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Brent J. Smolik, Chairman
Mr. Smolik has been our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since August 30, 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer of EP Energy LLC since May 2012 and previously served as Chairman of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition, LLC, from May 2012 to August 2013. He was previously Executive Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of El Paso Corporation and President of our predecessor, EP Energy Corporation (a/k/a El Paso Exploration & Production Company) from November 2006 to May 2012. Mr. Smolik was President of ConocoPhillips Canada from April 2006 to October 2006. Prior to the Burlington Resources merger with ConocoPhillips, he was President of Burlington Resources Canada from September 2004 to March 2006. From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Smolik worked in various engineering and asset management capacities for Burlington Resources Inc., including the Chief Engineering role from 2000 to 2004. He was a member of Burlington's Executive Committee from 2001 to 2006. Mr. Smolik currently serves on the boards of directors of the American Exploration and Production Council. He previously served as a director of Cameron International Corporation and the Producers for American Crude Oil Exports. Mr. Smolik received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of EP Energy, Mr. Smolik is the only officer of our company to sit on the board.
Gregory A. Beard
Mr. Beard has been a member of our Board since August 2013 and previously served as a member of the Board of Managers of our predecessor entity, EPE Acquisition, LLC, from May 2012 to August 2013. He is a member of the Senior Management Committee of Apollo Global Management. Mr. Beard joined Apollo in June 2010 as the Global Head of Natural Resources and Senior Partner based in the New York office. Mr. Beard has 24 years of investment experience, including 10 years at Riverstone Holdings where he was a founding member, Managing Director and lead deal partner in many of the firm's top oil and gas and energy service investments. While at Riverstone, Mr. Beard was involved in all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, structuring, monitoring and exiting transactions. Mr. Beard began his career as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs, where he played an active role in that firm's energy-sector principal investment activities. Mr. Beard has also served on the board of directors of many oil and natural gas companies including Belden & Blake Corporation, Canera Resources, Cobalt International Energy, Eagle Energy, Legend Natural Gas I-IV, Mariner Energy, Phoenix Exploration, Titan Operating, Vantage Energy and Virginia Uranium. Mr. Beard has served on the Board of various oilfield services companies, including CDM Max, CDM Resource Management, and International Logging. Mr. Beard currently serves on the board of directors of certain private companies, including Apex Energy, LLC, Caelus Energy Alaska, LLC, CSV Midstream Solutions GP LLC, Double Eagle Energy Holdings, LLC, Double Eagle Energy Holdings II, LLC, Jupiter Resources GP LLC, Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings LLC, Pegasus Optimization Partners, LLC, Talos Energy, LLC, and Tumbleweed Royalty, LLC. He previously served as a director of Athlon Energy Inc. and NRI Management Group, LLC. Mr. Beard received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana.
Scott R. Browning
Mr. Browning has been a member of our Board since June 2016. Mr. Browning joined Apollo in 2014 and is a member of the Natural Resources group. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Browning was an investment professional at Natural Gas Partners, where he was involved in the execution and monitoring of investments in the energy sector. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Natural Resources group. Mr. Browning received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Highest Honors from The University of Texas at Austin.
Wilson B. Handler
Mr. Handler has been a member of our Board since November 2013. Mr. Handler joined Apollo in 2011 and is a member of the Natural Resources group. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Handler was an investment professional at First Reserve, where he was involved in the execution and monitoring of investments in the energy sector. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Lehman Brothers in the Natural Resources group. Currently, Mr. Handler serves on the board of directors of certain private companies, including American Petroleum Partners, LLC, CSV Midstream Solutions GP LLC, Jupiter Resources GP LLC, and Resource Energy Partners, LLC, and previously served as a director of Athlon Energy Inc. Mr. Handler graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in Economics and Government.
