Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board
John V. Lovoi
Chairman of the Board

John V. Lovoi was appointed Chairman of the Board in October 2011 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since May 2005. He is also chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. He is the Managing Partner of JVL Advisors LLC, a private energy investment company established in 2002. From January 2000 to August 2002, Mr. Lovoi was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Incorporated, and during this period served as head of the firm’s Global Oil and Gas Research practice and then as head of the firm’s Global Oil and Gas Investment Banking practice. From 1995 to 2000, he was a leading oilfield services and equipment research analyst for Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he spent two years as a senior financial executive at Baker Hughes and four years as an energy investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Lovoi also serves as a director of Helix Energy Solutions Group, an energy services company, and as chairman of the board of directors of Epsilon Energy LTD. an oil and gas company based in Canada. Mr. Lovoi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA degree from the University of Texas.

Mr. Lovoi was selected to serve as a director due to his financial expertise and energy industry insight, as well as his experience as a director of other public companies.
Director
Blake T. DeBerry
Director

Blake T. DeBerry was appointed as a director in October 2011. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. DeBerry has been an employee of the Company since 1988 and has held a number of management and engineering positions in the Company’s domestic and international offices, including as Senior Vice President – Sales and Engineering, and as Vice President for the Company’s Asia-Pacific region. Mr. DeBerry holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University.

Mr. DeBerry was selected to serve as a director because he is our Chief Executive Officer with extensive knowledge of the Company, its operations and people, and he has demonstrated engineering knowledge and technical expertise.
Director
Alexander P. Shukis
Director

Alexander P. Shukis has been a director of the company since February 2003. He is chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee, and the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. From July, 2001 until his retirement in December 2007, Mr. Shukis was the Controller of Corporate Strategies, Inc., a merchant bank. From 1997 to July 2001, Mr. Shukis was self-employed, working as a business consultant. From 1995 to 1997, he was Chief Financial Officer and Director of Great Western Resources, Inc., an exploration and production company. He served as Vice President and Controller of Great Western Resources, Inc. from 1986 to 1995. Mr. Shukis holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Houston.

Mr. Shukis was selected to serve as a director due to his extensive financial and accounting background and his knowledge of the energy industry.
Director
Terence B. Jupp
Director

Mr. Jupp has been a director of the company since November 2012. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee and chairman of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Jupp is the Chief Operating Officer of Harbour Energy Ltd., a company that owns and operates upstream and midstream energy assets globally, a position he has held since April 2015. Mr. Jupp also serves as Managing Director of EIG Global Energy Partners, a global energy investment firm that is an owner of Harbour Energy, since April 2015. From January 2012 until April 2015, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of CASA Exploration. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jupp was employed by Anadarko Petroleum as Vice President International Operations – Americas/Far East following its acquisition of Kerr-McGee Oil and Gas and he worked for Kerr-McGee in various management positions domestically and internationally, including as Vice President – International Exploration and Production. Mr. Jupp also serves as a director of Chrysaor Holdings Limited, an oil and gas company focused on the North Sea, and Maverick Natural Resources, LLC, an oil and gas company focused on long-lived reserves in the U.S. Mr. Jupp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

Mr. Jupp was selected to serve as a director due to his executive experience with oil and gas exploration companies, including his international experience in the energy industry.
Director
Steven L. Newman
Director

Steven L. Newman has been a director of the company since August 2015. He is member of the Audit Committee, the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Newman is Chairman and CEO of Aquadrill LLC, a private company engaged in the offshore contract drilling industry, a position he has held since May 2021. From March 2010 until February 2015, he was President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Transocean Ltd., a global offshore drilling company. From 1994 to 2010, Mr. Newman was employed by Transocean in various management and operational positions. Mr. Newman also serves as a director of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., a worldwide engineering and construction company based in Montreal. Mr. Newman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Newman was selected to serve as a director due to his executive experience within the oil and gas industry, his international experience and his public company background.
Director
Amy B. Schwetz
Director

Ms. Schwetz has been a director of the company since September 2019. She is a member of the Audit Committee, the Nominating and Governance Committee, and the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Ms. Schwetz was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Flowserve Corporation, a leading provider of flow control products and services that is NYSE-listed, effective February 24, 2020.  Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Peabody Energy Corporation, an NYSE-listed global coal company based in St. Louis, Missouri. From 2005 to 2015, she served in various financial management positions at Peabody internationally and in the United States, including as Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration – Australia, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration – Americas, Vice President of Investor Relations and Vice President of Capital and Financial Planning. Prior to that, she worked for Ernst & Young LLP, an international accounting firm, in its audit practice. Ms. Schwetz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University.

Ms. Schwetz was selected to serve as a director due to her executive experience with a publicly-traded company in the energy industry, her international experience and her extensive financial and accounting background.
Director
Darryl K. Willis
Director

Darryl K. Willis has been a director of the Company since June 2021. He is member of the Audit Committee, the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Willis is Corporate Vice President, Energy of Microsoft Corporation, a position he has held since 2019. From 2018 to 2019, he was Vice President – Oil, Gas and Energy, Google Cloud at Google, Inc. From 1993-2017, he served in various technical, operational and management positions at BP plc internationally and in the United States, including as Senior Vice President of Reservoir Development and Vice President – L48 Onshore Gas at BP America, General Manager of BP Angola, and Vice President – Technology Operations at BP-TNK in Moscow. Mr. Willis also serves as a director of Nine Energy Service, Inc., an NYSE-listed company that provides completion and production services primarily for North American unconventional oil and gas resource development, and the American Bureau of Shipping, a non-profit corporation that provides global classification and assessment services to the marine and offshore industries for vessel design and integrity. Mr. Willis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State University, a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of New Orleans, and a Master of Science degree in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Willis was selected to serve as a director due to his executive experience with a Fortune 100 technology company, his executive background within the oil and gas industry and his international experience.