MONROE Director Mark E. Monroe has served as a director since November 2001 and has served as Lead Director since the 2017 Annual Meeting.
Mark E. Monroe has served as a director since November 2001 and has served as Lead Director since the 2017 Annual Meeting. Mr. Monroe has been re-nominated to serve as Lead Director. His third term as Lead Director will start after the Annual Meeting and continue through the 2020 Annual Meeting. Mr. Monroe also serves as Chairman of our Audit Committee. Mr. Monroe was our President and Chief Operating Officer from October 2005 until October 31, 2008. He was Chief Executive Officer and President of Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas Corp. prior to its merger with Dominion Resources, Inc. in October 2001. After the merger, Mr. Monroe was a consultant and served as a member of the board of directors of Unit Corporation, a NYSE publicly traded onshore drilling and oil and gas exploration and production company from October 2003 through October 2005. He has served on the board of directors of Seven Generations Energy Ltd., a publicly traded Canadian energy producer, since October 2018 and as Chairman of the Board since January 2019. He served on the board of directors of Rose Rock Midstream GP, LLC, the general partner of Rose Rock Midstream, L.P., from December 2011 to April 1, 2016. He has served as Chairman, and as a board member, of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, served on the Domestic Petroleum Council and the National Petroleum Council, and on the boards of directors of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Oklahoma Energy Explorers, and the Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. Mr. Monroe is a Certified Public Accountant and received his B.A. in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Monroe’s extensive executive and financial experience from his service in positions as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Financial Officer at various public oil and gas companies and his background as a Certified Public Accountant qualify him to serve on our Board, as Chairman of our Audit Committee, and as Lead Director.