Charif Souki (see Board of Directors)
Jean Abiteboul, Senior Vice President, International. Mr. Abiteboul's most recent post was as Vice-President, Advisor to the Chairman & CEO, Secretary of the Board of Directors of Gaz de France (GDF) where he had a 30 year career including previous positions as International Executive Vice-President; Executive Vice-President for Supply, Trading and Marketing; President of Gaselys, the energy trading subsidiary of GDF and Société Générale; President of GDF-US and GDF-Québec; and served on the Board of Directors of different affiliated companies in the United States (Tejas Power Corporation), in Canada and in France. He was also co-chairman of the LNG sea transportation company Methane Transport, and Director of Gazocean Armement.
Meg Gentle, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Cheniere in June 2004, Ms. Gentle spent eight years in energy market development, economic evaluation, and long range planning. She conducted international business development and strategic planning for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company, for six years and energy market analysis for C.C. Pace Resources (now Pace Global) for two years. Ms. Gentle received her B.A. in Economics and International Affairs from James Madison University, and her M.B.A. from Rice University.
Greg W. Rayford, Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Rayford has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Company since March 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Rayford served as corporate partner of Andrews Kurth LLP with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and corporate and commercial transactions from July 2007 to February 2011. Prior to July 2007, he served as corporate counsel at Science Applications International Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Rayford was a corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where his experience included various strategic and leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, divestitures, venture capital and minority investments, and public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. Mr. Rayford earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his B.B.A. in Finance Investment and Banking from the University of Wisconsin.
R. Keith Teague, Senior Vice President, Asset Group. Mr. Teague began his career with Cheniere in 2004 as Director of Facility Planning, and became President of Cheniere Pipeline Company in 2005, responsible for the development, construction and operation of the Creole Trail Pipeline. He assumed responsibility for combined LNG terminal and pipeline operations in April 2008, and also serves as President of Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. Mr. Teague has over 20 years of business planning, engineering and operational experience in the interstate natural gas transmission industry. He previously served as the Director of Strategic Planning for the CMS Panhandle Companies, whose assets included the Trunkline LNG receiving terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The majority of his engineering and operational experience was in the market area of Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation, a former Panhandle affiliate, where he directed FERC certificated facility expansion throughout the Northeast and New England. Mr. Teague received a B.S. in civil engineering from Louisiana Tech University, and his M.B.A. from Louisiana State University.
Davis Thames, Senior Vice President, Marketing. Mr. Thames has over 15 years of experience in various segments of the energy industry. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Thames worked for several years at CrossCountry Energy, serving as Director of Finance, Risk Management and Credit for Transwestern Pipeline, Florida Gas Transmission, and Northern Border Partners, before being promoted to Senior Director of Special Projects at the time of CrossCountry's acquisition by Southern Union and General Electric. Mr. Thames also served as President of Citrus Trading Corp. Previously Mr. Thames worked in several structured commodity derivative and project finance teams for Enron Corp. Prior to joining Enron, Mr. Thames managed one of Flowserve Corp.'s engineering groups, designing rotating equipment for the energy industry. Mr. Thames earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Fluid Mechanics from Texas A&M University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Mr. Thames is a licensed Professional Engineer in California.
Scott Abshire, Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Mr. Abshire joined Cheniere in February, 2005. Prior to joining Cheniere, he served as the Senior Director of Information Technology of Southern Union's CrossCountry Energy and Panhandle Energy - owner and operator of 18,000 miles of interstate pipelines and the Lake Charles LNG receiving terminal. Previous positions include Senior Director of Infrastructure, Gas Control and Field IT Operations for Florida Gas Transmission and Transwestern Pipeline and Director of Infrastructure for Northern Natural Gas and Northern Border Pipelines. Mr. Abshire spent 9 years with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as a Senior Account Operations Manager supporting several different industries including energy, travel and transportation, manufacturing, engineering, retail and finance. Mr. Abshire received a B.S. degree from McNeese State University in 1989.
