Leadership

Our team

 

At Irving Oil our team shares a deep respect and a love for the business. We value our employees, our customers and the communities we call home. 

We invite you to meet some of our team:

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Mr. Arthur Irving

Chairman

As the Chairman of Irving Oil, Mr. Arthur Irving is responsible for establishing the vision for the company and providing overall guidance to our Senior Leadership Team.

 

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Ian Whitcomb

President

Ian Whitcomb is the President of Irving Oil. In addition to day-to-day company management and the relationship with our Board of Directors, Mr. Whitcomb is responsible for guiding our strategy and keeping our company focused on its goals. 

Ian brings a deep understanding of our company through more than 30 years of working with Irving Oil in his role with Deloitte.  Mr. Whitcomb has held a variety of leadership roles, including sitting on the board of Deloitte Canada. Mr. Whitcomb is a graduate of Dalhousie University and became a Chartered Accountant in 1982.  He is deeply committed to the success of our company. 

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We continue to reshape our business to become more competitive.

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Sarah Irving

Executive Vice-President and Chief Brand Officer

Sarah Irving is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Brand Officer of Irving Oil. Sarah grew up in Saint John, NB. She received her BA cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2010 and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2014. After completing her undergraduate degree, Sarah worked for Deloitte in their New York strategic consulting practice. 

Sarah grew up in the family business, understanding well the importance of great employees and loyal customers in achieving success. 

Our people are at the heart of all that we do.

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Kevin Scott

Chief Refining and Supply Officer

Kevin Scott is responsible for all Refining Operations at Irving Oil’s Saint John and Whitegate facilities, as well as the Company’s Products & Terminals Operations. This team safely and reliably refines, stores and transports our products.

Prior to this role, Kevin was Irving Oil’s Chief Human Resources Officer. He has also led the Company’s Public Affairs and Supply & Trading teams. He joined Irving Oil in 1992 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. 

He and his wife have four children who keep them active with sports, theatre and music. In the community, Kevin volunteers with youth sports and economic development. 

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Darren Gillis

Chief Marketing Officer

Darren Gillis leads Irving Oil’s Sales & Marketing Operations including Retail Sales as well as Commercial and Home Heat businesses, Wholesale & Specialty Sales, Trucking and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Darren also holds responsibility for Property Management associated with our retail sites. 
 
Prior to this role, Darren served as General Manager of Irving Energy, leading our residential and commercial marketing business. 
 
Darren’s career with Irving Oil spans more than 30 years and includes a number of leadership, project and strategy development roles. He has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Prince Edward Island with a major in Marketing. 
 
Darren and his wife, Leeanne, have three children. 
 

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Jennifer Beach

Chief Human Resources & Corporate Administration Officer

Jennifer Beach is responsible for leading Human Resources across Irving Oil, in addition to overseeing the areas of Corporate Governance and Administration. 

Prior to this role, Jennifer was a Partner at Deloitte where she provided her clients, including Irving Oil, a wide-range of Advisory services drawing on her diverse experience in the areas of Enterprise Risk and Consulting. Jennifer obtained her Certified Management Accountant designation in 2000 and has served on CMA New Brunswick’s Practical Experience Evaluation and Review Committee and the Public Accounting Committee.  

Jennifer currently serves as a Board Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of New Brunswick. 

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Jeff Matthews

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Matthews is responsible for all financial services at Irving Oil, along with the execution of all new business development opportunities for the company.

In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Jeff deals with financial planning and strategy, financial performance and stewardship, treasury, taxation, supply management, investments in joint ventures, new business development and government relations/environmental affairs.

Jeff joined Irving Oil 24 years ago and holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. He earned his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 1994 while working with Deloitte & Touche.

He and his wife, Cindy, have two children.

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John Laidlaw

Chief Legal Officer

John Laidlaw is the Chief Legal Officer of Irving Oil. In addition to overseeing Irving Oil’s Legal team, John manages the company’s Corporate Security and Corporate Real Estate teams. 

Prior to joining Irving Oil, he practiced law with the law firm of Cox & Palmer where he held a variety of leadership positions. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of New Brunswick. 

John and his wife, Sharon, have four children. 

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Kelley Greer White

Chief Information Officer

Kelley Greer White is Irving’s Chief Information Officer, responsible for Information Technology strategy, cybersecurity, architecture and operations for systems across the Irving Oil enterprise. 

Prior to joining the company in 2016, Kelley worked extensively in IT for Oil and Gas and other industries in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Alberta. She has led multinational teams with responsibilities for supporting infrastructure and applications for all aspects of the business, including IT for megaprojects, offshore production, multiple refineries and midstream assets and retail sites. Kelley is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador and attended Memorial University for both her undergraduate degree and MBA. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in Applied Information Technology.