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Gulf Oil Completes Reorg Under New Owner

Leadership lineup brings new executives together with familiar faces

WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. -- Former Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski and former Pyramid Petroleum Terminals president Bob Bost will retain seats on Gulf Oil’s board of directors under the company’s new management.

Gulf Oil Co

The Wellesley Hills, Mass.-based company announced new leadership for the company on April 19, as reported in a McLane Co./CSP Daily News Flash.

The reorganization follows the acquisition of Gulf Oil, as well as that of Pyramid Petroleum Terminals, by ArcLight Capital Partners LLC.

The new leadership team for Gulf Oil is:

  • CEO Jerry Ashcroft comes to Gulf after holding senior leadership positions at several companies within the energy and fuel markets including Buckeye Partners L.P. and Colonial Pipeline Co., and most recently as COO of JP Energy Partners. In addition to his extensive public company experience, the industry veteran also served in the United States Marine Corps. Ashcroft is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has an MBA from Emory University.
  • Mike Campbell joins the Gulf team as chief financial officer, having previously been CFO of the general partners of Crestwood Equity Partners and Crestwood Midstream Partners. Prior to Crestwood he held a number of senior leadership roles at Inergy LP, including CFO, Aquila and Koch Industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Kansas State University and an MBA from Wichita State University.
  • Ron Sabia is Gulf’s chief strategy officer, having previously served as both its president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining Gulf, he served TransMontaigne as senior vice president of marketing, as well as senior vice president of exchange and supply. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.
  • Walter Brickowski is Gulf’s senior vice president of unbranded marketing. Prior to joining the company in 2006, he served as director of middle Atlantic marketing for Valero Energy. He has also served in various senior marketing leadership positions with Premcor, TransMontaigne Inc. and Louis Dreyfus. Brickowski holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Marist College.
  • Meredith Sadlowski is vice president of branded sales and marketing for Gulf, having previously served as vice president of branded contract sales operations, director of sales and account manager. She is responsible for all branded business and collaborates on Gulf Oil’s national go-to-market strategy. She was director of sales and marketing with Pro Sign Co. and served as operations manager for UCH, a venture capital firm, prior to joining Gulf. Sadlowski holds a bachelor’s of business administration in economics from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management.
  • Mike Studley is Gulf’s vice president of branded operations, compliance and marketing. He joined Gulf in 2008 as the senior director of branded operations, with responsibility for overseeing branded operations, fleet programs and non-petroleum licensing initiatives. In addition, Studley will now oversee the customer service and branded marketing teams, focusing on the development, implementation and coordination of new processes to ensure continued growth and profitability for the company.
  • Kathryn O’Brien serves as Gulf’s senior director of marketing. She will continue to ensure the establishment and direction of the strategic goals for the brand, while now expanding her reach to encompass a broader corporate communications role across the company. Prior to Gulf, she held positions in sales and marketing with ConocoPhillips, Motiva and Shell Oil. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Boston College.

“With our new leadership team in place, which brings individuals new to Gulf together with those who will continue to ensure its success, we are excited to usher in a new era for Gulf,” said Jerry Ashcroft, CEO of Gulf Oil. “Our group has outstanding expertise and experience in all areas of energy, fuel and logistics, and this is a resource that we will call upon repeatedly as we move Gulf forward.”

Gulf owns and operates 17 proprietary terminals in the Northeast and supplies gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, jet fuel and kerosene through its network of 75 other refined petroleum product terminals.

Gulf is one of the Northeast's largest wholesalers of refined petroleum products, distributing motor fuels through a network of thousands of branded gasoline retail centers and 1,000 private-label outlets operated by major chain retailers in 30 states.

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