E. Spencer Abraham
E. Spencer Abraham is an independent member of our Board of Directors and has served as a director of our company since May 2014. Since 2011, Secretary Abraham has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Abraham Group LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. He represented the State of Michigan in the United States Senate prior to President George W. Bush selecting him as the tenth Secretary of Energy. During his tenure at the Energy Department from 2001 through January 2005, he developed policies and regulations to ensure the nation’s energy security, was responsible for the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, oversaw domestic oil and gas development policy, and developed relationships with international governments, including members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Secretary Abraham serves as a director of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY), where he is a member of its environmental, health and safety, and executive compensation committees; PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE: PBF), where he is a member of its compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees; Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE: UEC), where he is the Chairman of the board; and NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), where he is a member of its compensation and nuclear oversight committees. He previously served as a director of GenOn Energy, Inc. and as a director and member of the nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees of ICx Technologies. Secretary Abraham also serves on the board of trustees for the California Institute of Technology and as a senior advisor to Blank Rome Government Relations LLC. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.