President and CEO
Mr. Chávez comes to CITGO with more than 30 years of industry experience. He began his career at the El Palito Refinery in the state of Carabobo, Venezuela, working in the areas of industrial services, distillation and specialties, conversion and treatment, crude and products movement, programming and economics and process engineering. After a one-year assignment with Union Pacific Oil in the United States, Chávez returned to the El Palito Refinery where he managed several expansion and organization projects throughout the 1990s.
In 2001 he was named Manager of Human Resources of Bitúmenes Orinoco, S.A. (Bitor) and was appointed to the Board of Directors the following year. In 2003 he was appointed Executive Director of Human Resources followed by Executive Director of Commerce and Supply of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) before being appointed Vice President of Refining, Trade and Supply. Since 2009 he has held additional important functions, including Vice Minister of Petrochemicals, President of PDV Marina, and Director of CITGO Petroleum Corporation from 2004 until 2014. In September 2014 Chávez was appointed Minister of the Popular Power of Petroleum and Mining the entity responsible for all oil activity in Venezuela.
Chávez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes (1979).