Board of Directors

Christian Flach - Chairman of the Board
Christian Flach has served as Chairman of the board of directors of our general partner since March 2014. Mr. Flach also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Marquard & Bahls A.G, the sole owner of Oiltanking GmbH, a position he has held since January 2011, and he is also a Member of the Executive Board of Marquard & Bahls, a position he has held since September 2008.  Mr. Flach began working for Marquard & Bahls in May of 1996, and has served in various roles for the organization and its affiliates, including General Manager of Marquard & Bahls and Mabanaft, the oil trading business within Marquard & Bahls, from May 1996 to August 1999, lawyer for Oiltanking GmbH from August 1999 to March 2000, Vice President of Business Development at Oiltanking Houston, L.P. from March 2000 to January 2002, Director of Corporate Affairs at Oiltanking GmbH from January 2002 to July 2003, Director of Corporate Affairs at Marquard & Bahls from July 2003 to August 2004, Director of Human Resources at Marquard & Bahls from August 2004 to September 2006, and Managing Director of Mabanaft from October 2006 to December 2010.  We believe that Mr. Flach’s experience as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Marquard & Bahls, as well as his other various roles and his long history with the organization, bring substantial experience and leadership skills to the board of directors of our general partner.

Kenneth F. Owen - President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Kenneth F. Owen has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of our general partner and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oiltanking Holding Americas, LLC (“OTA”) since March 2014. Mr. Owen previously served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of our general partner and OTA from March 2011 to July 2013 and as Terminal Manager for the our Houston terminals from July 2013 to March 2014.  Prior to joining the Oiltanking Group, Mr. Owen was employed in the investment banking group with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. from October 2010 to March 2011. From March 2005 through October 2010, Mr. Owen was employed in the investment banking group with UBS Investment Bank. At both Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and UBS Investment Bank, he focused primarily on the energy sector. Prior to March 2005, Mr. Owen worked as an equity research analyst at UBS Investment Bank and Credit Suisse.  We believe Mr. Owen’s background and prior experience in the financial industry and familiarity with our assets brings substantial value to the board of directors of our general partner.

David L. Griffis - Director
David L. Griffis has served as a member of the board of directors of our general partner since March 2011.  He has served as Assistant Secretary of OTA since 2001, in various other capacities including Treasurer and Secretary for affiliates of OTA since 1998 and as outside counsel for Oiltanking Houston, L.P. since its inception in 1974.  Mr. Griffis has been practicing law since 1974, and is currently a shareholder at the law firm of Crain, Caton & James, P.C., where he represents domestic and international clients in acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances.  Crain, Caton & James, P.C. provides legal counsel to us, as well as to OTA and certain of its other affiliates.  We believe that Mr. Griffis’ three decades of experience in transactional law and extensive knowledge of the Oiltanking Group’s business and operations brings unique and valuable skills to the board of directors.

James Flannan Browne - Director
James Flannan Browne was appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of our general partner in January 2012.  Mr. Browne has served as the Head of Legal and Insurance for Oiltanking GmbH since April 2004.  From February 2001 to April 2004, he served as a legal advisor for Skytanking Holding GmbH, an affiliate of Oiltanking GmbH that specializes in construction, operation and management of airport fuel facilities.  During 2002, he also started working as a legal advisor to the Oiltanking Group.  Mr. Browne has been practicing law since 1977.  After working for the law firm of Coudert Brothers in its New York and London offices, in September 1984, he joined Greyhound Financial Services in London as the head of the legal department, where his work included aircraft and ship financing as well as legal work for other European affiliates of Greyhound, including the Aircraft Service International Group (“ASIG”).  From November 1996 to December 2000, he served as ASIG’s European counsel.  Mr. Browne currently serves as a director for multiple international entities affiliated with the Oiltanking Group.  We believe that Mr. Browne’s various roles with affiliates of the Oiltanking Group over the last decade provide significant experience and skills relating to our operations, making him a valuable member of the board of directors of our general partner.

Gregory C. King - Director
Mr. King was appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of our general partner in connection with our IPO.  Mr. King also serves as the chairman of the Conflicts Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee of the board of directors of our general partner.  Mr. King previously served as President of Valero Energy Corporation from January 2003 to December 2007.  Mr. King served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Valero Energy from September 2001 until December 2002, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2001 until September 2001.  Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Valero Energy from 1999 to January 2001.  He became Vice President and General Counsel of Valero Energy in 1997, and prior to that was a Partner in the Houston-based law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani.  From January 1, 2002 until July 2006, Mr. King served as director of the general partner of Valero L.P. (currently known as NuStar Energy L.P.).  Mr. King has served on the board of directors of the general partner of QEP Midstream Partners, LP since November 2013.  The board of directors has determined that Mr. King is “independent” under applicable NYSE rules and qualifies as an “Audit Committee Financial Expert.”  Mr. King brings demonstrated industry knowledge, derived from over 25 years of energy industry experience, and communications, team-building and leadership skills to the board of directors of our general partner.

D. Mark Leland - Director
Mr. Leland was appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of our general partner in May 2012.  Mr. Leland also serves as a member of both the Audit and Conflicts Committees of the board of directors of our general partner.  On February 19, 2014, Mr. Leland was appointed to serve as the chair of the Audit Committee of the board of directors of our general partner.  Mr. Leland served as Executive Vice President of El Paso Corporation and President of El Paso’s midstream business unit from October 2009 to May 2012, and as Director of El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. from its formation in 2007 to May 2012.  Mr. Leland also previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of El Paso Corporation from August 2005 to November 2009.  He served as Executive Vice President of El Paso Exploration & Production Company from January 2004 to August 2005, and as Chief Financial Officer and a director from April 2004 to August 2005.  Mr. Leland served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the general partner of GulfTerra Energy Partners, L.P. from January 2003 to December 2003, and as Senior Vice President and Controller from July 2000 to January 2003.  Mr. Leland has served on the board of directors of KiOR, Inc. since May 2013.  The board of directors has determined that Mr. Leland is “independent” under applicable NYSE rules and qualifies as an “Audit Committee Financial Expert.”  Mr. Leland brings extensive operational and financial experience in the midstream energy industry to the board of directors of our general partner.

Thomas M. Hart III - Director
Thomas M. Hart III was appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of our general partner in February 2014.   Mr. Hart serves as a member of both the Audit and Conflicts Committees of the board of directors of our general partner.  Mr. Hart is Chief Executive Officer of Jonah Energy LLC, a privately held acquisition-focused oil and natural gas production company.  Mr. Hart has held this position since May 2014. From September 2011 to May 2014, Mr. Hart was President of Maverick American Natural Gas, LLC, the predecessor of Jonah Energy.  From August 2010 to September 2011, he was engaged in the process of organizing, financing and launching Maverick American Natural Gas.  Prior to that, Mr. Hart served as an officer of El Paso Corporation and its subsidiaries in various capacities beginning in January 2001.  Mr. Hart served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Development for El Paso’s midstream business unit from November 2009 to July 2010, as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Law for El Paso Exploration and Production Company from January 2005 to November 2009, as Vice President of Corporate Development for El Paso Corporation from September 2002 to January 2005, and as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions from January 2001 to September 2002.  Mr. Hart began his career as an attorney in the corporate and securities group of Andrews & Kurth, LLP, a Houston-based law firm.  The board of directors has determined that Mr. Hart is “independent” under applicable NYSE rules.  Mr. Hart brings extensive management, financial and transaction experience in the upstream and midstream segments of the energy industry to the board of directors of our general partner.

 

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