Desmond (Des) King is President of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), a division of Chevron that champions innovation, commercialization and integration of emerging technologies and related new business models within the corporation. Chevron Technology Ventures’ business units include advanced biofuels, renewable energy, venture capital and hydrogen refuelling stations. He assumed his current position in August 2009.
A native of the United Kingdom, Des received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, in 1976 and a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1979. After receiving his doctorate, he became a professor of chemical engineering at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Des joined Chevron in 1981 as a process engineer and progressed through a series of technical positions in Chevron Research Company. In 1994, he became the technical and maintenance manager at Chevron’s refinery in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, before being seconded to Edmonton as general manager of Alberta Envirofuels.
Des returned to the United States in 1999 as managing director of technology marketing for Chevron Downstream. He then was named general manager of Corporate Strategic Planning from 2001 to 2004, followed by an assignment as general manager of Chevron’s refinery in Pembroke, Wales. During that time he was a director of Texaco UK, a director of the Milford Haven Port Authority and a director of the Netherlands Refining Company – a joint venture between BP and Texaco.
From 2006 to 2009, Des served as managing director and CEO of the publically listed Caltex Australia Ltd., the leading oil refiner, fuel marketer and convenience store operator in Australia. He was a director of the Australian Institute of Petroleum and a member of the Business Council of Australia.
Des is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a Chartered Engineer. He is the President of IChemE for 2010-2011. King is also a member of the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s external advisory council.