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Fran Lockwood, Chief Technology Officer of Valvoline, Joins Advonex Board of Directors

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Brockville, ON, Canada - Advonex is pleased to announce that Dr. Frances Lockwood, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Valvoline Inc., has joined the Advonex Board of Directors.

Dr. Fran Lockwood, CTO Valvoline, LLC

Lockwood is an executive with 40 years’ experience in research and development, including 35 years in management of R&D. She has led 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. As CTO of Valvoline, Lockwood is responsible for global new product development and product technical support for Valvoline’s automotive brands. As a member of Valvoline’s executive management team, she shares responsibility for company strategy and profitability. She currently serves on the board of directors of Solar Energy Solutions LLC and is a former chair of the American Petroleum Institute’s Lubricants Committee. Prior to joining Valvoline in 1994, 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 a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineering. Lockwood holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute. She holds a professional engineering license in the state of Kentucky.

“Advonex is pleased to welcome Dr. Lockwood to the Advonex Board of Directors,” said Chad Joshi, CEO, “Fran brings decades of experience both on the technical front as well as management that will guide Advonex as it transitions from an R&D into a manufacturing and marketing organization.”


Advonex is an innovator in the burgeoning bio-based chemical industry, producing hydrocarbons from plant oils through its patented process innovations. Advonex’s platform technology cost-effectively produces ingredients that address needs in the industrial and automotive lubricant, cosmetics, personal care, and other industries, improving their performance and reducing carbon emissions. Products include renewable white oils, base oils, waxes, and petrolatum that outperform ingredients that traditionally have been produced from petroleum.

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Chad Joshi,

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