March 1, 2022

Valvoline to Provide Case Study for 9th Annual SEC MBA Case Competition

Image courtesy of Valvoline Inc.
Image courtesy of Valvoline Inc.

By: University of Kentucky
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

LEXINGTON, KY — Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a global leader in vehicle care powering the future of mobility through innovative services and products, will serve as the case company for the ninth annual SEC MBA Case Competition, hosted by the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. The event will be held April 7-9, 2022.

“Partnering with a distinguished brand like Valvoline for the SEC MBA Case Competition has been such a tremendous win for the Gatton College, University of Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference,” said Lorna Patches, Executive Director of the Professional Resource Center at the Gatton College, who is leading the college’s competition activities. Valvoline, a globally recognized community leader, has been an invaluable asset in our effort to create a meaningful and memorable experience for the student competitors and associated colleagues from across the SEC.”

Valvoline will provide the participating students with a case study specific to a current business matter on the morning of April 8. Teams will have 24-hours to analyze the situation and offer strategies and solutions to Valvoline executive leaders on the morning of April 9. The top four teams will compete for a prize pool of $20,000 in that afternoon’s final round.

“As a company with a long-standing history with motorsports, we love a good competition,” said Heidi Matheys, Chief Marketing & Transformation Officer at Valvoline. “We’re thrilled about this partnership with the SEC and the University of Kentucky. We hope that our case study will challenge and drive these outstanding MBA students to bring their best ideas and solutions to the competition. We look forward to seeing these innovative presentations in April.”

In both preliminary and final rounds competitors will deliver 20-minute presentations to a panel of Valvoline judges, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. The students’ identities and college affiliations will not be revealed to the judges to ensure impartiality.

About ValvolineTM

Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) is a global leader in vehicle care powering the future of mobility through innovative services and products for vehicles with electric, hybrid and internal combustion powertrains. Established in 1866, the Company introduced the world’s first branded motor oil and developed strong brand recognition and customer satisfaction ratings over the years across multiple service and product channels. The Company operates and franchises approximately 1,600 service center locations and is the No. 2 and No. 3 largest chain in the U.S. and Canada, respectively, by number of stores. With sales in more than 140 countries and territories, Valvoline’s solutions are available for every engine and drivetrain, including high-mileage and heavy-duty vehicles, and are offered at more than 80,000 locations worldwide. Creating the next generation of advanced automotive solutions, Valvoline has established itself as the world’s No. 1 supplier of battery fluids to electric vehicle manufacturers, offering tailored products to help extend vehicle range and efficiency. To learn more, or to find a Valvoline service center near you, visit ™ Trademark, Valvoline or its subsidiaries, registered in various countries

About the University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for” three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Employers.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.