Faces of Lubricants: Doris Ospina

May 01, 2019

Doris Ospina is in the business of translating needs into solutions. She specializes in working with our lubricants and oilfield customers connecting chemistries to applications, and always aims to make Ingevity a technology partner of choice. With more than 20 years of of strategic sales and market development experience, she is a great fit for her newest role as global business manager for Oilfield and Lubricants. Doris has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and master’s degree in marketing. She loves interacting with people and being closer to the application of products—understanding the “how” and the “why” they work.

Explain your new role as global business manager for the Lubricants and Oilfield business.

I have been with Ingevity for five years as part of the commercial team within the oilfield business. I handle several key accounts and also have sales management responsibilities.

In my new role as global business manager for Oilfield and Lubricants, I will have the opportunity to help lead our strategic efforts for both businesses, focusing on understanding our customers’ technical needs and offering solutions that create “value” with our chemistry.

Tell us about what you did prior to joining Ingevity and the experience you bring to your role.

I have 20 years of business development and commercial experience with different specialty chemicals, markets and geographic regions, which has kept me interested and always wanting to learn more.

The combination of marketing and technical training helps me make meaningful connections between our chemistry and our customers’ application.

Name one thing about your work that gets you out of bed in the morning.

The opportunity to make a difference for our customers and our people.

Describe where you grew up and how it’s special to you.

I was born and raised in Colombia. Growing up there was a very enriching experience and taught me to value what I have. I feel it also allows me to see things with a different perspective and an open mind. Growing up there encouraged me to be very resourceful and resilient to challenges and change.

What’s your idea of happiness?

Finding the good in all experiences and building memories to keep on going with a positive attitude.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to travel with my family and enjoy learning about local food, traditions and culture.

Do you have any unique hobbies or something you’d like to begin?

I like dancing, so whenever I have the time, I enjoy Zumba classes at the gym. It’s also a good way to keep in tune with Latin music while burning some calories!

What does success mean to you?

The sense that you have positively influenced the people around you.

Who inspires you to be better?

My 14-year-old daughter is my inspiration to be a better person each day.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I enjoy watching science and investigative programs on TV. One of my favorite ones is “Why Planes Crash.” I find it interesting that usually the cause for the accidents is not just one, but a combination of several factors that happen to align at the same time. Things are not as simple as they seem, and sometimes you have to dig deeper to find the answer.

What is your life motto?

Don’t be afraid to fail; learn from your failure and try again.