J. Douglas Sparkman - Chairman
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. In this role, he is responsible for BP’s North American Downstream—three refineries, USPL, Supply, Sales and Marketing. Prior to this role, Mr. Sparkman was the Strategic Performance Unit leader for the Midwest Fuels Value Chain for BP, which he held since January 2010. 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. We believe that Mr. Sparkman’s substantial experience in various aspects of the energy industry makes him qualified to serve as a member of the board of directors of our general partner.
Robert P. Zinsmeister - Chief executive officer (CEO)
Robert P. 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 2012, Mr. Zinsmeister has served as Chief Operating Officer of BP’s Global M&A organization. Mr. Zinsmeister has 21 years of M&A experience, and prior to his current role, his titles and responsibilities included M&A Director Downstream, Corporate, Chemicals and M&A Project Manager in BP’s Global M&A organization. Mr. Zinsmeister has served in a variety of management positions within the BP organization, including Commercial Manager and Engineering Manager of an Upstream business unit, and a variety of engineering roles in corporate, division, and field operations. In addition to his roles at BP, Mr. Zinsmeister is a member of the Advisory Board of Buckthorn Partners, a private equity investment firm investing exclusively in oil field service businesses, as well as a member of the advisory board of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, City University of London. 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. We believe that based on Mr. Zinsmeister’s extensive experience in M&A in the energy industry and managerial experience within the BP organization, Mr. Zinsmeister brings important skills and expertise to the board of directors of our general partner.
Craig W. Coburn - Chief financial officer (CFO)
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. In this role, Mr. Coburn’s primary responsibility was to manage BP’s corporate venture capital portfolio and new investments. Additionally, from January 2006 to August 2016, Mr. Coburn was CFO for BP’s Alternative Energy business which included the Solar, Wind, Biofuels and Emerging Business & Ventures businesses. Prior to holding such roles, Mr. Coburn served in a variety of finance and commercial positions within the BP organization since 1986. Mr. Coburn has over 31 years of oil and gas experience with Amoco and BP, as well as over 20 years of experience working with high tech businesses and renewable energy. He has extensive experience in finance, corporate venturing, technology commercialization, planning and strategy, mergers and acquisitions and business carve-outs. 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. We believe that based on Mr. Coburn’s extensive experience in the energy industry and extensive financial knowledge, Mr. Coburn brings important skills and expertise to the board of directors of our general partner.
Brian D. Smith - Director
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 has over 25 years of oil and gas industry experience, primarily with ARCO and BP. Mr. Smith received a BS, Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from University of California at Los Angeles. We believe that Mr. Smith’s significant experience in finance and treasury makes him qualified to serve as a member of the board of directors of our general partner.
Clive Christison - Director
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. In addition, from September 2008 to September 2013, Mr. Christison also led BP’s oil, gas, chemicals, carbon and finance trading business for the Eastern Hemisphere, covering the Middle East, Southern & East Africa, Australia, India, South East Asia and China. Mr. Christison has 20 years of international experience in Oil, Gas and Power industries, holding a number of senior roles in Supply & Trading, Refining & Marketing and Logistics for Mobil Oil Corporation and BP plc. Mr. Christison is a member of the boards of directors of BP Americas Diversity and Inclusion Council, Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Global Markets Advisory Committee, Futures Industry Association, Commodity Markets Council, British American Business Council, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the Chicago Urban League. Mr. Christison is a graduate of Edinburgh University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and has an MBA from Warwick Business School. We believe that Mr. Christison’s extensive experience in the energy industry, particularly his experience in supply and trading, makes him qualified to serve as a member of the board of directors of our general partner.
Walter Clements - Independent director
Walter Clements has been nominated to serve 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. Previously, from August 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Clements served as a Visiting Lecturer of Finance at Indiana University. Additionally, Mr. Clements currently consults for new ventures and has 28 years of experience in the energy industry. Mr. Clements has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Indiana University, and MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a Certified Public Accountant. We believe that Mr. Clements’ extensive experience in finance makes him qualified to serve as a member of the board of directors of our general partner.
Bob Malone - Independent Director
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 has served in a variety of operating, engineering and executive roles with BP's subsidiary companies and he also served as President, CEO and COO of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, operator of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline and as the Chief Executive of the London based BP Shipping Ltd. Over his 43-year career, Mr. Malone has developed a reputation for building teams, driving change, improving operating and safety performance and changing cultures. He currently serves as an Independent Director of the Halliburton Company, Peabody Energy Company and Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. 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.