Mr. Patton was named Vice President—Business Strategy, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company in July 2013. In early 2014, he was also named the Company’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Before joining the Company, Mr. Patton served as a partner of Alston & Bird LLP in its Corporate Transactions and Securities Practice Group, where he focused his practice on corporate transactions, securities regulation and corporate governance, developing an extensive background in mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate and business transactions, finance and private equity.