Brian Conroy —
Brian worked for 30 years in various roles in the downstream chemicals and fuels businesses in Phillips Petroleum, Amoco, and BP with his most senior role as VP of Strategy and External Affairs in BP’s Advanced BioProducts Business within their Alternative Energy Segment. His career has included roles in polymer catalyst technology development and commercialization, business general manager of global chemical catalyst, global sales, market development and licensing of specialty chemicals, business strategy for global biofuels, and legislative/regulatory affairs and business communications for U.S. and Brazil advanced biofuels. Brian represented BP on several biofuels trade associations and internal corporate policy committees where both petroleum fuels and biofuels business priorities were developed.
His largest business achievements include a specialty chemical business turnaround of a historically money-losing business into a long-term profitable business, converting an internal specialty chemical supply business into a profitable global sales and licensing business, developing a comprehensive fully integrated“farm-to-tank” business strategy for a $6 billion investment plan of a new advanced biofuels business of equivalent fuel volume to a large deep-water oil platform including developing the legal and business justification for RFS regulatory changes to enable the business strategy.
Brian has been a speaker at many academic and business conferences including CeraWeek, Platts, Hart Energy, National Conference of State Legislatures, World Affairs Council, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, Harvard, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois. He has also worked with Texas A&M and the University of Houston. He has worked with McKinsey & Co. and Boston Consulting on several strategic initiatives and has been a member of the Greater Houston Partnership Energy Advisory Committee. Brian holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University.