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Directors of General Partner

Clark C. Smith was named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Buckeye GP LLC ("Buckeye GP") in August 2014. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Buckeye GP from February 2012 to August 2014 and President and Chief Operating Officer of Buckeye GP from February 2009 to February 2012. Prior to joining the management team in February 2009, he served on the board of directors of Buckeye GP from October 2007 until February 2009. From June 2004 through June 2007, Mr. Smith served as Managing Director of Engage Investments, L.P., a private company established to provide consulting services to, and to make equity investments in, energy related businesses. Mr. Smith was Executive Vice President of El Paso Corporation and President of El Paso Merchant Energy Group, a division of El Paso Corporation, from August 2000 until May 2003, and a private investor from May 2003 to June 2004.

Pieter Bakker became a director of Buckeye GP on May 5, 2011. He had served as President of Vopak North America from 2005 until his retirement in 2009 and before that as President of Vopak Latin America. He started his career in Europe with AKZO Chemicals and Conoco, and after that he spent almost 25 years in Latin America for Chemical Distributor HCI and Vopak. Mr. Bakker was appointed Chairman of Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Limited (now Buckeye Bahamas Hub Limited) in March 2009. Since 2009, Mr. Bakker’s principal occupation has been as a private investor. He is also currently the Executive Chairman of First Reserve Tank Terminals Houston.

Barbara M. Baumann became a director of Buckeye GP on September 29, 2014. Ms. Baumann is currently President of Cross Creek Energy Corporation, an energy advisory firm with investments in domestic oil and natural gas. Previously, Ms. Baumann served in various areas of finance and operations during an 18-year career with Amoco (later BP Amoco). These roles included Chief Financial Officer of Ecova Corp., a wholly owned environmental-remediation unit of Amoco, and Vice President of Amoco's San Juan Basin business unit. Ms. Baumann is a veteran of numerous public and private company boards and currently serves on the board of Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN), where she is a member of the audit and nominating & governance committees. In addition, Ms. Baumann serves as an independent trustee for the Putnam Mutual Funds, and as a board member of Hat Creek Energy LLC, a privately held energy company. Ms. Baumann is a member of the board of The Denver Foundation, is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College, and serves on the finance committee of Children's Hospital of Colorado.

Barbara J. Duganier became a director of Buckeye GP on October 4, 2013. In the decade prior to joining the board, Ms. Duganier was a Managing Director at Accenture and held various leadership and management positions in Accenture’s outsourcing business, including as Global Chief Strategy Officer and as Global Growth and Offering Development Lead. A year prior to joining Accenture, she served as an independent consultant to Duke Energy North America. From 1979 to 2002, Ms. Duganier, who is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, worked at Arthur Andersen, where she served as an auditor and financial consultant, as well as in various leadership and management roles, including as Global Chief Financial Officer of Andersen Worldwide. Ms. Duganier is currently a director and chair of the audit committee of MRC Global Inc. (NYSE: MRC), as well as a member of the governance committee.  Ms. Duganier is also a member of the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Texas TriCities Chapter as well as an NACD Governance Fellow and has received the NACD's certification in cybersecurity oversight.  Ms. Duganier serves as the Chair of the nominating & governance committee of Genesys Works, a not for profit organization that trains and places at risk high school students in accounting, IT, and engineering internships in primarily Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Duganier is a former director and member of the enterprise and risk oversight and compensation committees of HCC Insurance Holdings, which was sold in 2015 to Tokio Marine Holdings. 

Joseph A. LaSala, Jr. became a director of Buckeye GP Holdings L.P.'s, the former parent company of Buckeye GP, ("BGH") general partner on July 26, 2007 and, effective November 19, 2010 in connection with the merger of BGH with Buckeye Partners, L.P. on November 19, 2010 (the "Merger"),  resigned from BGH’s general partner’s board and joined the Buckeye GP board. From April 2001 until July 2007, Mr. LaSala served as director of Buckeye GP.  Since May 2017, Mr. LaSala has been a private investor.  From April 2015 until his retirement in May 2017, Mr. LaSala served as General Counsel of Publicis Groupe.  From February 2011 through February 2015, Mr. LaSala served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Sapient Corporation, which was acquired by Publicis Groupe in February 2015. From January 2008 through December 2010, he served as Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Discovery Communications, Inc. From July 2001 to January 2008, Mr. LaSala served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Novell, Inc.