Darron Granger, PE, Vice President of Engineering & Construction. Mr. Granger has more than 37 years of cryogenic engineering in project management and process design. His experience emphasis is in Owner's Engineer, Project Management, HAZOP analysis, hydrocarbon processing, LNG, LPG, refrigeration and cryogenic system designs and their start-ups. This background includes natural gas process design, hydrocarbon pipelines, cryogenic refrigeration systems, LNG/ LPG terminal design, LNG peakshaving plant design, utility plant and distribution systems, gas compressor stations, computer process simulations, and detail knowledge of the Codes for LNG facilities (NFPA-59A, 49 CFR Part 193, BS-EN-1473) and FERC requirements. Also field experience in pre-commissioning, start-ups, equipment testing, and system troubleshooting. He was a self-employed, Process Engineering Consultant for 14 years associated with LNG, primarily as the Owner's Engineer. Mr. Granger is also the developer/owner of several LNG related patents as well as the shipping simulation program; ShipSim ®.
Graham A. McArthur, Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining Cheniere in December 2004, he was with Westlake Chemical Corporation since 1996, serving most recently as Assistant Treasurer. Mr. McArthur began his career in commercial banking in 1987 before moving into a Corporate Treasury role in 1991. Mr. McArthur received a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas A&M University in 1987 and a M.B.A. from the University of Houston in 1990.
Patricia Outtrim, Vice President, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. Ms. Outtrim is responsible for all government and regulatory affairs and oversees the Environmental, Health and Safety groups at Cheniere. She has over 21 years of experience in project management including site selection, development, hazard/risk assessment, LNG technology, LNG fuel tank analysis, LNG underground tanks, cost analysis and code compliance audits. Prior to joining Cheniere she was President of Project Technical Liaison Associates, Inc. Ms Outtrim has assisted in the site development and permitting of all of the LNG import terminals currently under construction in the U.S.
Katie Pipkin, Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations. Ms. Pipkin has held various positions in finance and Investor Relations; most recently at Lehman Brothers as a Sell-Side Analyst in the regulated and unregulated Natural Gas sector; coverage also included several pipeline MLPs. Ms. Pipkin earned a B.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Texas in 1992.
Ann Raden, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration. Ms. Raden joined Cheniere in June, 2005 and has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources management. She spent the first seventeen years of her career in Commercial Banking followed by 10 years in Energy. Prior to joining Cheniere, Ms. Raden was employed with El Paso Corporation in various capacities including Vice President of Human Resources for El Paso Production and Non-regulated Operations and Vice President of Human Resources for El Paso Merchant Energy. Prior to her experience with El Paso she served as Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for ANR Pipeline Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Coastal Corporation. Ms. Raden received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and also completed the University of Michigan Human Resources Executive Program.
Jerry Smith, Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Smith began his career with Cheniere in April 2006 as Assistant Controller of the Company. From 2007 to 2008 Mr. Smith served as Financial Controller of the Company and in April 2008 he was elected Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Cheniere Energy, Inc., by the Company's board of directors. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Smith was employed by KPMG LLP, where he served as a Manager, Audit, from 2004 to 2006 and a Senior Associate, Audit, from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2002 Mr. Smith worked for Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Smith received his Masters of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration from Abilene Christian University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Anne V. Bruner, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Cheniere in June 2006, Ms. Bruner served as a Senior Attorney with Burlington Resources Inc., a large independent oil and gas company. From October 1996 to April 2000, Ms. Bruner was an associate with the law firm of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin in Houston, Texas. She received a B.S. in psychology from Tulane University and a J.D. from the University of Texas.
Michael Wortley, Vice President, Strategic Planning. Prior to Joining Cheniere in February 2005, Mr. Wortley spent five years in oil and gas corporate development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Mr. Wortley began his career as an Internal Auditor with Union Pacific Resources Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company subsequently acquired by Anadarko. Mr. Wortley received a B.B.A. degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University.