Sam Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Sam Mitchell was named chief executive officer and director of Valvoline in September 2016.

Mitchell joined Valvoline, then a division of Ashland Inc., in 1997 as director of marketing for Valvoline’s brand management group. In 1999, he was named vice president of marketing, and in 2000, vice president and general manager of Valvoline’s do-it-yourself (DIY) retail business.

He became president of Valvoline and vice president of Ashland in 2002. In 2011, Mitchell was named senior vice president of Ashland, while retaining his responsibilities for Valvoline.

Prior to joining Valvoline, he held brand and category management leadership positions at The Clorox Company for eight years.

Mitchell serves on the board of trustees of Transylvania University and on the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. From 2006 to 2012, he served on the board of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association. Mitchell is active in the community, working with Young Life, the Lexington Leadership Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.

A Michigan native, Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.


Jon Caldwell, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

Jon Caldwell was named senior vice president and chief people officer in April 2020. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction and global leadership of all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition, total rewards, business consulting, employee relations, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, and corporate communications.

Previously senior director, North American HR, Jon supported the Core North America business, global supply chain and our corporate functions. Joining Valvoline in 2016, he was also responsible for building and leading Valvoline’s talent acquisition and organizational development functions immediately after the Company went public.

Prior to Valvoline, Jon spent 17 years in progressive human resources and talent management roles with Fifth Third Bancorp, US Bancorp and Meritor Inc.

He serves on the board of directors for Commerce Lexington, Central Kentucky YMCA, and The Hope Center.

Jon holds a bachelor's in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati.


Lori Flees, President, Retail Services

Lori Flees was named president of Valvoline’s Retail Services business segment in April 2022. In her role, she oversees Valvoline’s fast-growing retail services business in North America, which operates more than 1,600 Company-owned and franchised service center locations (No. 2 in the U.S. under the Valvoline Instant Oil Change brand and No. 3 in Canada under the Valvoline Great Canadian Oil Change brand by number of stores) serving consumer and fleet customers.

Flees joined Valvoline after spending nearly a decade at Walmart where she most recently oversaw all aspects of Walmart’s Health & Wellness business across more than 4,800 locations, including the COVID vaccination operations.  She started at Walmart as the head of Corporate Strategy, which also included responsibility for global Mergers & Acquisitions. She was promoted to Senior Vice President, Next Generation Retail & Principal, Store No 8., where she led the incubation of new retail capabilities via the deployment of emerging technologies and strategic partnerships (including Google and Microsoft).  Lori then moved into running part of the retail operations as SVP and GMM for Sam’s Club Health & Wellness, the 590-site wholesale club’s pharmacy and optical business.

Prior to her leadership experience at Walmart, she spent 17 years at Bain & Company Inc., where she did a variety of work in consumer goods and services, engineering and construction, industrial manufacturing, and oil and gas. Flees has extensive experience in M&A, corporate strategy, and performance improvement, including experience developing growth strategies for retailers with a combination of company-owned and franchised stores. Early in her career, she worked at Intel and at General Motors.

A native of Michigan, Flees holds a bachelor’s degree in management systems from Kettering University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.


Tom Gerrald, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

Tom Gerrald was named senior vice president of Valvoline’s Core North America business segment in June 2016. In this role, Gerrald leads Valvoline’s U.S. and Canadian do-it-yourself (DIY) retail and installer (do-it-for-me, or DIFM) businesses and has responsibility for commercial lubricants and chemicals.

Gerrald joined Ashland, Valvoline’s former parent company, in 1988 as a field sales representative in the water division and subsequently held positions including global business director, global sales director and vice president of supply chain.

A native of Georgia, Gerrald holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Georgia.


Heidi Matheys, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Transformation Officer

Heidi Matheys was named senior vice president and chief marketing officer in June 2016. In this role, she has global responsibility for Valvoline product strategy & management, brand equity, media and digital marketing, consumer experience, consumer insights, customer support, training and e-commerce.

Previously, she was senior vice president of do-it-yourself (DIY) channels, overseeing sales and marketing for the company’s consumer packaged goods business in North America. She joined Valvoline in 2012 as vice president of global brands.

Before coming to Valvoline, Matheys spent more than 15 years in brand management and advertising at Johnson & Johnson, Novartis AG, Young & Rubicam, and Graham Advertising.

She serves on the board of The Nest – Center for Women, Children and Families.

A native of Wisconsin, Matheys holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in business administration in finance and strategy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Mary Meixelsperger, Chief Financial Officer

Mary Meixelsperger was named Valvoline’s chief financial officer in June 2016. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s global financial and information technology organizations, including financial accounting and reporting, treasury and financial planning and analysis, risk management and credit, business development, investor relations, tax, and internal audit.

Before joining Valvoline, Meixelsperger served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of DSW Inc., a leading branded footwear and accessories omni-channel retailer. From 2005 to 2014, she was chief financial officer, controller and treasurer at Shopko Stores. Prior to that, Meixelsperger was the chief financial officer for two large, complex non-profit organizations and served as chief financial officer for Worldmark Group, a private equity firm. She began her career in public accounting at Arthur Young and Co.

An avid supporter of the community, Mary was recently appointed as vice chairman for United Way of the Bluegrass, continuing a long career commitment to United Way’s mission in the communities where she has lived and worked.

A Wisconsin native, Meixelsperger earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting, with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a certified public accountant (inactive).


Jamal Muashsher, President, Global Products

Jamal Muashsher was named senior vice president of Valvoline’s International business segment in March 2019. In his role, he oversees the long-term growth of international markets for Valvoline, the development and management of Valvoline’s OEM relationships, and the expansion of the retail business model outside North America.

Muashsher had previously served as vice president of marketing, digital and customer experience for the Core North America business segment’s installer channel since 2016. He joined Valvoline in 2014 as senior director of marketing, overseeing brand equity, advertising, digital promotions and brand communications for Core North America’s do-it-yourself (DIY) business. Before Valvoline, he was at The Procter & Gamble Co., where he worked on brand and P&L management, brand strategy, brand equity, innovation, digital media, organizational design and development, customer experience, and entertainment marketing.

Muashsher has extensive experience with non-profits, including serving on several boards and co-founding an organization in 2000 focused on community and leadership development.

A native of Cincinnati, he holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business.


Julie O’Daniel, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Julie O’Daniel was named chief legal officer and corporate secretary in September 2016 and senior vice president in January 2017. She is responsible for managing Valvoline’s legal and corporate governance matters and oversees Valvoline’s security team and environmental, health and safety group.

She has served as lead commercial council for Valvoline and been part of the Valvoline leadership team since October 2012. She joined Ashland, Valvoline’s former parent company, in 2007 as senior counsel, managing complex litigation matters across Ashland’s business units.

Previously, O’Daniel was a partner at the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, where she advised in the areas of securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions-related litigation, governmental investigations and other corporate matters.

O’Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Eastern Kentucky University and earned her J.D. from the University of Kentucky.

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  Michael S. Ryan
  Chief Accounting Officer and Controller

  Christopher R. Mottet
  Chief Audit Executive

  Mahmoud B. Sharaf

  Lynn P. Freeman
  Assistant Treasurer

  Stephanie M. Johnson
  Assistant Treasurer

  Ian C. Lofwall
  Assistant Secretary

  Clayton T. Hagan
  Assistant Secretary - Tax