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Fran Lockwood, '78

Chief Technology Officer
As Valvoline’s 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 China Shanghai Valvoline-Cummins 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 Ltd., India.A chemical engineer with more than 40 years of experience in lubricants research and development, Lockwood 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 and General Motors.

Lockwood 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 Penn State University.

Lockwood holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a professional engineering license in the state of Kentucky.