Board of Directors
The Experience & Vision Guiding Our Future
Chairman of the Board
Jonathan Frates has been a Managing Director at Icahn Enterprises L.P., a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses, including investment, automotive, energy, gaming, railcar, food packaging, metals, mining, real estate and home fashion, since June 2018. From November 2015 to June 2018, Mr. Frates served as a Portfolio Company Associate at Icahn Enterprises. Prior to joining Icahn Enterprises, Mr. Frates served as a Senior Business Analyst at First Acceptance Corp. and as an Associate at its holding company, Diamond A Ford Corp. Mr. Frates began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Wachovia Securities LLC. Mr. Frates has served as: Chairman of the Board of Directors of SandRidge Energy, Inc., an oil and natural gas company with a principal focus on exploration and production activities in the U.S. Mid-Continent and North Park Basin of Colorado, since June 2018; a director of Ferrous Resources Limited, an iron ore mining company with operations in Brazil, since December 2016; a director of CVR Partners LP, a nitrogen fertilizer company, since April 2016; a director of Viskase Companies, Inc., a meat casing company, since March 2016; and a director of CVR Energy, Inc., a diversified holding company primarily engaged in petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer production, since March 2016. Mr. Frates previously served as a director of American Railcar Industries, Inc., a railcar manufacturing company, and CVR Refining, LP, an independent downstream energy limited partnership. Ferrous Resources, Viskase Companies, CVR Energy and CVR Partners are each indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn also has a non−controlling interest in SandRidge Energy through the ownership of securities. Mr. Frates received a BBA from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Randolph C. Read
Randolph C. Read has been president and chief executive officer of Nevada Strategic Credit Investments, LLC since 2009 and our Director since June 2018. He has also served since then as Chairman of our Audit Committee and a member of our Nominating and Governance Committee as well as on our CEO Search Committee. Mr. Read has served since November 2018 as an independent director and Chairman of the Board of New York REIT Liquidating, LLC, a successor to New York REIT, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust, where Mr. Read served as an independent director from December 2014 to November 2018, including as non-executive chairman of its board of directors from June 2015 to November 2018. Mr. Read served as an independent director of Business Development Corporation of America from December 2014 to June 2018. Mr. Read also served as an independent director of Business Development Corporation of America II from December 2014 until its liquidation and dissolution in December 2015. Mr. Read served as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Healthcare Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust, from February 2015 to October 2016. Mr. Read has previously served as president of a variety of other companies, including C & S Oil and Gas Company, Inc. He also previously served in various positions at Atlantic Richfield Company. Mr. Read has previously served on a number of public and private company boards. Mr. Read is admitted as a Certified Public Accountant and has an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from Tulane University.
John J. (Jack) Lipinski
John J. “Jack” Lipinski served as Chief Executive Officer and President and a Director of CVR Energy, Inc. (“CVR Energy”) from 2007 to 2017, as well as Chief Executive Officer and President and a Director of the general partner of CVR Refining, L.P. from its inception in 2012 until 2017 and Executive Chairman of the general partner of CVR Partners, L.P. from 2011 to 2017. CVR Energy is a diversified holding company primarily engaged in the petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing industries through its holdings in CVR Refining and CVR Partners. Prior to the formation of CVR Energy, Mr. Lipinski served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Coffeyville Resources, LLC from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Lipinski has more than 40 years of experience in the petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer industries. He began his career with Texaco, Inc. In 1985, Mr. Lipinski joined The Coastal Corporation, eventually serving as Vice President of Refining with overall responsibility for Coastal’s refining and petrochemical operations. Upon the merger of Coastal with El Paso Corporation in 2001, Mr. Lipinski was promoted to Executive Vice President of Refining and Chemicals, where he was responsible for all refining, petrochemical, nitrogen-based chemical processing and lubricant operations, as well as the corporate engineering and construction group. He left El Paso in 2002 and became an independent management consultant. In 2004, Mr. Lipinski became a Managing Director and Partner of Prudentia Energy, an advisory and management firm. Mr. Lipinski previously served on the board of directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company, from 2014 until 2016, and Cheniere Energy, Inc., an energy company primarily engaged in liquefied natural gas-related businesses, from August 2017 until May 2018. CVR Energy, CVR Refining and CVR Partners are each indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn also has or previously had noncontrolling interests in each of Cheniere and Chesapeake. Mr. Lipinski graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a B.E. in Chemical Engineering. He received a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.
