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Valvoline Announces Management Changes

Valvoline, a division of Ashland Inc., recently announced several changes in management, including the promotion of Mitchell Skaggs and Robert Craycraft to new positions on Valvoline’s senior management team. Scott Vogel, a consumer marketing executive, has joined the division as president of Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC), Valvoline’s quick-lube business unit. In a related move, John Wesley, former president of VIOC, was named senior vice president and general manager for Valvoline’s DIFM (do-it-for-me) Distributor Group business unit.

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LEXINGTON, KY — Valvoline, a division of Ashland Inc., recently announced several changes in management, including the promotion of Mitchell Skaggs and Robert Craycraft to new positions on Valvoline’s senior management team.

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Scott Vogel, a consumer marketing executive, has joined the division as president of Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC), Valvoline’s quick-lube business unit. In a related move, John Wesley, former president of VIOC, was named senior vice president and general manager for Valvoline’s DIFM (do-it-for-me) Distributor Group business unit.

Skaggs is promoted to vice president of worldwide operations and supply chain, replacing James Rocco, who recently announced his retirement from Ashland in early 2005. Skaggs will be responsible for Valvoline packaging and blending facilities worldwide, customer service and the supply chain. He will continue to manage the OnSite fleet services start-up business as well as Lube Industry Sales, and will work with Ashland resource groups to manage purchasing and environmental, health and safety.

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Skaggs joined Valvoline in 1984 and most recently served as vice president of business transformation. His background includes plant management experience, human resources management and supply chain management.

Craycraft is promoted to vice president, business transformation, and will lead the division’s innovation, enVision and business effectiveness groups. He also will work with Ashland resource groups to manage Valvoline’s information technology and accounting functions.

Craycraft, who most recently served as vice president and general manager for Valvoline’s distributor group, joined Ashland in 1992. He has served in a number of sales and management positions, including general manager of the division’s Eagle One business unit.

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Vogel joins the Valvoline division as president of VIOC, one of the nation’s largest providers of DIFM automotive fluid maintenance services with more than 730 locations. Prior to joining Ashland, Vogel ran a California-based company that markets movie prop replicas in the $12 billion collectibles industry. Vogel also held a variety of executive marketing and business leadership positions with The Clorox Co. in Oakland, Calif.

Wesley becomes senior vice president and general manager of Valvoline’s growing distributor business for the U.S. and Canada, responsible for sales of all Valvoline brands and services through distributors to the DIFM channel. In addition, Wesley will be responsible for the division’s antifreeze business. Wesley joined Ashland in 1982 as a sales representative. Most recently he served as president of VIOC.

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For more information about Valvoline and Ashland, go to: www.ashland.com.

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