Board of Directors
Nominating & Governance Committee
Chief Executive Officer
David Rockecharlie has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director on our Board since June 2021. Mr. Rockecharlie previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Independence’s managing member since March 2021, prior to which he served as Manager and President of Independence’s managing member beginning in June 2020. Mr. Rockecharlie has also served as a director on Independence’s Board since June 2020. Mr. Rockecharlie joined KKR in 2011 and is currently a Partner and Head of KKR’s Energy Real Assets business and Chairman of KKR’s Energy Investment Committee. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Rockecharlie was co-founder and co-CEO of RPM Energy, LLC, a privately-owned oil and gas exploration and development company. Previously, Mr. Rockecharlie served as co-head of Jefferies & Company’s Energy Investment Banking Group and before that was an executive with El Paso Corp., where he led a variety of corporate activities. Mr. Rockecharlie began his career as an energy investment banker with S.G. Warburg and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Rockecharlie received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University. We believe Mr. Rockecharlie’s extensive industry experience and longstanding relationship with KKR make him well-suited to serve as a director.
Chief Financial Officer
Brandi Kendall has served as our Chief Financial Officer and a director on our Board since December 2021. Ms. Kendall previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Independence’s managing member since March 2021, prior to which she served as Vice President of Independence’s managing member beginning in June 2020. Ms. Kendall has also served as a director on Independence’s Board since August 2020. Ms. Kendall joined KKR in 2013 and is responsible for a broad range of portfolio management activities for its Energy Real Assets team, including finance, planning, risk management and corporate development. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Kendall served as director, finance and planning at Marlin Midstream and finance associate at NFR Energy. Ms. Kendall began her career in the energy investment banking industry, having held positions at JP Morgan and Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Ms. Kendall earned a BA in Economics, Managerial Studies and Kinesiology from Rice University. We believe Ms. Kendall’s financial expertise and energy industry experience make her well suited to serve as a director.
John Goff has served as Chairman of our Board since December 2021. Mr. Goff previously served as the Chairman of Contango. He was elected to the Board of Contango in August 2018 and as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Contango in October 2019. Mr. Goff leads a private investment operation based in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Goff co-founded Crescent Real Estate with Richard Rainwater in the early 1990’s, designing the strategy and orchestrating the acquisitions leading to its initial public offering (NYSE) in May 1994. Under his leadership as CEO, Crescent Real Estate grew from approximately $500 million at its IPO to $6.5 billion upon its sale to Morgan Stanley in August 2007. Crescent provided its shareholders a 15.4 percent compounded annual return including more than $2.5 billion in cash dividends during its 13 years as a public company. In November 2009, Mr. Goff reacquired Crescent Real Estate in a partnership with Barclays Capital, and in December 2017 he purchased Barclays’ interest to become the principal owner of Crescent Real Estate and its subsidiaries. Crescent currently has assets under management, development and investment capacity of more than $4 billion. Mr. Goff first joined Mr. Rainwater in 1987, investing in public securities, private equity, and distressed debt in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, health care, insurance, and banking. This background led Mr. Goff to establish his family office, Goff Capital, in 2009. Goff Capital is presently focused on investments in aerospace, energy, entertainment, real estate and wellness. Mr. Goff graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and is a member of McCombs Business School Hall of Fame. He was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest Region in 2014 and more recently, was inducted to the North Texas Real Estate, the Dallas Business and the Fort Worth Business Halls of Fame. Mr. Goff will bring investment and financial acumen, including expertise in analyzing opportunities, risks and strategy in investments in various industries, including energy investments, and providing guidance regarding corporate governance matters, which makes him well-suited to serve on our Board.
Claire Farley has served as a director on our Board since December 2021. Ms. Farley previously served as a director on Independence’s Board since August 2020. Ms. Farley currently serves as a Senior Advisor to KKR’s Energy Real Assets team, after having joined KKR in 2011 as a Partner. Prior to joining KKR, she was co-founder and co-CEO of RPM Energy LLC. Ms. Farley previously was an advisory director of Jefferies Randall & Dewey, also serving as co-president. She was CEO of Randall & Dewey before it combined with Jefferies & Company. Prior to that, she served in various roles at Texaco, Inc. including CEO of HydroTexaco, president of the North American production division and president of worldwide exploration and new ventures. She has also served as CEO of two start-up ventures: Intelligent Diagnostics Corporation and Trade-Ranger Inc. Ms. Farley presently serves on the board of directors of Technip FMC and LyondellBasell Industries N.V. Ms. Farley holds a B.S. from Emory University. We believe that Ms. Farley’s leadership, investing and energy experience make her well-suited to serve as a director.
