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Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC Announces Retirement and Key Personnel Appointments.

FINDLAY, Ohio, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) today announced a retirement and three management moves in the company's marketing, pipeline and business development groups, according to J. L. "Corky" Frank, president.

Richard E. White, senior vice president, marketing, will retire Feb. 1, 1999. Until that date, the 43-year Marathon employee will serve as senior vice president, special projects, reporting to Frank.

A Terre Haute, Ind., native, White joined Marathon's marketing organization in 1955 after earning a bachelor's degree in marketing from Indiana University, where he was a member of the school's 1953 NCAA Championship basketball team. He held several managerial positions, including an assignment in Geneva as marketing manager for Marathon International. He was appointed vice president, marketing, U.S., in 1986. In 1998 he was named senior vice president, marketing, for MAP.

Long considered an industry leader in petroleum products marketing, White is active on American Petroleum Institute committees and previously chaired the organization's General Committee of Marketing. He also is a past director of the Asphalt Institute. White served as a trustee on both the Marathon Oil and USX Foundations. Additional community involvement includes service as a director for the Findlay Chamber of Commerce, the Findlay YMCA and the Findlay Arts Council. Currently, he serves on the boards of the University of Findlay, the United Way of Hancock County, the Community Development Research Foundation and the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

Mary Ellen Peters has been appointed senior vice president, marketing, assuming White's responsibilities. Peters was president, Marathon Ashland Pipe Line LLC. She remains located in Findlay and reports to D. Duane Gilliam, executive vice president.

Peters, a native of Oxford, Ohio, joined Marathon's finance and administration group in Findlay in 1979 after receiving a bachelor's degree in finance from Indiana University in 1978. Peters also holds a master's degree in finance from Bowling Green State University.

Daragh L. Porter has been named president, Marathon Ashland Pipe Line LLC, replacing Peters. Porter, most recently was manager, financial planning and treasurer, MAP. She will remain in Findlay and report to Kevin M. Henning, senior vice president, supply and transportation,

An Olive Hill, Ky., native, Porter joined Ashland, Inc. in 1977 and held several accounting positions before joining the human resources department. Prior to joining MAP in 1998, Porter held several supervisory and managerial posts with Ashland. She is a two-time Morehead State University graduate who received a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in business administration in 1977 and 1984, respectively.

Both Peters' and Porter's appointments are effective Dec. 1, 1998. Gary R. Heminger has been named senior vice president, business development. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 1999. Heminger had served as vice president, business development, since MAP began operation Jan. 1. He will continue to report to Frank and remain in Findlay.

A native of Tiffin, Ohio, Heminger earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Tiffin University in 1976 and a master's degree in finance from the University of Dayton in 1982. Heminger joined Marathon Oil Company in 1975 and has held a variety of managerial positions within Marathon, Emro Marketing and Marathon Pipe Line Company.

Based in Findlay, Ohio, Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) is the nation's sixth largest refiner with 935,000 barrels-per-day capacity in its seven-refinery system. MAP's retail marketing system comprises approximately 5,400 locations in 20 states, more than half of which are brand locations. Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, MAP's wholly owned retail subsidiary, is the nation's second-largest company-owned and operated gasoline and convenience store chain. MAP serves the Midwest and Southeast as a wholesale marketer with 88 light product and asphalt terminals and access, through lease or ownership interest, to more than 10,500 miles of pipeline. MAP, operational since Jan. 1, 1998, is a limited liability company owned 62 percent by Marathon Oil Company and 38 percent by Ashland Inc.
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