Chairman of Board of Directors
Robert F. Vagt has served as the chairman of our board of directors since January 2014 and currently serves as chairman of the health, safety and environmental committee, and as a member of the audit and nominating and governance committees. Mr. Vagt has also served as a member of the board of directors of Rice Midstream Management LLC (“Rice Midstream Management”), a subsidiary of Rice Energy and general partner of Rice Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: RMP) (“RMP”), since August 2014 and as the chairman of its board of directors since December 2014. Mr. Vagt currently serves as a member of the audit committee of the board of directors of Rice Midstream Management. Mr. Vagt has served as a member of the board of directors of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) since May 2012, where he serves as a member of the audit committee. Mr. Vagt served as a member of the board of directors of El Paso Corporation from May 2005 until June 2012, where he was a member of the compensation and health, safety and environmental committees. From January 2008 until January 2014, Mr. Vagt was the President of The Heinz Endowments. Prior to his tenure at The Heinz Endowments, Mr. Vagt served as President of Davidson College from July 1997 to August 2007. Mr. Vagt served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Seagull Energy Corporation from 1996 to 1997. From 1992 to 1996, he served as President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Global Natural Resources. Mr. Vagt served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Adobe Resources Corporation (“Adobe”) from 1989 to 1992. Prior to 1989, he served in various positions with Adobe and its predecessor entities.
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Daniel J. Rice IV has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since October 2013 and currently serves as a member of the health, safety and environmental committee. Mr. Rice has served in a number of positions with Rice Energy, its affiliates and predecessor entities since October 2008, including as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from October 2008 through September 2013 and Chief Operating Officer from October 2012 through September 2013. Mr. Rice also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Rice Midstream Partners LP and as a member of the board of directors of Rice Midstream Management LLC, a subsidiary of Rice Energy and the general partner of Rice Midstream Partners LP since August 2014. Prior to joining Rice Energy, he served as an investment banker for Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., LLC, an integrated energy investment bank in Houston, Texas, from February 2008 to October 2008. Prior to his employment at Tudor Pickering , he served as a senior analyst of corporate planning for Transocean Inc., responsible for mergers and acquisitions and business development, from March 2005 to February 2008. Mr. Rice holds a BS in Finance from Bryant University and is the son of Daniel J. Rice III and the brother of Toby Z. Rice and Derek A. Rice.
President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
Toby Z. Rice has served as our President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of our board of directors since October 2013, and currently serves on the health, safety and environmental committee of the board. Mr. Rice has served in a number of positions with Rice Energy, its affiliates and predecessor entities since February 2007, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of a predecessor entity from February 2008 through September 2013. From September 2005 until March 2008, he served as founder and president of ZFT LLC, a consulting company specializing in the application of new hydraulic fracturing technologies for unconventional shale and tight sandstone reservoirs. Mr. Rice holds a BS in Chemistry from Rollins College and is the son of Board Member Daniel J. Rice III and the brother of Chief Executive Officer Daniel J. Rice IV and Executive Vice President of Exploration Derek A. Rice.
Daniel J. Rice III has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2013 and currently serves as a member of the health, safety and environmental committee. He also served as Managing General Partner of Rice Partners from February 2007 until its dissolution in November 2014. Mr. Rice has also served as a member of the board of directors of Rice Midstream Management since August 2014. Since January 2013, Mr. Rice has served as Lead Portfolio Manager for GRT Capital’s energy division. From 2005 to December 2012, Mr. Rice served as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for BlackRock, Inc. and was a member of BlackRock, Inc.’s Global Resources team, responsible for Small Cap and All Cap Energy funds. Prior to joining BlackRock, Inc. in 2005, he was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at State Street Research & Management (“State Street Research”), responsible for the Small Cap Energy and All Cap Energy Global Resources Funds. Prior to joining State Street Research in 1984, he was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager with Fred Alger Management. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rice was a Vice President and Analyst with EF Hutton and an Analyst with Loomis Sayles and Co. He began his career in 1975 as an auditor with Price Waterhouse & Co. He earned a BS degree from Bates College in 1973 and an MBA degree from New York University in 1975. He is the father of Toby Rice, Daniel J. Rice IV and Derek A. Rice.
