Lubrizol, the Wickliffe, Ohio-based specialty chemicals company, announced Sept. 1 that it has named Rebecca Liebert as president and CEO, effective Oct. 3. She will succeed Mary Rhinehart, who has been interim president and CEO since March following the departure of former CEO Chris Brown. Rhinehart will continue as board chair at Lubrizol, which is owned by holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. of Omaha, Neb.
Liebert will join Lubrizol from Pittsburgh-based PPG, a global paints, coatings and specialty materials company, where she is executive vice president. She started at PPG in June 2018 leading the automotive OEM coatings business, including PPG's mobility initiatives. Prior to PPG, Liebert worked at Honeywell UOP, a supplier to the petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production and major manufacturing industries, and Reynolds Food Packaging.
Greg Abel, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway's non-insurance operations, in a statement called Liebert "a dynamic, passionate and results-driven leader." He said she will bring to the CEO job "tremendous experience and a record of accomplishments in leading global organizations and driving operational excellence."
Lubrizol, founded in 1928, owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales and technical offices around the world. It has about 8,600 employees.