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.
DAVID M. DUNN
David M. Dunn has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2018. Mr. Dunn serves as the Managing Partner of Cross Sound Management LLC and Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Cross Sound Distressed Opportunities Fund (collectively, “Cross Sound”). Prior to co-founding Cross Sound in May 2016, Mr. Dunn served as a senior investment professional at Arrowgrass Capital Partners (US) LP from December 2010 to April 2016. Mr. Dunn received a J.D. degree from the St. John’s University School of Law and a B.S. in Communications from Southern Illinois University.
CHRISTOPHER W. HAMM
Christopher W. Hamm has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception in May 2017. Mr. 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 has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception in May 2017. Mr. Highum previously served as a member of the board of directors of Memorial Production Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of our predecessor, 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 S. LEDERMAN
Evan S. Lederman has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception in May 2017. Mr. Lederman serves as 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 in 2011, 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 also currently serves, in his capacity as a Fir Tree Partners employee, as a member of the boards of directors of Linn Energy, Inc. (Chairman), Ultra Petroleum Corp., 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.
DAVID H. PROMAN
Director and Chairman
David H. Proman has served as our Chairman and a member of our board of directors since our inception in May 2017. Mr. Proman joined Fir Tree Partners 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 Partners, Mr. Proman helped manage the corporate and structured mortgage credit investments at Kore Advisors, a fixed income investment fund. Mr. Proman also previously served, in his capacity as a Fir Tree Partners employee, as a member of the board of directors of Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. Mr. Proman received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Kenneth Mariani joined Amplify Energy Corp. as President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2018. Mr. Mariani most recently served as the President of EnerVest from January 2014 through December 2017. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of EnerVest and President and Chief Executive Officer of EnerVest Operating Company from January 2012 to January 2014. Mr. Mariani joined EnerVest in 2000 and was Senior Vice President and General Manager – Eastern Division for 11 years. Prior to joining EnerVest, from 1991 to 2000, he served as Vice President of Operations for Energy Corporation of America (“ECA”), a privately held exploration and production company, and was responsible for engineering, land, geology and production operations. Prior to his role at ECA, he held various engineering positions at Conoco, Inc., in the Midland, TX, and Rocky Mountain Divisions. Mr. Mariani holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating cum laude with a petroleum option. He received his Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
EDWARD A. SCOGGINS, JR.
Edward A. Scoggins, Jr. has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception in May 2017. Mr. Scoggins co-founded Millennial Energy Partners in 2012, and currently serves as Managing Partner. 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, from 2008 to 2012, Mr. Scoggins led BG Group plc’s commercial and technical teams on oil and gas investments in the Haynesville shale, the Marcellus shale, British Columbia, Chile, Equatorial Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to joining BG Group plc, Mr. Scoggins served as Strategic Planning Manager and Community and Public Relations Manager with Marathon Oil Company from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Scoggins began his career with Bechtel Corporation as Project Controls Engineer in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa from 2004 to 2005. In addition to Amplify Energy, Mr. Scoggins also currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Ultra Petroleum Corp. 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.