Jonathan Christodoro is a private investor. From July 2012 to February 2017, Mr. Christodoro served as a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, the entity through which Carl C. Icahn manages investment funds, where he was responsible for identifying, analyzing and monitoring investment opportunities and portfolio companies. Prior to joining Icahn Capital, Mr. Christodoro served in various investment and research roles at P2 Capital Partners, LLC, Prentice Capital Management, LP and S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LP. Mr. Christodoro began his career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on merger and acquisition transactions across a variety of industries. Mr. Christodoro has been a director of: Xerox Corporation, a provider of document management solutions, since May 2018 (and was previously a director of Xerox from June 2016 to December 2017); PayPal Holdings, Inc., a technology platform company that enables digital and mobile payments worldwide, since July 2015; Lyft, Inc., a mobile ride-sharing application, since May 2015; Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, since October 2013 (and has been Chairman of the Board of Enzon since November 2013); and Herbalife Ltd., a nutrition company, since April 2013. Mr. Christodoro was previously a director of: Cheniere Energy, Inc., a developer of natural gas liquefaction and export facilities and related pipelines, from August 2015 to August 2017; American Railcar Industries, Inc., a railcar manufacturing company, from June 2015 to February 2017; Hologic, Inc., a supplier of diagnostic, medical imaging and surgical products, from December 2013 to March 2016; eBay Inc., a global commerce and payments company, from March 2015 to July 2015; and Talisman Energy Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, from December 2013 to May 2015. American Railcar Industries is indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn has or previously had non−controlling interests in each of Xerox, PayPal, eBay, Lyft, Cheniere, Hologic, Talisman, Enzon and Herbalife through the ownership of securities. Mr. Christodoro received an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with Distinction, majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Mr. Christodoro received a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management Magna Cum Laude with Honors Distinction in Research from Cornell University. Mr. Christodoro also served in the United States Marine Corps.
Patricia A. Agnello
Ms. Agnello has served as a director of CVR Energy, Inc. since September 2018. Ms. Agnello has been the Chief Human Resources Officer & Employment Counsel for Icahn Enterprises L.P. (“IEP”) since March 2020, and for its former affiliate, Insight Portfolio Group, from May 2007 until February 2020. In this capacity, Ms. Agnello provides human resources guidance to the Company and other companies with which Mr. Icahn has a relationship. Prior to joining Insight Portfolio Group, Ms. Agnello held senior human resources positions at Integro Insurance Brokers, North Fork Bank, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Exxon Corporation. Ms. Agnello has been a director of: American Railcar Industries, Inc., a railcar manufacturing company, from 2017 to 2018; Icahn Automotive Group LLC, an automotive parts installer, retailer and distributor, since 2017; Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., a gaming and hospitality company, since 2016; and PSC Metals, Inc., a metal recycling company, since 2012. Ms. Agnello received a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, an MBA in Human Resources Management from Adelphi University, and a BA in Liberal Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.
Carl F. Giesler, Jr.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Giesler was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer in April 2020.
Mr. Giesler most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Jones Energy, Inc. from July 20, 2018 until January of 2020. Mr. Giesler previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Glacier Oil & Gas Corp (“Glacier”) and its predecessor companies since September 2014. Immediately prior to joining Glacier, Mr. Giesler served as a Managing Director with Harbinger Group Inc. where he led its oil & gas investment efforts since October 2011. Prior to joining Harbinger Group Inc., Mr. Giesler served in various oil & gas principal investing, financial and other roles with Harbinger Capital Partners, AIG FP, Morgan Stanley and Bain & Company. In addition to serving as a Director of Glacier and its predecessor companies, Mr. Giesler has also served on the boards of Compass Production Partners, LP (private) and North American Energy Partners, Inc. (public). Mr. Giesler received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Board Committee Assignments
Chair: Randolph C. Read
Member: John J. Lipinski
Member: Jonathan Christodoro
Chair: Jonathan Christodoro
Member: Patricia A. Agnello
Member: Jonathan Frates
Nominating and Governance Committee
Chair: John J. Lipinski
Member: Jonathan Christodoro
Member: Randolph C. Read
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