Marathon Petroleum’s Vice President Rodney Nichols to retire

Benoit Bazin

Marathon Petroleum Corp. announced the retirement of Rodney Nichols, executive vice president of Human Resources, Health and Administrative Services, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Rodney Nichols joined Marathon in 1977 and served in a wide variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including positions at company facilities in Bridgeport, Illinois; Anchorage, Alaska; Casper, Wyoming; Garyville, Louisiana; Texas City, Texas; and the company’s headquarters in Findlay. Nichols was first appointed as vice president in 1998.

“Rod has played a prominent role in the company’s successful transformation over the years,” said MPC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary R. Heminger. “Our joint venture with Ashland Oil in the late ’90s, MPC’s spinoff from Marathon Oil in 2011, and the extraordinary growth we’ve seen since becoming an independent company – including the acquisitions of our Galveston Bay refinery, Hess retail assets along the Eastern Seaboard, and MarkWest Energy Partners – have all benefited from Rod’s leadership, dedication and vast knowledge of his field. We are deeply grateful for his decades of service, and wish him all the best during his retirement.”

David R. Sauber, currently vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations, has been named senior vice president of Human Resources, Health and Administrative Services, reporting to Heminger. Sauber came to MPC after having retired from Shell Oil Company as vice president of Human Resources Policy, Benefits & Services for Shell’s U.S. business. During his 27 years at Shell, Sauber held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including management positions at three refineries, as well as serving as lead negotiator for the oil industry’s national bargaining team with the United Steelworkers International Union in 2009 and 2012. Sauber has served in his current position since January.

“With 130 years of experience in the energy industry, MPC has continually adapted to the needs of its workforce,” said Heminger. “We are fortunate to have Dave’s leadership ability and depth of experience as we continue to attract, retain and develop the people who make MPC the successful company it is.”