Kathryn J. Jackson has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2017 and currently serves as a member of our compensation and nominating and governance committees. Since January 2016, Dr. Jackson has served as the Director of Energy and Technology Consulting at KeySource, Inc., where she provides consulting services to clients in business growth, technology development and energy services. She has also served as a member of the Board of Portland General Electric Company since April 2014, serving on the Finance and Compensation and Human Resources Committees. In addition, she has served since July 2015 as a director of Hydro One Inc., an electricity transmission and distribution company serving the Province of Ontario, Canada. Since January of 2017 she has served on the Board of Cameco, one of the world’s largest uranium producers, a significant supplier of conversion services and one of two Candu fuel manufacturers in Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Jackson previously served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at RTI International Metals, Inc. from June 2014 to July 2015, where she was responsible for global research and technology development, technology strategy, and development of alloys and manufacturing processes, including 3D printing and powder metallurgy. Prior to joining RTI International Metals, Inc., Dr. Jackson served as the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Research & Technology at Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, a nuclear energy company, from 2009 to June 2014 and as the Vice President of Strategy, Research & Technology from 2008 to 2009. Prior to joining Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, Dr. Jackson worked for 17 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority, where she held various executive positions. From 2008 to April of 2014, Dr. Jackson served on the board of directors of the Independent System Operator of New England - the grid system operator for the six New England states - where she served as Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and a member of the System Planning and Reliability Committee. Dr. Jackson also serves on the Electricity Industry Center Advisory Board at Carnegie Mellon University, the Carnegie Mellon University Engineering School Dean’s Advisory Board, the Board of Visitors for the Swanson School of Engineering and the Electricity Institute Advisory Board at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Industry Advisory Board at Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Dr. Jackson holds a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
James W. Christmas has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2014 and currently serves as chairman of the audit committee and as a member of the compensation and nominating and governance committees. Mr. Christmas has served as a member of the board of directors of Halcón Resources Corporation since February 2012 and currently serves as Halcón’s Lead Outside Director, as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Christmas began serving as a director of Petrohawk Energy Corporation (“Petrohawk”) in July 2006, effective upon the merger of KCS Energy, Inc. (“KCS”) into Petrohawk. He continued to serve as a director, and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, for Petrohawk until BHP Billiton acquired all of Petrohawk in August 2011, and, after the acquisition, at the request of BHP Billiton, he served as a director and chairman of the financial reporting committee of Petrohawk until September 2014. He also served on the audit committee and nominating and corporate governance committee of Petrohawk until August 2011. He also serves on the Board of Governors of St. John’s University and as a director, chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Yuma Energy, Inc. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of KCS from 1988 until April 2003 and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of KCS until its merger into Petrohawk. Mr. Christmas was a Certified Public Accountant in New York and was with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1970 until 1978 before leaving to join National Utilities & Industries (“NUI”), a diversified energy company, as Vice President and Controller. He remained with NUI until 1988, when NUI spun out its unregulated activities that ultimately became part of KCS. As an auditor and audit manager, controller and in his role as CEO of KCS, Mr. Christmas was directly or indirectly responsible for financial reporting and compliance with SEC regulations, and as such has extensive experience in reviewing and evaluating financial reports, as well as in evaluating executive and board performance and in recruiting directors.
John McCartney has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2015 and currently serves as chairman of the compensation committee and as a member of the audit committee. Mr. McCartney has served on the board of Huron Consulting Group, a healthcare and educational consulting company, since October 2004 and as the non-executive chairman of the Huron Consulting Group board since May 2010. He also serves on the audit committee of Huron Consulting Group and was the chairman of the audit committee from October 2004 to February 2010. Since August 1998, Mr. McCartney has served on the board of directors of Westcon Group, Inc., a specialty distributor of networking and communications equipment, and for which he served as chairman from March 2011 until September 2013 and previously as chairman from January 2001 until March 2009. From 1998 until March 2015, Mr. McCartney served on the board of directors of A.M. Castle & Co. (NYSE: CAS), a global distributor of specialty metal and plastic products, and as chairman of that board from January 2007 until April 2010. In July 2007, Mr. McCartney was appointed as a director of Datatec Limited, a networking technology and services company (“Datatec”), where he serves as chairman of the remuneration committee. He had previously served as vice chairman of the board of directors of Datatec from October 1998 until May 2004. In August 2011, Mr. McCartney joined the board of Transco Inc., a Chicago-based company that provides solutions to customers in the railroad, electric utility, process and manufacturing industries. From May 2009 until February 2015, he served on the board of Covance Inc., a drug development services company. From July 2005 until April 2010, Mr. McCartney served on the board of Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS), a safety and security products manufacturer. From June 1997 to March 1998, he held the position of President of 3Com Corporation’s Client Access Unit. Mr. McCartney joined the executive management team of U.S. Robotics in March 1984 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and served there in various executive capacities until serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Robotics from January 1996 until its merger with 3Com Corporation in June 1997.