Peter Tjan has been confirmed as the new president of ATIEL and took up the position on 8th February 2011.
Peter combines a solid understanding of the downstream oil industry with extensive experience of dealing at the highest level with EU Commission officials, MEPs, Member State and Council representatives and international institutions.
During a 25-year career as an oil industry executive he gained experience in refining and lubricants marketing and sales, in roles that took him across Europe and North America.
In 2001 Peter established a Brussels-based consultancy that specialises in EU energy, climate and environment policy. Between 2001 and 2007 he also acted as Secretary General of EUROPIA, representing the business interests of the oil refining industry towards the EU institutions.
Peter is a Dutch national, has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delft and holds a PhD in catalysis.
ATIEL has also confirmed the appointment of Jan Trocki as chairman of its Technical Council.
Jan has over 30 years' experience in the lubricants industry, starting with Castrol in 1981. During his time with Castrol he held a number of technical and marketing roles, gaining extensive experience of working with automotive OEMs in both the passenger car and heavy-duty sectors, and in motorsport through the Formula One and World Rally championships.
During that time he was also Castrol's representative in ATIEL and chair of the CEC group responsible for developing the Volkswagen TDi engine test.
Jan moved to BP in 2000 following its acquisition of Castrol, working initially in lubricants marketing and distribution but later also in the fuels business.
Since 2009 Jan has been the Technical Manager for SK Lubricants in Europe, responsible for customer support, technical representation and quality issues. He has represented SK Lubricants in ATIEL committees since it became a member in early 2010.
Jan is a UK national, a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a regular speaker at international oil industry conferences.
Note: The ATIEL Technical Council is responsible for executing the ATIEL strategy through the activities of permanent Working Groups and short term Task Forces. The Technical Council is also accountable for ATIEL's interaction with industry technical bodies and OEMs to address critical performance and quality issues around lubricant products. The Technical Council owns the ATIEL Code of Practice to ensure it fulfils its role as the quality standard for developing automotive lubricants claiming ACEA performance and strives to achieve consensus between member companies on key lubricant technical issues.