Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at HollyFrontier Corporation
Denise C. McWatters is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC) and Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: HEP). HollyFrontier Corporation, a Fortune 250 Company, is an independent energy company engaged in crude oil refining and wholesale marketing of refined petroleum products. Holly Energy Partners, L.P. is a Master Limited Partnership which owns and operates petroleum product and crude oil pipelines and terminal, tankage and loading rack facilities.
Ms. McWatters joined HFC and HEP in October 2007. Prior to joining HFC and HEP, Ms. McWatters served as General Counsel and chair of the Risk Council of The Beck Group, a large general construction, architecture and development company. Prior to joining Beck, Ms. McWatters was a shareholder in two prominent law firms and served in the legal department at Citigroup.
Ms. McWatters received her B.S. (1980, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and M.A. (1981) from Southern Methodist University, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 1984. Ms. McWatters has served on the SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium Board of Advisors since 2009. She has been recognized numerous times for her accomplishments, including the 2016 Dallas Top 15 Business Women Award, the 2016 and 2017 Top 50 Most Powerful & Influential Women in Oil & Gas Award, 2017 NYCLA Outstanding Women in the Legal Profession Award and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.