Charif Souki is a Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of our general partner. Mr. Souki, a co-founder of
Cheniere Energy, Inc., is Chairman of Cheniere’s board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere. Since
December 2002, Mr. Souki has been the Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere, and he was also President of
Cheniere from that time until April 2005. From June 1999 to December 2002, he was Chairman of the board of
directors of Cheniere and an independent investment banker. From September 1997 until June 1999, he was
co-chairman of the board of directors of Cheniere, and he served as Secretary of Cheniere from July 1996 until
September 1997. Mr. Souki has over 20 years of independent investment banking experience in the industry and
has specialized in providing financing for small capitalization companies with an emphasis on the oil and gas
industry. Mr. Souki received a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
James R. Ball is a Director of our general partner. Mr. Ball has served as a non-executive director of Gas Strategies Group Ltd, a professional services company providing commercial energy advisory services (“GSG”), since September 2011. From 1998 until August 2011, he also served as an executive director of GSG. Since 2011, Mr. Ball has served as a senior advisor to Tachebois Limited, an energy and equities advisory firm. Mr. Ball is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and Companion of the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers. Mr. Ball received a B.A. in economics from the University of Colorado and a Master of Science from City University Business School (now Cass Business School).
David I. Foley is a Director of our general partner. Mr. Foley is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group of The Blackstone Group L.P., an investment and advisory firm (“Blackstone”). Prior to joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Foley was an employee of AEA Investors Inc., a private equity investment firm, from 1991 to 1993 and a consultant with The Monitor Company, a business management consulting firm, from 1989 to 1991. Mr. Foley currently serves as a director of Kosmos Energy Ltd. Mr. Foley received a B.A. and a Master of Arts in economics from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Meg Gentle is a Director and Chief Financial Officer of our general partner. She has served as both Manager and then Vice President of Strategic Planning of
Cheniere since June 2004. Prior to joining Cheniere, 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 Pace Global Energy Services, an energy management and consulting firm,
for two years. Ms. Gentle received her B.A. in economics and international affairs from James Madison
University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.
Sean T. Klimczak is a Director of our general partner. Mr. Klimczak is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group of The Blackstone Group L.P., an investment and advisory firm. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Klimczak was an Associate at Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity investment firm, from 2001 to 2003 and an employee in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of the Investment Banking division of Morgan Stanley, a financial services firm, from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Klimczak received a B.B.A. in finance and business economics from Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Graham A. McArthur is Vice President and Treasurer of our general partner. Mr. McArthur is Vice President and Treasurer of
Cheniere. He became a Vice President of Cheniere in January 2005 and has served as Treasurer of Cheniere since
December 2004. Prior to joining Cheniere in 2004, Mr. McArthur was with Westlake Chemical Corporation
since 1996, serving most recently as Assistant Treasurer. He 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 an M.B.A. from the University of Houston in 1990.
Lon McCain is an Independent Director of our general partner. He also serves as
chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Conflicts Committee
of our general partner. Mr. McCain was Vice President,
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Westport Resources Corporation, a publicly traded exploration and
production company, from 2001 until the sale of that company to Kerr-McGee Corporation in 2004. From 1992
until joining Westport, Mr. McCain was Senior Vice President and Principal of Petrie Parkman & Co., an
investment banking firm specializing in the oil and gas industry. From 1978 until joining Petrie Parkman,
Mr. McCain held senior financial management positions with Presidio Oil Company, Petro-Lewis Corporation
and Ceres Capital. He is currently on the board of directors of Transzap, Inc, a provider of digital data and
electronic payment solutions, and Crimson Exploration, Inc., an independent oil and gas company. Mr. McCainreceived a B.S. in business administration and a Masters of Business Administration/Finance from the University
of Denver. Mr. McCain was also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Denver from 1982 to 2005.
Vincent Pagano, Jr. is an Independent Director of our general partner. He also serves as a senior corporate partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He was the head of
the Firm’s capital markets practice, which includes the Firm’s public company advisory practice,
from 1999 to 2012, and before that an administrative partner of the Firm from 1996 to 1999.
Mr. Pagano represents both corporate clients and underwriters in public and private sales of capital
securities, including in initial public offerings, acquisition finance, and the issuance of high-yield
debt securities. Mr. Pagano regularly advises corporate clients and their boards on disclosure,
financing, corporate governance and other general matters and is active in the Firm’s public
company advisory practice generally. He also advises corporate clients on merger and acquisition
transactions. He is active in a wide variety of industries.
Mr. Pagano serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society and a number of other
community and charitable boards.
Mr. Pagano earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979. He received bachelor’s
degree in engineering, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University and has advanced degrees from the
University of California at Berkeley and Rutgers University.
Oliver G. Richard, III is a Director of our general partner. Mr. Richard has served as Chairman of Cleanfuel USA, an alternative vehicular fuel company, since September 2007 and, for the past five years, he has been the owner and president of Empire of the Seed LLC, a private consulting firm in the energy and management industries. Mr. Richard served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Energy Group, a natural gas company, from 1995 until 2000. Mr. Richard was a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 1982 until 1985. Mr. Richard currently serves as a director of Buckeye Partners, L.P. Mr. Richard received a B.A. in journalism and a J.D. from Louisiana State University and a Master of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University.
Jerry Smith is Chief Accounting Officer of our general partner. 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 2005 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.
R. Keith Teague is a Director, President and Chief Operating Officer. 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, is a Director of our general partner. Mr. Thames has served as senior Vice President, Marketing since December 2007 and President of Cheniere Marketing, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, since November 2007. Prior to that time, he was Vice President Marketing, Strategy & Analysis since December 2006 and Executive Vice President of Cheniere Marketing, LLC since February 2007. Prior to joining the Company as Vice President Marketing & Analysis in July 2005, Mr. Thames worked for several years at Cross Country Energy, LLC, 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 Cross Country’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 Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.