As Valvoline’s senior vice president and chief technology officer, Fran Lockwood, Ph.D., leads global new product development and technical support for Valvoline’s automotive brands. She serves on the board of Shanghai VC Lubricating Oil Co. Ltd., Valvoline’s joint venture with Cummins Inc. in China. From 2009 to 2013, she served on the board of Valvoline Cummins Private Limited, Valvoline’s joint venture with Cummins in India.
A chemical engineer with more than 40 years of experience in lubricants research and development, she has led the development and commercialization for hundreds of new products and is the co-author of more than 70 publications, 25 U.S. patents and 58 foreign patents.
Lockwood joined Valvoline in 1994 as vice president of product technology. Previously, she was vice president of long-range product development with Pennzoil after also working at Martin Marietta Materials Inc. and General Motors Co.
She is former chair of the American Petroleum Institute’s lubricants committee, served on the board of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineering. She also served a number of years as adjunct professor at The Pennsylvania State University.
Lockwood holds a bachelor’s degree from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a professional engineering license in the state of Kentucky.