Tom Rizzo, Site General Manager of the Shell Puget Sound Refinery, will be leaving his position effective March 1, 2015. Tom started in his current role at the refinery in August 2011. He will be moving into a temporary assignment within the Shell Manufacturing organization, including on-going support for the refinery’s East Gate Rail Project, and will be assigned to another position within Shell sometime later this year.
“It has been a tremendous privilege for me to have served as the Shell Puget Sound Refinery manager these past 3 ½ years,” said Rizzo. “The people at the refinery are dedicated, hard-working men and women who are very professional in what they do. I’m very proud of them. The local community has been extremely gracious towards me. I have been fortunate to have been a part of several outstanding organizations during my tenure – United Way of Skagit County, Economic Development Association of Skagit County, Northwest Workforce Council, and the Padilla Bay Foundation."
"These organizations, as well as the many, many supportive people in the area are what make Anacortes and the Skagit Valley a wonderful place to live and work. I will certainly miss being a part of this great community.”
Shirley Yap will become the new refinery General Manager.
“I know the community will give Shirley the great support that they have given to me,” Rizzo continued. “I look forward to this refinery continuing to be an essential part of this community under her leadership.”
Shirley grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States when she was 18. A graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, Shirley began her career as a process design engineer with Arco in 1992. After receiving her MS in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern she restarted her career with Texaco in 1995, and later became part of the Shell organization after a merger. Since that time, Shirley has worked in multiple functions across the organization, most recently in Houston with the General Manager Planning & Refining Optimization organization for Shell North America.
“First, I would like to thank Tom for his leadership at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery and for a very thorough transition with me,” said Yap. “Dedicated employees and a focus on safety at all levels are what make this place a top performing refinery. I am very honored and excited to be part this family going forward, and I am equally excited to be part of this tremendous community.”
Shirley lives in Anacortes and will be relocating her family there soon.