Our board of directors consists of seven members. The board and its committees generally meet at least quarterly. We have four committees: audit, compensation, nominating & governance and derivative. Below are the committee responsibilities and members:
Mr. Boone Pickens, founder of BP Capital. Mr. Pickens is active in the management of the BP Capital Equity Fund and Commodity Fund. Founder of Pickens Fuel Corp., in 1997; predecessor company to Clean Energy. Mr. Pickens, was also founder of Mesa Petroleum, and was CEO and Chairman for 40 years.
Recently retired as Chairman and President of Southern California Gas Company (SoCal), as well as San Diego Gas & Electric, Mr. Mitchell had day-to-day responsibilities for both the gas and electric utilities. Mr. Mitchell's career spanned 42 years at SoCal where he served in varying capacities. Mr. Mitchell served as Chairman of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition as well as Chairman of the Pacific Coast Gas Association.
Mr. Herrington served as the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Reagan Administration from 1985 to 1989. Previously, he was the Director of Presidential Personnel and Assistant Secretary of the Navy. After government service, Mr. Herrington was the Chairman of Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Inc. Mr. Herrington is active in politics in California, owns a nationally recognized steakhouse and continues developing real estate. Prior to his government service, Mr. Herrington practiced law in San Francisco.
Andrew J. Littlefair, President and CEO, of Clean Energy. Mr. Littlefair is Chairman of the Natural Gas Vehicles for America (ngvamerica.org) and has been a Board Member and Officer for 10 years. Mr. Littlefair was an officer at Mesa Inc., and served in various capacities for 10 years. Mr. Littlefair served in the Reagan White House from 19831987.
Former Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Mr. Miller currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service (USPS.) Previously, he was Chairman of the CapAnalysis Group, an economic, financial and regulatory consulting firm associated with the international law firm Howrey, LLP. During the Reagan Administration, from 1981-1985, Mr. Miller chaired the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Mr. O'Connor has more than 30 years of experience in the waste industry. He is the former Chairman and CEO of Republic Services, Inc., having served in such capacities from January 2003 to May 2011 and from December 1998 to January 2011, respectively. From 1972 to 1978 and from 1982 to 1998, he served in various positions with Waste Management, Inc., including Senior VP from 1997 to 1998, Area President of Waste Management of Florida, Inc. from 1992 to 1997, Senior VP of Waste Management North America from 1991 to 1992 and VP Southeastern Region from 1987 to 1991. Mr. O'Connor is currently a member of the board of directors of Canadian National Railway Company.
Kenneth M. Socha is a Senior Managing Director of Perseus, L.L.C., a merchant bank and private equity fund management company headquartered in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Perseus, Mr. Socha practiced corporate and securities law as a partner of Dewey Ballantine in New York City. From 1985 to 1991, Mr. Socha devoted a substantial amount of his time to the representation of Wesray Capital Corporation and its affiliates. Mr. Socha serves on the Board of Directors of the following Perseus portfolio companies: Baumot AG, Cymbet Corporation, Pinacl Solutions UK Ltd., and Seismic Equipment Solutions II, L.P. Mr. Socha was a contributing author of the first edition of The Art of M&A: A Merger Acquisition Buyout Guide, published by Dow Jones-Irwin.
Mr. Socha holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Mr. Taormina is the former Chief Executive Officer of Taormina Industries, Inc., one of California's largest solid waste and recycling companies. In 1997, Taormina Industries merged with Republic Services, a publicly held waste handling company that operates throughout the United States. Mr. Taormina served as Regional Vice President of Republic Services from 1997 to 2001, managing the overall operations of 11 western states. Since 2001, Mr. Taormina has served as a consultant to Republic Services and operates his own investment company.
= Chair of the Board
= Independent Director
= Financial Expert
Audit Committee Duties:
Selecting and overseeing the engagement of an independent registered public accounting firm, helping to ensure the independence of such firm, discussing the scope and results of the audit with such firm, developing procedures for employees to anonymously submit concerns about questionable accounting or audit matters, meeting with our public accounting firm and management to consider the adequacy of internal accounting controls and audit procedures, and approving all audit and non-audit services to be performed such firm.
Determining or recommending to the board the compensation of executive officers, administering the stock and equity incentive plans, reviewing and recommending compensation policies, practices and procedures, establishing and administering employee benefit plans, and advising and consulting with the company's officers regarding managerial personnel.
Establishing standards for board service, identifying, evaluating and recommending nominees and evaluating the performance of the board and of individual directors, considering and making recommendations regarding the size and composition of the board and its committees, reviewing developments in corporate governance practices and evaluating the adequacy of the company's corporate governance practices and reporting.