Valvoline announced that Sam Mitchell, who has been at the forefront of the company’s growth and innovation, retired as chief executive officer and from the Board of Directors in September. Stepping into his shoes will be Lori Flees, currently serving as the president of retail services. Flees will also join Valvoline’s Board.

Mitchell’s tenure saw Valvoline through its successful initial public offering (IPO) in 2016, the recent restructuring of its retail services and global products sectors, and its establishment as a trusted name in preventive automotive maintenance. 

“Leading Valvoline has been a profound experience,” said Mitchell. “I’ve been privileged to work alongside dedicated individuals, and Lori stands out among them. Her strategic acumen and ability to drive results make her the ideal choice for Valvoline’s future.”

With her extensive background in the automotive and retail sectors, Flees has been instrumental in driving growth for Valvoline’s Retail Services. Her leadership has been marked by a deep understanding of the business, a focus on innovation, and a commitment to delivering exceptional customer experiences. She oversees a vast network of more than 1,800 company-owned and franchised centers.

Sam Mitchell (left) and Lori Flees (right).