations, Commercial Business Development, Transportation and Specialty Products Marketing. In addition, he was responsible for all business activity and operations of Valero’s assets in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Gorder served as Valero’s Executive Vice President-Marketing and Supply, following tenure as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategic Planning. Before joining Valero, he held the positions of Vice President of Business Development for Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, and Director of Commercial/Industrial Sales, Assistant Treasurer and Director of Information Systems for Diamond Shamrock.
Gorder earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master’s degree in business administration from Our Lady of the Lake University.