Board of Directors
Mr. Bleznick has served as a director and Chairman of the Board of our general partner since March 2023. Mr. Bleznick has been the Vice President/Taxes of Starfire Holding Corporation, a private holding company controlled by Carl C. Icahn, since 2002. He is the Chief Tax Counsel of Icahn Enterprises L.P. and has been the Chief Tax Counsel for various other affiliates of Mr. Icahn since April 2002. Mr. Bleznick was previously a partner in the law firm of DLA Piper from March 2000 through March 2002, and was an associate and then a partner at the New York City law firm of Gordon Altman Weitzen Shalov and Wein from March 1984 until February 2000. Mr. Bleznick has been a director of Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public acquisition vehicle, since August 2020. Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Bleznick has also been a director of various private companies indirectly controlled by Mr. Icahn including WestPoint Home LLC, a home textiles manufacturer, and American Entertainment Properties Corp., a holding company that indirectly owns a controlling interest in our affiliate, CVR Energy, Inc. Mr. Bleznick received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Cincinnati, a J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and a L.L.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Bleznick’s significant tax expertise and experience serving in key leadership roles with public entities, among other qualities, make him well qualified to serve as a member of the Board and its Committees.
Mr. Lamp has served as a director of our general partner since January 2018. Mr. Lamp has served as the Executive Chairman of our general partner and as President and Chief Executive Officer of our affiliate, CVR Energy, Inc., since December 2017, and as a Director of CVR Energy since January 2018. Mr. Lamp previously served as the Chairman of the Board of our general partner from January 2018 to March 2023. Mr. Lamp has more than forty years of technical, commercial and operational experience in the refining and chemical industries. He previously served as a director of the general partner of our affiliate, CVR Refining, LP, an independent downstream energy limited partnership, from January 2018 to February 2019; and as president and chief operating officer of Western Refining, Inc., formerly an independent refining and marketing company, from July 2016 until its sale to Andeavor in June 2017. 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.
Mr. Pytosh has served as a Director and 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 our affiliate, CVR Energy, Inc., since January 2018. Mr. Pytosh has over thirty 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 degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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 which 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. Ms. Ecton has more than thirty-five years of experience serving in director and executive leadership roles for public and privately held companies in the banking, automotive, food processing, retailing, mail services, and other industries, as well as for non-profit organizations. Ms. Ecton earned her MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, and received her BA in economics from Wellesley College, graduating as a Durant Scholar. Ms. Ecton serves on the Board of Trustees of Hillsdale College. 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.
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 has more than forty years of experience in the technology, energy and petroleum, chemical, and other industries, including in senior executive roles, and in roles focusing on business acquisitions and joint ventures. Mr. Muller served in the United States Army and received a BS and MBA from Texas A&M University.
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. He has served as a director of Viskase Companies, Inc., a meat casing company, 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 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 three 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; and Teasdale Foods Inc., a privately-held provider of Hispanic food products, and as its chairman from November 2014 to February 2019. Mr. Shea was President of Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc. and Head of Icahn Associates Portfolio Operations from October 2006 to June 2009. Mr. Shea began his career with General Foods Corporation and has more than thirty years of experience serving in executive management roles in the food manufacturing and packaging industries, among others, and serving on the board of directors for numerous privately held companies. He has an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.B.A. from Iona College.