Sunoco's pipeline CEO heads west to Ohio

The Mariner East 2 pipeline, which Sunoco Logistics Partners built under the leadership of Michael J. Hennigan, chief executive. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer

Michael J. Hennigan, chief executive of Sunoco Logistics Partners before its recent merger with parent company Energy Transfer Partners, is leaving ETP to take a position heading the pipeline operations for Marathon Petroleum Corp. of Findlay, Ohio.

Michael J. Hennigan, former president and chief executive of Sunoco Logistics Partners, is taking a new job with Marathon Petroleum’s pipeline subsidiary.

Marathon announced Tuesday that Hennigan, a longtime veteran of Sunoco’s former pipeline subsidiary and a Chester County resident, will become president of MPLX LP, Marathon’s pipeline affiliate. Hennigan will replace Donald C. Templin, who was promoted Tuesday to Marathon’s president.

At MPLX, Hennigan will oversee a network of pipelines and terminals in the Midwest and Gulf Coast that connect Marathon’s network of refineries to crude-oil supplies and to its retail outlets. At Sunoco Logistics, he oversaw the expansion of its network, including construction of the Mariner East pipeline system from the Marcellus Shale fields to a new fuel terminal in Marcus Hook.

“Mike brings a tremendous depth of experience, having led one of the most successful growth-oriented master limited partnerships,” said Gary R. Heminger, Marathon’s chairman and CEO. “Mike has demonstrated outstanding commercial skills as he set the direction, vision, and strategy while serving as chief executive.”

Kelcy Warren, ETP’s president and CEO, said the company had hoped Hennigan would stay with ETP following the merger. “We are happy for Mike and his family that he has been offered a key leadership position which will allow him to remain closer to the Philadelphia area,” Warren said in a statement.