BPAMA Names Clements Executive Director

Will step into role in January following Kleine's retirement

Walter Clements

CHICAGO -- BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA) and BP Products North America Inc. have announced the appointment of Walter (Walt) L. Clements as the new president of the BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA).

Clements will step into the leadership position in January 2013 following the retirement of John Kleine, current executive director of BPAMA.

"Walt has demonstrated throughout his career, at every level, the need to bring people together in order to achieve success and meet a common goal. His values and attributes align with those of BPAMA's," said Randy Meffert, chairman of the BPAMA.

Clements began his petroleum industry career began while working for his uncle, an Amoco dealer, while attending high school and college. Clements joined Amoco in 1982 serving in a number of financial and marketing roles in the United States and internationally, including an assignment as business unit leader for BP's France and Benelux retail channels. Clements also oversaw the integration of Aral (Bochum, Germany) with BP. 

After leaving BP in 2007, Clements returned to the United States to consult as an educator at Indiana University. In 2012, he joined the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame, teaching finance and entrepreneurship to undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA students.

"The BPAMA will benefit from Walt's global leadership experience in retail, food service, store operations, fuels, chemicals, renewable energy, business development and finance," Meffert added. "As well as his educational philosophy of instilling methods to achieve outstanding results with integrity, trust and respect, Walt has the industry knowledge, the jobber experience and the leadership style to lead the association, and its members to the position of industry leader in this evolving market."
BPAMA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing the collective voice of BP jobber marketers. The association is committed to advancing the jobber channel of trade as the preferred channel of trade within BP. It is comprised of more than 400 BP branded marketers representing 10,000 retail locations from diverse business sizes and geographic areas.

Chicago-based BP markets more than 15 billion gallons of gasoline every year to U.S. consumers through more than 11,000 BP and ARCO branded retail outlets.