Board of Directors
The Board of Directors, through their extensive experience in the energy industry, is focused on providing unparalleled service and value to the shareholders of Amplify Energy Corp.
Christopher Hamm is a 26 year veteran of the investment management industry and CEO of AXYS CAPITAL, an SEC registered private investment fund manager he founded in 2009. In 1998, Mr. Hamm founded Memorial Investment Advisors, a registered investment advisor, and Memorial Funds, an institutional multi-fund registered investment company, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and developed Millennium Funds, an alternative investment private fund complex. Prior to founding his own firms, Mr. Hamm served as Executive Director – Institutional Services at CIBC Oppenheimer, Senior Vice President – Capital Markets at PaineWebber, and Vice President – Taxable Fixed Income at Howard Weil Labouisse & Friederichs.
P. MICHAEL HIGHUM
P. Michael Highum served as a member of the board of directors of Memorial Production Partners LP’s general partner from March 2012 until May 2017. Subsequent to his retirement in 2001, he has been primarily involved in managing his private investments. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Highum served as an advisor to Fidelity Investments, where he helped establish and develop FIML Natural Resources LLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company. He co-founded HS & Associates in 1978, which was the predecessor to the NYSE-listed HS Resources, Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company (later sold to Kerr McGee Corporation in 2001), where he served as President and Director. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Highum served as a Director (and President in 1999) of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Prior to HS & Associates, Mr. Highum practiced corporate law in the San Francisco office of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, LLP.
Evan Lederman is a Managing Director, Co-Head of Restructuring and a Partner on the Investment Team at Fir Tree Partners. Mr. Lederman focuses on the funds’ distressed credit and special situation investment strategies, including co-managing its energy restructuring initiatives. Prior to joining Fir Tree Partners, Mr. Lederman worked in the Business Finance and Restructuring groups at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. In addition to Amplify Energy, Mr. Lederman is currently a member of the board, in his capacity as a Fir Tree Partner’s employee, of Linn Energy (Chairman), New Emerald Energy LLC, and Deer Finance, LLC. Mr. Lederman received a J.D. degree with honors from New York University School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University.
Director and Chairman
David Proman joined Fir Tree in 2010 and is a Managing Director, Co-Head of Restructuring and a Partner on the Investment team. Mr. Proman focuses on the funds’ distressed credit investment strategies, most notably co-managing the firm’s structured mortgage credit and energy restructuring initiatives. Mr. Proman has 13 years of investment experience in structured and corporate debt investing. Prior to joining Fir Tree, Mr. Proman helped manage the corporate and structured mortgage credit investments at Kore Advisors, a fixed income investment fund. Mr. Proman received a B.A in Economics from the University of Virginia.
WILLIAM J. SCARFF
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
William (Bill) J. Scarff has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since our inception in May 2017. From September 2016 to May 2017, Mr. Scarff served as Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Production Partners GP LLC, the general partner of our predecessor, Memorial Production Partners LP, and from January 2014 to September 2016 as President of our predecessor. From 2000 through January 2014, Mr. Scarff served as President and Chief Executive Officer of several private exploration and production companies sponsored by Natural Gas Partners. Since October 2010, Mr. Scarff served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Propel Energy, LLC. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Seismic Ventures, Inc. from 2006 to 2009. Since February 2005, Mr. Scarff served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Proton Operating Company, LLC and from 1999 to 2005, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Proton Energy, LLC and its affiliates. From 1978 to 1999, Mr. Scarff held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in Marathon Oil Company, Anadarko Production Company, Burlington Resources, Texas Meridian Resource Corporation and Hilcorp Energy Company.
Drew Scoggins is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Millennial Energy Partners. Under his leadership, the firm has secured private equity capital in excess of $300 million and directly invested in oil and gas assets through eight investment vehicles. Prior to Millennial, Mr. Scoggins led BG Group plc’s commercial and technical teams on oil and gas investments in the Haynesville shale, Marcellus shale, British Columbia, Chile, Equatorial Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to joining BG, Mr. Scoggins was Strategic Planning Manager and Community and Public Relations Manager with Marathon Oil. Drew began his career with Bechtel Corporation as Project Controls Engineer in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University and earned his Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree with a concentration in business and finance from Georgetown University.
Alex Shayevsky is a Senior Analyst on the Credit Team at Citadel. Mr. Shayevsky focuses on Citadel’s stressed / distressed credit and special situation investment strategies. Mr. Shayevsky has 12 years of investment experience and has helped facilitate several corporate restructurings across energy, financial, airline, auto, and technology sectors. Prior to joining Citadel, Mr. Shayevsky was an Executive Director in Credit Trading at JPMorgan. Mr. Shayevsky graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting.