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Kenneth M. Fisher was appointed as Chairman of the board of directors of our general partner in September 2016. Mr. Fisher serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Noble Energy, which he was elected to in April 2014, previously serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from November 2009. Before joining Noble Energy, Mr. Fisher served in a number of senior leadership roles at Shell from 2002 to 2009, including as Executive Vice President of Finance for Upstream Americas, Director of Strategy & Business Development for Royal Dutch Shell plc in The Hague, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio for Global Downstream in London and CFO of Shell Oil Products US responsible for US downstream finance operations including Shell Pipeline Company. Prior to joining Shell in 2002, Mr. Fisher held senior finance positions within business units of General Electric Company. We believe Mr. Fisher’s energy industry and financial experience provides the board of directors of our general partner with valuable experience in our financial and accounting matters.
Thomas H. Walker was appointed to the board of directors of our general partner in July 2018. Mr. Walker serves as Senior Vice President of Noble Energy, which he was appointed to in February 2018, and is currently responsible for Noble Energy’s U.S. Onshore operations. Mr. Walker previously served as Vice President of West Africa and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico from 2014 and Director of Strategic Planning, Environmental Analysis and Reserves, managed Noble Energy’s operated West Africa assets, non-operated international assets and frontier business ventures and was a member of Noble Energy’s business development team from 2007. Prior to joining Noble Energy in 2007, Mr. Walker held various positions at Amoco and BP America. We believe Mr. Walker’s extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry and multi-basin operating management experience will provide the board of directors of our general partner with valuable experience.
Brent J. Smolik was appointed to the board of directors of our general partner in November 2018. Mr. Smolik serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for Noble Energy, which he was appointed to in November 2018. Before joining Noble in November 2018, Mr. Smolik served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of The Board of EP Energy. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Smolik served as president of ConocoPhillips Canada and Burlington Resources Canada. From 1990 to 2004, he served in a variety of engineering and asset management positions of increasing responsibility for Burlington Resources Inc., including chief engineer. He began his career with ARCO Oil and Gas in 1984. Mr. Smolik holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Rachel G. Clingman was appointed to the board of directors of our general partner in August 2019. Ms. Clingman is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Noble Energy, Inc. She joined Noble in 2018, bringing more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently as vice president and general counsel for the global petroleum and Americas minerals businesses of BHP. She started her career at a prominent international law firm. She has held various leadership positions within law firms and publicly-traded companies and has served as a registered lobbyist. Ms. Clingman holds bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Rice University, and a law degree from the University of Texas where she served on the Texas Law Review.
Hallie A. Vanderhider was appointed to the board of directors of our general partner in September 2016. Ms. Vanderhider currently serves as the Managing Partner of Catalyst Partners, LLC, which position she has held since May of 2013. Previously, she served as a member of the board of directors and as the President and Chief Operating Officer at Black Stone Minerals Company, L.P. (“Black Stone”), from October 1, 2007 through May 31 of 2013. She joined Black Stone in 2003 and served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until being appointed as the President and Chief Operating Officer in 2007. Ms. Vanderhider served as Chief Financial Officer of EnCap Investments L.P. and served in a variety of positions at Damson Oil Corp., including as Chief Accounting Officer. In addition, she served on the following boards of directors: Mississippi Resources LLC, from August of 2014 to February 2016; PetroLogistics GP LLC, from April 2013 to July 2014; Bright Horizons LLC from October of 2013 to January 2016 and Grey Rock Energy Management LLC from August of 2013 to present. We believe that Ms. Vanderhider’s previous experience with master limited partnerships and the natural resource industry, as well as her knowledge of financial statements, provide her the necessary skills to be a member of the board of directors of our general partner.
Martin Salinas, Jr. was appointed to the board of directors of our general partner in October 2016. Mr. Salinas currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Phase 4 Energy Partners, Inc., which position he has held since October of 2015. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. from June of 2008 through April of 2015. He joined Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. in 2004 and served as Controller and Vice-President of Finance until being appointed as Chief Financial Officer in 2008. In addition to serving as Chief Financial Officer for Energy Transfer Partners, Mr. Salinas also served as Sunoco Logistics, L.P.’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors from October of 2012 through April of 2015 and as a member of the Board of Directors for Sunoco Partners, L.P. from March of 2014 until April of 2015. Prior to joining Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., Mr. Salinas worked at KPMG, LP from September of 1994 through August 2004 serving audit clients primarily in the Oil and Gas industry.
Andrew Viens was appointed to the board of directors of our general partner in June of 2017. Mr. Viens was President, Global Marketing, for Phillips 66 until April 15, 2015 when he retired. He has 35 years of experience in various roles throughout the oil and gas and downstream industries. He was also a director on the DCP Midstream board from July of 2012 until his retirement in April of 2015. Before joining Phillips 66 in May 2012, Viens had held the same role with ConocoPhillips since March 2010. He had served as President, U.S. Marketing since May 2009. Previously, he held the position of General Manager, Commercial Marine from March 2007 to April 2009. He was appointed Manager, Heavy Products Trading in October 2003 after working as General Manager, Business Optimization. Prior to his career with ConocoPhillips, Viens worked for Tosco, and from April 1999 through the Phillips Petroleum acquisition of Tosco and through the Conoco and Phillips merger, he served as Manager of Wholesale Marketing and Diversified Business. His Tosco career had started in 1997 when he moved to Tempe as Manager of Product Supply and Trading.