Board of Directors
David M. Wood
Mr. Wood is a certified petroleum geologist and has been directly involved with successful exploration and development operations across five continents including the US. He was CEO, President and member of the Board of Directors of Murphy Oil Corp., from 2009-2012. Previously he served as Manager, Frontier Exploration and President of Murphy Exploration and Production, from 1994-2008. Mr. Wood led the upstream business to a globally operated footprint that experienced a doubling of production over 15 years. During his 40-year career, Mr. Wood additionally led Ashland Exploration as Vice President—International to a fivefold increase in production from Nigeria, and exploration success and portfolio growth globally, from 1980-1994.
Ronald D. Ormand
DirectorMr. Ormand brings more than 34 years of industry experience. Mr. Ormand has completed over $25 billion of capital markets and $10 billion of financial advisory transactions as both a principal and banker. Mr. Ormand was a co-founder and senior executive at Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE: MHR). While with MHR, Mr. Ormand executed a strategy to grow MHR from sub-$30 million enterprise value to over $3.2 billion in 4 ½ years. Mr. Ormand has served as a member of numerous Board of Directors, most recently the Chairman of the Board of MLV & Co., where he oversaw and led the acquisition of MLV by FBR Capital Markets (NASDAQ:FBRC).
Michael G. Long
DirectorMr. Long is an experienced financial executive with over 35 years of oil and gas related management, corporate finance, capital markets, risk management and strategic planning activities for both private and public oil and gas companies. Mr. Long is currently a member of the Board of Directors of S&A Resources, a Denham Capital backed private equity upstream oil and gas start-up company focused on the Eagle Ford. Prior to joining the Board of Directors of S&A Resources, Mr. Long was the Chief Financial Officer for Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE:SN) and privately held Sanchez Oil and Gas Corporation and its affiliates. Mr. Long also held the positions of EVP and CFO of Edge Petroleum Corporation and Vice President of Finance for W&T Offshore.
R. Glenn Dawson
DirectorMr. Dawson brings 35 years of oil and gas and management experience in North American hydrocarbon basins. Mr. R. Glenn Dawson serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cuda Energy, Inc., a private Canadian-based E&P company. Mr. Dawson served as President of Bakken Hunter and Williston Hunter Canada, wholly owned subsidiaries of MHR, from April 2011- Jan.31- 2015. Mr. Dawson served as an Executive Vice President of Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. until January 31, 2015.
DirectorJohn Johanning is the Technical Director of Värde’s energy business. Based in Houston, he joined the firm in 2017. Prior to joining Värde, Mr. Johanning was a Vice President at Evercore in Houston, where he was influential in numerous A&D transactions and mergers totaling over $10 Billion in transaction value. Mr. Johanning began his career as a Reservoir Engineer at BP, where he developed oil and gas assets across several US Basins. Mr. Johanning graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering.
DirectorMr. Christensen is the Founder, President and CEO of KES 7 Capital Inc. in Toronto, Canada and a registrant of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). KES 7 is a merchant bank that targets bespoke investments, both public and private, in the energy, healthcare and technology sectors. The company is also one of the largest "grey market" trading houses in the country. Prior to founding KES 7, Mr. Christensen was Vice Chairman, Head of Global Sales and Trading at GMP Securities, one of Canada's largest independent investment banks, where he served as a member of the Executive Committee, Compensation Committee and New Names Committee. Mr. Christensen has experience in a broad range of corporate and capital market transactions, from mergers and acquisitions to public and private financings that total in the tens of billions of dollars. His background in geology and geophysics has provided him with valuable insight into the energy industry, enabling him to advise both institutional investors and energy companies from around the globe. Mr. Christensen holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Windsor, Canada and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.
DirectorMarkus Specks is a Managing Director of Värde Partners, Inc. and Head of the firm’s Houston office. Mr. Specks leads Värde’s energy business, and has experience managing credit, equity, and structured asset-level investments across the energy sector. He also serves on Värde’s Investment Committee, as well as several Boards of private energy companies. Prior to joining Värde in 2008, Mr. Specks worked in investment banking at Lazard, focusing on middle-market M&A advisory. Mr. Specks holds a B.A. in Government from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
DirectorMr. Brandolini was appointed to Lilis Energy’s Board of Directors beginning in February 2014. Mr. Brandolini is a general partner of Scorpion Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity firm organized as a small business investment company (SBIC). Mr. Brandolini co-founded Rosecliff, Inc. in 1993 and served as its Managing Director. Mr. Brandolini served as Assistant Treasurer of Allianz Funds. Prior to 1993, he served as a Vice President at Salomon Brothers Inc., where he was an investment banker involved in mergers and acquisitions in the Financial Entrepreneurial Group. He served as the President and Principal at The Baltheus Group and a Principal and Executive Vice President of Logic Capital Corp. Mr. Brandolini began his career as an investment banker at Lazard Freres & Co. Mr. Brandolini served as the Chairman of Lilis Energy, Inc. since April 24, 2014 until January 14, 2016. Mr. Brandolini served as the Chairman at Northern Gold Mining Inc. since May 6, 2013 and has been its Director since January 17, 2012. Mr. Brandolini serves as a Lead Director of Northern Gold Mining Inc. Mr. Brandolini has been a Director of LifePoint, Inc. since September 29, 2003, Lilis Energy, Inc. since February 13, 2014. He has been an Independent Director of Cheniere Energy, Inc. since 2000.
Mr. Steinsberger is a petroleum engineer with 31 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and development. He began his career with Mitchell Energy and served as the Completion Manager for Mitchell from 1995 to 2002, where he piloted the Company’s fracking technique and developed the slick water frac, pioneering the current oil and gas shale boom. Mr. Steinsberger then served as the Completion Manager for Devon Energy after Devon’s acquisition of Mitchell Energy. In 2005 he founded Steinsberger Tight Gas Consulting, where he has drilled and completed wells in the Barnett, Fayetteville, Woodford, Wolfcamp, Utica, Bakken and Marcellus Shales. Mr. Steinsberger is regarded as an expert in the field of unconventional well completion and is responsible for the drilling and completion of over 1,000 wells in his career. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas.