CVR PARTNERS, LP (NYSE:UAN) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain OfficersItem 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
CVR Energy, Inc. (“CVR Energy”) previously announced the retirement of John J. Lipinski effective December 31, 2017. Mr. Lipinski serves as a director and the Chief Executive Officer and President of CVR Energy, as a director and Chief Executive Officer and President of the general partner of CVR Refining, LP (“CVR Refining”) and as a director and Executive Chairman of the general partner of CVR Partners, LP (“CVR Partners” and together with CVR Refining and CVR Energy, “CVR”). CVR Energy and CVR Refining also previously announced the retirement of Martin J. Power, their Chief Commercial Officer, effective December 31, 2017.
CVR also previously announced that David L. Lamp will succeed Mr. Lipinski. Effective December 1, 2017, Mr. Lamp assumed the role of co-Chief Executive Officer and President of CVR Energy and CVR Refining, and as co-Executive Chairman of CVR Partners. Effective January 1, 2018, Mr. Lamp will assume these roles outright.
On December 22, 2017, the respective boards of CVR approved certain changes to help realign portions of the senior management team. Effective January 1, 2018, Mark A. Pytosh, age 53, will be appointed as Executive Vice President – Corporate Services for CVR Energy and CVR Refining. Mr. Pytosh currently serves as Senior Vice President – Administration for CVR Energy and CVR Refining, and his new role will expand his responsibilities. Mr. Pytosh also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of CVR Partners. Janice T. DeVelasco, age 58, will be appointed as Vice President – Environmental, Health, Safety and Security for CVR. Ms. DeVelasco currently serves as Vice President – Environmental, Health and Safety for CVR, but reports up through the refining organization. David L. Landreth, age 61, will be appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for CVR Refining. Mr. Landreth currently serves as Senior Vice President – Economics and Planning for CVR Refining, and his new role will expand his responsibilities. Each of Mr. Pytosh, Ms. DeVelasco and Mr. Landreth will report to Mr. Lamp.
Mark A. Pytosh has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of CVR Partners since May 2014, and has served as a director of CVR Partners since June 2011. Mr. Pytosh has also served as Senior Vice President – Administration for CVR Energy and CVR Refining since December 2014. Prior to joining CVR Partners, Mr. Pytosh served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Alberta, Canada-based Tervita Corporation, an environmental and energy services company. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Covanta Energy Corporation, which owns and operates energy-from-waste power facilities, biomass power facilities and independent power plants in the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior to Covanta, Mr. Pytosh served as Executive Vice President from 2004 to 2006, and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2006, for Waste Services, Inc., an integrated solid waste services company that operates in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining the renewable energy and waste industries, Mr. Pytosh spent 18 years in the investment banking industry, working with a broad range of clients in the environmental services, automotive, construction equipment and a variety of other industrial sectors. From 2000 to 2004, he was a Managing Director in investment banking at Lehman Brothers, where he led the firm’s global industrial group. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, he was a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he led the firm’s environmental services and automotive industry groups. Mr. Pytosh received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He serves on the boards of directors for The Fertilizer Institute and the University of Illinois Foundation.
Janice T. DeVelasco has served as Vice President – Environmental, Health & Safety for CVR since April 2014. Ms. DeVelasco has more than 30 years’ experience in environmental, health, safety and risk management. Before joining CVR, she served in progressive technical, management and consulting positions with CITGO Petroleum Corporation and its predecessor companies from 1981 to 2007 and Sage Environmental Consulting, L.P. from 2007 to 2014.Ms. DeVelasco is a licensed professional engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University.
David L. Landreth has served as Senior Vice President – Economics and Planning for CVR Refining since its inception in September 2012. Mr. Landreth joined the predecessor to the CVR organization in 2005 and has served in an economics and planning role since that time. Mr. Landreth has more than 30 years’ experience in refining and petrochemicals in areas relating to crude, feedstock, product and process optimization, commercial activities, acquisitions and capital utilization. He has served in numerous management positions in the petroleum industry. Most of his career was in various refining and marketing positions with the Coastal Corporation. Following the merger between Coastal and El Paso in 2001, Mr. Landreth assumed the position of Director of Refining Optimization and Commercial Management. Following El Paso, he was the Director of Refining and Marketing Economics and Planning at Holly Corporation in Dallas. Mr. Landreth received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
About CVR PARTNERS, LP (NYSE:UAN)
CVR Partners, LP owns and operates nitrogen fertilizer business. The Company produces and distributes nitrogen fertilizer products. The Company operates through the United States segment. Its principal products are urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN) and ammonia. The Company’s products are manufactured at its nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing facility in Coffeyville, Kansas, that utilizes a petroleum coke, or pet coke, gasification process to produce nitrogen fertilizer. The nitrogen fertilizer plant processes approximately 1,300 tons per day of ammonia, and consists of a 3,000 ton-per-day UAN unit and a gasifier complex having a capacity of approximately 90 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen. The primary geographic markets for the Company’s fertilizer products are Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado and Texas. It markets the ammonia products to industrial and agricultural customers and the UAN products to agricultural customers.