Board of Directors
WildHorse Resource Development’s Board of Directors has extensive experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry.
President and Director
Anthony Bahr has served as our President and a member of our board of directors since our formation in August 2016. Mr. Bahr was a Co-Founder and served as Co-CEO of WildHorse Resources II, LLC since its inception in June 2013. Additionally, Mr. Bahr was a Co-Founder and served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of WildHorse Resources, LLC, one of the predecessors of Memorial Resource Development, from August 2007 to June 2014. Prior to 2007, Mr. Bahr held various management and engineering roles with Hilcorp Energy, Devon Energy, Ocean Energy, Berry Petroleum and Unocal Corporation. Further, Mr. Bahr currently serves on the Dean’s Council of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, is a co-founder and advisor of the Texas A&M Petroleum Ventures Program educational collaboration between the Mays Business School and Department of Petroleum Engineering and is also a member of the Petroleum Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates. Mr. Bahr is a registered petroleum engineer in California.
BRIAN A. BERNASEK
Brian A. Bernasek has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2017. Mr. Bernasek is a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and head of the firm’s Global Industrial and Transportation team. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2000, Mr. Bernasek held positions in New York with Investcorp International, a private equity firm, and Morgan Stanley & Co., in its Investment Banking Division. Mr. Bernasek is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He is currently also a member of the Board of Directors of Accudyne Industries, Atotech BV, Novolex Holdings, Inc., and Signode Industrial Group. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Allison Transmission, Inc. (NYSE: ALSN), HD Supply, Inc. (NYSE:HDS) and The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), among others.
RICHARD D. BRANNON
Richard D. Brannon has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2016. Since June 2014, Mr. Brannon has been Chairman and CEO of Esquisto Resources II, LLC and, since 2007, President of certain CH4 Energy entities, all companies focused on horizontal development of oil & gas reserves in the Eagle Ford formation. Mr. Brannon serves on the Board of Directors of the general partner of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., and is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee. Previously he served on the boards of Sunoco LP, Regency Energy Partners LP, OEC Compression Corporation and Cornerstone Natural Gas, Inc. Mr. Brannon has over 35 years in the energy business starting his career in 1981 with TXO Production Corp. Mr. Brannon is a Certified Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
JONATHAN M. CLARKSON
Jonathan M. Clarkson has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2016. Mr. Clarkson also serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of WRD. From 2011 to May 2017, Mr. Clarkson served on the board of directors and as a member of the audit committee of Memorial Production Partners GP LLC (MEMP GP). Mr. Clarkson also served in the capacity of non-executive Chairman of MEMP GP from September 2016 to May 2017. Mr. Clarkson recently retired as Chief Financial Officer for Matrix Oil Corporation effective January 1, 2016. He had served in that capacity since May 2012. Mr. Clarkson served as Chairman of the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank from May 2009 until his retirement in December 2011. From 2003 to May 2009, he served as President and CEO of the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank. From May 2001 to October 2002, Mr. Clarkson served as President, Chief Financial Officer and director of Mission Resources Corp., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1999 through 2001, Mr. Clarkson served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bargo Energy Company, a private company engaged in the acquisition and exploitation of onshore oil and natural gas properties, which merged with Mission Resources in May 2001. From 1987 to 1999, Mr. Clarkson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Ocean Energy Corp. and its predecessor company United Meridian Corporation. From October 2006 until December 2009, Mr. Clarkson served on the board of directors, was chairman of the audit committee, and was a member of the compensation committee of Edge Petroleum Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Clarkson currently serves on the board of directors, is chairman of the audit committee, and is a member of the corporate governance committee, of Parker Drilling Company. This service began in January 2012. Since September 2010, Mr. Clarkson has served on the advisory board of Rivington Capital Advisors, LLC, and investment banking firm focused on upstream energy sector investments.
Scott A. Gieselman has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2016. Mr. Gieselman also serves on the Audit Committee of WRD. Mr. Gieselman has been a managing director of Natural Gas Partners since April 2007. Mr. Gieselman served as a member of the board of directors of Rice Energy, Inc. from January 2014 until April 2017 and was a member of the board of directors of MRD from its formation until it was acquired by Range Resources Corporation in September 2016. From 1988 to April 2007, Mr. Gieselman worked in various positions in the investment banking energy group of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he became a partner in 2002.