John J. Hannan
Mr. Hannan has been a member of our Board since December 2013. Mr. Hannan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Apollo Investment Corporation, a public investment company. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Investment Corporation from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Hannan, a senior partner of Apollo Management, L.P., co-founded Apollo Management, L.P. in 1990. Mr. Hannan is an advisor to Apollo's Natural Resources group. He has been on several public boards including Vail Resorts, Inc. and Goodman Global, Inc., and is currently on the board of Environmental Solutions Worldwide and Brown University. Mr. Hannan is actively involved in charitable organizations. He received a BBA from Adelphi University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Michael S. Helfer
Mr. Helfer has been a member of our Board since January 2014. He is also a director of Banco Nacional de Mexico, S.A. an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Citigroup Inc. He is currently Senior Adviser to JBKI, a family office in Houston, Texas and Director of The Jerold B. Katz Foundation. He is also a member of the Audit Advisory Committee of the General Accountability Office, and Treasurer and a member of the Board of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. Mr. Helfer is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. Mr. Helfer was Vice Chairman of Citigroup, Inc. from June 2012 until his retirement in March 2014. From February 2003 until May 2012, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Citigroup. Mr. Helfer was Managing Director of Ice Glen Group LLC, which provided financial and strategic advice to clients. He has served as Chairman of the New York Clearing House Association, Chairman of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, as a member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center Theater, and as a Trustee of the Wexner Center for the Arts. He graduated from Claremont Men's College (now Claremont McKenna College) with a BA in Economics and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Thomas R. Hix
Mr. Hix has served as a member of our Board since April 2014. Mr. Hix has been a business consultant since January 2003, and previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Cooper Cameron Corporation from 1995 until his retirement in 2003. Prior to that time, Mr. Hix held several executive level finance and accounting positions in the energy industry. Mr. Hix currently serves on the board of directors of the general partner of Western Gas Equity Partners LP, as a director of Rowan Companies, PLC, and as a director of Health Care Service Corporation (a Chicago-based company operating through its Blue Cross and Blue Shield divisions in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico). Mr. Hix previously served as a director of El Paso Corporation from 2004 to May 2012. Mr. Hix holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Keith O. Rattie
Mr. Rattie has been a member of our Board since January 2015. Mr. Rattie is the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Questar Corporation. He served as President of Questar from January 2001 to July 2010, as its Chief Executive Officer from May 2002 to July 2010, and as its Chairman from May 2003 to July 2012. He retired as a Questar director in May 2014. He also served as chairman of the board of QEP Resources following its spin-off from Questar from July 2010 until May 2012. He retired from the QEP board in February 2014. Mr. Rattie currently serves on the board of directors of Ensco plc, where he chairs the Audit Committee, and on the board of Rockwater Energy Solutions. In addition, he previously served as a director of Zions First National Bank from 2003 to 2015. He is the past chair of INGAA, and has served on the National Petroleum Council and the board of the Gas Technology Institute. Mr. Rattie has a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from St. Mary's College.
M. Cliff Ryan, Jr.
Mr. Ryan has been a member of our Board since February 2017. Mr. Ryan is a Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings LLC and joined Riverstone in 2007. Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr. Ryan worked in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse. While at Credit Suisse, Mr. Ryan worked on mergers and acquisitions and leveraged finance in the global energy sector. Currently, Mr. Ryan serves on the board of directors of certain private companies, including Carrier Energy Partners I, Carrier Energy Partners II, Liberty Oilfield Services, Liberty Resources II, PetroLegacy I, and Rock Oil Holdings III. He previously served as a director of Mistral Energy and Rock Oil Holdings. Mr. Ryan graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Economics.
Mr. Sinn has been a member of our Board since February 2017. Mr. Sinn joined Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) in 1996 and worked in the Drilling/Subsea and New Venture Business groups where he concentrated on production engineering, well intervention/re-entry, drilling/completion, subsea operations and managed offshore production assets in Vietnam. He is currently serving as President and a board member of KNOC Eagle Ford Corporation. Mr. Sinn received his master's degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Robert M. Tichio
Mr. Tichio has been a member of our Board since September 2013. Mr. Tichio is a Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC 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 Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. since June 2011 and of Centennial Resource Development, Inc. since October 2016. Mr. Tichio previously served as a member of the board of directors of Gibson Energy (TSE:GEI) from 2008 to 2013 and Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. from 2012 to 2015. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.
Donald A. Wagner
Mr. Wagner has been a member of our Board since August 2013 and previously served as a member of the Board of Managers of our predecessor entity, EPE Acquisition, LLC, from May 2012 to August 2013. Mr. Wagner is a Managing Director of Access Industries, having been with Access since 2010. He is responsible for sourcing and executing new investment opportunities in North America, and he oversees Access' current North American investments. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Wagner was a Senior Managing Director of Ripplewood Holdings L.L.C., responsible for investments in several areas and heading the industry group focused on investments in basic industries. Previously, Mr. Wagner was a Managing Director of Lazard Freres & Co. LLC and had a 15-year career at that firm and its affiliates in New York and London. He is a board member of Access portfolio company Warner Music Group and was on the board of NYSE-listed RSC Holdings from November 2006 until August 2009. Mr. Wagner graduated summa cum laude with an AB in physics from Harvard College.
Mr. Wilson has been a member of our Board since August 2013 and previously served as a member of the Board of Managers of our predecessor entity, EPE Acquisition, LLC, from May 2012 to August 2013. Mr. Wilson is a Senior Partner of Apollo and joined Apollo in 2009. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Wilson was at Morgan Stanley's Commodities Department in the principal investing group responsible for generating, evaluating and executing investment ideas across the energy sector. Mr. Wilson began his career at Goldman Sachs in equity research and then moved to its investment banking division in New York and Asia. Mr. Wilson currently serves on the board of directors of certain private companies, including American Petroleum Partners, LLC, CSV Midstream Solutions GP LLC, Jupiter Resources GP LLC, Resource Energy Partners, LLC, and Express Energy Services, LLC. He previously served as a director of Athlon Energy Inc., Parallel Petroleum and Talos Energy, LLC. Mr. Wilson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Executive Sessions of the Board
The Board holds regular executive sessions in which non-management Board members meet without any members of management present. The purpose of these executive sessions is to promote open and candid discussion among the non-management directors. The Board has selected Thomas R. Hix, Chairman of the Audit Committee, to preside over all executive sessions of the Board, including non-management executive sessions and executive sessions of the independent directors.