Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of our General Partner, MarkWest Energy GP, L.L.C., oversees the management of our partnership and is comprised of nine members. One director is an officer of our General Partner or its affiliates, and eight are non-management, outside directors who meet the "independence" requirements of the New York Stock Exchange.
Frank M. Semple
Mr. Semple joined MarkWest on November 1, 2003. He is a member of the Board of Directors and was elected Chairman of the Board in October 2008. Prior to joining MarkWest he completed a 22-year career with The Williams Companies, Inc. and WilTel Communications. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of WilTel Communications, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Williams Natural Gas Company, Vice President of Operations and Engineering for Northwest Pipeline Company and Division Manager for Williams Pipe Line Company. Prior to joining Williams, Mr. Semple served in the United States Navy aboard the nuclear submarine USS Gurnard (SSN 662). Mr. Semple completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.
Michael L. Beatty
Mr. Beatty was elected to the Board of Directors in February 2008 and serves as the Chairman of the Board's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and also serves on the Board's Compensation Committee. Mr. Beatty previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of MarkWest Hydrocarbon from June 2005 through February 2008. Mr. Beatty is currently Chairman of the law firm of Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with a practice focused exclusively on energy, including oil and gas exploration, regulatory affairs, public lands, litigation and title. A Harvard Law School graduate, Mr. Beatty began his career in the energy industry as in-house counsel for Colorado Interstate Gas Company, and ultimately became Executive Vice President, General Counsel and a director of The Coastal Corporation. He also served as Chief of Staff to Governor Roy Romer of Colorado.
William A. Bruckmann III
Mr. Bruckmann was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2014. From September 2002 to April 2004, Mr. Bruckmann served as a financial advisor with UBS Securities, Inc. He is a former Managing Director at Chase Securities, Inc. and has more than 25 years of banking experience, starting with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, where he became a senior officer in 1985. Mr. Bruckmann later served as Managing Director, sector head of Manufacturers Hanover's gas pipeline and midstream energy practices through the acquisition of Manufacturers Hanover by Chemical Bank and the acquisition of Chemical Bank by Chase Bank. Mr. Bruckmann previously served on the board of Duncan Energy Partners L.P. from 2007 until September 2011 where he served as the Chairman of the Audit and Conflicts Committee.
Charles K. Dempster
Mr. Dempster was elected to the Board of Directors in December 2002 and serves on the Compensation Committee and the Finance Committee. Mr. Dempster has more than 30 years of experience in the natural gas and power industry. He held various management and executive positions with Enron Corporation and its predecessors between 1969 and 1986, focusing on natural gas supply, transmission and distribution. From 1986 through 1992, Mr. Dempster served as President of Reliance Pipeline Company and Executive Vice President of Nicor Oil and Gas Corporation, oil and natural gas midstream and exploration subsidiaries of Nicor Inc. in Chicago. Prior to retiring, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aquila Energy Company, an energy trading and gas midstream pipeline and processing organization in the United States and the United Kingdom, from 1993 through 2000.
Donald C. Heppermann
Mr. Heppermann has served as a member of the Board of Directors since its inception in May 2002, and was a member of MarkWest Hydrocarbon's Board of Directors from November 2002 through February 2008. Mr. Heppermann serves as the Chairman of the Board's Finance Committee and also serves on the Board's Audit Committee. Mr. Heppermann joined our General Partner and MarkWest Hydrocarbon in November 2002 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and served as Senior Executive Vice President beginning in January 2003 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of our General Partner and of MarkWest Hydrocarbon from October 2003 until his retirement in March 2004. Prior to joining MarkWest, Mr. Heppermann was a private investor and a career executive in the energy industry with responsibilities in operations, finance, business development and strategic planning.
Randall J. Larson
Mr. Larson has served as a member of the Board of Directors since July 2011. Mr. Larson serves as the Chairman of the Board's Audit Committee and also serves on the Board's Compensation Committee. Mr. Larson previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of TransMontaigne Partners L.P. from September 2006 until August 2009, and as its Chief Financial Officer from January 2003 until September 2006, and served as its Controller from May 2002 to January 2003. From July 1994 to May 2002, Mr. Larson was a partner with KPMG LLP in its Silicon Valley and National (New York City) offices. From July 1992 to July 1994, Mr. Larson served as a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of Chief Accountant of the SEC. Mr. Larson is also a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Valero Energy Partners LP. He previously served as a director of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. and Chairman of its Audit Committee until his resignation on February 19, 2014.
Anne E. Fox Mounsey
Ms. Mounsey was elected to the Board of Directors in February 2008. Ms. Fox Mounsey serves on the Board's Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Fox Mounsey previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of MarkWest Hydrocarbon from October 2004 through February 2008. From 1991 to 2003, Ms. Fox Mounsey held various positions with MarkWest Energy Partners and MarkWest Hydrocarbon, her most recent as Manager of Marketing and Business Development.
William P. Nicoletti
Mr. Nicoletti has served as a member of the Board of Directors since its inception in May 2002. Mr. Nicoletti serves on the Board's Audit and Finance Committees. Mr. Nicoletti is a Managing Director of Parkman Whaling LLC, a Houston, Texas based energy investment banking firm. Previously, he was Managing Director of Nicoletti & Company Inc. and a Managing Director and head of Energy Investment Banking for PaineWebber Incorporated and E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. Mr. Nicoletti is a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Kestrel Heat LLC, the general partner of Star Gas Partners, L.P.
Donald D. Wolf
Mr. Wolf was elected to the Board of Directors in February 2008. He has served as the Lead Director since January 2010. Mr. Wolf previously served as a member of the board of directors of MarkWest Hydrocarbon from June 1999 through February 2008. In September 2004, Mr. Wolf joined Aspect Energy, LLC as President and Chief Executive Officer, and currently serves as a director. He is also Chairman of the Board of QR Energy, LP and serves as a director of Enduring Resources and Laredo Petroleum, Inc. Mr. Wolf previously served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Westport Resources Corporation from July 1996 until Westport's merger with Kerr McGee Corporation in 2004. Mr. Wolf has a diversified 45-year career in the oil and natural gas industry.