Donald L. Evans, Executive Chairman: A native of Houston, Donald Evans began his career as a roughneck, working on drilling rigs for Tom Brown Inc. in the oil and gas fields of West Texas. Ten years later, he became CEO of this publicly owned energy company, a position he held until he was appointed U.S. secretary of commerce by President George W. Bush in 2001. Evans served in this role for four years, during which he was a strong advocate for the free-enterprise system, free and fair trade and responsible corporate stewardship. Mr. Evans previously served as a member and chairman of the board of regents of the University of Texas System. He is also a senior partner at Quintana Energy Partners and a director of Genesis Energy.
John F. Young, President and CEO: John Young is president and CEO of EFH. Full Bio
Arcilia C. Acosta: Arcilia Acosta is the founder, president and CEO of CARCON Industries & Construction, specializing in commercial, institutional and transportation design and build construction. She is also the founder and CEO of Southwestern Testing Laboratories, whose principal business is geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and environmental consulting services. Ms. Acosta is a former chair of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, on the state board of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, past chair of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of the Dallas Citizens Council, the University of Texas Southwestern Board of Visitors, the Texas Tech Alumni Association and the Dallas Education Foundation. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the Harvard Business School Corporate Governance Program.
David Bonderman: David Bonderman is a founding partner of TPG. Prior to forming TPG in 1992, Mr. Bonderman was chief operating officer of the Robert M. Bass Group in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining RMBG in 1983, he was a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in corporate, securities, bankruptcy and antitrust litigation. Mr. Bonderman serves on the boards of the following companies: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, CoStar Group, General Motors Company, JSC VTB Bank and Ryanair Holdings, the latter of which he is also chairman. He also serves on the boards of The Wilderness Society, the Grand Canyon Trust, the University of Washington Foundation and the American Himalayan Foundation.
Thomas D. Ferguson: Thomas Ferguson is a managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., having joined the firm in 2002. Mr. Ferguson heads the asset management efforts for the merchant bank's U.S. real estate and infrastructure investment activity. He currently serves on the boards of American Golf, of which he is also the company's nonexecutive chairman, Agriculture Company of America and Oncor Electric Delivery.
Brandon A. Freiman: Brandon Freiman has been with KKR since 2007, where he is a director. During that time, he has been directly involved in the firm's investments in EFH, El Paso Midstream, Accelerated Oil Technologies, Del Monte Foods, Fortune Creek Midstream, Westbrick Energy and Bayonne Water. He also has portfolio company responsibilities for Rockwood Holdings. Mr. Freiman sits on the boards of Fortune Creek Midstream, Westbrick Energy, Accelerated Oil Technologies and Bayonne Water. Prior to joining KKR, he was with Credit Suisse Securities in its energy investment banking group, where he was involved in a number of merger, acquisition and other corporate advisory transactions. He holds a bachelor's degree in commerce, with first class honors, from McGill University.
Scott Lebovitz: Scott Lebovitz is a managing director in the principal investment area of Goldman, Sachs & Co., which he joined in 1997. Mr. Lebovitz serves on the boards of Cobalt International Energy, Associated Asphalt Partners, EdgeMarc Energy Holdings, EF Energy Holdings and EW Energy Holdings. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.
Michael MacDougall: Michael MacDougall is a partner of TPG Capital. Mr. MacDougall leads the firm's global energy and natural resources investing efforts. Prior to joining TPG Capital in 2002, Mr. MacDougall was a vice president in the principal investment area of the merchant banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he focused on private equity and mezzanine investments. He is a director of Copano Energy; Graphic Packaging Holding Company; Harvester Holdings and its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Petro Harvester Oil and Gas and 2CO Energy Limited; Maverick American Natural Gas; Nexeo Solutions Holdings; and Northern Tier Energy as well as director of the general partner of Valerus Compression Services. Mr. MacDougall served on the board of managers of Texas Genco prior to its sale to NRG Energy in 2006. He also serves as the chairman of the board of The Opportunity Network and is a member of the board of the Dwight School Foundation and Iselsboro Affordable Property. Mr. MacDougall received his bachelor's of business administration, with highest honors, from the University of Texas at Austin and his master's of business administration, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.
Kenneth Pontarelli: Kenneth Pontarelli is a managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its principal investment area. He transferred to this area in 1999 and was promoted to managing director in 2004. Mr. Pontarelli serves on the boards of Cobalt International Energy, Tervita Corporation and Expro International Group. He received a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's of business administration from Harvard University.
William K. Reilly: William Reilly is a founding partner of Aqua International Partners, a private-equity fund dedicated to investing in companies engaged in water and renewable energy, and a senior advisor to TPG Capital, an international investment partnership. Mr. Reilly served as the first Payne Visiting Professor at Stanford University, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, president of the World Wildlife Fund, president of The Conservation Foundation and director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth. He was head of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Earth Summit at Rio in 1992. Mr. Reilly is chairman emeritus of the board of the World Wildlife Fund, chair of the board of the ClimateWorks Foundation, chair of the advisory board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, chair of the board for the Global Water Challenge, a director of the Packard Foundation and the National Geographic Society and co-chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy. He also serves on the boards of ConocoPhillips and Royal Caribbean International. In May 2010, Mr. Reilly was appointed by President Barack Obama to co-chair the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. He holds a bachelor's degree from Yale, J.D. from Harvard and master's in urban planning from Columbia University.
Jonathan D. Smidt: Jonathan Smidt has been with KKR since 2000 where he is a partner. During that time, he has been directly involved with several investments and portfolio companies. He played a significant role in the investments in International Transmission Company, Texas Genco, Laureate Education, EFH, East Resources and AOT. He has also had portfolio company responsibilities for DPL and KinderCare Learning Centers. Mr. Smidt is a senior member of KKR's energy and infrastructure team and leads KKR Natural Resources, the firm's platform to acquire and operate oil and natural gas assets. Mr. Smidt sits on the board of Laureate Education. Prior to joining KKR, he was at Goldman Sachs & Co. in the investment banking group in New York where he spent two years in the energy and power industry group and one year in the mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Smidt started his career at Ernst & Young in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a bachelor's of business administration and a postgraduate diploma in accounting from the University of Cape Town.
Billie I. Williamson: Billie Williamson has a wealth of experience auditing public companies. She began her career at Ernst & Young and served as coordinating partner for major clients such as Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, Fluor and Neiman Marcus. Her tenure at E&Y culminated with her role as inclusiveness officer and service on E&Y's Americas Executive Board, which functions as its board of directors. Ms. Williamson also held executive positions at AMX and Marriott. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with highest honors from Southern Methodist University and holds a CPA certification. She also serves on the boards of ITT Exelis Inc. and Annie's, Inc., as well as the boards of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and a number of Dallas charities.
Kneeland Youngblood: Kneeland Youngblood is a founding partner of Pharos Capital Group, a private-equity firm that focuses on providing growth and expansion capital to businesses in technology, business services and health care services. Mr. Youngblood is a former director of the U.S. Enrichment Corporation, a global energy services company privatized in 1998. He served as a presidential appointee with Senate confirmation in his role on the board. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Youngblood earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.