Suburban Propane appoints 2 to expanded board of supervisors

May 12, 2023 By    

Suburban Propane Partners unanimously approved an increase in the number of independent members of its board of supervisors – from seven to nine – and elected Amy M. Adams and Rommel M. Oates to fill the two vacancies.

Adams and Oates were each elected for a term due to expire at the next tri-annual meeting of unit holders of the partnership, planned for May 2024. At that meeting, under the current partnership agreement, all supervisors will be elected by the partnership’s common unit holders.

Adams brings to the board an extensive background in emerging energy solutions, including hydrogen fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies, and strategic growth and market development initiatives. She recently transitioned to vice president of government partnerships and funding at Cummins Inc., focused on private-public collaboration building in the zero emissions space. For the past three-and-a-half years, she led hydrogen technology innovation as vice president of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies at Cummins, building zero emission technical capabilities and partnerships to advance the green hydrogen economy globally and accelerate technology adoption. Under her leadership, the fuel cell and hydrogen technologies business achieved many global hydrogen technology “firsts,” expanded its footprint and capabilities across the world, and forged partnerships with OEMs and energy companies, according to Suburban.

An engineer by trade, Adams has led several other global businesses since joining Cummins in 1995, including launching a new generation of emission solutions and identifying and penetrating target growth segments in Cummins’ European markets. Since 2021, Adams has served as co-chair of the management board of the Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led initiative aimed at fostering the clean energy transition. She is also passionate about nurturing the next generation of female leaders and innovators, and serves as a national board member for Girls Inc., a nonprofit that encourages and mentors young women as they work to navigate economic, gender and social barriers.

Oates brings to the board a deep understanding of energy markets, renewable energy solutions and over two decades of experience in hydrogen commercial and technical market development. He founded and serves as the chairman and CEO of Oates Energy Solutions, a privately-owned energy and technology value creation services company, and is CEO of Refinery Calculator Inc., which is a global refining, energy, chemicals, emissions and hydrogen market intelligence cloud-based software platform. From 2015 to 2018, Oates served True North Venture Partners in several executive leadership roles in sales, marketing and commercial development, including for one of their portfolio companies, Aquahydrex Pty Ltd. Prior to 2015, he held several leadership positions at Praxair Inc. (now Linde PLC) since joining the company in 2003, most recently as global director of hydrogen and carbon monoxide product management, where he was accountable for the overall profitability management functions for large-scale hydrogen pipeline and storage assets, as well as carbon monoxide, liquid methane, methanol and formalin business units.

Oates currently serves as an independent director and member of the nominating, governance and sustainability committee of the board of directors for Summit Midstream Partners, which owns, develops and operates midstream energy infrastructure assets in the continental United States. Since 2014, he has also served as a board member for the International Association of Hydrogen Energy, and he is the inventor of more than 16 hydrogen technology, purification and storage patents, Suburban adds.

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