Board of Directors
Dennis L. Yakobson
Mr. Yakobson has served as a director of Rentech and Chairman of the Board from 1983 to 2011 and is one of the founders. In December 2005, he retired from his position as Chief Executive Officer and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. He was employed as Vice President of Administration and Finance of Nova Petroleum Corporation, Denver, Colorado, from 1981 to 1983. From 1979 to 1983, he served as a Director and Secretary of Nova Petroleum Corporation. He resigned from those positions in November 1983 to become a Director and assume the presidency of Rentech. From 1976 to 1981 he served as a Director, Secretary and Treasurer of Power Resources Corporation in Denver, a mineral exploration company, and was employed by it as the Vice President-Land. From 1975 to 1976 he was employed by Wyoming Mineral Corporation in Denver as a contract administrator. From 1971 through 1975 he was employed by Martin Marietta Corporation, Denver, as marketing engineer in space systems. From 1969 to 1971 he was employed by Martin Marietta in a similar position. From 1960 to 1969 he was employed by Grumman Aerospace Corporation, his final position with it being contract administrator with responsibility for negotiation of prime contracts with governmental agencies. He is a Director of GTL Energy Pty Ltd., a private company based in Adelaide, Australia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1959 and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Adelphi University in 1963.
Halbert S. Washburn
Mr. Washburn was appointed as a director of Rentech in December 2005. He was appointed Chairman of the Board in June 2011. In July 2011, Mr. Washburn was appointed as a director of Rentech Nitrogen GP, LLC, the general partner of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, LP. Mr. Washburn has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Since April 2010, Mr. Washburn has been the Chief Executive Officer of Breitburn GP, LLC, the general partner of BreitBurn Energy Partners LP. From August 2006 until April 2010, Mr. Washburn was the co-Chief Executive Officer and served on the board of directors of BreitBurn GP, LLC. He has served as the co-Founder, co-President and Director of BreitBurn Energy Corporation since 1988. In addition, Mr. Washburn currently serves as co-Chief Executive Officer and Director for BreitBurn Management Company, LLC, BreitBurn Energy Holdings, LLC and BEH (GP), LLC. Mr. Washburn previously served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the California Independent Petroleum Association. He has also served as a Board member, including Chairman of the Board, of the Stanford University Petroleum Investments Committee and the Wildcat Committee. Mr. Washburn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
Michael S. Burke
Mr. Burke was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in March 2007, and he was appointed as a director of Rentech Nitrogen GP. LLC in July 2011. Mr. Burke was appointed President of AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE:ACM), or AECOM, on October 1, 2011. AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to government and commercial clients. From December 2006 through September 2011, Mr. Burke served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of AECOM. Mr. Burke joined AECOM as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy in October 2005. From 1990 to 2005, Mr. Burke was with the accounting firm, KPMG LLP. He served in various senior leadership positions most recently as a Western Area Managing Partner from 2002 to 2005 and was a member of KPMG's Board of Directors from 2000 through 2005. While on the KPMG Board of Directors, Mr. Burke served as the Chairman of the Board Process and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee. Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. Burke worked for Arthur Andersen & Company from 1986 to 1990. Mr. Burke also serves on various charitable and community boards. Mr. Burke received a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Scranton and a J.D. degree from Southwestern University.
General Wesley K. Clark
General Clark was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in December 2010. Currently, General Clark serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm he founded in March 2003. General Clark has served as an advisor to and a board member of numerous domestic and international energy companies, including Bankers Petroleum Ltd., a Canadian-based oil and gas exploration and production company and Juhl Wind, Inc., a wind energy provider. He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative's Energy & Climate Change Advisory Board and ACORE's Advisory Board. General Clark had a distinguished 34 year career in the U.S. Army where he rose to the rank of four-star general and held the position of NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Commander in Chief of the U.S. –European Command. General Clark graduated from West Point and received a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in military science.
D. Hunt Ramsbottom
Mr. Ramsbottom was appointed President and director of Rentech in September 2005 and Chief Executive Officer in December 2005. Mr. Ramsbottom had been serving as a consultant to Rentech since August 2005 under the terms of a Management Consulting Agreement Rentech entered into with Management Resource Center, Inc. Mr. Ramsbottom has over 25 years of experience building and managing growth companies. Prior to accepting his position at Rentech, Mr. Ramsbottom held various key management positions including: Principal and Managing Director of Circle Funding Group, LLC, from 2004 to 2005; Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of M2 Automotive, Inc., from 1997 to 2004; and Chief Executive Officer of Thompson PBE (NASDAQ: THOM), from 1989 to 1997, which was acquired by FinishMaster, Inc. in 1997. On April 17, 2005, M2 Automotive, Inc. completed an assignment for the benefit of its creditors pursuant to a state law insolvency proceeding. Mr. Ramsbottom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Plymouth State College.
