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.
David Kurt was appointed Co-Chief Operating Officer of our general partner in October 2020. On December 31, 2020, his title changed to Chief Operating Officer. Since January 2021, Mr. Kurt has served as Vice President of Terminals & Pipelines for the bp Production & operations organization. From May 2020 until December 2020, Mr. Kurt served as Refinery Manager of the Whiting Refinery. Mr. Kurt has held various positions at Whiting Refinery, including as Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager from 2019 to 2020, Production Manager from 2017 to 2019, and Business Improvement Manager from 2015 to 2017.
Derek Rush was appointed Chief Development Officer of our general partner in August 2019. Since January 2021, Mr. Rush served as Global Logistics & BPMP Senior Finance and Commercial Manager for the bp Customers & products organization. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rush, 48, has served since August 2018 as Head of Finance for bp US Pipelines and Logistics and as a Director for bp Pipelines. From July 2015 to July 2018, Mr. Rush served as Head of Control for bp Downstream, and from April 2013 to July 2015 served as Vice President of bp-Husky Refining LLC. Prior to that, Mr. Rush held a variety of financial and commercial roles in bp. He joined bp in 2005 from Pricewaterhouse Coopers, where he was a Director in the financial advisory practice. Mr. Rush has a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MS in Accountancy from Illinois State University.
Hans F. Boas was appointed as the Chief Legal Counsel and Secretary of our general partner in September 2017. Since February, 2017, Mr. Boas has served as Managing Counsel of bp America, Inc., supporting bp’s Treasury functions in the US. From July, 2009 to January, 2017, Mr. Boas served as Senior Counsel of bp America, supporting Treasury functions in Houston, Texas. Mr. Boas has over 17 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Boas has a BBA, Finance from Texas A&M University and JD from University of Houston Law Center.