Board of Directors
The Experience & Vision Guiding Our Future
John V. Genova
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.
James D. Bennett
Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Bennett 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 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 B.B.A. with a major in finance from Texas Tech University in 1993. Mr. Bennett has served on the boards of directors of the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. and PostRock Energy Corporation.
Michael L. Bennett
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.
William (Bill) M. Griffin
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.
David J. Kornder
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.
Board Committee Assignments
Chair: David J. Kornder
Member: John V. Genova
Member: William M. Griffin
Chair: Michael L. Bennett
Member: William M. Griffin
Nominating and Governance Committee
Chair: John V. Genova
Member: Michael L. Bennett
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