Board of Directors
Mr. Lamp has served as our director and Chairman of the Board since January 2018. Mr. Lamp has served as the Executive Chairman of our general partner and as President and Chief Executive Officer of CVR Energy, Inc. (“CVR Energy”), a diversified holding company primarily engaged in petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer production, since December 2017, and as a Director of CVR Energy, since January 2018. Mr. Lamp has more than 40 years of technical, commercial and operational experience in the refining and chemical industries. He previously served as a director of the general partner of CVR Refining, LP, an independent downstream energy limited partnership, from January 2018 to February 2019; as president and chief operating officer of Western Refining, Inc. (“WNR”), formerly an independent refining and marketing company, from July 2016 until its sale to Andeavor in June 2017; and as president and chief executive officer and a director of the general partner of Northern Tier Energy, L.P., formerly an independent refining and marketing company, from 2013 until its merger with WNR in July 2016. Mr. Lamp serves on the board of directors of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Association and is a past Chairman. Mr. Lamp graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. We believe Mr. Lamp's extensive knowledge and experience in the refining and chemical industries, as well as his significant background serving in key executive roles at public and private companies and strong leadership skills make him well qualified to serve as our director.
Ms. Ecton has served as our director since 2008. Ms. Ecton is chairman and chief executive officer of EEI Inc., which she founded in 1998. EEI is a management consulting practice that provides private equity and sub debt firms with turnaround assistance, due diligence through market/operational assessments of companies being considered for acquisition, as well as mentoring and coaching for executive officers. Prior to this, she served on the board of directors of PetSmart, Inc. where she was asked to take over the role of chief operating officer. Other operating experience includes serving as chief executive officer of Business Mail Express, Inc., Van Houten North America and Andes Candies, Inc. Ms. Ecton has also served as a corporate officer of Nutri/System, Inc. and Campbell Soup Company, as well as running the upper Manhattan middle-market lending business and the midtown Manhattan banks for Citibank, N.A. Ms. Ecton has previously served as a member of the following boards of directors: Mellon Bank Corporation and Mellon Bank N.A., Mellon PSFS, H&R Block, Inc., Tandy Corporation, Barnes Group Inc., Vencor, Inc., Body Central Corp. and KAR Auction Services, Inc. Ms. Ecton has also served as a board member or chairman of numerous privately held companies and non-profit organizations. Ms. Ecton earned a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wellesley College, graduating as a Durant Scholar. Ms. Ecton was elected and served on the Harvard Board of Overseers and as president of the Harvard Business School Association’s Executive Council. She also served on the Business Advisory Council of the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration. Ms. Ecton serves on the Board of Trustees of Hillsdale College. We believe Ms. Ecton's significant background as both an executive officer and director of public companies and extensive experience in finance is an asset to our board. Her knowledge and experience, as well as risk oversight expertise, provide the audit committee with a valuable perspective in managing the relationship with our independent accountants and in the performance of financial auditing oversight.
Mr. Muller has served as our director since 2008. Mr. Muller is currently the president of Toby Enterprises, which he founded in 1999 to invest in startup companies, and until 2018 served as the chairman of Topaz Technologies, LTD., a software engineering company. Until August 2009, Mr. Muller served as chairman and chief executive officer of the technology design and manufacturing from TenX Technology, Inc., which he founded in 1985. Mr. Muller was a senior vice president of Coastal Corporation from 1989 to 2001, focusing on business acquisitions and joint ventures, and general manager of the Kensington Company, Ltd. from 1984 to 1989. Mr. Muller started his business career in the oil and chemical industries with PepsiCo, Inc. and Agrico Chemical Company. Mr. Muller served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1973. Mr. Muller received both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Mr. Muller's experience in the chemical industry and expertise in developing and growing new businesses make him well qualified to serve as our director.
Mr. Pytosh has served as our director and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of our general partner since 2011 and 2014, respectively, as well as the Executive Vice President – Corporate Services for CVR Energy, Inc., a diversified holding company primarily engaged in petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer production since January 2018. Mr. Pytosh has more than 30 years of experience in senior executive roles, including as chief financial officer with various companies in the fertilizer, petroleum refining, environmental, power, solid waste and investment banking industries. Mr. Pytosh has served as a director of the University of Illinois Foundation since 2007 and The Fertilizer Institute since 2015. Mr. Pytosh received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Based on Mr. Pytosh’s extensive business and financial experience and significant background serving in key executive roles we believe that he is well qualified to serve as our director.
Mr. Shea has been our director since 2014. Mr. Shea served as an operating partner of Snow Phipps, a private equity firm, from 2013 to 2021, and as an operating advisor for OMERS Private Equity from 2011 to 2016. He has served as a director of Viskase since October 2006 and currently serves as its audit committee chair. Mr. Shea previously served as a director of Voltari Corporation, a company in the business of acquiring, financing and leasing commercial real properties, and as its chairman from September 2015 to July 2019; Trump Entertainment Resorts from January 2017 to June 2017; and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Company I from January 2014 to February 2015, Hennessy Capital Acquisition Company II from July 2016 to February 2017, Hennessy Capital Acquisition Company III from July 2017 to October 2018 and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Company IV from February 2019 to December 2020, all four of which were special purpose acquisition companies. He has also served as a director of DecoPac, Inc., a privately held supplier of bakery goods, and as its chairman from 2017 to 2021; FeraDyne Outdoors, LLC, a privately held manufacturer of sporting goods products, and as its chairman from May 2014 to February 2019; Teasdale Foods Inc., a privately held provider of Hispanic food products, and as its chairman from November 2014 to February 2019; Give and Go Prepared Foods, a bakery manufacturer, from January 2012 to July 2016; and Sitel Worldwide Corporation, a customer care solutions provider, from November 2011 to April 2015. Mr. Shea was President of Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc. and head of Icahn Associates Portfolio Operations from October 2006 to June 2009. He was previously on the boards of Roncadin Gmbh, Premium Standard Farms, Sabert Company and the New Energy Company of Indiana. Mr. Shea was chairman, chief executive officer, president or managing director of H.J. Heinz in Europe, R&R Foods in Europe, John Morrell & Company and Grupo Polymer United SA. Previously, he was head of global corporate development for United Brands Company, a Fortune 50 company. Mr. Shea began his career with General Foods Corporation. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Iona College. We believe Mr. Shea's broad executive, financial and operational experience, combined with his extensive board experience, is an asset to our board and qualifies him to serve as our director.
Mr. Willetts has served as our director since July 2021. Mr. Willetts has been the chief executive officer and a director of Icahn Enterprises, LP (“IEP”), a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses, including investment, automotive, energy, food packaging, metals, real estate and home fashion, since November 2021 and June 2021, respectively, and also previously served as IEP’s chief financial officer from June 2021 to November 2021. Prior to IEP, he served as a managing director at AlixPartners, a global consulting firm that specializes in improving corporate financial and operational performance and executing corporate turnarounds. Since 2012, Mr. Willetts has worked continuously with private equity firms and public companies in the industrial, automotive, consumer products, retail and energy sectors. Mr. Willetts has been a director of CVR Energy, Inc. (“CVR Energy”), a diversified holding company primarily engaged in petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer production, since July 2021; and a director and chairman of the board of Viskase Companies, Inc. (“Viskase”), a meat-casing company, since June 2021. IEP, CVR Energy and Viskase are indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Willetts graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1997 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in business and a double concentration in accounting and finance. Mr. Willett’s leadership skills and extensive experience driving financial and operational improvements make him well qualified to serve as our director.