Board of Directors
The Experience & Vision Guiding Our Future
Michael L. Bennett
Mr. M. Bennett has served as a director since October 2016. Mr. M. Bennett has over forty years of technical and managerial experience in the petrochemical industry. From 1973 until 2010, Mr. M. Bennett was an employee of Terra Industries Inc., a manufacturer of nitrogen products. During such time he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, from February 1997 until April 2001, and President and Chief Executive Officer, from April 2001 until April 2010, when the company was acquired by CF Industries. Since May 2010, Mr. M. Bennett has been a private investor with Albaton Enterprises LLC in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. M. Bennett currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of OCI N.V. (NYSE Euronext: OCI), a producer of nitrogen fertilizers, methanol, and other natural gas-based products, serving agricultural and industrial customers from the Americas to Asia. Mr. M. Bennett also serves as Chairman of the board of directors of OCI Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OCIP), which operates OCI Beaumont, the largest integrated ammonia and methanol production complex in the United States. In addition, Mr. M. Bennett previously served on the board of directors of Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT) and is a past Chairman of the board of The Fertilizer Institute, the Methanol Institute, the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, and Morningside College.
Sylvia K. Barnes
Ms. Barnes has served as a director since February 2018. Ms. Barnes’ has over thirty years of oil & gas finance experience and a background in engineering. Since April 2015, Ms. Barnes has been Principal and owner of Tanda Resources LLC, a privately-held oil and gas investment and consulting company. From 2011 to April 2015, Ms. Barnes served as Managing Director and Group Head for KeyBanc Capital Markets Oil & Gas Investment and Corporate Banking Group and was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining KeyBanc, Ms. Barnes was Head of Energy Investment Banking at Madison Williams from 2009 to 2011, and Managing Director at Merrill Lynch’s energy investment banking practice. She joined Merrill as part of the firm’s acquisition of Petrie Parkman & Co. From 1994 to 2000, Ms. Barnes worked as Managing Director and SVP for Nesbitt Burns, including serving as head of the firm’s U.S. energy investment banking group. Prior to that she worked in various capacities at Nesbitt Burns and its parent company, Bank of Montreal. As a banker Ms. Barnes devoted her career to serving companies in the upstream oil and gas sector and she successfully executed a variety of mergers, acquisitions and divestiture transactions, and advised on public and private equity offerings and private debt and equity placements. Ms. Barnes currently services as a member on the board of directors of Pure Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: PACQU), where she is Chair of the audit committee and a member of the nominating & governance and compensation committees. Ms. Barnes previously served on the Board of Directors of Halcon Resources Corporation (NYSE: HK) and as a member of its audit and reserves committees. Ms. Barnes began her career as a reservoir engineer for Esso Resources. Ms. Barnes graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Dean’s List), was a licensed professional engineer in Alberta and earned a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from York University. She is experienced in advising boards of directors, special committees and executive management on financial decisions with strategic and governance considerations including mergers & acquisitions, being responsible for strategic growth initiatives, budgets and P&L, and raising private and public capital. Ms. Barnes’ experience provides her with valuable insights into corporate strategy, capital allocation, equity and debt financing and the assessment and management of risks faced by energy companies.
Kenneth H. Beer
Mr. Beer has served as a director since April 2018. Mr. Beer has nearly forty years of financial analysis, transactional and managerial experience, as well as knowledge of the oil & gas industry. Since January 2011, Mr. Beer has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Stone Energy Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company, prior to which, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from August 2005. During this time, he has been responsible for significant financial transactions including equity and debt offerings, investor relations, financial analysis and planning, risk management, marketing, IT and facilities. From 1992 to 2005, Mr. Beer was Partner and Director of Equity Research of Johnson Rice & Company, an energy brokerage and investment bank. From 1986 to 1992, Mr. Beer worked at Howard Weil, a U.S. energy investment business. From 1984 to 1985, Mr. Beer worked at Wood Mackenzie/Gintel, a research and consulting business for global energy, chemicals, metals and mining industries. From 1979 to 1981, Mr. Beer worked at Boston Consulting Group, a global management and strategy consulting firm. Additionally, Mr. Beer has previously served on the board of directors of International Shipholding (NYSE: ISH), including on its audit (chairman), compensation (chairman) and governance committees, and he currently serves as a board member of certain private entities. Mr. Beer has a Master’s of Business Administration from Stanford University and an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
William (Bill) M. Griffin
Mr. B. Griffin has served as a director since October 2016 and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of SandRidge since February 2018. Mr. B. Griffin has over thirty-five years of technical and leadership experience with active public and privately owned upstream energy organizations in most oil and gas basins throughout the United States and Gulf of Mexico. Mr. B. Griffin most recently served as President and CEO of Petro Harvester Oil & Gas, a private equity based company with oil production and asset development in the Williston Basin and U.S. Gulf Coast Areas from 2012 to August 2015. Mr. B. Griffin founded and served as President of Ironwood Oil & Gas, a privately held upstream organization focused on acquisition and self-development of Texas horizontal natural gas fields and opportunities from 2008 to 2012. From 1999 to 2007, he had full business responsibilities for various U.S. onshore and offshore basins with El Paso Exploration and Production Company, ultimately serving as Sr. Vice President, Onshore U.S. Division. He held various technical and asset management positions, including District Vice-President with Sonat Exploration Company, an oil and natural gas exploration and production business from 1990 to 1999 and began his career serving in various petroleum engineering and operations roles during tenure with TXO Production Corp., an oil and natural gas production company from 1981 to1990. In addition to Petro Harvester Oil & Gas, Mr. B. Griffin previously served on the boards of Black Warrior Methane Corp. and Four Star Oil & Gas Company. Mr. B. Griffin is a registered professional engineer with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.
David J. Kornder
Mr. Kornder has served as a director since October 2016. Mr. Kornder has over twenty five years of experience in oil and gas and finance. In November 2016, Mr. Kornder co-founded Sequel Energy Group LLC, a privately held oil and gas company for which he serves as a Managing Director. Sequel Energy Group is financially backed by GSO Capital Partners and is focused on making investments in non-operated drilling joint ventures in proven areas with experienced oil and gas teams. From September 2008 until June 2015, Mr. Kornder served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Natural Resources, LLC, a privately held independent oil and gas company primarily focused on drilling and production in the Williston Basin in North Dakota. Previously, Mr. Kornder served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at BioFuel Energy Corp., a publicly traded ethanol production company, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Petrie, Parkman, LLC, a privately held investment bank focused on the energy sector, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director for Patina Oil & Gas Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas company. Mr. Kornder also worked as the Assistant Vice President – Finance at Gillett Group Management and as a senior accountant with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. Mr. Kornder presently serves on the boards of 3 Bear Energy, LLC, and Bear Cub Energy, both privately held midstream energy companies and as a director of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. Mr. Kornder holds a B.A. in accounting from Montana State University.
Board Committee Assignments
Chair: David J. Kornder
Member: Kenneth H. Beer
Member: Sylvia K. Barnes
Chair: Sylvia K. Barnes
Member: Michael L. Bennett
Nominating and Governance Committee
Chair: Michael L. Bennett
Member: Kenneth H. Beer
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