James W. Taverna

Area(s) of Expertise: Executive Management, Marketing
Key Industries: Consumer Packaged Goods, Energy, Manufacturing

Experience

Quarles Petroleum, Chairman of the Board
Developed a reorganization plan and doubled net profit in two years in the $1B fuels company. Introduced an innovative management team, revised board structure.

Master Chemical, Board member, Chair of Pension and Compensation Committees
Led the effort to replace the CEO, and introduced new, more effective staff members that then supported the turnaround of this metalworking fluids business. Went from declining sales revenues and a net loss to a tripling of sales and a return to healthy profit levels.

Mobil Oil Corporation, Lubricant Marketing Manager, Mobil Latin America
Supported the sales of industrial and automotive lubricant sales in Central and South America. Coordinated activities on an international basis to have appropriate products and programs for the local markets.

Mobil Oil Corporation, Automotive Business Manager, U.S. Division
Managed the sales of gasoline and diesel lubricants to consumer and industrial markets in the U.S. Developed and implemented new and innovative consumer marketing strategies that moved the company into major retailers such as Walmart.

Mobil Oil Corporation, President, Mobil Africa Sales
Managed sales of fuels and lubricants by individual subsidiary companies in former English colonies from Egypt to Zimbabwe, plus Zaire, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. Developed and managed an offshore sales company that provided raw materials and finished products to governments and commercial entities.

Mobil Oil Corporation, various positions in U.S. and Saudia Arabia
Including Marketing, Lubricant Supply Manager, Corporate Planning Coordinator and Commercial.

Education
  • MBA, University of Connecticut, Stamford, Connecticut
  • BSEE, Manhattan College, New York, New York