Marathon Petroleum Corp. has appointed two men to its executive leadership team: Brian K. Partee, director of business development, will become vice president of business development, and Rick Linhardt, director of tax, will become vice president of tax on Feb. 1.


Partee will report to Donald C. Templin, president of Marathon Petroleum, and Michael J. Hennigan, president of MPLX, Marathons energy and logistics subsidiary. Linhardt will report to Timothy T. Griffith, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Marathon Petroleum. Both Partee and Linhardt will remain in Findlay.

Partee joined Marathon Petroleum in 1995 as an accountant in Marathon Pipe Line. He progressed through increasingly responsible positions before being named territory manager in the Wholesale Marketing southern region in 2004, district sales manager in 2006 and coordinating manager in 2008.

In 2009, Partee was named commercial director for Speedway. In 2012, he was named vice president for business development and franchise at Speedway. He served as Marathon Petroleums manager of crude oil logistics and analysis beginning in 2014 and assumed his current role in January 2017. Partee earned a bachelors degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University and an masters of business administration from the University of Findlay.


Linhardt joined Marathon Petroleum in 2013 as manager of tax compliance with responsibility for the companys income tax, sales/use tax, property tax, trade and customs tax and motor fuels tax. He was named director of tax in 2017. Linhardt has 30 years of tax experience in public accounting and the oil and gas industry, including an assignment as the head of the tax department at RRI Energy, where he was instrumental in its merger with NRG Energy.

He earned a bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Kansas, and has been a certified public accountant since 1986.

We are delighted to welcome Brian and Rick to our executive leadership team, said Gary Heminger, chairman and chief executive officer of Marathon Petroleum. They both have a wealth of experience and knowledge that will benefit our business development and tax organizations.