Our management team has substantial experience in the management and operation of pipelines, storage facilities and other midstream assets and significant expertise in executing growth strategies in the midstream infrastructure and refining logistics sector. Our management team includes members of BP’s senior management, who average over 30 years of experience in the energy industry
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.
Gerald J. Maret (COO) - Chief operating officer (COO)
Gerald J. Maret was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of our general partner in September 2017. Since October 2015, Mr. Maret has served as President of BP Pipelines and Vice President of BP US Pipelines and Logistics. From January 2014 to October 2015, Mr. Maret held the role of Manager of Projects, Engineering, Inspection & Construction of BP US Pipelines and Logistics. From October of 2012 to January of 2014, Mr. Maret served as Engineering and Technical Services Manager of BP US Pipelines and Logistics. Prior to October 2012, Mr. Maret served in several management positions within BP including Global Commercial Manager Polypropylene Licensing and Engineering & Operations Manager Polypropylene Licensing. Prior to the merger of BP and Amoco, Mr. Maret held positions with Amoco Upstream Exploration & Production and Amoco Worldwide Engineering & Construction. Mr. Maret has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Mark Frena - Chief development officer (CDO)
Mark Frena was appointed Chief Development Officer of our general partner in September 2017. Since July 2017, Mr. Frena has been based in the US primarily advising BP’s Fuels North America business. Prior to such role, from October 2012 to July 2017, Mr. Frena has served as Senior Advisor and Commercial Development Lead, predominantly focused in Refining and Marketing, based in London, UK. Prior to holding such roles, Mr. Frena served in a variety of management positions within the BP organization since 1981. Mr. Frena’s background spans operations, technical, commercial management and marketing with recent deep emphasis in strategy, business development and mergers and acquisition related activities. Mr. Frena earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School at Case Western.
Hans F. Boas - Chief legal counsel and secretary
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