Brian Zatarain is a director nominee and has agreed to serve on our board of directors. Mr. Zatarain is a senior executive with 24 years of hands-on and diverse strategic, investment, finance and operations experience. Mr. Zatarain is currently the managing partner at Zatarain Resources, an independent advisory services company, that he started in June 2011 and also concurrently serves as an operating partner, since May 2020, at U.S. Grid Company, a grid resiliency and energy transition development company and an operating partner, since January 2021, at De Jong Capital LLC, a family office affiliated with our sponsor that is focused on emerging markets, special situations.
From October 2016 through May 2019, Mr. Zatarain was the chief executive officer at Itafos, a vertically integrated phosphate fertilizers and specialty products company listed on the TSX-V. From May 2005 through June 2011, Mr. Zatarain was an executive vice president at Ashmore Energy International (AEI) where he chaired the investment committee and was responsible for strategy, corporate and business development and enterprise risk management. From February 2000 through April 2005, Mr. Zatarain worked in the international business development and asset management group at Enron Corp. and was a key member of the team that created and executed the equity spin-off exit strategy of Enron Corp.’s international businesses through the formation of Prisma Energy International (not related to Prisma Energy below), which was subsequently sold to AEI. From May 1997 through January 2000, Mr. Zatarain worked at Coastal Corp. supporting the execution of its international energy infrastructure acquisition and greenfield development strategy. Mr. Zatarain has co-founded several companies including in 2017, Prisma Energy, a renewable and battery storage investment holding company and in 2011, Zaff, an investment management company. Mr. Zatarain has served as a director on the board of directors of public and private phosphate fertilizers and specialty products companies, power and gas utility companies, renewable energy companies, oil and gas production and transportation companies, city lighting companies and an energy infrastructure fund.
Mr. Zatarain holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Texas.