Mark C. McKinley became a director of Buckeye GP on October 1, 2007. He serves as Managing Partner of MK Resources, a private oil and gas development company specializing in the recovery and production of crude oil and the development of unconventional resource projects. Mr. McKinley is a director of the Merrymac McKinley Foundation and the Tip of the Spear Foundation. He is also president and a director of Labrador Oil Company, a private oil and gas exploration and development firm.  Mr. McKinley is managing partner of M Natural Resources, a private investment firm with investments in energy and real estate.  Mr. McKinley joined the board of directors of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) in February 2015 and serves on the audit committee.

Larry C. Payne became a director of Buckeye GP on September 29, 2014. Mr. Payne is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of LESA & Associates, LLC, a midstream energy consulting company. Previously, Mr. Payne has served as Interim President of Magnum NGLs, LLC, a private company engaged in natural gas liquids storage, President and Chief Operating Officer of Lansing NGL Services Natural Gas Liquids Division, a division of Lansing Trade Group, LLC, a commodities trading company and President and Chief Operating Officer of SemStream, LP, a midstream energy company engaged in natural gas liquids supply and marketing. In addition, during his career, Mr. Payne has served in senior management positions at Williams Companies, Texaco, and Ferrellgas. Mr. Payne currently is a member of the board of Unit Corporation (NYSE: UNT), where he is a member of the audit and nominating & governance committees. He also serves on the advisory board for Haddington Ventures, L.L.C., a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in the midstream energy infrastructure sector. Mr. Payne currently serves on the board of directors for the following non-profit organizations: the Wayman Tisdale Foundation, the Board of Trustees for the Metropolitan Baptist Church, and the CEO Advisory Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. 

Oliver G. Richard, III became a director of Buckeye GP on February 17, 2009 and prior to that served as a director of BGH from April 2008. He is currently Chairman of Cleanfuel USA, an alternative vehicular fuel company, and the owner and president of Empire of the Seed LLC, a private consulting firm in the energy and management industries, as well as the private investments industry. Mr. Richard served as Chairman, President and CEO of Columbia Energy Group (“Columbia Energy”) from April 1995 until Columbia Energy was acquired by NiSource Inc. in November 2000. Mr. Richard was appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the United States Senate to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), serving from 1982 to 1985. Mr. Richard serves as a director of the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE MKT: CQP), where he is a member of the audit and the conflicts committees, and American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NYSE: AEP), where he is a member of the human resources and policy committees, as well as the chairman of the nuclear oversight committee.

Frank S. Sowinski is our Lead Independent Director. He became a director of BGH’s general partner on August 4, 2006 and, in connection with the Merger, resigned from BGH’s general partner’s board and joined the Buckeye GP board. From February 2001 until August 2006, Mr. Sowinski served as director of Buckeye GP. Since January 2006, he has been a Management Affiliate of MidOcean Partners, a private equity investor. From October 2004 to January 2006, Mr. Sowinski was a private investor and prior thereto, he served as Executive Vice President of Liz Claiborne, Inc. from January 2004 until October 2004. Mr. Sowinski served as Executive Vice President and CFO of PWC Consulting, a systems integrator company, from May 2002 to October 2002. Mr. Sowinski also served as Vice Chairman of a portfolio company of MidOcean Partners, LegalShield, a specialized legal service products company through June 2016. Mr. Sowinski joined the Board of CDK Global Inc. (NASDAQ: CDK) in October 2014 and chairs the audit committee.

Martin A. White became a director of BGH’s general partner on April 30, 2009 and, effective November 19, 2010 in connection with the Merger, resigned from BGH’s general partner’s board and joined the Buckeye GP board. Since August 2006, Mr. White has been a private investor. Prior thereto, Mr. White was employed for 15 years by MDU Resources Group, Inc. (“MDU”), an NYSE-listed company, which operates in three core lines of business—energy, utility resources and construction materials. From August 1997 until his retirement in August 2006, Mr. White served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MDU. Mr. White was also the Chairman of the board of directors of MDU from February 2001 until his retirement. Mr. White was an employee of Montana Power Company from 1966 until 1991, with his last position being President and Chief Executive Officer of Entech, Inc., a non utility subsidiary of Montana Power Company involved in the oil and natural gas industry, coal mining, real estate and technical communications between electric generating facilities. Mr. White also served as a director of Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYSE: PCL) from 2006 to 2016 and was a director of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIBK) from 2005 to 2011.

 

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