About Lummus

Our Leadership Team

Leon de Bruyn

Leon de Bruyn

President and Chief Executive Officer

Leon de Bruyn is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Lummus Technology, where he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and leading all aspects Lummus’ global performance. He also serves on the board of directors of Chevron Lummus Global, a joint venture between Chevron and Lummus.

Mr. de Bruyn joined Lummus in 1993. During this career with the company, he has built executive experience in the downstream refining and petrochemicals industry, through technology development and licensing, catalyst supply and engineering, procurement and construction activities. 

Prior to his current role as CEO, Mr. de Bruyn led the transformation of the Lummus Technology business from a subsidiary of McDermott International to a standalone company under the ownership of The Chatterjee Group and Rhône Capital.  

Previously, Mr. de Bruyn was Managing Director of Chevron Lummus Global, a joint venture with Chevron, where he was responsible for the company strategy, P&L, sales and operations for the supply of technologies, engineering services and catalysts to refineries. 

Mr. de Bruyn holds a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Eindhoven University for Technology in The Netherlands. He has lived and worked in eight countries.
 
John Albanese

John Albanese

Chief Financial Officer

John Albanese is the Chief Financial Officer for Lummus Technology, where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial management and capital structure.
 
John joined Lummus in 1973 and has spent his entire career with the company. Prior to his current role, he served as the Vice President of Finance for McDermott’s Lummus Technology business.
He has more than 40 years of experience in the technology licensing and engineering and construction industries, serving in domestic and international assignments of increasing importance. He has also played key roles in all major acquisitions that Lummus has been involved in during his career.
 
Mr. Albanese holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and in economics from Montclair State University, in Montclair, New Jersey.
 
Norby 'Buck' Foss

Norby 'Buck' Foss

Chief Legal Officer

Norby ‘Buck’ Foss is the Chief Legal Officer for Lummus Technology, where he is responsible for overseeing all legal matters for the company.
 
Mr. Foss has more than 25 years of legal experience. Prior to his current role, he served as General Counsel for McDermott’s Lummus Technology business. He also served as CB&I’s Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, where he managed IP for all CB&I companies, negotiated and performed legal functions for all investment and divestment of intellectual property assets.

Mr. Foss is licensed to practice law in Illinois, New Jersey, Texas and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to his legal career he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
 
Mr. Foss holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and a juris doctor from Chicago-Kent School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
 
Joaquim Portela

Joaquim Portela

Chief Technology Officer

Joaquim Portela is the Chief Technology Officer for Lummus Technology, where he is responsible for promoting the company’s broad technology agenda to support its business objectives through innovation and leading edge initiatives involving research & development, technology partnerships and digital transformation.
                          
Mr. Portela has more than 40 years of expertise in both business and technical aspects of process technology development and licensing, serving the global refining and petrochemical industry. He has been working with Lummus for 33 years in several positions. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Vice President of the Refining and Gasification Business Unit. He also served for seven years as Co-Managing Director of CDTECH, when it was a partnership between Lummus Technology and CR&L, a Shell company. Previously he was General Manager of Lummus’ operations in Southeast Asia, based in Singapore, a position he acquired in January 1999.
 
Mr. Portela holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, N.Y. and a bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Brazil.
 
Helion Sardina

Helion Sardina

Chief Commercial Officer

Helion Sardina is the Chief Commercial Officer for Lummus Technology, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of sales and business development for the entire company.
 
Mr. Sardina joined Lummus in 1974 and has spent his entire career with the company. Prior to his current role, he served as the head of sales for McDermott’s Lummus Technology business.
 
Through a series of positions with increasing responsibilities, he has developed functional expertise in technology evaluation, operations, sales and marketing, contracting, strategic planning, negotiating skills and general management. His previous roles included Vice President, Operations and Vice President, Petrochemicals Business Group.
 
Mr. Sardina holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds two patents for Lummus technologies.