JAY C. GRAHAM
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Jay C. Graham has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our board of directors since September 2016. Previously, Mr. Graham served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Memorial Resource Development (MRD) from January 2016 until it merged with Range Resources in September 2016. Mr. Graham was a Co-Founder and served as Co-CEO of WildHorse Resources II, LLC from June 2013 to January 2016. Prior to MRD’s initial public offering in June 2014, Mr. Graham was a Co-Founder and served as President and as a member of the board of directors of WildHorse Resources, LLC, one of the predecessors of MRD, from August 2007 to June 2014. From 1993 to 2007, Mr. Graham held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in Halliburton, Devon Energy and Anadarko Petroleum. Further, Mr. Graham currently serves on the Petroleum Industry Board and the College of Engineering Advisory Council at Texas A&M University, is a co-founder and advisor of the Texas A&M Petroleum Ventures Program educational collaboration between the Mays Business School and Department of Petroleum Engineering and is also a member of the Petroleum Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates.
DAVID W. HAYES
David W. Hayes has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2016. Mr. Hayes joined Natural Gas Partners (NGP) in 1998 and has served as a Managing Director since 2008. He also currently serves as Director of Corporate Finance for NGP. Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Hayes was a member of Merrill Lynch’s Energy Investment Banking group in Houston, Texas, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and financing in the exploration and production and natural gas pipeline industries. Since June 2015, Mr. Hayes served as a director for the general partner of PennTex Midstream Partners, LP from June 2015 until its sale to Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. in November 2016. Mr. Hayes previously served on the board of directors of the general partner of Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. from June 2011 until its sale to Vanguard Natural Resources LLC in October 2015.
STEPHANIE C. HILDEBRANDT
Stephanie C. Hildebrandt has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2017. Ms. Hildebrandt is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Archrock, Inc. She also serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Archrock GP LLC, the managing general partner of Archrock Partners, L.P. Prior to joining Archrock in August 2017, Hildebrandt was a partner with the Houston law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright, with a practice focused on corporate governance, energy transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, she was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. from 2010 to 2014, and held various other roles at Enterprise from 2004, including Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Ms. Hildebrandt was an attorney for El Paso Corporation / GulfTerra Energy Partners from 2001 until its merger with Enterprise in 2004 and an attorney for Texaco, Inc. from 1989 to 2001. Currently, she serves as a director for Rice Midstream Management LLC, the general partner of Rice Midstream Partners LP and as a member of the conflicts committee.
GRANT E. SIMS
Grant E. Sims has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2017. Mr. Sims also serves as a member of the Audit Committee of WRD. Mr. Sims has served as a director and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Genesis Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: GEL) since August 2006 and Chairman of the Board of the general partner since October 2012. He served as a director of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI) from April 2012 until January 2015. Mr. Sims had been a private investor since 1999. He was affiliated with Leviathan Gas Pipeline Partners, L.P. from 1992 to 1999, serving as the Chief Executive Officer and a director beginning in 1993 until he left to pursue personal interests, including investments. Leviathan (subsequently known as El Paso Energy Partners, L.P. and then GulfTerra Energy Partners, L.P.) was an NYSE-listed MLP that merged with Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. on September 30, 2004.
MARTIN W. SUMNER
Martin W. Sumner has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2017. Mr. Sumner is a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group where he focuses on investment opportunities in the industrial and transportation sectors. Mr. Sumner has been at The Carlyle Group since 2003 and has led or been a key contributor to the firm’s energy and chemical related investments. Prior to joining Carlyle, he held positions with Thayer Capital Partners, a private equity firm and the strategy consulting group of Mercer Management Consulting. Mr. Sumner received his M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and a B.S. in Economics, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently also a member of the Board of Directors of Atotech BV and AxleTech International. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA) and Centennial Resource Production, among others.
TONY R. WEBER
Tony R. Weber has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2016. Mr. Weber currently serves as Managing Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee for Natural Gas Partners (NGP). Prior to joining NGP in December 2003, Mr. Weber was the Chief Financial Officer of Merit Energy Company from April 1998 to December 2003. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Manager of Union Bank of California’s Energy Division in Dallas, Texas from 1987 to 1998. Mr. Weber served as Chairman of the board of directors of Memorial Resource Development (MRD) from its formation in January 2014 until MRD was acquired by Range Resources Corporation in September 2016. Further, in his role at NGP, Mr. Weber serves on numerous private company boards as well as industry groups, IPAA Capital Markets Committee and Dallas Wildcat Committee. He currently serves on the Dean’s Council of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and was a founding member of the Mays Business Fellows Program.