James D. Bennett
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bennett was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President in June 2013. Prior to that he served as President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2013 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2011. From 2010 until he joined the Company, he was Managing Director for White Deer Energy, a private equity fund focused on the exploration and production, oilfield service and equipment, and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. From 2006 to December 2009, Mr. Bennett was employed by GSO Capital Partners L.P. where he served in various capacities, including as its Managing Director. Mr. Bennett graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1993. Mr. Bennett has served on the board of directors of the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. and PostRock Energy Corporation.
Eddie M. LeBlanc
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. LeBlanc was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2013. Prior to joining SandRidge, he served as Chief Financial Officer at each of East Resources Inc. (2010 – 2013), Oklahoma City-based PostRock Energy Corporation (2009 – 2010), Ascent Energy Company (2003 – 2007), Range Resources Corporation (2000 – 2003), and Coho Energy, Inc. (1995 – 1999). Previously in his career, Mr. LeBlanc served in senior positions at other diversified energy companies and as an auditor with Ernst & Ernst. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana) and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Executive Vice President And Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Turk was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective March 2, 2015. Mr. Turk joined SandRidge with more than 30 years of experience in the exploration and production industry, at both private and publicly held companies, including having most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at HighMount Exploration & Production LLC from August 2013 to October 2014 and, prior to that, as Vice President Operations, Southern Division for Chesapeake Energy Corporation from September 2008 to August 2013. He also held various operations and management positions for Equitable Production Company, Ziff Energy Group and Cabot Oil and Gas. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Edinboro University and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Pennsylvania State University as well as an MBA from Oklahoma City University.
Executive Vice President And President Of Saltwater Gathering Operations
Mr. Clement was appointed Executive Vice President And President Of Saltwater Gathering Operations in October 2014. Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Clement served as Vice President of SemOperating G.P., L.L.C. and President of SemStream, L.P. and SemGas, L.P. from 2005 to October 2014. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Clement also served in various capacities at SemStream, L.P., including Chief Operating Officer and President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Clement began his career at Koch Industries, where he served for 23 years, holding various positions of increasing responsibilities in the natural gas liquids, refined products, and finance divisions – the last ten (1995-2005) as Vice President, Western Region – Koch Materials. Mr. Clement serves on the Board of Directors at NGL Energy Partners, LP and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Wichita State University.
Executive Vice President of Investor Relations and Strategy
Mr. Grubert was appointed Executive Vice President of Investor Relations and Strategy in December 2013. Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Grubert spent 14 years as a Wall Street analyst covering the oil and gas exploration and production sector, most recently for Susquehanna Financial Group. From 1983 to 2000, Mr. Grubert served in various capacities at Unocal Corporation (now part of Chevron), including in petroleum engineering, international business development and finally as General Manager of Corporate Strategy and Business Intelligence. Mr. Grubert holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters of Business Administration from California State University.
Craig A. Johnson
Executive Vice President of Operations
Mr. Johnson was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations in August 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Johnson held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations since July 2011 and Vice President of Western Operations since joining SandRidge in June 2007. Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Johnson was Operations Manager for the Eastern Division of Samson Resources, having also served in various engineering and asset management positions in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and Eastern regions. Mr. Johnson graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
Randall D. Cooley
Senior Vice President – Accounting
Mr. Cooley joined us as Vice President of Accounting in November 2006, upon acquisition of NEG Oil & Gas LLC and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Accounting in January 2008. Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Cooley served as the senior financial officer with National Energy Group, Inc., having held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2003 to November 2006. Mr. Cooley earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Senior Vice President – Corporate Reservoir Engineering
Mr. Galvin, Senior Vice President of Corporate Reservoir Engineering, joined SandRidge in August 2011 as Reservoir Engineering Manager and was promoted to Vice President in January 2012. Mr. Galvin has 32 years of industry experience focused on reservoir engineering and asset management. Prior to joining SandRidge, he worked for PostRock Energy from 2009 to 2011, serving in several vice president positions. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer for privately-held Windsor Energy from 2008 to 2009. His experience also includes working as a consulting petroleum engineer for Pinnacle Energy Services, LLC for five years. Mr. Galvin began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1980 with Marathon Oil Company where he held various positions of increasing responsibilities in engineering and management in domestic and international locations. Mr. Galvin graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oklahoma.
R. Scott Griffin
Senior Vice President – People and Culture
Mr. Griffin was appointed Senior Vice President – People and Culture in November 2013. Mr. Griffin returns to SandRidge from Chaparral Energy, where he led the strategic Human Resources function. He previously served as Director of Human Resources at SandRidge from 2008 to 2012. For the past 26 years, Mr. Griffin has held various HR and leadership roles including 13 years as Senior Vice President of Wood Designs, a leading retail fixture manufacturer, and 5 years as the principal of redlion Industrial Supply, a company he founded and managed. Mr. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Oklahoma and has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Development.
Senior Vice President of Production
Mr. Suter was appointed as Senior Vice President of Production effective April 27, 2015. Mr. Suter joined SandRidge with an extensive history in the exploration and production sector, including having most recently served as Vice President of the Woodford business unit at American Energy Partners, LP since 2013. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Operations for Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s Western Division. He also served as Chesapeake’s District Manager for the Barnett Shale and Southern Oklahoma assets. Prior to Chesapeake, Mr. Suter served in various operational roles at Continental Resources, Inc., Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and Petro-Lewis Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Warman joined us as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in August 2010. He also serves as our Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Warman was the Associate General Counsel for SEC and finance matters for Spectra Energy Corporation from January 2007 through July 2010. From 1998 through 2006, he practiced law as a corporate finance attorney with Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Houston, Texas. Mr. Warman earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law.