J. Douglas Sparkman became Chairman and member of the board of directors of our general partner in September 2017. Since October 2014, Mr. Sparkman has 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 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. In his career Mr. Zinsmeister has personally negotiated three US pipeline transactions, and has overseen all Downstream M&A, including pipelines and midstream, since 2006.
Craig W. Coburn was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of our general partner and member of the board of directors of our general partner in September 2017. Since August of 2016, Mr. Coburn has served as Chief Financial Officer for BP America. Prior to such role, from July 2013 to August 2016, Mr. Coburn was Vice President, Technology Commercialization & Venturing (TC&V) for BP. Mr. Coburn has a BS degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Brian D. Smith became a member of the board of directors of our general partner in September 2017. From July 2008 to present, Mr. Smith has served as Vice President, Structured Finance – Western Hemisphere within BP Treasury. Prior to that date, Mr. Smith served in multiple management roles, including Head of Developments Finance, Gulf of Mexico and Planning and Strategy Manager, North American Gas. Mr. Smith received a BS, Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from University of California at Los Angeles.
Clive Christison became a member of the board of directors of our general partner in September 2017. Since September 2015, 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.
Walter Clements is as an independent member of our board of directors, effective concurrently with this offering. Since August 2012, Mr. Clements has served as a Teaching Professor of Finance for University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. 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 the Executive Chairman, President and CEO of First Sonora Bancshares, the holding company for Sonora Bank, Sonora Mortgage Company and Sonora Title Company. 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 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.