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Board of Directors

Steven J. Shapiro - Chairman

Mr. Shapiro has served as Chairman since April 2020 and as a director since October 2019. Mr. Shapiro has more than forty years of financial and operational experience within the energy industry. Mr. Shapiro is currently a Senior Advisor to Outfitter Energy Capital and serves on the Advisory Board for Pickering Energy Partners LP. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Shapiro held various leadership positions at Burlington Resources Inc., including Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Shapiro served as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Vastar Resources, Inc. Prior to that, he spent sixteen years with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO). Mr. Shapiro is currently a Director of Elk Meadows Resources, LLC and previously served on the Board of Directors of El Paso Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation and Asia Resource Minerals PLC. Mr. Shapiro holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Economics from Union College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.

Maire A. Baldwin

Ms. Baldwin has served as a director since October 2016. Previously, Ms. Baldwin was employed as an Advisor to EOG from March 2015 until April 2016. Prior to that, she was employed at EOG as Vice President Investor Relations from 1996-2014. Ms. Baldwin has served as a director of the Houston Parks Board since 2011, a non-profit dedicated to developing parks and green space to the greater Houston area where she serves on several committees. She is co-founder of Pursuit, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Baldwin has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Karl E. Bandtel

Mr. Bandtel has served as a director since October 2016. Mr. Bandtel was a Partner at Wellington Management Company, where he managed energy portfolios, from 1997 until June 30, 2016 when he retired. He holds a Master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin — Madison and a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin. 

Matthew G. Hyde

Mr. Hyde has served as a director since January 2018. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Exploration at Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE: CXO) from 2010 to 2016. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Hyde served as Concho’s Vice President of Exploration and Land. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Hyde was an Asset Manager of Oxy Permian, a business unit of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY). Mr. Hyde served as President and General Manager of Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s international business unit in Oman from 1998 to 2001. Prior to that role, Mr. Hyde served in a variety of domestic and international exploration positions for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, including Regional Exploration Manager responsible for Latin American exploration activities. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Hyde served in various leadership positions, including the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board, for the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA), which promotes the safe and environmentally responsible development of oil and natural gas resources in New Mexico. Mr. Hyde has served as a director of privately held Birch Permian Holdings, Inc. since April 2018.  He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts where he obtained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees, respectively, in Geology. Mr. Hyde also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California Los Angeles.

Pierre F. Lapeyre, Jr.

Mr. Lapeyre Jr. has served as a director since October 2016. Mr. Lapeyre is a Founder of Riverstone and has been a Partner/Senior Managing Director since 2000. Prior to founding Riverstone, Mr. Lapeyre was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs in its Global Energy and Power Group. Mr. Lapeyre joined Goldman Sachs in 1986 and spent his 14-year investment banking career focused on energy and power, particularly the midstream, upstream and energy service sectors. Mr. Lapeyre serves as a non-executive board member of Riverstone Energy Limited (LSE: REL) since May 2013 and serves on the boards of directors or equivalent bodies of a number of public and private Riverstone portfolio companies and their affiliates. He has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Finance and Economics from the University of Kentucky.

David M. Leuschen

Mr. Leuschen has served as a director since October 2016. Mr. Leuschen is a Founder of Riverstone and has been a Senior Managing Director since 2000. Prior to founding Riverstone, Mr. Leuschen was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and founder and head of the Goldman Sachs Global Energy and Power Group. Mr. Leuschen joined Goldman Sachs in 1977, became head of the Global Energy and Power Group in 1985, became a Partner of that firm in 1986 and remained with Goldman Sachs until leaving to found Riverstone in 2000. Mr. Leuschen also served as Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Energy Investment Committee, where he was responsible for screening potential investments by Goldman Sachs in the energy and power industry and was responsible for establishing and managing the firm’s relationships with senior executives from leading companies in all segments of the energy and power industry. Mr. Leuschen has served as a non-executive board member of Riverstone Energy Limited (LSE: REL) since May 2013 and serves on the boards of directors or equivalent bodies of a number of private Riverstone portfolio companies and their affiliates. Mr. Leuschen received an MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business and an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College.

Sean R. Smith

Mr. Smith has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director since April 2020.  Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since October of 2016. Mr. Smith served as Vice President, Geosciences of Centennial Resource Production, LLC (“CRP”) and has served in such capacity since May 2014. Prior to joining CRP, from February 2013 to May 2014, Mr. Smith worked at QEP Resources, where he served in several roles, including as a General Manager, leading the geoscience, regulatory and reservoir engineering departments for the Williston, Powder River, and Denver Julesburg Basins. Prior to QEP Resources, from 2005 to February 2013, Mr. Smith worked at Resolute Energy Corporation as a Manager and Geologist. He has also worked in various geotechnical roles at Kerr-McGee and Sanchez Oil & Gas. Mr. Smith earned his B.A. in Geology from Lawrence University. He is licensed with the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Jeffrey H. Tepper

Mr. Tepper has served as a director since October 2016.  Previously, he served as a Director of Silver Run since the IPO in February 2016. Mr. Tepper is Founder of JHT Advisors LLC, an M&A advisory and investment firm. From 1990 to 2013, Mr. Tepper served in a variety of senior management and operating roles at the investment bank Gleacher & Company, Inc. and its predecessors and affiliates. Mr. Tepper was Head of Investment Banking and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Tepper is also the former Chief Operating Officer overseeing operations, compliance, technology and financial reporting. In 2001, Mr. Tepper co-founded Gleacher’s asset management activities and served as President. Gleacher managed over $1 billion of institutional capital in the mezzanine capital and fund of hedge fund areas. Mr. Tepper served on the Investment Committees of Gleacher Mezzanine and Gleacher Fund Advisors. Between 1987 and 1990, Mr. Tepper was employed by Morgan Stanley & Co. as a financial analyst in the mergers & acquisitions and merchant banking departments. Mr. Tepper is currently a director of Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMR) since 2018 and was formerly a director of Silver Run II (NASDAQ: SRUN). Mr. Tepper received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in finance and accounting. Mr. Tepper is experienced in mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, leveraged finance and asset management.

Robert M. Tichio

Mr. Tichio has served as a director since October 2016.  Mr. Tichio is a Partner of Riverstone and joined Riverstone in 2006. Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr. Tichio was in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs which manages the firm’s private corporate equity investments. Mr. Tichio began his career at J.P. Morgan in the Mergers & Acquisitions group where he concentrated on assignments that included public company combinations, asset sales, takeover defenses and leveraged buyouts.  In addition to serving on the boards of a number of Riverstone portfolio companies and their affiliates, Mr. Tichio has been a director of EP Energy Corporation since September 2013.  Mr. Tichio previously served as a member of the board of directors of Gibson Energy (TSE: GEI) from 2008 to 2013; Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. from 2012 to 2015; and Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. from 2011 to 2017.  He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.