Brent J. Smolik
Mr. Smolik is our President and Chief Executive Officer and serves as Chairman of the Board of Managers of our parent, EPE Acquisition, LLC. He was previously Executive Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of El Paso Corporation and President of EP Energy Corporation (a/k/a 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. Beard serves as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition, LLC, our parent company. 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.
Joshua J. Harris
Mr. Harris serves as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition, LLC, our parent company. Mr. Harris is a Senior Managing Director of Apollo Global Management, LLC and Managing Partner of Apollo Management, L.P., which he co-founded in 1990. Prior to 1990, Mr. Harris was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated. Mr. Harris currently serves on the boards of directors of Apollo Global Management, LLC, Berry Plastics Group Inc., LyondellBasell Industries, CEVA Group plc, Momentive Performance Materials and the holding company for Constellium and is the Managing Partner of the Philadelphia 76ers. During the past five years, Mr. Harris has served on the boards of directors of Verso Paper, Metals USA, Nalco, Covalence Specialty Materials, United Agri Products, Quality Distribution, Whitmire Distribution, and Noranda Aluminum and served as a general partner of AP Alternative Assets, L.P. Mr. Harris is actively involved in charitable and political organizations. Mr. Harris graduated summa cum laude and Beta Gamma Sigma from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker and Loeb Scholar.
Pierre F. Lapeyre, Jr.
Mr. Lapeyre serves as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition, LLC, our parent company. Mr. Lapeyre is a founder and Senior Managing Director of Riverstone. Prior to co-founding Riverstone, Mr. Lapeyre was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its Global Energy & Power Group. Mr. Lapeyre joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1986 and spent his 14-year investment banking career focused on energy and power, particularly the midstream/pipeline and oil service sectors. Mr. Lapeyre's responsibilities included client coverage and leading the execution of a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, strategic advisory and capital markets financings for clients across all sectors of the industry. Mr. Lapeyre serves on the boards of directors of Legend Natural Gas, Dynamic Industries, Quorum Technologies, Enduro Resource Partners LLC, Enduro Resource Partners II, L.P., Meritage Midstream Services II, LLC, Sage Midstream, LLC and Three Rivers Operating Company II LLC. He is also a director of various internal Riverstone fund-related entities. Mr. Lapeyre received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of Kentucky and his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Leuschen serves as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition, LLC, our parent company. Mr. Leuschen is a founder and Senior Managing Director of Riverstone. Prior to co-founding Riverstone, Mr. Leuschen was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and founder and head of the Goldman, Sachs & Co. Global Energy & Power Group. Mr. Leuschen joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1977 and became head of the Global Energy & Power Group in 1985 and a Partner in 1986. He remained with Goldman, Sachs & Co. until leaving to found Riverstone. Mr. Leuschen has served as a director of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Cross Timbers Oil Company (predecessor to XTO Energy), J. Aron Resources, Mega Energy, Inc. and Natural Meats Montana. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Legend Natural Gas, Dynamic Industries, Canera Resources and on the board of managers of Enduro Resource Partners LLC and Enduro Resource Partners II, L.P. Mr. Leuschen is a director of various internal Riverstone fund-related entities. He is also president of Switchback Ranch LLC and has served on a number of non-profit boards of directors. Mr. Leuschen received his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth and his Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business.
Mr. Oh serves as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition, LLC, our parent company. 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 serves as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition, LLC, our parent company. 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.
Donald A. Wagner
Mr. Wagner serves as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition, LLC, our parent company. 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 serves as a member of the Board of Managers of EPE Acquisition, LLC, our parent company. Mr. Wilson joined Apollo in 2009, where he is currently a senior member of the natural resources team. 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 with deals including Wellbore Capital and Helios Energy/Royalty Partners. 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.