Par Petroleum Corp. has announced that it will change its name to Par Pacific Holdings Inc., effective 20 October 2015, to more accurately reflect its growth strategy of building and acquiring market-leading businesses. The company's ticker symbol, PARR, will remain the same. To further this strategy, Par has appointed current board member William (Bill) Pate as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Par's current CEO, Joseph Israel, will remain on the Board of Directors of Par Pacific and will be named President and CEO of the refining, marketing and logistics business, which will be renamed Par Petroleum LLC.
"Bill is exceptionally capable with a proven record of building shareholder value. I have worked closely with him in successfully developing companies for over twenty years. He has been instrumental in establishing the successful entity that Par is today. His extensive experience in the energy space, combined with his expertise in identifying, funding, and developing acquisitions, will help us accelerate our acquisition strategy to take advantage of the current commodity price environment," said Melvyn (Mel) N. Klein, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "We are delighted Joseph is taking the lead as President of Par Petroleum to specifically focus on enhancing the refining, marketing and logistics piece of our business."
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Pate said: "I look forward to working with Joseph and the rest of the Par Pacific management team, who have performed an outstanding job in building our refining, marketing and logistics operation in Hawaii. I am also delighted to be associated with our other holdings including the natural gas development efforts of Piceance Energy LLC, which continues to produce strong results despite the current commodities price environment."
Mr. Pate added: "It is an exciting time in the energy and infrastructure space, with ample opportunities for development and growth. Par's past performance speaks for itself and I plan to expand our existing footprint by developing and acquiring market-leading energy and infrastructure businesses, leveraging our approximately US$1.4 billion NOL tax asset and our talented management team and Board of Directors."
Prior to joining Par, William Pate was the Co-President of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the Chicago-based private investment firm founded and led by Sam Zell. Through an affiliate, EGI is the largest shareholder of Par. In his twenty-one years at EGI, Mr. Pate led a team that completed successful investments in many business sectors including energy, power, infrastructure, logistics, chemicals, financial services and health care. Many of these investments included holding companies that had tax attributes and multiple lines of business, similar to Par. Mr. Pate is the former Chairman of the Board and a long-time director of Covanta Holding Corp., an international owner/operator of energy-from-waste and power generation facilities.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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