James D. Bennett
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bennett was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President in June 2013. Prior to that he served as President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2013 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2011. From 2010 until he joined the Company, he 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 December 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 Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1993. Mr. Bennett has served on the board of directors of the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. and PostRock Energy Corporation.
David C. Lawler
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Lawler joined us as Executive Vice President of Operations in August 2011 and was named Chief Operating Officer in April 2013. Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Lawler served as Chief Executive Officer and President of PostRock Energy Corporation and its predecessor entities since August 2008. Prior to his role as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lawler served as Chief Operating Officer of PostRock’s predecessor entities from May 2007 through August 2008. Prior to joining PostRock, Mr. Lawler was employed by Shell Exploration & Production Company from May 1997 to May 2007 in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as Engineering and Operations Manager for multiple assets along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Mr. Lawler graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University.
Eddie M. LeBlanc
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. LeBlanc was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2013. Prior to joining SandRidge, he served as Chief Financial Officer at each of East Resources Inc. (2010 – 2013), Oklahoma City-based PostRock Energy Corporation (2009 – 2010), Ascent Energy Company (2003 – 2007), Range Resources Corporation (2000 – 2003), and Coho Energy, Inc. (1995 – 1999). Previously in his career, Mr. LeBlanc served in senior positions at other diversified energy companies and as an auditor with Ernst & Ernst. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana) and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Wayne C. Chang
Senior Vice President – SandRidge Energy, Inc.
President – SandRidge Midstream, Inc.
Mr. Chang joined us as Vice President of Midstream in February 2007 and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Midstream in January 2009. Mr. Chang has also served as President of SandRidge Midstream, Inc. since October 20, 2007. Over the past twenty-six years, Mr. Chang has worked for diversified oil and gas companies such as ConocoPhillips and Chesapeake Energy Corporation. His work experiences have been focused within the midstream sector, having held management positions in engineering, construction, operations and business development. Prior to his arrival at SandRidge, Mr. Chang was the Director of Producer Services for Enogex, Inc., the largest gas gatherer and intrastate transporter of gas in the State of Oklahoma. Mr. Chang graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
Randall D. Cooley
Senior Vice President – Accounting
Mr. Cooley joined us as Vice President of Accounting in November 2006, upon acquisition of NEG Oil & Gas LLC and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Accounting in January 2008. Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Cooley served as the senior financial officer with National Energy Group, Inc., having held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2003 to November 2006. Mr. Cooley earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Senior Vice President – Corporate Reservoir Engineering
Lance Galvin, Senior Vice President of Corporate Reservoir Engineering, joined SandRidge in August 2011 as Reservoir Engineering Manager and was promoted to Vice President in January 2012. Galvin has 32 years of industry experience focused on reservoir engineering and asset management. Prior to joining SandRidge, he worked for PostRock Energy from 2009 to 2011, serving in several vice president positions. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer for privately-held Windsor Energy from 2008 to 2009. His experience also includes working as a consulting petroleum engineer for Pinnacle Energy Services, LLC for five years. Galvin began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1980 with Marathon Oil Company where he held various positions of increasing responsibilities in engineering and management in domestic and international locations. Galvin graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oklahoma.
R. Scott Griffin
Senior Vice President – Human Resources
Mr. Griffin was appointed Senior Vice President – Human Resources in November 2013. Mr. Griffin returns to SandRidge from Chaparral Energy, where he led the strategic HR function. He previously served as Director of Human Resources at SandRidge from 2008 to 2012. For the past 26 years, Mr. Griffin has held various HR and leadership roles including 13 years as Senior Vice President of Wood Designs, a leading retail fixture manufacturer, and 5 years as the principal of redlion Industrial Supply, a company he founded and managed. Mr. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Oklahoma and has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Development.
John Y. Jo
Senior Vice President – Southern Business Unit
Mr. Jo was appointed to Senior Vice President of Southern Business Unit in May 2013. Mr. Jo joined SandRidge as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Reserves Reporting in April 2012 upon the acquisition of Dynamic Offshore Resources, LLC where he served as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Engineering since its inception in January 2008. Mr. Jo has held numerous senior management and technical roles of increasing responsibilities in domestic and international areas with several exploration and production companies including Apache Corporation, Forest Oil Corporation, Turnkey E&P Corporation and Hunt Petroleum Corporation. Mr. Jo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Craig A. Johnson
Senior Vice President – Development
Mr. Johnson joined us as Vice President of Western Operations in July 2007 and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations in July 2011. Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Johnson was Operations Manager for the Eastern Division of Samson Resources, having also served in various engineering and asset management positions in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and Eastern regions. Mr. Johnson graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Warman joined us as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in August 2010. He also serves as our Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Warman was the Associate General Counsel for SEC and finance matters for Spectra Energy Corporation from January 2007 through July 2010. From 1998 through 2006, he practiced law as a corporate finance attorney with Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Houston, Texas. Mr. Warman earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law.