Board of Directors
Ezra Uzi Yemin
Chairman of the Board
- Chairman of the Board
Ezra Uzi Yemin has served as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board of our general partner since April 2012. He has also served as the chairman of the board of directors of Delek since December 2012, its chief executive officer since June 2004 and its president and a director since April 2001. Mr. Yemin has served as the president of Alon USA Partners GP, LLC, an affiliate of the Partnership, since July 2017 and the chairman of the board of directors of Alon USA Energy, Inc., an affiliate of the Partnership, since May 2015. Mr. Yemin’s duties include the formulation of our policies and strategic direction, oversight of executive officers, and overall responsibility for our operations and performance. The Board believes that, because he has worked for Delek since its founding, Mr. Yemin brings to the Board a thorough and complete understanding of our business, operations and operating environment, as well as that of Delek (the owner of approximately 63.5% of our units and the customer on whom the Partnership is most dependent). Mr. Yemin also brings to the Board substantial leadership, planning and industry experience.
Charles J. Brown IIIDirector
Charles J. Brown, III has served as a member of the Board of our general partner since November 2012, as a member of the Audit Committee and Conflicts Committee (of which he is Chairman) since November 2012 and as a member of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee (the "EHS Committee") since its inception in October 2016. Mr. Brown is a licensed attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. From July 2013 until his retirement on January 1, 2020, Mr. Brown served as the executive vice president of Apex Clean Energy, Inc., an independent renewable energy company, where he managed legal and business development activities. Mr. Brown is currently the owner of, and since 2011, the chief advisor for, CRW Energy, a consulting firm focused in the international power and utility industries. From 2008 through 2011, Mr. Brown served as a partner in the energy department of a large international law firm. Mr. Brown was appointed to the Board because of his experience in the energy industry, and because, as an attorney, he provides the Board with valuable expertise in matters involving the financial, legal, regulatory and risk matters affecting the Partnership.
Eric D. GaddDirector
Eric D. Gadd has served as a member of the Board of our general partner since October 2013 and as Chairman of the EHS Committee since its inception in October 2016. Mr. Gadd is currently principal director at Contanda LLC, which is a private company that operates bulk liquid terminals in North America. He has also been a member of the Audit Committee and Conflicts Committee since October 2013. Mr. Gadd is the founder and president of the consulting firm Awelon LLC, which is focused on expanding business development opportunities for both public and private companies in the energy sector. He has over 40 years of diverse experience in the energy industry including exploration and production field services, mid-stream, renewable energy, commodity trading and risk management, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to forming Awelon LLC in 2006, Mr. Gadd held various executive positions with multiple leading companies in the energy industry over a 25-year period. Mr. Gadd was appointed to the Board because of his extensive energy industry experience.
Frederec Green has served as our Executive Vice President since May 2009 and as the primary operational officer for our refining operations since joining us in January 2005. Mr. Green has also served as a member of the board of directors and an executive vice president of Delek Logistics GP, LLC since April 2012. Mr. Green has more than 25 years of experience in the refining industry including fourteen years at Murphy Oil USA, Inc. where he served as a senior vice president during his last six years. Mr. Green has experience ranging from crude oil and feedstock supply, through all aspects of managing a refining business to product trading, transportation and sales.
Ron W. Haddock has served as a member of the Board of our general partner since July 2017. Mr. Haddock is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AEI Services LLC, an international power generation/distribution and natural gas distribution company, positions he has held since 2004 and August 2003, respectively. He also served on the board of Alon Energy USA, Inc. from December 2000 until its acquisition by Delek in July 2017 and has served on the board of Petron Corporation, an oil refining and marketing company in the Philippines since December 2008. From January 1989 to July 2000, Mr. Haddock served as chief executive officer of FINA, Inc., a Belgian oil company. Mr. Haddock also served on the boards of Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., a waste management, oil recycling and refining company, from 2003 to 2012, and Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN), a diversified transportation, industrial and construction company, from 2007 to 2013, as well as eight other corporate boards. The Board believes that Mr. Haddock’s extensive directorship experience, past executive positions within the refining industry, financial reporting background and expertise qualify him to serve as a member of the Board.
Gennifer Kelly was named a director of our general partner and a member of the Conflicts Committee in July 2020. Ms. Kelly has 25 years of oil and gas industry experience in both upstream and midstream sectors. Ms. Kelly previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer and SVP of Western Midstream Partners (NYSE: WES) and Vice President of Marketing for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC). Prior to her role at Western Midstream, Ms. Kelly led Operations Transformation efforts, as well as Strategic Planning, Portfolio Management and Asset Management teams for Anadarko. She has diverse operations experience in production, drilling and completions engineering, working extensively in East Texas, West Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining Anadarko Petroleum, Ms. Kelly worked as an engineer for Kerr McGee Corporation and the Louisiana Office of Conservation.
Ms. Kelly holds both a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University. Ms. Kelly is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Francis C. D'AndreaDirector
Francis C. D'Andrea has served as a member of the Board of our general partner since August 2015, as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Conflicts Committee since August 2015. He has also been a member of the EHS Committee since its inception in October 2016. Mr. D’Andrea is a certified public accountant. From 1979 through his retirement in 2012, Mr. D’Andrea served in various roles with Deloitte & Touche LLP, culminating in the role of senior partner from 2011 through 2012, preceded by his role as managing partner from 2005 through 2011 of Deloitte’s Houston/New Orleans audit practice, and was involved in such capacities with several public companies, including sponsors of master limited partnerships. Mr. D’Andrea was appointed to the Board of our general partner because the Board believes that his experience as a certified public accountant and partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP provides the Board with valuable experience in matters involving finance and accounting in general and master limited partnerships in particular.
Reuven SpiegelExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Spiegel has served as our Chief Financial Officer since May 2020, and as a member of the Board of our general partner since July 2014, as a member of the Audit Committee and Conflicts Committee since September 2014 and as a member of the EHS Committee since its inception in October 2016. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Spiegel served as Chief Executive Officer of Israel Discount Bank Ltd. (TASE: DSCT) from 2011 through 2014 where he had previously held the position of Executive Vice President from 2001 through 2005. Mr. Spiegel also served as Chief Executive Officer of IDB Bank of NY from 2006 to 2010. He also has experience as an executive in the real estate industry.
Sherri A. BrillonDirector
Sherri A. Brillon, age 60, has served as one of the directors of our general partner and a member of the Audit Committee since January 2021. Ms. Brillon has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. From 1985 to 2019, Ms. Brillon held various positions of increasing responsibility at Encana Corporation, a leading North American hydrocarbon exploration and marketing company now known as Ovintiv Inc. (NYSE:OVV), before retiring as Executive Vice- President and Chief Financial Officer in 2019. At Encana, Ms. Brillon was responsible for directing the financial operations of the organization and she also implemented Encana’s business strategy through multiple strategic transactions.
Ms. Brillon attended the University of Calgary, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. She is a past director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Alberta Energy Regulator, Tim Hortons Inc., a Canadian multinational fast food restaurant chain, and PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. (TSX:PSK), which owns properties generating royalty revenues from petroleum and natural gas in Canada.
Ms. Brillon was appointed to the board of directors of our general partner because the board of directors believed her many years of experience in both the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry will be important as the board of directors navigates rapid developments in the petroleum industry.