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.
Paul D. McKinney
President and Chief Executive Officer
Paul McKinney was named President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2019. Mr. McKinney served in various positions with Yuma Energy, Inc., from June 2014 to January 2019, most recently as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Yuma Energy, Mr. McKinney worked in different roles of responsibility for Apache Corporation from 2007 through 2013, where he was last responsible for the development and all operational aspects of the Gulf Coast region for Apache as Region Vice President, Gulf Coast Onshore. From 2006 through 2007, Mr. McKinney was Vice President and Director, Acquisitions & Divestitures for Tristone Capital, Inc. Mr. McKinney commenced his career with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and held various positions with Anadarko over a 23-year period from 1983 to 2006, including his last position as Vice President of Reservoir Engineering, Anadarko Canada Corporation. Mr. McKinney currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pro-Ject Holdings, LLC, a private oil field chemical services company. Mr. McKinney has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
Bob G. Alexander
Bob G. Alexander has served as a director of CVR Energy, Inc. since May 2012. Mr. Alexander has served as a director of TransAtlantic Petroleum Corp., an international exploration and production company doing business in Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania, since June 2010. Mr. Alexander previously served on the board of directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company, from June 2012 until June 2014, and Seventy Seven Energy Inc., a diversified oilfield services company, from June 2014 until August 2016. Mr. Alexander, a founder of Alexander Energy Corporation, served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Energy from 1980 to 1996. Alexander Energy merged with National Energy Group, Inc., an oil and gas property management company, in 1996 and Mr. Alexander served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2006. From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Alexander served as Vice President and General Manager of the Northern Division of Reserve Oil, Inc. and President of Basin Drilling Corporation, both subsidiaries of Reserve Oil and Gas Company of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Alexander has served on numerous committees with the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the State of Oklahoma Energy Commission. CVR Energy is indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn, and National Energy Group was previously indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn also previously had non-controlling interests in each of Chesapeake and Seventy Seven Energy. Mr. Alexander received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
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.
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.
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.
Board Committee Assignments
Chair: Randolph C. Read
Member: Bob G. Alexander
Member: Jonathan Christodoro
Chair: Jonathan Christodoro
Member: Randolph C. Read
Member: Jonathan Frates
Nominating and Governance Committee
Chair: Bob G. Alexander
Member: John J. Lipinski
Member: Randolph C. Read
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