Brent J. Smolik
Mr. Smolik has been President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of EP Energy Corporation since August 2013. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition 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 (El Paso Exploration & Production Company), since November 2006. 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 also serves on the boards of the American Exploration and Production Council and America's Natural Gas Alliance. Mr. Smolik received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Mr. Alexander has been a director of the Board of Directors of EP Energy Corporation since August 2013. Mr. Alexander is a Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings, LLC and joined Riverstone in September 2007. During 2007, Mr. Alexander served as a consultant to TPG Capital. For nearly 25 years, Mr. Alexander served in various positions with subsidiaries and affiliates of BP plc, one of the world's largest energy firms. From June 2004 until December 2005, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Innovene, BP's $20bn olefins and derivatives subsidiary. From 2001 until June 2004, he served as Chief Executive Officer of BP's Gas, Power and Renewables and Solar segment and was a member of the BP group executive committee. Prior to that, Mr. Alexander served as a Group Vice President in BP's Exploration and Production segment and BP's Refinery and Marketing segment He held responsibilities for various regions of the world, including North America, Russia, the Caspian, Africa and Latin America. Prior to these positions, Mr. Alexander held various positions in the upstream, downstream and finance groups of BP. In addition to serving on the boards of a number of Riverstone portfolio companies and their affiliates, Mr. Alexander is a director of Stein Mart Corporation since May 2007. He previously served on the board of KiOR Inc., Amyris, Inc., Foster Wheeler AG and Anglo American plc. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in nuclear engineering from Brooklyn Polytech (now NYU Polytechnic) and holds an M.S. in management science from Stanford University. He is currently Chairman of the Board of NYU Polytechnic and is a New York University Trustee.
Mr. Beard has been a director of the Board of Directors of EP Energy Corporation since August 2013 and previously served as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition from May 2012 to August 2013. Mr. Beard joined Apollo in 2010 as the Global Head of Natural Resources, based in the New York office. Mr. Beard joined Apollo with 17 years of investment experience, the last ten years with 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 served on the board of directors of many oil and gas companies including Athlon Energy, Belden & Blake Corporation, Canera Resources, Cobalt International Energy, Eagle Energy, Legend Natural Gas I - IV, Mariner Energy, Phoenix Exploon, Pinnacle Agriculture, Talos Energy, Titan Operating, and Vantage Energy. Mr. Beard has served on the Board of various oilfield services companies, including CDM Max, CDM Resource Management, and International Logging. Mr. Beard received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana.
Wilson B. Handler
Mr. Handler has been a director of the Board of Directors of EP Energy Corporation since November 2013. Mr. Handler joined Apollo Global Management, LLC 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 Athlon Energy. Mr. Handler graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in Economics and Government.
John J. Hannan
Mr. Hannan has been a director of the Board of Directors of EP Energy Corporation 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 and 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. Mr. Hannan is actively involved in charitable organizations. He received a BBA from Adelphi University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Oh has been a director of the Board of Directors of EP Energy Corporation since August 2013 and previously served as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition from May 2012 to August 2013. Mr. Oh joined Apollo in 2008. He is a Senior Partner and one of the original founding members of Apollo's Natural Resources Group. Prior to that time, Mr. Oh was with Morgan Stanley's Commodities Department where he led principal investments for the group. While at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Oh launched a successful oil and gas fund, Helios Energy/Royalty Partners, and sat on the board of several portfolio companies. Mr. Oh has 18 years of experience, including 13 years of principal investing. He also has a broad range of experience in the commodities markets including risk management and structured products. Since joining Apollo, Mr. Oh has been actively involved in E&P investments made by Apollo managed funds, including leading the Parallel Petroleum acquisition in 2009. Mr. Oh was formerly Chairman of the Board of Parallel Petroleum and is a Director of Athlon Energy. Mr. Oh received a BS from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Park has been a director of the Board of Directors of EP Energy Corporation since August 2013 and previously served as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition from December 2012 to August 2013. Mr. Park joined KNOC in 1990 and worked in the areas of new ventures, asset management worldwide and field operations, spending most of his career in Korea, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and the US. He is currently the Representative and Managing Director of the US Business Unit of KNOC under which three subsidiaries are running E&P businesses. At the same time, in the US he is serving as President and board member for KNOC Eagle Ford Corporation, President and board member for KNOC EPE Corporation, and Vice President and board member for Ankor E&P Holdings Corporation. Mr. Park received his bachelor degree in Petroleum & Minerals Engineering from Hanyang University, a master degree in Petroleum Engineering from Hanyang University and a PhD ABD in Petroleum Engineering from Hanyang University.
Robert M. Tichio
Mr. Tichio has been a director of the Board of Directors of EP Energy Corporation since August 2013. Mr. Tichio is a Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings, LLC and joined Riverstone in 2006. Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr. Tichio was in the Principal Investment Area (PIA) of Goldman Sachs which manages the firm's private corporate equity investments. Mr. Tichio began his career at J.P. Morgan in the Mergers & Acquisition 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 served as a member of the board of directors of Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. since October 2012. Mr. Tichio previously served as a member of the board of directors of Gibson Energy (TSE:GEI) from 2008 to 2013 and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.
Donald A. Wagner
Mr. Wagner has been a director of the Board of Directors of EP Energy Corporation since August 2013 and previously served as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition 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 companies Warner Music Group and Boomerang Tube and was on the board of NYSE-listed RSC Holdings from November 2006 until August 2009. Mr. Wagner graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in physics from Harvard College.
Mr. Wilson has been a director of our Board since August 30, 2013 and previously served as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition from May 2012 to August 2013. Mr. Wilson is a Partner of Apollo Management 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 boards of directors of Athlon Energy and Talos Energy and previously served as a director of Parallel Petroleum. Mr. Wilson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He has also taught business courses at universities in China.