Meet LSPI’s Newly Appointed Vice President of Commercial
Laura Thomas is LSPI’s new Vice President of Commercial, responsible for developing and executing the company’s global commercial strategy. In this role, Laura will manage customer relationships and ensure the delivery of LSPI’s full-service value across our customers’ organizations.
Laura has more than 15 years of experience in oil and gas in various engineering, operational and commercial roles. In her previous role as LSPI’s Vice President of Supply Chain, Laura was responsible for the transportation of all LSPI products, managing global inventories and strategic warehouses to provide optimal customer reliability. She also managed the formation of LSP Transport, LLC. (LSPT), LSPI’s inhouse trucking fleet, overseeing their safe and successful operation to achieve optimal customer replenishment.
As a member of the Leadership team, Laura helps to define the overall business strategy, promote effective collaboration and integration, and support the high standards for safety, quality, and environmental stewardship that our customers, employees and partners have come to expect from LSPI.
Robert (Bob) Rhoades, LSPI’s Western Hemisphere Sales Director, has elected to retire on October 1, 2021. After starting his career at Conoco 37 years ago, Bob joined the LSPI sales organization almost 20 years ago and has played an instrumental role in the company’s growth.
As the Western Hemisphere Sales Director, Bob developed enduring customer relationships through his leadership of a team of sales managers, technical service engineers, and multiple distributors, all focused on delivering maximum value to our customers. Bob’s ability to link the needs of customers and market opportunities to LSPI’s R&D capabilities has contributed significantly to LSPI’s leading position in our industry.
After 33 years at LSPI, Dr. Yung Lee, LSPI’s Director of Engineering and Technical Services, has elected to retire at the end of 2021. Upon retirement, Yung will continue to contribute to LSPI in a consulting role.
Yung has played an important and influential role in establishing our global DRA leadership position through research and development of our technology, engineering, and modeling, and in mentoring and developing our young engineers. Dr. Lee has been granted several patents around the development of new DRA products for the pipeline industry and has written and presented many papers focused on fluid flow and DRA applications. Through his extensive work in the research, development, and evolution of LSPI’s technology, he has helped to deliver high drag reduction performance and solutions to meet our customers’ DRA needs. In his most recent role, Dr. Lee has led the evaluation, implementation and maintenance of successful DRA field applications and has been intimately involved in ensuring the optimization of our customers’ field operations.