Senior Management

Matthew Pakkala
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Pakkala is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of World Oil Corp. He is responsible for overseeing World Oil’s finance operations, including asset management, information technology, logistics, accounting as well as family office functions.
Matthew plays a central role in defining the strategic direction of the company with World Oil’s board and strives to balance World’s long-term vision with the short-term business needs to create value for its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders. Prior to joining World Oil, he was a Senior Managing Director with FTI Consulting in the corporate finance and restructuring group for 15 years. He has held senior executive positions and key advisory roles in a variety of prominent pharmaceutical, construction and retail organizations throughout his career. Matthew holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA, a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a B.A. from UCSD.

Christopher Norton
Chief Legal Officer

Christopher M. Norton is Chief Legal Officer of World Oil and has responsibility for all legal affairs of the company and its affiliates and subsidiaries. Prior to joining World Oil, Christopher served as an executive and chief legal officer for both publicly-traded and private companies, including MPG Office Trust (formerly Maguire Properties Inc.), a public REIT with a portfolio of approximately 16 million square feet of rentable space, where he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and Andell Inc., a private investment firm and family office based in Beverly Hills, California, where he served as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel for the family office and its portfolio of operating companies, including the Chicago Fire Soccer Club of Major League Soccer (MLS). Christopher began his legal career at Latham & Watkins LLP, where his practice focused on real estate, finance and corporate transactions. Christopher holds a J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and a B.S. from Brigham Young University.

Austin Miller
Chief Operating Officer
World Oil Refining & Terminals

Austin Miller joined World Oil in 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer for the Refining facility in South Gate and the Terminals located in the Cities of Long Beach and Vernon. He oversees the functions of connected business operations, positioning the company’s growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing customer markets, and growing demand for World Oil’s products and services. Before joining World Oil, Austin served as the Director and General Manager for Gardner Asphalt Corporation, where he facilitated the startup, terminal construction, product development, and promotion of a new business segment for the company concentrating on marketing paving asphalt. Austin began his career at Valero Energy Corporation, where he was responsible for supply and distribution for the second largest asphalt producer in the U.S. Austin holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Texas, San Antonio. A recognized industry expert, Austin has spoken at conferences for leading organizations including Argus, NAPA, SEAUPG, and AMAP. Austin has also served on several Asphalt Institute committees including the Marketing Committee, Public Policy/Relations Committee, and presently the Membership Committee.

Jeff Baxter
Senior Vice President World Oil Recycling

Jeff Baxter joined World Oil in 2015. He oversees the recycling operations, as well as technical, engineering, and construction management for both the Recycling and Environmental Services divisions. Jeff came to World Oil from Vertex Energy, where he was Director of West Coast Operations and Projects. At Vertex Energy, he had oversight of the Western United States manufacturing operations, which included used oil re-refining and lubricant product blending. Jeff received both his B.S.E. & M.S.E degrees in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan and has over 10 years of experience in petrochemical and recycling facility design and operations. He went on to earn an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Jeff was a member of the University of Michigan Men’s Rowing Team and continues to support their efforts.

Sue Gornick
Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety

Over the last 25 years, Sue has built strong relationships with business and environmental regulatory agencies in the pursuit of environmental regulation streamlining and compliance. In her current role as the Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety at World Oil Corp., she is integrating retail, refining, recycling, terminals and transportation operating companies into one corporate EHS program. Sue has held environmental roles at WSPA, BP and CCEEB (as the CED executive director) and her experience also includes work with a wide range of organizations; from small- and medium-sized operations in printing, glass, the wine industry, and manufacturing, to much larger, multinational organizations in the chemical, mining, and petroleum industries. Sue achieved a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia and has a Professional Engineering license. She also holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco