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Senior Management

Senior Management

Walter G. "Gil" Goodrich

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Walter G. "Gil" Goodrich became Chairman of the Board in May, 2015. He served as Vice Chairman of our Board since 2003 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since 1995. Mr. Goodrich was Goodrich Oil Company's Vice President of Exploration from 1985 to 1989 and its President from 1989 to 1995. He joined Goodrich Oil Company, which held interests in and served as operator of various properties owned by a predecessor of the Company, as an exploration geologist in 1980. He has served as a director since 1995.

Robert C. Turnham, Jr.

President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Turnham has served as the Company's Chief Operating Officer since 1995 and became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2003. He has held various positions in the oil and natural gas business since 1981. From 1981 to 1984, Mr. Turnham served as a financial analyst for Pennzoil. In 1984 he formed Turnham Interests, Inc. to pursue oil and natural gas investment opportunities. From 1993 to 1995, he was a partner in and served as President of Liberty Production Company, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company.

Michael J. Killelea

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Killelea joined the Company as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2009 and was named Executive Vice President in 2016. Mr. Killelea has over 32 years of experience in the energy industry. In 2008, he served as interim- Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Maxus Energy Corporation. Prior to that time, Mr. Killelea was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Pogo Producing Company from 2000 through 2007. Mr. Killelea held various positions within the law department at CMS Energy Corporation from 1988 to 2000, including Chief Counsel at CMS Oil & Gas Company from 1995 to 2000.

Kristen McWatters

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer

Ms. McWatters joined the Company in 2017 as Assistant Controller and served as Controller since March 2020 until being appointed to her current position in December 2020.  Prior to joining the Company, Ms. McWatters served as Controller for Spark Energy, Inc., from 2015 to 2016 and their Senior Manager, Financial Reporting from 2014 to 2015.  From 2011 to 2014, Ms. McWatters served in various positions with Southwestern Energy, including Manager, Financial Reporting from 2013 to 2014.  From September 2008 to 2011, Ms. McWatters worked for KPMG, LLP.  She is a certified public accountant and holds a Masters of Science in Finance from Texas A&M University.

Clarke A. Denney

Senior Vice President, Drilling

Mr. Denney became Senior Vice President – Drilling of the Company in 2012. He had previously been the Company's Vice President-Drilling since 2011. Mr. Denney began working for the Company in 2006 as a contract senior drilling engineer. He joined the Company as Drilling Manager in 2008. Prior to Goodrich Petroleum, Mr. Denney was a senior drilling engineering consultant for Danish Oil and Natural Gas Company from 2002 through 2005. Mr. Denney previously worked as a senior drilling engineer for Carrizo Oil and Gas and El Paso Corporation from 2000 through 2002 and prior to that, held various engineering positions with increasing levels of responsibility in the mid-continent and gulf regions of the U.S.A. and Norway with Phillips Petroleum Company.

Timothy D. Lane

Senior Vice President, Land and Planning Administration

Mr. Lane joined the Company in 2009 as Manager of Land & Planning Administration and was named Vice President of Land & Planning Administration in 2012. Mr. Lane started his oil and gas career with Superior Oil Company and has almost 30 years of experience in the energy industry with companies such as El Paso Merchant Energy and BP North America Gas & Power as well as private oil and gas exploration companies.

Thomas S. Nemec

Senior Vice President, Operations

Mr. Nemec joined the Company as Senior Project Manager in 2004 and was named Vice President – Project Management in 2006 and Senior Vice President of Operations in 2008. He served as Completion Specialist – Mid-Continent Business Unit for ChevronTexaco from 2002 until joining the Company in 2004. From 1980 to 2002, Mr. Nemec held various positions with Texaco (Getty) in production, drilling and completion operations for fields throughout East Texas, South Texas, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Darrell Knight

Vice President, Production

Mr. Knight became Vice President of Production in 2010. He previously served as Production Manager from 2004 through 2010, after initially joining the company as Senior Production Engineer in 2002. Mr. Knight has 35 years of experience as a reservoir and production engineer, working in the Gulf Coast Region, including Texas, Louisiana, and Federal offshore properties.

Rusty Mondelli

Vice President, Information Technology

Mr. Mondelli joined the Company in 2007 as Vice President of Information Technology. Mr. Mondelli’s oil and gas industry experience includes a concentration of energy systems design and development, financial system implementation and technology project management. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mondelli was Director of Global Technology for ATP Oil and Gas Corporation. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Mondelli was Director of Business Systems and Development for CMS Oil and Gas Company where he was responsible for application design and support for over 400 users.

Leslee M. Ranly

Vice President, Human Resources and Administration

Ms. Ranly joined the Company as Director of Human Resources, Corporate Secretary in 2006 and was named Vice President – Human Resources and Administration in 2009. Ms. Ranly has 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Ranly served as Vice President Human Resources & Corporate Secretary for Mission Resources Corporation.

Michael Huggins

Vice President, Marketing and Assistant General Counsel

Mr. Huggins became Vice President of Marketing and Assistant General Counsel in 2018. He previously served as Assistant General Counsel and Marketing Manager from 2015 through 2017, after initially joining the company as a Landman in 2010. Mr. Huggins has 14 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Huggins served as an independent landman.