We are excited to spread the news of Anne-Marie Ainsworth and Anna Catalano’s appointment to Holly Frontier’s Board of Directors! Over the past year, Women Serve on Boards has urged Holly Frontier and other F500 companies that have zero women on their boards to make board diversity a priority. We are thrilled that Holly Frontier’s leaders took action following the footsteps of Caesars Entertainment and other companies making efforts. These appointments increase the size of the Board to eleven directors and increase the number of independent directors on the Board from seven to nine. Congratulations!
From Holly Frontier’s Chairman of the Board, Michael Jennings: “Anne-Marie and Anna are accomplished business leaders, and we look forward to the experience and expertise that they each bring to HollyFrontier. Their background in the oil industry will provide valuable insight to the Board.”
Ms. Ainsworth served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. and of Oiltanking Holding Americas, Inc. from 2012 until her retirement in 2014, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing of Sunoco Inc. from 2009 to 2012, and General Manager of the Motiva Enterprises, LLC Norco, Louisiana Refinery from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining Motiva, Ms. Ainsworth served in various capacities at Royal Dutch Shell. Ms. Ainsworth has served on the boards of directors of Pembina Pipeline Corporation since November 2014, Archrock, Inc. since April 2015 and Kirby Corporation since October 2015. She served on the board of directors of Seventy Seven Energy Inc. until June 2015. Ms. Ainsworth brings to the Board extensive experience in the oil industry and strong business, operational and financial acumen from her leadership roles at other public companies.
Ms. Catalano served in various capacities for BP plc, and its predecessor Amoco Corporation, from 1979 until her retirement in 2003, including serving as Group Vice President, Marketing, for BP plc from 2000 to 2003. Ms. Catalano has served on the boards of directors of Kraton Corporation since September 2011 and Willis Towers Watson plc since January 2016 (having previously served on the board of directors of Willis Group from July 2006 until the merger of Willis Group and Towers Watson & Co.). She served on the boards of directors of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company until May 2017 and Chemtura Corporation until June 2017. Ms. Catalano brings to the Board significant corporate and international business and marketing experience.
Women Serve on Boards’ social media campaign has influenced these companies and helped enact change. Be proud. We applaud Holly Frontier for taking the needed action towards board diversity. But our efforts won’t cease at just two women, there should be many across all levels of management. However, today counts as a victory and a huge stepping stone for Holly Frontier to continue addressing gender disparity within corporate settings. We’re inspired to keep fighting for change and excited to see Anne-Marie and Anna’s impact on shaping the company’s future. It’s moments like this that make everyone’s efforts fruitful.