Robert Gwin has served as a director on our Board since December 2021. Previously, Mr. Gwin was President of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (“Anadarko”) until August of 2019 when the company was purchased by Occidental Petroleum Corporation. He previously was Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Anadarko from 2009 to 2018. Mr. Gwin is currently a director of Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Enable Midstream Partners, LP, where he previously served as Chairman of its board of directors. He previously served as the Chairman of the board of directors of both Western Gas Partners, LP and its general partner Western Gas Equity Partners, LP from 2010 to 2019, and as a director of both entities beginning in 2007. Mr. Gwin was also the Chairman of the board of directors of LyondellBasell Industries, N.V. from 2013 to 2018, where he served as a director beginning in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). We believe Mr. Gwin’s leadership experience and industry expertise make him well-suited to serve as a director.
Ellis “Lon” McCain has served as a director on our Board since December 2021. Previously, Mr. McCain served as a director of Contango since February 2006 and also as Chairman of Contango’s Audit Committee. Mr. McCain also served as Contango’s Lead Director from the 2014 Annual Meeting through the 2016 Annual Meeting. Mr. McCain served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ellora Energy, Inc. from July 2009 through August 2010 when Ellora was merged into a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. In addition to the Contango Board, Mr. McCain currently serves on the board of directors of and Cheniere Energy Partners, GP, LLC, the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., a publicly traded partnership, and Continental Resources, Inc. Mr. McCain received a B.A. in business administration and an M.B.A. with a major in finance from the University of Denver. Mr. McCain brings extensive business, financial and management expertise to the Board. Mr. McCain also brings considerable experience from his position as a director with several other energy companies. We believe Mr. McCain’s extensive business, financial, management and director expertise qualify him to serve as a director.
Karen Simon has served as a director on our Board since December 2021. Previously, Ms. Simon served as a director of Contango since April 2021. Ms. Simon previously served as Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, at JPMorgan before retiring in December 2019. Over her 36 year banking career, she held a number of leadership positions, including Global Co-Head of Financial Sponsor Coverage, providing M&A and capital raising investment banking services to private equity funds; Co-Head of EMEA Debt Capital Markets and Head of EMEA Oil & Gas coverage, both in London, and most recently she founded JPMorgan’s Director Advisory new client group focused on providing advice to public company Directors. Ms. Simon is currently a director of two European public companies; one of which she chairs, Energean plc in London (LON: ENOG) since March 2018 and Aker ASA in Oslo (OSL: AKER) since April 2013. Ms. Simon received dual graduate business degrees in 1983: an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a Master of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona. Earlier, she graduated from the University of Colorado, earning a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Economics. We believe Ms. Simon’s financial and management expertise make her well-suited to serve as a director.
Erich Bobinsky has served as a director on our Board since December 2021. Mr. Bobinsky previously served as a director on Independence’s Board since August 2020. Mr. Bobinsky is a director at Liberty Mutual Investments (“LMI”), a position he has held since April 2019. Mr. Bobinsky joined LMI in 2010. Mr. Bobinsky holds a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting from Bentley University. Mr. Bobinsky also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. We believe that Mr. Bobinsky’s investment experience and relationship with LMI make him well-suited to serve as a director.
Bevin Brown has served as a director on our Board since December 2021. Ms. Brown previously served as a director on Independence’s Board since August 2020. Ms. Brown is the Managing Director of Portfolio Strategy & Management for Global Partnerships and Innovation at LMI, a position she has held since February 2020, prior to which she served as a director at LMI beginning in 2013. Prior to joining LMI, Ms. Brown was a director at a private equity firm and a Manager at PwC. Ms. Brown holds a B.S. from Stonehill College. We believe that Ms. Brown’s investment experience and relationship with LMI make her well-suited to serve as a director.