J. Douglas Sparkman became Chairman and member of the board of directors of our general partner in September 2017. Since January 2021, Mr. Sparkman has served as Senior Vice President of bp Solutions for the bp Regions, cities & solutions organization. From October 2014 to December 2020, Mr. Sparkman served as the Chief Operating Officer, Fuels North America for bp. Prior to working for bp, Mr. Sparkman served as the Senior Vice President for Transportation and Logistics for Marathon Oil Corporation. Mr. Sparkman has over 38 years of experience in the Downstream business with deep experience in Refining and Midstream operations.
Mr. Zinsmeister was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of our general partner and member of the board of directors of our general partner in September 2017. Since January 2021, Mr. Zinsmeister has served as M&A Distinguished Advisor for bp's Global M&A organization. From January 2012 to December 2020, Mr. Zinsmeister served as Chief Operating Officer of bp’s Global M&A organization. Mr. Zinsmeister earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA, finance emphasis, from the University of Chicago.
Jack T. Collins became a member of the board of directors of our general partner in October 2020. He was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer effective as of March 2021. Since July 2020, Mr. Collins has served as President of BPX Energy. From December 2014 to July 2020, Mr. Collins served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BPX Energy. Prior to joining BPX Energy in 2014, Mr. Collins held various executive roles in finance and investor relations, including at Denbury Resources, Inc. and PostRock Energy Corp.
Clive Christison became a member of the board of directors of our general partner in September 2017. Since January 2021, Mr. Christison has served as a Senior Vice President of Fuel Supply and Midstream for the bp Customers & products organization. From September 2015 to December 2020, Mr. Christison has served in the role of Senior Vice President Pipelines, Supply & Optimization for Fuels North America. Prior to his current role, from September 2013 to September 2015 he was the Chief Executive of bp’s Integrated Supply & Trading business for the Americas, responsible for bp’s oil trading and supply activity in the Americas and for crude oil globally. Mr. Christison is a graduate of Edinburgh University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and has an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Starlee Sykes became a member of the board of directors of our general partner in March 2021. Since January 2021, Ms. Sykes has served as Senior Vice President Gulf of Mexico and Canada for the bp Production & operations organization. From February 2018 until December 2020, Ms. Sykes served as bp's Regional President of Gulf of Mexico and Canada. From January 2011 until January 2018, Ms. Sykes served as Vice President in bp’s Global Projects organization, leading a portfolio of offshore projects and teams. Ms. Sykes joined bp in 1997.
Walter Clements is an independent member of our board of directors, effective concurrently with our initial public offering. Since January 2019, Mr. Clements was named Associate Dean of Executive Education at University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in addition to his role as Teaching Professor of Finance at the college where he has served since August 2012. From August 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Clements served as a Visiting Lecturer of Finance at Indiana University. Mr. Clements has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Indiana University, and MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Bob Malone is an independent member of our board of directors since November 2017. Since 2014, Mr. Malone has served as the Executive Chairman, President and CEO of First Sonora Bancshares, Inc. (a privately-held bank holding company), the holding company for The First National Bank of Sonora (dba Sonora Bank). Since 2014, Mr. Malone has also served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sonora Bank. He joined Community Banking following a 35-year career with bp. Prior to his retirement, he was an Executive Vice President of bp plc, Chairman and President of bp America and a member of bp's London-based Executive Management team that guided the worldwide operations of bp. Mr. Malone earned a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Master of Science in Management.
Michele Joy is an independent member of our board of directors since May 2018. Ms. Joy has served as Vice President, Regulatory and Major Projects of the general partner of Shell Midstream Partners (SHLX) from 2014 to 2017, when she resigned and retired from Shell. From April 2012, Ms. Joy also served as Vice President, SPLC and General Manager of Major Projects and Regulatory for Shell Oil Company. Ms. Joy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Juris Doctor from American University.