Board of Directors
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. D. Wiessman was appointed Chairman of the board of directors of our General Partner in August 2012. Mr. D. Wiessman served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alon Energy from July 2000 until May 2015 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alon Energy from its formation in 2000 until May 2005. Mr. D. Wiessman has over 30 years of oil industry and marketing experience. From 1994 to 2015, Mr. D. 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. In 1987, Mr. D. Wiessman became Chief Executive Officer of, and a stockholder in, Bielsol Investments (1987) Ltd., or Bielsol. In 1976, after serving in the Israeli Air Force, he became Chief Executive Officer of Bielsol Ltd., a privately-owned Israeli company that owns and operates gasoline stations and owns real estate in Israel. Mr. D. Wiessman served as Chief Executive Officer of Alon Blue Square-Israel, Ltd., which is listed on the NYSE and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, or TASE, from 2013 to 2015, and was its Executive Chairman of the Board of its Directors from 2003 to 2013. Mr. Wiessman also served as Chairman of Blue Square Real Estate Ltd., which is listed on the TASE, from 2006 to 2015, and Executive Chairman of the Board and President of Dor-Alon Energy Israel (1988) Ltd., which is listed on the TASE, from 2005 to 2015, and all of which are subsidiaries of Alon Israel.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Mr. Morris was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of our General Partner in November 2012. Mr. Morris served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alon Energy from May 2011 to May 2015 and a director from May 2005 to May 2016. Mr. Morris served as Alon Energy's Chief Executive Officer from May 2005 to May 2011, as Chief Executive Officer of Alon Energy's subsidiaries from July 2000 to May 2011, Alon Energy's President from May 2005 until March 2010 and President of its operating subsidiaries from July 2000 until March 2010. Prior to joining Alon Energy, he held various positions at Fina, Inc., where he began his career in 1974. Mr. Morris served as Vice President of Fina's SouthEastern Business Unit from 1998 to 2000 and as Vice President of its SouthWestern Business Unit from 1995 to 1998. In these capacities, he was responsible for both the Big Spring refinery and Fina's Port Arthur refinery and the crude oil gathering assets and marketing activities for both business units.
Mr. S. Wiessman joined the board of directors of our General Partner in November 2012. Mr. S. Wiessman has served as a director of Alon Brands, Inc., a subsidiary of Alon Energy, since November 2008. Mr. S. Wiessman served as a Business Development and M&A Manager of Alon Israel from August 2007 to 2015. Mr. S. Wiessman has also served as a Director of Dor-Alon Fuel Stations Operation Ltd., an Israeli gas station and convenience store operator, from August 2003 to October 2010 and AM:PM, an Israeli convenience store operator, from January 2008 to October 2010. AM:PM and Dor-Alon Fuel Station Operation Ltd. merged in October 2010 and Mr. S. Wiessman served as a director in the merged entity, Dor-Alon Retail Sites Management, until 2015. Dor-Alon Retail Sites Management is a subsidiary of Dor-Alon Energy in Israel (1988) Ltd., which is listed on the TASE. Snir Wiessman is the son of David Wiessman, who is also a member of the board of directors of our General Partner. We believe Mr. S. Wiessman's broad business background and experience qualify him to serve as a member of the board of directors of our General Partner.
Mr. Raff joined the board of directors of our General Partner in November 2012. Mr. Raff has served as a director of Verifone Systems, Inc. since October 2007. Mr. Raff currently serves as a financial consultant to Wolfson Clore Mayer Ltd. and as a senior advisor to Morgan Stanley. Mr. Raff is also chairman of the public board of Youth Leading Change, a non-profit association, and previously served as the Accountant General (Treasurer) in the Israeli Ministry of Finance. Mr. Raff holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Raff currently serves on the boards of directors of Israel Corp. Ltd. and a number of privately-held corporations. Mr. Raff previously served as chairman of the board of directors of Bank Leumi le Israel B.M., Bank Leumi USA and Bank Leumi UK plc from 1995 until 2010. He currently serves on the investment and capital structure committee of Israel Corp. While serving on the Bank Leumi le Israel B.M. board, Mr. Raff served on a number of committees of the board of directors, including the committees on credit, finance, administration, conflicts of interest and risk management. We have concluded that Mr. Raff's experience gained while serving as a director on a number of companies' boards, including several chairman positions, qualifies him to serve as a member of the board of directors of our General Partner.
Mr. Stein has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Glazer's Distributors, one of the nation's largest distributors of wine, spirits and malt products, since July 2010. From February 2008 until July 2010, Mr. Stein was Vice Chairman and Head of Southwest Investment Banking for Bank of America, Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Stein was a Senior Managing Director and ran Bear Stearns' Southwest Investment Banking Group for over 20 years. Mr. Stein received a Bachelor's degree, graduating magna cum laude, from Brandeis University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and he earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He is a director of The Men's Wearhouse, Inc. and Ace Cash Express and is also on the advisory board of Amegy Bank.
Ella Gera is a corporate attorney, economist and founding partner of Gottlieb, Gera, Engel & Co., Advocates, a law firm specializing in international and cross-border transactions. Ms. Gera is a member of the Israel Bar and holds an LL.B. from the Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ms. Gera currently serves as a director, and chairs the audit and balance sheet committees, of Tadbik Ltd, a publicly-traded company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, as well as a director of Danred Ltd., a family-owned company. In addition to her legal and corporate work, Ms. Gera serves the chair of the Haifa and Galilee Music Centre and is the founder and chair of the Friends of the Women’s Network. Ms. Gera has previously served as Deputy Mayor of the Town of Kfar Shmaryahu, as the executive director of The Israel Women’s Network, (R.A.), as founder and director of the Business Circle at The Israel Democracy Institute, Israel’s leading non-partisan think tank, and has held leadership positions for numerous other civic and legal organizations.
Mr. Pery served as a director of Alon USA Energy, Inc. from 2003 to 2016 and of Alon Israel Oil Company, Ltd. from 1997 until 2010. He is Chairman of MIGAL INC., a technology institute in the biotechnology field, a position he has held since 1998. From 1997 until 2004, Mr. Pery served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Galilee Cooperative Organization, a purchasing and finance organization of the Kibbutz movement. In addition, Mr. Pery served as Chairman of Agricultural Insurance Association and the Atudot pension fund between 1995 and 2004.