Board of Directors
Jack A. Fusco is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Fusco serves as a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy, Inc. (“Cheniere”). Mr. Fusco also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC (“Cheniere Partners”), 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 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 received recognition as Best CEO in the electric industry by Institutional Investor in 2012 as ranked by all industry analysts and for Best Investor Relations by a CEO or Chairman among all mid-cap companies by IR Magazine in 2013.
Mr. Fusco served as Chief Executive Officer of Calpine Corporation (“Calpine”) from August 2008 to May 2014 and as Executive Chairman of Calpine from May 2014 through May 11, 2016. Mr. Fusco served as a member of the board of directors of Calpine from August 2008 until March 2018, when the sale of Calpine to an affiliate of Energy Capital Partners and a consortium of other investors was completed. Mr. Fusco was recruited by Calpine’s key shareholders in 2008, just as that company was emerging from bankruptcy. Calpine grew to become 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 Chief Executive Officer 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 prudently managed the inherent commodity trading and balance sheet risks associated with being a merchant power producer.
Mr. Fusco’s career of over 30 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 13 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.
Jim D. Deidiker is the Chairman of our Audit Committee. From January 2009 until August 2015, Mr. Deidiker served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Calpine Corporation, where he had management responsibility for all of the accounting, financial and public reporting, and commercial accounting functions for one of the largest independent power generation companies in America. Mr. Deidiker served as Vice President and Controller of Texas Genco LLC from March 2005 to April 2006, where he was responsible for financial and public reporting as well as management of the accounting function. From November 1998 to March 2005, Mr. Deidiker served as Managing Director and Vice President, Administration of AEP Energy Services, Inc. where he was responsible for management of the accounting function, financial reporting, contract administration and risk management for the gas pipeline and trading segment of AEP Energy Services, Inc. Mr. Deidiker is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant and has over 30 years of experience in accounting and financial reporting within the energy and power generation industries. Mr. Deidiker obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Houston and his B.S. in Accounting from Missouri State University.
Anatol Feygin is a Director. Mr. Feygin currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Cheniere. Mr. Feygin joined Cheniere in March 2014 as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development. Mr. Feygin also currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Cheniere Partners. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Feygin worked with Loews Corporation from November 2007 to March 2014, most recently as its Vice President, Energy Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining Loews, Mr. Feygin spent three years at Bank of America, most recently as Head of Global Commodity Strategy. Mr. Feygin began his banking career at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. as Senior Analyst, Natural Gas Pipelines and Distributors. Mr. Feygin earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
Jonathan S. Gross is a member of our Audit Committee. Mr. Gross is an oil and gas consultant. Since June 2009, his company, Jexco LLC, has provided upstream exploration geological and geophysical technical services for clients with projects in domestic and international basins. From June 2010 to January 2011, Mr. Gross served as Senior Vice President of Energy Partners, Ltd. (now EPL Oil and Gas, Inc.), a public exploration and production company. From July 2008 to April 2009, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Houston Exploration Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Kuwait Energy Company, a private exploration and production company based in Kuwait. From May 2004 to April 2008, Mr. Gross served as Senior Vice President Exploration of Cheniere with responsibilities for its domestic exploration program and international LNG sourcing. Mr. Gross served as Vice President Exploration of Cheniere from 2000 to May 2004. Prior to joining Cheniere in June 1999, Mr. Gross worked for Zydeco Energy, Inc. from January 1998 to May 1999, and Amoco Production Company as a technical contributor and team leader from 1981 to 1998. Mr. Gross received his B.A in geophysical science from the University of Chicago in 1981. From April 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Gross served on the board of directors of Miller Energy Resources, Inc., a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company, where he served as Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Houston Geological Society, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists where he is a Certified Geologist.
Zurab S. Kobiashvili is a member of our the Audit Committee. Mr. Kobiashvili served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Cheniere from 2004 until his retirement in February 2009. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Kobiashvili was employed by Apache Corporation, a publicly traded global exploration and production company, initially as Vice President and General Counsel, beginning in 1994, and then as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to Apache Corporation, Mr. Kobiashvili served initially as a consultant and subsequently as an officer and general counsel of a number of public and private companies involved in the oil and gas exploration and production industry and in the development and operation of cogeneration power facilities. Mr. Kobiashvili earned a degree in Physics from Brown University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Doug Shanda is a Director and Senior Vice President, Operations. Mr. Shanda currently serves as Senior Vice President, Operations of Cheniere. Mr. Shanda joined Cheniere in October 2012 as Vice President, Sabine Pass Operations leading the effort to prepare for liquefaction operations. His role was expanded to include Corpus Christi Operations in 2015. Mr. Shanda also serves as a director and Senior Vice President, Operations of Cheniere Partners. Mr. Shanda serves as President of Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC and Senior Vice President, Terminal Operations of Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC. Mr. Shanda is responsible for safe, reliable operations at Cheniere's LNG terminals. Mr. Shanda has been professionally involved in the power, chemical, petrochemical, refining and LNG industries for over 25 years. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Shanda served as the Senior Project Engineer, Technical Manager and Plant Manager of the PERU LNG liquefaction plant in Melchorita, Peru where he was responsible for the overall management of the facility including production, marine, maintenance, technical services, EHS, security and administration. Mr. Shanda has over 25 years of experience in project management and operations management. Mr. Shanda also serves as a director for The Alley Theatre and The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA). He has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.
Michael J. Wortley is a Director and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Wortley currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cheniere. Mr. Wortley joined Cheniere in February 2005. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial officer of Cheniere from January 2014 to September 2016. Mr. Wortley served as Vice President-Strategy and Risk of Cheniere from January 2013 to January 2014 and served as Vice President-Business Development of Cheniere and President of Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere, from September 2011 to January 2013. Mr. Wortley served as Cheniere’s Vice President-Strategic Planning from January 2009 to September 2011 and Manager-Strategic New Business from August 2007 to January 2009. Mr. Wortley also serves as a director and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cheniere Partners. Prior to joining Cheniere in February 2005, Mr. Wortley spent five years in oil and gas corporate development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Wortley began his career as an Internal Auditor with Union Pacific Resources Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company subsequently acquired by Anadarko. Mr. Wortley received a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University.