2016 Engineering Leader of the YearPhilip L. Rinaldi

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Philadelphia Energy Solutions 

Rinaldi was Drexel University’s 13th Engineering Leader of the Year.

Philip L. Rinaldi
Philip L. Rinaldi

Mr. Rinaldi is the founding partner, Chairman & CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC. In 2012, he and the Carlyle Group, created PES to acquire the Point Breeze and Girard Point oil refineries from Sunoco. These refineries, located in South Philadelphia, are the largest on the Eastern Seaboard.

Mr. Rinaldi has been an investor and/or the principal executive in a wide range of industries including: oil refining, oil exploration, phosphate mining and chemical production, coke gasification, nitrogen chemical production, zinc refining, and the production of molybdenum, rhenium, and vanadium derivatives. Mr. Rinaldi’s background includes prominent companies such as Exxon, Phibro, Tosco, Coffeyville Resources, Conserv, Seminole, and Mulberry.

Mr. Rinaldi is actively involved in the community. He serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Overseers at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Drexel University Engineering Advisory Council; a Board Director and Executive Committee member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; a Board Member its CEO Council for Growth; and a Board Director of the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Business & Industry.

His professional career started with Exxon gaining scientific, commercial, and managerial experiences, including overseas postings. Mr. Rinaldi earned his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1968 and 1976, respectively.