Board of Directors
Jack A. Fusco is a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Fusco serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere and the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., a publicly traded limited partnership that is operating the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Mr. Fusco also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC, a publicly traded subsidiary of Cheniere. Mr. Fusco is also a manager, President and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. and Chief Executive Officer of Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC.
Mr. Fusco served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Calpine Corporation from August 2008 to May 2014 and as Executive Chairman from May 2014 through May 11, 2016. Mr. Fusco was recruited by Calpine’s key shareholders in 2008, just as that company was emerging from bankruptcy. Calpine is now America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas, safely and reliably meeting the needs of an economy that demands cleaner, more fuel-efficient and dependable sources of electricity. As CEO of Calpine, Mr. Fusco managed a team of approximately 2,300 employees and led one of the largest purchasers of natural gas in America, a successful developer of new gas-fired power generation facilities and a company that has prudently managed the inherent commodity trading and balance sheet risks associated with being a merchant power producer. He will continue to serve as a Director on the Board of Directors of Calpine.
Mr. Fusco’s career of over thirty years in the energy industry began with his employment at Pacific Gas & Electric Company upon graduation from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. He joined Goldman Sachs thirteen years later as a Vice President with responsibility for commodity trading and marketing of wholesale electricity, a role that led to the creation of Orion Power Holdings, an independent power producer that Mr. Fusco helped found with backing from Goldman Sachs, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1998-2002. In 2004, he was asked to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Genco LLC by a group of private institutional investors, and successfully managed the transition of that business from a subsidiary of a regulated utility to a strong and profitable independent company, generating a more than 5-fold return for shareholders upon its merger with NRG in 2006.
G. Andrea Botta is Chairman of the Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Botta has served as President of Glenco LLC, (“Glenco”) a private investment company since February 2006. Prior to joining Glenco, Mr. Botta served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley from 1999 to February 2006. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he was President of EXOR America, Inc. (formerly IFINT-USA, Inc.) from 1993 until September 1999 and for more than five years prior thereto, Vice President of Acquisitions of IFINT-USA, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Graphic Packaging Holding Company. Mr. Botta earned a degree in Economics and Business administration from the University of Torino in 1976.
Vicky A. Bailey is a Director, Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Since November 2005, Ms. Bailey has been President of Anderson Stratton International, LLC, a strategic consulting and government relations company in Washington, D.C. She was a partner with Johnston & Associates, LLC, a public relations firm in Washington, D.C. from March 2004 through October 2005. Prior to joining Johnston & Associates, LLC, Ms. Bailey served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy and International Affairs from 2001 through February 2004. From 2000 until May 2001, she was President and a Director of PSI Energy, Inc., the Indiana electric utility subsidiary of Cinergy Corp. Prior to joining PSI Energy, Ms. Bailey was a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission beginning in 1993. Ms. Bailey currently serves as a Director of EQT Corporation, a publicly traded integrated energy company and Cleco Corp., a publicly traded energy services company. In January 2010, Ms. Bailey was appointed as a member of the Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. She received a B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University and completed the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School in 2013.
Nuno Brandolini is a Director, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Section 162(m) Subcommittee. Mr. Brandolini was a general partner of Scorpion Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity firm organized as a small business investment company, until June 2014. Prior to forming Scorpion Capital and its predecessor firm, Scorpion Holding, Inc., in 1995, Mr. Brandolini served as Managing Director of Rosecliff, Inc., a leveraged buyout fund co-founded by Mr. Brandolini in 1993. Prior to 1993, Mr. Brandolini was a Vice President in the investment banking department of Salomon Brothers, Inc., and a Principal with the Batheus Group and Logic Capital, two venture capital firms. Mr. Brandolini began his career as an investment banker with Lazard Freres & Co. Mr. Brandolini currently serves as a Director of Lilis Energy, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Brandolini received a law degree from the University of Paris and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School.
