Board of Directors
The Experience & Vision Guiding Our Future
Chairman of the Board
Jonathan Frates has been a Managing Director at Icahn Enterprises L.P., a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses, including investment, automotive, energy, gaming, railcar, food packaging, metals, mining, real estate and home fashion, since June 2018. From November 2015 to June 2018, Mr. Frates served as a Portfolio Company Associate at Icahn Enterprises. Prior to joining Icahn Enterprises, Mr. Frates served as a Senior Business Analyst at First Acceptance Corp. and as an Associate at its holding company, Diamond A Ford Corp. Mr. Frates began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Wachovia Securities LLC. Mr. Frates has served as: Chairman of the Board of Directors of SandRidge Energy, Inc., an oil and natural gas company with a principal focus on exploration and production activities in the U.S. Mid-Continent and North Park Basin of Colorado, since June 2018; a director of Ferrous Resources Limited, an iron ore mining company with operations in Brazil, since December 2016; a director of CVR Partners LP, a nitrogen fertilizer company, since April 2016; a director of American Railcar Industries, Inc., a railcar manufacturing company, since March 2016; a director of Viskase Companies, Inc., a meat casing company, since March 2016; a director of CVR Energy, Inc., a diversified holding company primarily engaged in petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer production, since March 2016; and a director of CVR Refining, LP, an independent downstream energy limited partnership, since March 2016. Ferrous Resources, American Railcar Industries, Viskase Companies, CVR Energy, CVR Refining and CVR Partners are each indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn also has a non−controlling interest in SandRidge Energy through the ownership of securities. Mr. Frates received a BBA from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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.
William (Bill) M. Griffin
Mr. 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 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 to 1990. 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.
Robert G. Alexander
Robert G. Alexander has served as a director of CVR Energy, Inc. since May 2012. Mr. Alexander has served as a director of TransAtlantic Petroleum Corp., an international exploration and production company doing business in Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania, since June 2010. Mr. Alexander previously served on the board of directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company, from June 2012 until June 2014, and Seventy Seven Energy Inc., a diversified oilfield services company, from June 2014 until August 2016. Mr. Alexander, a founder of Alexander Energy Corporation, served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Energy from 1980 to 1996. Alexander Energy merged with National Energy Group, Inc., an oil and gas property management company, in 1996 and Mr. Alexander served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2006. From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Alexander served as Vice President and General Manager of the Northern Division of Reserve Oil, Inc. and President of Basin Drilling Corporation, both subsidiaries of Reserve Oil and Gas Company of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Alexander has served on numerous committees with the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the State of Oklahoma Energy Commission. CVR Energy is indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn, and National Energy Group was previously indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn also previously had non-controlling interests in each of Chesapeake and Seventy Seven Energy. Mr. Alexander received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Jonathan Christodoro is a private investor. From July 2012 to February 2017, Mr. Christodoro served as a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, the entity through which Carl C. Icahn manages investment funds, where he was responsible for identifying, analyzing and monitoring investment opportunities and portfolio companies. Prior to joining Icahn Capital, Mr. Christodoro served in various investment and research roles at P2 Capital Partners, LLC, Prentice Capital Management, LP and S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LP. Mr. Christodoro began his career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on merger and acquisition transactions across a variety of industries. Mr. Christodoro has been a director of: Xerox Corporation, a provider of document management solutions, since May 2018 (and was previously a director of Xerox from June 2016 to December 2017); PayPal Holdings, Inc., a technology platform company that enables digital and mobile payments worldwide, since July 2015; Lyft, Inc., a mobile ride-sharing application, since May 2015; Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, since October 2013 (and has been Chairman of the Board of Enzon since November 2013); and Herbalife Ltd., a nutrition company, since April 2013. Mr. Christodoro was previously a director of: Cheniere Energy, Inc., a developer of natural gas liquefaction and export facilities and related pipelines, from August 2015 to August 2017; American Railcar Industries, Inc., a railcar manufacturing company, from June 2015 to February 2017; Hologic, Inc., a supplier of diagnostic, medical imaging and surgical products, from December 2013 to March 2016; eBay Inc., a global commerce and payments company, from March 2015 to July 2015; and Talisman Energy Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, from December 2013 to May 2015. American Railcar Industries is indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn has or previously had non−controlling interests in each of Xerox, PayPal, eBay, Lyft, Cheniere, Hologic, Talisman, Enzon and Herbalife through the ownership of securities. Mr. Christodoro received an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with Distinction, majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Mr. Christodoro received a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management Magna Cum Laude with Honors Distinction in Research from Cornell University. Mr. Christodoro also served in the United States Marine Corps.
John J. (Jack) Lipinski
John J. “Jack” Lipinski served as Chief Executive Officer and President and a Director of CVR Energy, Inc. (“CVR Energy”) from 2007 to 2017, as well as Chief Executive Officer and President and a Director of the general partner of CVR Refining, L.P. from its inception in 2012 until 2017 and Executive Chairman of the general partner of CVR Partners, L.P. from 2011 to 2017. CVR Energy is a diversified holding company primarily engaged in the petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing industries through its holdings in CVR Refining and CVR Partners. Prior to the formation of CVR Energy, Mr. Lipinski served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Coffeyville Resources, LLC from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Lipinski has more than 40 years of experience in the petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer industries. He began his career with Texaco, Inc. In 1985, Mr. Lipinski joined The Coastal Corporation, eventually serving as Vice President of Refining with overall responsibility for Coastal’s refining and petrochemical operations. Upon the merger of Coastal with El Paso Corporation in 2001, Mr. Lipinski was promoted to Executive Vice President of Refining and Chemicals, where he was responsible for all refining, petrochemical, nitrogen-based chemical processing and lubricant operations, as well as the corporate engineering and construction group. He left El Paso in 2002 and became an independent management consultant. In 2004, Mr. Lipinski became a Managing Director and Partner of Prudentia Energy, an advisory and management firm. Mr. Lipinski previously served on the board of directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company, from 2014 until 2016, and Cheniere Energy, Inc., an energy company primarily engaged in liquefied natural gas-related businesses, from August 2017 until May 2018. CVR Energy, CVR Refining and CVR Partners are each indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn also has or previously had noncontrolling interests in each of Cheniere and Chesapeake. Mr. Lipinski graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a B.E. in Chemical Engineering. He received a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.
Randolph C. Read
Randolph C. Read has been president and chief executive officer of Nevada Strategic Credit Investments, LLC, an investment fund, since 2009. Mr. Read has served as an independent director of New York REIT, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust, since December 2014, including as non-executive chairman of its board of directors since June 2015. Mr. Read has served as an independent director of Business Development Corporation of America, a business development company, since December 2014. Mr. Read also served as an independent director of Business Development Corporation of America II from December 2014 until its liquidation and dissolution in December 2015. Mr. Read served as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Healthcare Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust, from February 2015 through October 2016. Mr. Read previously served on a number of public and private company boards. Mr. Read is admitted as a Certified Public Accountant and has a B.S. from Tulane University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Wharton, Mr. Read started his career in the finance department of Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), where he raised capital to finance exploration and production in the Alaskan North Slope region and worked on the acquisition of Anaconda Copper. Mr. Read was also at one time the President of C&S Oil and Gas Company, Inc., a private oil and gas company operating primarily in the southwest United States.
Board Committee Assignments
Chair: Randolph C. Read
Member: Robert G. Alexander
Member: David J. Kornder
Chair: John J. Lipinski
Member: Sylvia K. Barnes
Member: Jonathan Christodoro
Nominating and Governance Committee
Chair: Robert G. Alexander
Member: Jonathan Christodoro
Member: Randolph C. Read
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