Board of Directors
Ezra Uzi Yemin
Chairman of the Board
Ezra Uzi Yemin was appointed to the Company’s Board and elected Chairman of the Board in May 2015. Mr. Yemin has served as the Chairman of the Board of Delek since December 2012, as Delek’s Chief Executive Officer since June 2004 and as Delek’s president and a director since April 2001. Mr. Yemin also served as Delek’s treasurer from April 2001 to November 2003 and as Delek’s secretary from May 2001 to August 2005. Mr. Yemin’s duties with Delek include the formulation of its policies and direction, oversight of its executive officers, and overall responsibility for Delek’s operation and performance. Mr. Yemin has also served as the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Delek Logistics GP, LLC since April 2012.
David Wiessman served as Executive Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors from July 2000 until May 2015 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from its formation in 2000 until May 2005. Mr. Wiessman has also served as the Chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of Alon USA Partners, LP (the "Partnership") since August 2012. Mr. Wiessman has over 30 years of oil industry and marketing experience. From 1994 to 2015, Mr. Wiessman served as a director of Alon Israel Oil Company, Ltd., or Alon Israel, and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President from 1994 to 2014. Mr. Wiessman served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alon Blue Square-Israel, Ltd., which is listed on the NYSE and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, from 2003 to 2013.
Zalman Segal has served as a director of Alon since July 2005. Mr. Segal is a director of Union Bank Israel, an Israeli bank listed on the TASE, a position he has held since February 2010. Mr. Segal has also served as Chairman of the board of directors of Bank Leumi Romania, a financial services company, from August 2006 through August 2008. Mr. Segal served from 1989 through 2004 as Vice Chairman of the Board of directors of Bank Leumi USA and its subsidiary, Leumi Investment Services, and as a director of Bank Leumi USA from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Segal served from 1989 through 2004 as Chief Executive Officer of Bank Leumi USA, where he was responsible for the commercial banking business of Bank Leumi USA in the Western Hemisphere.
Ron W. Haddock
Ron W. Haddock has served as a director of Alon since December 2000. Mr. Haddock serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of AEI Services, LLC, an international power generation and distribution, and natural gas transmission distribution company since 2006, where he has been on the board since 2006, as well as its interim Chief Executive Officer since May 2011. Mr. Haddock has also served as a director of Petron Corporation, an oil refining and marketing company, since 2009. From January 1989 to July 2000, Mr. Haddock served as Chief Executive Officer of Fina, Inc. Mr. Haddock served on the board of Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., a waste management, oil recycling and refining company, from 2003 to 2012, and Trinity Industries, Inc., a diversified transportation, industrial and construction company, from 2007 to 2013.
Ilan Cohen has served as a director of Alon since May 2014. Mr. Cohen has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Ilan Cohen Investments since 2006. Mr. Cohen currently serves as the Executive Chairman and a Partner in Insuline, a medical device company listed on the TASE, and on the board of directors of Edmond de Rothschild, Israel, and Israel Discount Bank. Mr. Cohen is a partner in POC Investments and is the co-founder and senior partner in Hadaka Ha-90, a leading online tourism company in Israel. Mr. Cohen also serves as the Chairman of Mikve Israel, one of Israel's historical education centers, and a member of the board of Masa, a global government program for the Jewish community. From 2004 until 2006, Mr. Cohen worked as the director general in the office of the Prime Minister of Israel. Mr. Cohen holds a B.A. from Tel-Aviv University, where he graduated Cum Laude and an M.B.A. from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Assaf Ginzburg was appointed to the Company’s Board in May 2015. Mr. Ginzburg has served as Delek’s Chief Financial Officer since January 2013, a Delek Executive Vice President since May 2009 and as a Delek vice president since February 2005. Mr. Ginzburg has also served as a member of the board of directors and an executive vice president of Delek Logistics GP, LLC since April 2012, and as its chief financial officer since January 2013. Mr. Ginzburg has been a member of the Israel Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 2001.
Frederec Green was appointed to the Company’s Board in May 2015. Mr. Green has served as Delek’s Executive Vice President since May 2009 and as the primary operational officer for Delek’s refining operations since joining Delek in January 2005. Mr. Green has also served as a member of the board of directors and an executive vice president of Delek Logistics GP, LLC since April 2012. Mr. Green has more than 25 years of experience in the refining industry, including fourteen years at Murphy Oil USA, Inc. where he served as a senior vice president during his last six years. Mr. Green has experience ranging from crude oil and feedstock supply, through all aspects of managing a refining business to product trading, transportation and sales.
Mark D. Smith
Mark D. Smith was appointed to the Company’s Board in May 2015. Mr. Smith has served as Delek’s executive vice president since May 2014. Prior to 2014, Mr. Smith spent nine years as a Vice President with Tesoro Refining and Marketing and Tesoro Companies, Inc. (collectively “Tesoro”). From March 2010 until May 2014, Mr. Smith served as the Vice President – Development Supply and Logistics where he was responsible for Tesoro’s strategic supply, trading, and logistics activities. From 2008 through March 2010, Mr. Smith served as Vice President – Trading and Risk Management where he led Tesoro’s trading and risk management activities. Prior to 2005, Mr. Smith work for Chevron USA leading their North American physical supply and trading activities.
Avigal Soreq was appointed to the Company’s Board in May 2015. Mr. Soreq joined Delek in October 2011 and has served as its Vice President since December 2012. Prior to beginning his work for Delek, Mr. Soreq worked in business development for SunPower Corp., which designs and manufactures high efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, roof tiles and solar panels. Prior to that, beginning in 2009, Mr. Soreq worked as a Senior Finance and Business Consultant for Trabelsy & Co. Between 2006 and 2008, Mr. Soreq worked as a consultant for KPMG in its Tel-Aviv office in the Corporate Finance department. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Soreq served in the Israeli Air Force in various roles and reached the rank of Major. Mr. Soreq is certified as a Certified Public Accountant in Israel.
William Kacal has served as a director of Alon since May 2016. Mr. Kacal currently serves as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc., as a director of Integrity Bancshares, Inc., located in Houston, Texas, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Integrity Bank SSB (“Integrity Bank”), the National Association of Corporate Directors - Texas Tri-Cities Chapter, and Goodwill Industries of Houston (“Goodwill Houston”). Mr. Kacal serves on the Audit Committee of Integrity Bank, and previously served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Boy Scouts of America - Sam Houston Area Council, Goodwill Industries International, and Goodwill Houston. Mr. Kacal has over 40 years of accounting and management experience with Deloitte & Touche LLP (“Deloitte”), most recently serving as a partner from 1981 until his retirement in May 2011, and prior to that serving as a member of the audit staff from 1970 to 1981. Mr. Kacal also served as a member of the board of directors of Deloitte from 2004 to May 2011 and as a member of the executive committee from 2004 to 2008. During his time with Deloitte, Mr. Kacal worked extensively with companies in the oil and natural gas industry. Mr. Kacal earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas and is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Kacal possesses particular knowledge and experience in accounting, finance and capital structure, strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations, and board practices of other entities that strengthen the Board’s collective qualifications, skills and experience.
Franklin Wheeler has served as a director of Alon since May 2016. Mr. Wheeler has held numerous positions in the refining industry since 1979, including operations, engineer, plant manager, and refinery manager for Texaco. Mr. Wheeler most recently held the titles of Vice President (Operational Excellence) and Senior Vice President (refining) for Tesoro from 2010 until his retirement in 2014.