Gerard is the President. Tillerson is chairman of the board: "As chairman of API’s Board of Directors, Tillerson will also chair the trade association’s 25-member Policy Committee and 10-member Executive Committee". No influence there.
Mark, I'll show you proof of corruption in the API when you show me proof that Ashland's data has been cooked.
Boatowner: The claims of not passing Sequence IVA test only apply to the standard M1 5W-30, not TDT, EP, or any other grade formulation.