WALTHAM, Mass. — Global Partners LP has appointed Robert Owens, the retired president and CEO of Sunoco LP, to the board of directors of its general partner, Global GP LLC, effective Oct. 1.
“Bob brings a deep history of entrepreneurialism, innovation and success in leading and growing energy sector businesses,” said Eric Slifka, president and CEO of Global Partners and vice chairman of Global GP. “He started out as a gas station attendant at 15, worked his way through the industry and retired after leading Sunoco through the diversification of its product lines and improvements to its retail business. Through decades of changes in the fuel space, Bob led companies of all sizes to success. Not only does he understand where the industry has been, he sees where it needs to go. It would be difficult to find someone who understands this business better.”
Owens, 66, was appointed CEO of Sunoco LP upon the company’s sale to Energy Transfer Partners LP in 2012. He helped expand Sunoco through a series of strategic transactions, including the acquisition of Susser Holdings Corp. in 2015. He joined Sunoco in 1997 and was responsible for the company’s branded business. Additional areas of responsibility included supply and trading of crude and refined products, biofuels manufacturing and marketing and petrochemicals. During his tenure, the company added renewable fuels, compressed natural gas and electric-vehicle charging stations at strategic retail outlets.
Prior to Sunoco, Owens held executive roles for Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp., Amerada Hess Corp. and Mobil Oil Corp.
“Bob’s deep executive leadership experience and strong governance expertise, built over more than four decades in diverse arenas of the energy industry, make him uniquely qualified to serve on our board,” said Richard Slifka, chairman of Global GP LLC. “His background successfully managing businesses large and small and strategic insights ideally complement the board’s skillset, and we look forward to benefitting from his perspective.”
With approximately 1,550 locations primarily in the Northeast, Global Partners, Waltham, Mass., is a major regional independent owner, supplier and operator of gas stations and convenience stores. It has nearly 300 company-owned retail outlets under the Alltown, Alltown Fresh, XtraMart, Honey Farms, Jiffy Mart, T-Bird, Mr. Mike’s, Fast Freddie’s, Convenience Plus and P&H Truck Stop brands.
Global Partners also owns, controls or has access to one of the largest terminal networks in New England and New York, through which it distributes gasoline, distillates, residual oil and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers. In addition, Global engages in the transportation of petroleum products and renewable fuels by rail from the mid-continental United States and Canada.