Jonathan Christodoro is a Director and a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Christodoro has served as a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP since July 2012. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of PayPal Holdings, Inc., Hologic, Inc., Herbalife Ltd., Lyft, Inc., American Railcar Industries, Inc., and Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
David I. Foley is a Director. Mr. Foley is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group of The Blackstone Group L.P., an investment and advisory firm (“Blackstone”), and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone Energy Partners L.P. Prior to joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Foley was an employee of AEA Investors Inc., a private equity investment firm, from 1991 to 1993 and a consultant with The Monitor Company, a business management consulting firm, from 1989 to 1991. Mr. Foley currently serves as a Director of Kosmos Energy Ltd. and previously served on the Board of Directors of PBF Energy, Inc. Mr. Foley’s appointment to the Board was made pursuant to an investor rights agreement that was entered into by Cheniere, Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC, Blackstone CQP Holdco, LP (“Blackstone Holdco”) and various other related parties in connection with Blackstone Holdco’s purchase of Class B units in Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Mr. Foley received a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
David B. Kilpatrick is a Director and a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. Kilpatrick previously served as our Lead Director from June 2015 to January 2016. Mr. Kilpatrick has over 30 years of executive, management and operating experience in the oil and gas industry. He has been the President of Kilpatrick Energy Group, which invests in oil and gas ventures and provides executive management consulting services since 1998. Mr. Kilpatrick has served on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Compensation and Governance Committee of the general partner of Breitburn Energy Partners, L.P. since 2008. Since 2011, Mr. Kilpatrick has served on the Board of Managers of Woodbine Holdings, LLC, a privately held company engaged in the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas properties in Texas. In May 2013, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Applied Natural Gas Fuels, Inc., a publicly traded producer and distributor of liquefied natural gas fuel for the transportation and industrial markets. He also served on the Board of Directors of PYR Energy Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company, from 2001 to 2007, and of Whittier Energy Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas field exploration services company from 2004 to 2007. He was the President and Chief Operating Officer for Monterey Resources, Inc., an independent oil and gas company, from 1996 to 1998 and held various positions as Santa Fe Energy Resources, an oil and gas production company from 1983 to 1996. Mr. Kilpatrick received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Geology and Physics from Whittier College.
Samuel Merksamer is a Director and a member of the Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee. Mr. Merksamer has served as a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, since May 2008. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of Transocean Partners LLC, Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., Hologic, Inc., Transocean Ltd. and Navistar International Corporation.
Donald F. Robillard is a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Robillard is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., a private holding company with interests in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, real estate development, private equity investments and ranching. Mr. Robillard began his association with Hunt Consolidated in 1983 and has held his current position since July 2015. Mr. Robillard is currently on the Board of Directors of Helmerich & Payne, Inc., a publicly traded oil and gas drilling company. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Robillard received a B.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.
Neal A. Shear is a Director. Mr. Shear is a partner of Silverpeak Partners LP, a private investment company. Mr. Shear served as Interim Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere from May 2016 to November 2016. Mr. Shear served as Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of Cheniere from December 2015 to May 2016. From December 2015 to May 2016, Mr. Shear served as Chairman of the Board and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere and the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., a publicly traded limited partnership that is operating the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. From December 2015 to May 2016, Mr. Shear has also served as Chairman of the Board and Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC, a publicly traded subsidiary of Cheniere. Mr. Shear was also a manager and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. and Chief Executive Officer of Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC from December 2015 to May 2016. Mr. Shear was the Chief Executive Officer of Higgs Capital Management, a commodity focused hedge fund until September 2014. Prior to Higgs Capital Management, Mr. Shear served as Global Head of Securities at UBS Investment Bank from January 2010 to March of 2011. From May 2008 to December 2009, Mr. Shear was a Partner at Apollo Global Management, LLC, where he served as the Head of the Commodities Division. Prior to Apollo Global Management, Mr. Shear spent 26 years at Morgan Stanley serving in various roles including Head of the Commodities Division, Global Head of Fixed Income, Co-Head of Institutional Sales and Trading, and Chair of the Commodities Business. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Green Key Technologies, a financial Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology company. Mr. Shear received a B.S. from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business Management in 1976 and an M.B.A. from Cornell University, Johnson School of Business in 1978.
Heather R. Zichal is a Director and a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Compensation Committee. Ms. Zichal is an independent energy consultant. Ms. Zichal previously served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change from January 2009 to November 2013. Prior to serving as Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Ms. Zichal served as the Energy and Environmental Policy Director to the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. She previously served as the Legislative Director to Senator John Kerry after managing energy and environmental issues in his 2004 presidential campaign. Prior to this, Ms. Zichal served as Legislative Director for Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rush Holt (D-NJ). Ms. Zichal received a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Science from Rutgers University.