Board of Directors

The Experience & Vision Guiding Our Future

John V. Genova


John V. Genova earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1976.

He joined Exxon in the Company’s Baton Rouge Refinery in 1976. At Exxon, he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the Refining, Supply and Natural Gas functions. Immediately following the public announcement of the Exxon and Mobil merger, Mr. Genova led the development of a $20 billion integrated natural gas project proposal for Saudi Arabia and served as the lead Exxon/Mobil merger natural gas negotiator with the European Commission. Following approval of the Exxon and Mobil merger, he was named Director, International Gas Marketing, ExxonMobil International Limited. Subsequently, he was appointed Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Lee Raymond, and the General Manager of Corporate Planning of Exxon Mobil Corporation on April 1, 2002. In this position, he served as an Officer of ExxonMobil.

In April 2004, Mr. Genova became a Director of the Board of Encore Acquisition Company and served on the Audit Committee until the company’s merger with Denbury Resources in early 2010.

In May 2008, Mr. Genova was appointed as President and CEO of Sterling Chemicals where he led the creation of significant value before successfully completing the sale of the company to Eastman Chemical.

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Sylvia K. Barnes


Ms. Barnes is a Principal and owner of Tanda Resources LLC, a privately-held oil & gas investment and consulting company. From 2011 – 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, 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 – 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 previously served on the Board of Directors of Halcon Resources Corporation 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. 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. Her qualifications to serve on the board include her extensive financial analysis and transaction experience and knowledge of the oil & gas industry.

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Michael L. Bennett


Michael Bennett has over forty years of technical and managerial experience in the petrochemical industry.

From 1973 until 2010, Mr. Bennett was an employee of Terra Industries Inc., a manufacturer of nitrogen. 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. Mr. Bennett currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of OCI N.V., a producer of nitrogen fertilizers, methanol, and other natural gas-based products, serving agricultural and industrial customers from the Americas to Asia.

Mr. Bennett also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of OCI Partners, L.P., which operates OCI Beaumont, the largest integrated ammonia and methanol production complex in the United States. In addition, Mr. Bennett serves on the Board of Directors of Alliant Energy. Mr. Bennett is a past Chairman of the Board of The Fertilizer Institute, the Methanol Institute, the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, and Morningside College.

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William (Bill) M. Griffin


Bill Griffin has 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. Griffin most recently served as President and CEO of privately held Petro Harvester Oil & Gas. Mr. Griffin’s background also includes senior leadership positions as President of Ironwood Oil & Gas, Senior Vice President of El Paso Exploration and Production Company, and Vice President of Sonat Exploration Company. In addition to Petro Harvester Oil & Gas, Mr. Griffin previously served on the boards of Black Warrior Methane Corp. and Four Star Oil & Gas Company. Mr. Griffin began his career with TXO Production Corp. and is a registered professional engineer with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.

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David J. Kornder


David Kornder has over twenty years of experience in oil and gas and finance.

Until June 2015, Mr. Kornder was the 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, a privately held midstream energy company, and various charitable organizations. Mr. Kornder holds a B.A. in accounting from Montana State University.

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Board Committee Assignments

Audit Committee

Chair: David J. Kornder
Member: John V. Genova
Member: Sylvia K. Barnes

Compensation Committee

Chair: Michael L. Bennett
Member: Sylvia K. Barnes

Nominating and Governance Committee

Chair: John V. Genova
Member: Michael L. Bennett

Corporate Governance

As key elements of SandRidge’s core values, integrity and accountability are vital to attaining the trust of our investors. To ensure our business remains true to these principles, the Board of Directors has adopted the codes, guidelines and committee charters listed below.

Ethics Hotline

SandRidge has established a toll-free Ethics Hotline so investors, employees and other interested parties may anonymously report any activities that may potentially be in violation of company policies or concerns. The Ethics Hotline number is 1-866-206-2720. You may also visit the website.