Michael F. Ray
Mr. Ray was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in May 2005 and as director of Rentech Nitrogen GP, LLC in July 2011. Mr. Ray founded and has served as President of ThioSolv, LLC since 2001. ThioSolv, LLC is in the business of developing and licensing technology to the refining and chemical sector. Mr. Ray was appointed to the Board of Directors and Technology Committee for OCM Cyanco Holdings, LLC, a producer of sodium cyanide in the Western United States,and a subsidiary of Oaktree Capital Management who holds more than 95% of its outstanding shares. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Ray served as Vice President of Business Development for the Catalyst and Chemicals Division of The Coastal Corporation. The Coastal Corporation principally gathered, processed, stored and distributed natural gas. Mr. Ray worked for Coastal Chem, Inc. as President from 1990 to 1995 and Vice President of Corporate Development and Administration from 1986 to 1990. From 1985 to 1986, Mr. Ray served as Vice President of Carbon Dioxide Marketing. Mr. Ray worked for Liquid Carbonic Corporation as Regional Operations Manager from 1981 to 1985 and Plant Manager from 1980 to 1981. Mr. Ray received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Western Washington University and his Masters of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University. Mr. Ray previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Coastal Chem, Inc., Cheyenne LEADS and Wyoming Heritage Society. Mr. Ray also served on the Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry Ad Hoc Committee, University of Wyoming EPSCOR Steering Committees and Wyoming Governor's committee for evaluating state employee compensation.
Ronald M. Sega
Dr. Sega was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in December 2007. Currently Dr. Sega serves as Vice President for Energy, Environment and Applied Research with the Colorado State University Research Foundation. He also serves as the Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering at Colorado State University's College of Engineering. In addition, he serves as Special Advisor for Energy and the Environment to the University's President. From August 2005 to August 2007, Dr. Sega served as Under Secretary for the U.S. Air Force. In that capacity, he oversaw the recruiting, training and equipping of approximately 700,000 people and a budget of approximately $110 billion. Designated as the Department of Defense Executive Agent for Space, Dr. Sega developed, coordinated and integrated plans and programs for space systems of all Department of Defense space major defense acquisition programs. From August 2001 until July 2005, Dr. Sega was Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Sega worked for NASA from 1990 until 1996 and made two shuttle flights during his career as an astronaut. He also serves on the Woodward Governor Company Board. Dr. Sega received a B.S. in mathematics and physics from the United States Air Force Academy in 1974, a master of science degree in physics from The Ohio State University in 1975, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1982.
Edward M. Stern
Mr. Stern was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in December 2006. Since 2004, Mr. Stern has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of PowerBridge, LLC and under his guidance, Neptune Regional Transmission System, LLC, a PowerBridge company, has developed, constructed and now operates a 660 MW undersea electric transmission system that will interconnect Sayreville, New Jersey with Long Island, New York. Mr. Stern is also leading the development of several other large transmission and renewable energy projects. From 1991 through 2004, Mr. Stern was employed by Enel North America, Inc. (a subsidiary of Enel SpA, an Italian electric utility company) and its predecessor, CHI Energy, Inc., an energy company which owned or operated nearly one hundred power plants in seven countries, specializing in renewable energy technologies including hydroelectric projects and wind farms. While at Enel North America, Inc. and CHI Energy, Inc., Mr. Stern served as General Counsel and, commencing in 1999, as President, Director and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stern currently serves on the Board of Directors of Deepwater Wind Holdings, LLC , an offshore wind energy developer and Capital Access Network, Inc., a small business lender. Mr. Stern also serves on the Advisory Board of Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in energy and infrastructure investments. Mr. Stern received B.A., J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Boston University and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Federal Energy Bar.
John A. Williams
Mr. Williams was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in November 2009. Mr. Williams has over 40 years of business experience, principally in the real estate and banking industries. Since January 2004, Mr. Williams has served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Managing Member of Corporate Holdings, LLC, a diversified holdings company, and since November 2004, he has served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC, a real estate fund advisor to over $3 billion in assets. Mr. Williams founded Post Properties, Inc., a developer, owner and manager of upscale multifamily apartment communities in selected markets in the United States, in 1970. Mr. Williams served as Chief Executive Officer of Post Properties from 1970 until 2002, and he served on its board from inception until 2004. Mr. Williams served as Chairman for Post Properties from inception until February 2003 and Chairman Emeritus from February 2003 until August 2004. Mr. Williams currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Falcons of which he is also a minority owner. Mr. Williams previously served on a variety of boards of directors, including those of NationsBank Corporation, Barnett Banks, Inc. and Crawford & Company. Mr. Williams earned a B.S. degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.