Board of Directors

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. NYSE: CQP

Jack A. Fusco

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Fusco has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2016 and as a director since June 2016. In addition, Mr. Fusco serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy Partners GP, LLC (“Cheniere Partners GP”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc. (“Cheniere”) and the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., a publicly traded limited partnership that is operating the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Mr. Fusco is also a Manager, President and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. and Chief Executive Officer of Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC. Mr. Fusco received recognition as Best CEO in the electric industry by Institutional Investor in 2012 as ranked by all industry analysts and for Best Investor Relations by a CEO or Chairman among all mid-cap companies by IR Magazine in 2013. Institutional Investor also recognized Mr. Fusco as the 2020 All-American Executive Team Best CEO in the natural gas industry.

Mr. Fusco served as Chief Executive Officer of Calpine Corporation (“Calpine”) from August 2008 to May 2014 and as Executive Chairman of Calpine from May 2014 through May 11, 2016. Mr. Fusco served as a member of the board of directors of Calpine from August 2008 until March 2018, when the sale of Calpine to an affiliate of Energy Capital Partners and a consortium of other investors was completed. Mr. Fusco was recruited by Calpine’s key shareholders in 2008, just as that company was emerging from bankruptcy. Calpine grew to become America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas, safely and reliably meeting the needs of an economy that demands cleaner, more fuel-efficient and dependable sources of electricity. As Chief Executive Officer of Calpine, Mr. Fusco managed a team of approximately 2,300 employees and led one of the largest purchasers of natural gas in America, a successful developer of new gas-fired power generation facilities and a company that prudently managed the inherent commodity trading and balance sheet risks associated with being a merchant power producer.

Mr. Fusco’s career of over 38 years in the energy industry began with his employment at Pacific Gas & Electric Company upon graduation from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. He joined Goldman Sachs 13 years later as a Vice President with responsibility for commodity trading and marketing of wholesale electricity, a role that led to the creation of Orion Power Holdings, an independent power producer that Mr. Fusco helped found with backing from Goldman Sachs, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1998-2002. In 2004, he was asked to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Genco LLC by a group of private institutional investors, and successfully managed the transition of that business from a subsidiary of a regulated utility to a strong and profitable independent company, generating a more than 5-fold return for shareholders upon its merger with NRG in 2006. Mr. Fusco is currently on the board of directors of the American-Italian Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting cancer research and education.

James R. Ball


 Mr. Ball served as a senior advisor to Tachebois Limited, an energy and equities advisory firm from 2011 to 2019. Mr. Ball served as a Non-Executive Director of Gas Strategies Group Ltd, a professional services company providing commercial energy advisory services, from September 2011 to June 2013. From 1988 through 2003, he served as Chief Executive and Chairman of Gas Strategies Group, a company he founded and where he spent his career advising on financing, developing and operating many of the world’s biggest LNG projects. From 2004 until August 2011, he also served as an Executive Director of Gas Strategies Group. Mr Ball has over 40 years of experience in the LNG business. Mr. Ball is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and Companion of the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers. Mr. Ball received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado and an M.S. from Bayes Business School.

Zach Davis

Director and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Davis has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cheniere and Cheniere Partners GP since February 2022, and previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from August 2020 to February 2022. Mr. Davis also serves as a director of the Cheniere Foundation. Institutional Investor recognized Mr. Davis as the All-America Executive Team Best CFO in Energy - Natural Gas & Master Limited Partnership Sector for 2023 and 2024 by the buy-side and sell-side investor community.        

Mr. Davis joined Cheniere in November 2013. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Finance from February 2020 to August 2020 and as Vice President, Finance and Planning from October 2016 to February 2020. Mr. Davis has over 17 years of finance experience, primarily in the LNG, power, renewable energy, midstream and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Davis held energy investment banking and project finance roles at Credit Suisse, Marathon Capital and HSH Nordbank. Mr. Davis received a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.

Christopher Dell’Amore


Mr. Dell’Amore is a Principal in the Infrastructure Group for Blackstone Inc. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Dell’Amore has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investment in Atlantia. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Dell’Amore worked at Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP) and Fortress Investment Group, focusing on investments in the energy, power, and transportation sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Dell’Amore was an Analyst at Société Générale in the Energy group. Mr. Dell’Amore received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish Language & Literature from Colgate University, where he graduated magna cum laude and with honors, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Studies (Latin America) from The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Corey Grindal

Director and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Grindal has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cheniere and Cheniere Partners GP since January 2023. Mr. Grindal previously served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Trading from November 2020 to January 2023. Mr. Grindal served as Senior Vice President, Gas Supply from September 2016 to September 2020, after joining Cheniere in June of 2013 as Vice President of Supply. Mr. Grindal was brought in to develop the required infrastructure needed for firm and reliable deliveries to Cheniere’s LNG terminals, establish the required relationships with the United States’ producer community, and set up the needed systems, processes, and personnel for Cheniere to be the premier United States LNG exporter. Mr. Grindal has over 30 years of experience in pipeline construction and operations, project management, and natural gas and power trading. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Grindal was with Deutsche Bank and was responsible for physical and financial trading. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Grindal held positions with Louis Dreyfus and the Tenneco/El Paso companies. Mr. Grindal holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

