Delek US and Delek Logistics Announces Leadership Success Plan

 Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK) (

Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK) (“Delek US” or the “Company”) today announced a leadership succession plan and a series of additional leadership appointments as well as governance updates at Delek US and Delek Logistics Partners, LP (NYSE: DKL) (“Delek Logistics”).

Executive Leadership Succession Plan

Ezra Uzi Yemin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Delek US and President of Delek Logistics, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman of the Delek US Board of Directors. Mr. Yemin will continue as Chairman of the Delek Logistics Board. The Company’s Board has approved the appointment of Avigal Soreq, who currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of El Al Airlines, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Delek US and President of Delek Logistics. These changes will become effective during the month of June.

Mr. Yemin has served as Chairman of Delek US since 2012, as Chief Executive Officer since 2004 and as President and a director since 2001. Under his leadership, Delek US has grown from a retail convenience store operator into a fully integrated downstream energy company with assets located along the Gulf Coast region, including four refineries, a strong midstream footprint, biodiesel plants and retail convenience store locations. As Executive Chairman, Mr. Yemin will help oversee the Company’s strategic direction and innovation efforts.

“On behalf of the Board and management team, I want to thank Uzi for his tremendous leadership and guidance over nearly two decades,” said Shlomo Zohar, Lead Independent Director of the Delek US Board. “As CEO, Uzi has helped position the Company for the future by implementing a plan to diversify our business model and earnings mix and leverage our strong cash flows and balance sheet to expand our midstream platform. He also played an integral role in navigating the business through a difficult COVID environment while maintaining safe operations, continuity of products and services and an improved cash flow profile. We look forward to continuing to benefit from Uzi’s perspectives as Executive Chairman.”

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Mr. Zohar continued, “We are pleased to appoint Avigal, a proven executive with a deep understanding of our business and opportunities, as the next CEO of Delek US. Avigal brings a balanced combination of first-hand insight into our operations as well as outside executive perspective that we believe make him uniquely positioned to lead our organization. Our Board is confident Avigal is the right person to drive our next chapter of growth and help achieve our full potential. Together with the additional Board and leadership appointments we are announcing today, we are underscoring the strength of our business and our expectation to continue delivering high performance.”

Mr. Yemin stated, “It has been an honor to build this great company, and I couldn’t be more proud of the progress we’ve made laying the foundation for the future. In addition to expanding our platform and simplifying our structure over the years, we’ve successfully executed a plan to drive innovation, diversify the Company’s assets, and optimize costs, which has in turn enhanced our competitive position within the industry and enabled us to weather challenging macroeconomic headwinds. We have a solid foundation in place, and as we emerge with strength from the pandemic-driven downturn, the Board and I are confident that this is the right opportunity to welcome our next generation of leadership. Avigal knows Delek US well, having helped establish our operational capabilities and grow our business significantly in his prior role as our Chief Operating Officer. I look forward to working with Avigal and the Board to drive sustainable energy solutions and generate long-term value for shareholders.”

Mr. Soreq said, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve as the next CEO of Delek US and the President of DKL. In particular, I’m grateful to the Board for entrusting me with this opportunity, and to Uzi for his many years of leadership, mentorship, and friendship. I am passionate about this organization and its talented team, and am eager to reconnect with my former colleagues who I know to be dedicated and best-in-class. Delek US and Delek Logistics have high-quality assets and positive momentum underway, and with deep knowledge about both companies and their operations, I look forward to working closely with the Board, Uzi and the management team to leverage my experience and lead the Company’s next phase of success and value creation.”

Additional Leadership Appointments

Effective immediately, Todd O’Malley, currently EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, has been named Chief Operating Officer of Delek US and Delek Logistics, and Nithia Thaver, currently Senior Vice President, Refining, has been promoted to EVP and President of Refining at Delek US.

Mr. Yemin continued, “Todd and Nithia are highly capable and energized leaders, and we are pleased to promote them to new roles. As Chief Operating Officer, Todd will oversee operations with a keen focus on safety and reliability, which are key tenets of delivering stable performance over time. Delek US is well positioned to capitalize on an improving macro backdrop for traditional energy, and Delek Logistics has a proven track record of consistent operational performance and distribution growth that we expect will continue under Todd’s leadership. In addition, Nithia has built a strong team that has performed across a range of key areas, including safety and environmental initiatives, while achieving tangible results for Delek US, and we are pleased to recognize these efforts through his promotion.”

Delek US Board Appointment

Delek US also announced today that Leonardo Moreno, a highly experienced executive in the global renewable energy and technology sector, has been appointed as an independent director to the Delek US Board, effective immediately. With this appointment, the Board has been expanded to comprise eight directors, seven of whom are independent and three of whom are diverse, fulfilling the Company’s objective of at least 30% of the Board comprising diverse members by 2022.

Mr. Moreno brings to the Delek US Board 15 years of global leadership and executive experience at The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 global power company leader in renewables and new technologies. Mr. Moreno currently serves as President, AES Clean Energy, and heads the US Renewables Business Unit focused on accelerating a future where the electric grid is 100% carbon-free. In this role, he advanced AES’ US renewables business unit to a leadership position in the market in his first year of service.

Mr. Yemin concluded, “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Moreno to the Delek US Board. His deep experience in renewable energy and new technologies brings an important perspective at a critical time as we continue our focus on environmental initiatives and prepare for the energy transition. We look forward to benefitting from his expertise and to working together to continue driving value for Delek US shareholders.”

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