Silas Ethics Lecture

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The Phillips 66/C.J. “Pete” Silas Program in Ethics and Leadership will take place on November 19 from 4-5 p.m. in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1116. A reception will follow the seminar.


This year's seminar speaker is Greg Garland, chairman and CEO of Phillips 66. His lecture is titled, "Operating Excellence: Good Ethics Makes Good Business."

Greg Garland is chairman and CEO of Phillips 66. A chemical engineer, Garland has more than 30 years of industry experience in technical and executive leadership positions within the oil and natural gas and chemicals industries.

Previously, Garland had served as senior vice president, Exploration and Production, Americas for ConocoPhillips since 2010. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, Garland was president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, which is now a joint venture between Phillips 66 and Chevron. Before his election to that position, Garland served Chevron Phillips as senior vice president, Planning & Specialty Chemicals. His prior experience includes serving as general manager of Qatar/Middle East for Phillips, a position he assumed in 1997. From 1995 to 1997, he served as general manager of natural gas liquids after serving as manager of planning and development in planning and technology. From 1992 to 1994, he was manager of the K-Resin® business unit.

Garland began his career with Phillips in 1980 as a project engineer for the Plastics Technical Center. He later worked as a sales engineer for Phillips’ plastics resins, business service manager for advanced materials, business development director, and olefins manager for chemicals.

He is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Phillips 66 Partners. Garland also serves on the board of directors for DCP Midstream, the board and executive committee of the American Petroleum Institute, the board and the executive committee of Junior Achievement for Southeast Texas, the board for The Greater Houston Partnership, and as a member of the Engineering Advisory Board for Texas A&M University.

Garland received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980.

Ethics, leadership, and quality, grounded in strong communication skills and professionalism, are essential components of an engineering education. To spotlight the importance of these core values, in 1995 the Phillips Petroleum Foundation awarded a grant to the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering to develop the Phillips 66/C.J. “Pete” Silas Program in Ethics and Leadership. Named in recognition of the outstanding professional achievements of Georgia Tech chemical engineering alumnus C.J. “Pete” Silas, who retired from Phillips Petroleum as president and CEO in 1994, the program focuses on technical and business decisions that have ethical ramifications. These topics, and related areas in engineering, technology, and ethics, are integrated into the core chemical and biomolecular engineering curriculum and are addressed in an annual public symposium featuring prominent industrialists and ethicists.

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