Jim Postl retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, following its acquisition by Shell Oil Products U.S in October 2002.
Postl joined Pennzoil in October 1998, prior to the formation of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company. He was named president and chief operating officer and was elected to the board of directors when the new company was formed. In May 2000, he was named president and chief executive officer.
Postl has more than 30 years of management experience in consumer products. Over the course of his career, he has been responsible for a broad array of consumer products ranging from snack foods to soft drinks to health and beauty aids. He served as president of Nabisco Biscuit Company from 1996 to 1998 and was president and chief executive officer of Nabisco International from 1994 to 1996. Prior to joining Nabisco, Postl held a variety of management positions with PepsiCo, Inc. over a 19-year period. Prior to his tenure at PepsiCo, Postl held several brand manager positions at the Procter & Gamble Company.
He currently serves on the boards of American Funds and Pulte Homes, and in the past, has served on the boards of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, Cooper Industries, Pan American Beverages, Auto Zone, Northwest Airlines and Centex.
Postl is also very active in the community. He is chair-elect of the national board and immediate past chair of the SouthWest Affiliate board of the American Heart Association. He serves on the Council of Overseers for Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University, and on the boards of the Society for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Houston Zoo, and the Foundation for Jones Hall. He serves on the board and executive committee of the Greater Houston Partnership, and is Chair of Early Matters, a historic coalition on early childhood education. In the past, he has served on the boards of the Houston Area Women’s Center and the United Way of the Greater Houston Area. He was the 2005-2006 Chair for Houston’s United Way Campaign and the Hurricane Relief Fund.