Board of Directors
Mr. Lamp has served as Executive Chairman of our general partner since January 2018, Chairman of the Board since 2018, as Chief Executive Officer and President of CVR Energy 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 President and Chief Operating Officer of Western Refining, Inc., from 2016 until its sale to Andeavor in 2017; as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the general partner of Northern Tier Energy, L.P. from 2013 until its merger with Western Refining in 2016; and as a Director of CVR Refining, LP, from January 2018 to February 2019. 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. Agnello has served as our director since March 2021. Ms. Agnello has been the Chief Human Resources Officer & Employment Counsel for Icahn Enterprises, L.P. since March 2020, and for its former affiliate, Insight Portfolio Group LLC, an entity affiliated with Carl C. Icahn, from May 2007 until February 2020. In this capacity, Ms. Agnello provides human resources advice to a variety of companies with which Mr. Icahn has a relationship. Prior to joining Insight Portfolio Group, Ms. Agnello held senior human resources positions at Integro Insurance Brokers, North Fork Bank, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Exxon Corporation. Ms. Agnello currently serves as a director of CVR Energy, Inc. (“CVR Energy”), a diversified holding company primarily engaged in the petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing businesses. Ms. Agnello has been a director of: Vivus, Inc. (“Vivus”), a biopharmaceutical company, since December 2020; Sandridge Energy Inc. (“SandRidge”), an oil and natural gas company with a principal focus on exploration and production activities, since June 2020; Icahn Automotive Group LLC (“IAG”), an automotive parts installer, retailer and distributor, since 2017; TER Holdings I, Inc. (“TER Holdings” formerly known as Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.), a company engaged in real estate holdings, since February 2016; and PSC Metals, LLC (“PSC”), a metal recycling company, since 2012. Ms. Agnello was previously a director of American Railcar Industries, Inc. (“ARI”), a railcar manufacturing company, from November 2017 until December 2018. CVR Energy, Vivus, IAG, ARI, TER Holdings, and PSC are each indirectly controlled by Mr. Icahn. Mr. Icahn has a non-controlling interest in SandRidge through the ownership of securities. Ms. Agnello received a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, an MBA in Human Resources Management from Adelphi University, and a BA in Liberal Arts from Marymount Manhattan College. Based on Ms. Agnello’s extensive experience in human resources, business acumen and extensive board experience, we believe Ms. Agnello is qualified to serve as our director.
Mr. Dargan has served as our director since March 2021. Mr. Dargan has been a Tax Counsel for various affiliates of Mr. Icahn since June 2018. Mr. Dargan was an associate in the New York City office of the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher from October 2013 to June 2018. Mr. Dargan has been a director of Viskase Companies, Inc., a meat-casing company indirectly controlled by Mr. Icahn, from March 2021. Mr. Dargan received a B.S. in Computer Science and Quantitative Economics from Tufts University, a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. We believe Mr. Dargan’s experience in complex tax and legal matters qualify him 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, 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 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 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 is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 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 valuable perspective in managing the relationship with our independent accountants and in the performance of financial auditing oversight.
Mr. Frates has served as our director since 2016. Mr. Frates has been a Managing Director at IEP, a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses, including investment, automotive, energy, food packaging, metals, 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: a director of Vivus, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, since December 2020; a director of Herc Holdings Inc., an international provider of equipment rental and services, since August 2019; 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, since June 2018; a director of Viskase Companies, Inc., a meat casing company, since March 2016, and Chairman of its Board of Directors since October 2019; and a director of CVR Energy since March 2016. Mr. Frates has also been a member of the Executive Committee of ACF Industries LLC, a railcar manufacturing company, since September 2018. Mr. Frates was previously: a director of Ferrous Resources Limited, an iron ore mining company with operations in Brazil, from December 2016 to July 2019; a director of American Railcar Industries, Inc., a railcar manufacturing company, from March 2016 to December 2018; and a director of the general partner of CVR Refining, LP from March 2016 to February 2019. Ferrous Resources, American Railcar Industries, ACF Industries, Viskase Companies, CVR Energy, and CVR Refining are each indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn also has a non-controlling interest in Herc Holdings and SandRidge Energy through the ownership of securities. Mr. Frates received a BBA from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Mr. Frates' significant board experience and broad financial background make him qualified to serve as our director.
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 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 the 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 a BS and MBA from Texas A&M University. Mr. Muller's experience in the chemical industry and expertise in developing and growing new businesses make him qualified to serve as our director.
Mr. Pytosh has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of our general partner since May 2014, as our director since 2011, and as Executive Vice President of CVR Energy since October 2014. Previously, Mr. Pytosh served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Alberta, Canada-based Tervita Corporation, an environmental and energy services company, from 2010 to 2014; as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Covanta Energy Corporation, which owns and operates energy from waste power facilities, biomass power facilities and independent power plants in the United States, Europe and Asia, from 2006 to 2010; and held various positions with Waste Services, Inc., an integrated solid waste services company that operates in the United States and Canada from 2004 to 2006, including Executive Vice President, from 2004 to 2006, and Chief Financial Officer, from 2005 to 2006. 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. His extensive experience with public entities in the energy industry, leadership skills and strong financial background make him well qualified to serve as our director.
Mr. Shea has been our director since 2014. Mr. Shea has served as an operating partner of Snow Phipps, a private equity firm, since 2013. Mr. Shea served as an operating advisor for OMERS Private Equity from 2011 to 2016. He has been a director of Decopac, Inc. since 2017 and currently serves as Chairman of its Board of Directors. He has served as a director of Viskase Companies since October 2006; 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; and currently Chairman of DecoPac Inc., a privately-held supplier of bakery goods, since September 2017. Mr. Shea previously served as a director of Trump Entertainment Resorts from January 2017 to June 2017; Voltari Corporation from September 2015 to July 2019, and as its Chairman from September 2015 to July 2019; Give and Go Prepared Foods, a bakery manufacturer from January 2012 to July 2016; Sitel Worldwide Corporation, a customer care solutions provider, from November 2011 to April 2015; 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; and CTI Foods, from May 2010 to July 2013. 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 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 an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.B.A. from Iona College. We believe Mr. Shea's broad executive, financial and operational experience, combined with his extensive board experience will be an asset to our board and qualify him to serve as our director.