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Terminal Management


Keith Teague, President, Sabine Pass LNG. (see Corporate Officers) 

Patrick A. Yeater, Vice President, Commercial Operations. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Yeater was employed by Virginia Indonesia Company (VICO) as corporate controller. Mr. Yeater also spent 8 years at VICO's Jakarta Indonesia offices as Director of LNG Marketing and General Manager of LNG Transportation. Mr. Yeater received a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University and became a CPA in 1981.

Operations and Maintenance Services

Daniel K. Fuller, Director, Marine Operations. Captain Fuller has over 26 years of shipboard service in licensed officer positions aboard most types of merchant marine and offshore industry vessels and as a St. Lawrence Seaway Pilot. Prior to joining Cheniere in May 2006, his assignments included participation in U.S. Coast Guard port security assessments, LNG carrier berth planning, LNG deepwater port project development, USCG-coordinated third-party EIS-EIR development and review work, LNG shipping planning, and as an adjunct instructor for a U.S. Coast Guard approved LNG course at the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School. Captain Fuller's cumulative 21+ years involvement in the LNG industry started in 1978, and included service as an officer aboard LNG carriers operated by El Paso, ETC, GasTrans, and Ahrenkiel – nearly nine years of which was as Master (Captain) of LNG carriers trading worldwide. Captain Fuller is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, where he received his B.S. degree in Nautical Science.

William H. (Bill) Hall, Vice President, Pipeline O&M (see Pipeline Management)

James E. Kaucher, Vice President, Technical Services, Procurement & Warehouse.  Mr. Kaucher joined Cheniere Energy in February 2004 and served as the initial Cheniere Project Manager of Engineering, Procurement & Construction of the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal.  In late 2006, he transferred to the Cheniere LNG O & M Services Department to become the Plant Manager of the SPLNG Terminal.  Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Kaucher was employed by KBR for over 30 years after graduating from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  Mr. Kaucher is experienced with LNG liquefaction facilities as well as LNG receiving terminals, having worked on numerous studies and EPC Projects, including a field assignment at the MLNG Plant in Bintulu, Malaysia.  Mr. Kaucher is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana.

Grant McCracken, Vice President, Commercial Operations is responsible for the direction, management and internal business operations of Cheniere’s LNG terminal commercial operations including day-to-day customer coordination, operations planning and measurement.  Mr. McCracken has nearly 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry including natural gas transmission pipeline operations and the delivery of operational and commercial optimization systems to the LNG, pipeline and gas marketing industries. Mr. McCracken joined Cheniere in 2005 coming from Panhandle Energy where he was responsible for Facilities Planning and Gas Operations Planning. He has served on the AGA Gas Control Committee and various NESA Committees.  Mr. McCracken is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

Douglas D. Shanda, Vice President, Sabine Pass Operations.  Mr. Shanda is responsible for operations, maintenance, marine, training and security at Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Mr. Shanda has been professionally involved in the power, chemical, petrochemical, refining and LNG industries for over 18 years. Prior to joining Cheniere Mr. Shanda served as the Plant Manager of the PERU LNG liquefaction plant in Melchorita, Peru where he was responsible for the overall management of the facility including production, marine, maintenance, technical services, EHS, security and administration. Mr. Shanda has 18 years of experience in project management and operations management. He has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Ron Tanner, Sr. Vice President, Terminal Operations. Mr. Tanner has been professionally involved with LNG for over 35 years. He is currently responsible for operating and maintenance activities at Cheniere LNG terminals. Before joining Cheniere, Mr. Tanner served as the Plant Manager of the Trunkline LNG receiving terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he was responsible for the overall management of the facility. His experience also includes twenty years as a career U.S. Coast Guard officer during which time he served as the United States representative at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on matters concerning the safe transport of hazardous materials. He has served on the NFPA 59A LNG Committee as a member, the Southeast Texas Waterway Advisory Council as LNG Terminal Representative and on the Calcasieu River Waterway Harbor Safety Committee as Chairman of the Navigation Sub-Committee. Mr. Tanner holds a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan, a B.E. degree in Marine Engineering from SUNY Maritime College and is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Engineering and Technical

Darron Granger, PE, Senior Vice President, LNG Technical. (see Corporate Officers)

Ed Lehotsky, P.E., Vice Presdient, LNG Project Management.  Mr. Lehotsky has over 30 years of experience in gas and LNG technology and project management.  He has worked on LNG liquefaction plants in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Qatar, and LNG receiving facilities in the United States, Mexico, and South Korea.  Mr. Lehotsky received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University, and joined Cheniere after 25 years with Kellogg Brown & Root.

Carlos Macías, P.E., Vice President, Project Management. Mr. Macias has been in the LNG, oil & gas and pipeline industry for 36 years (the past 25 years in LNG), gaining office and field experience with Operating Companies and Engineering & Construction firms. Mr. Macias experience includes conceptual/feasibility studies, design, engineering, construction, and administration of domestic and international EPC projects of various sizes in the LNG (liquefaction & regasification facilities) and oil & gas industry. His background ranges from evaluations, conceptualization/FEED to operation, development, management, construction, administration & control of onshore and offshore projects. Foreign experience includes projects in Indonesia, Mexico, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi/UAE, and Chile. Mr. Macias graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering.