HOUSTON (AP) - Cheniere Energy Inc. is replacing Chairman, President and CEO Charif Souki, co-founder of the liquid natural gas company.

HOUSTON (AP) Cheniere Energy Inc. is replacing Chairman, President and CEO Charif Souki, co-founder of the liquid natural gas company.

Activist investor Carl Icahn has built up his stake in Cheniere recently and the company has added two of his affiliates to its board.

Cheniere named board member Neal Shear as interim president and CEO and appointed board member Andrea Botta as chairman.

Shear has served as a Cheniere director since last year, while Botta has been a board member since 2010.

The Houston company said that it will immediately begin a search for a permanent CEO.