Matthew Hutton


Mr. Hutton is a Managing Director and Head of Energy Infrastructure investments for Brookfield’s Infrastructure Group. In this role, he is responsible for oversight and leading investment sector activities in the Americas and is involved in the screening and evaluation of global investment initiatives.  Prior to joining Brookfield in September 2016, Mr. Hutton was a manager of corporate development with Koch Industries, where he focused on the energy, petrochemical, and fertilizer sectors.  Previously, Mr. Hutton worked in the investment banking group at Macquarie Group Ltd., where he focused on investment opportunities in the infrastructure sector.  Mr. Hutton holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with a concentration in Finance, from Ithaca College.

Taylor Johnson

Director and Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Mr. Johnson has served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cheniere and Cheniere Partners GP since February 2024.  He previously served as Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary from March 2023 to February 2024.  Mr. Johnson joined Cheniere in April 2017 as Assistant General Counsel, providing legal support and strategic advice for Cheniere’s commercial transactions, project development activities, and climate and sustainability initiatives.  Mr. Johnson has over 15 years of experience in LNG project development, LNG marketing, LNG trading, and LNG operations.  Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Johnson held senior legal and commercial positions with Veresen Inc. and BG Group.  Mr. Johnson received a B.B.A. from Abilene Christian University and a J.D. from the University of Houston.

Lon McCain


Mr. McCain was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ellora Energy Inc., a private, independent exploration and production company from July 2009 to August 2010. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Westport Resources Corporation, a publicly traded exploration and production company, from 2001 until the sale of that company to Kerr-McGee Corporation in 2004. From 1992 until joining Westport, Mr. McCain was Senior Vice President and Principal of Petrie Parkman & Co., an investment banking firm specializing in the oil and gas industry. From 1978 until joining Petrie Parkman, Mr. McCain held senior financial management positions with Presidio Oil Company, Petro-Lewis Corporation and Ceres Capital. He is currently on the board of directors of Crescent Energy Company, a publicly traded energy investment company. Mr. McCain previously served on the board of directors of Continental Resources, Inc., a publicly traded oil and natural gas exploration and production company, from 2006 through its private acquisition in 2022. He also previously served on the board of directors of Contango Oil and Gas Company, which combined with Independence Energy, LLC to form Crescent Energy Company in December 2021. Mr. McCain received a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Denver. Mr. McCain was also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Denver from 1982 to 2005.

Vincent Pagano, Jr.


Mr. Pagano served as a senior corporate partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a law firm, with a focus on capital markets transactions and public company advisory matters from 1981 until his retirement at the end of 2012. Mr. Pagano earned a law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Engineering, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Pagano also serves as a director of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., a publicly traded homebuilding company, and served as a director of L3 Technologies, Inc., an aerospace and defense company, from 2013 until its merger with Harris Corporation in June 2019.

Oliver G. Richard, III


Mr. Richard is the owner and president of Empire of the Seed, LLC, a private consulting firm in the energy and management industries.  Mr. Richard served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Energy Group, a natural gas company, from 1995 until 2000. Mr. Richard served as a director of Buckeye Partners, L.P., a publicly traded petroleum product pipeline and terminal company, from 2009 through its acquisition in 2019 and of American Electric Power Company, Inc., a publicly traded electric utility, from 2013 to 2023.  Mr. Richard was a Commissioner on the FERC from 1982 until 1985.  Mr. Richard received a B.S. in Journalism and a J.D. from Louisiana State University, and a Master of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University. 

Matthew Runkle


Matthew Runkle is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Renewables and Midstream within the Infrastructure Group for Blackstone Inc., an alternative asset management firm. Since joining Blackstone in October 2017, Mr. Runkle has been involved in the execution of Blackstone investments, including Invenergy Renewables, Cheniere Partners and Tallgrass Energy. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Runkle spent 15 years at ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm focused on energy infrastructure investments. While at ArcLight, Mr. Runkle sourced, executed, and actively managed investments in assets and companies across the power and midstream sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Runkle began his career at The NorthBridge Group as an analyst, where he focused on corporate strategy for vertically integrated utilities. Mr. Runkle has served as a director of Tallgrass Energy Partners GP, L.P., a midstream energy infrastructure company since March 2019. Mr. Runkle previously served as a director of Cheniere from April 2023 to April 2024 and Cheniere Partners GP from July 2021 to April 2023. He also serves as chair of the Brooklyn Community Board of the Jeremiah Program, a non-profit social services organization. Mr. Runkle holds a Bachelor's degree in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University.