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about sundance

Sundance Energy Australia Limited (“Ltd”) (ASX:SEA) is a leading US oil and gas producer, with extensive experience and a strategy for sustainable, systematic expansion. With a strong asset base in the core of the Eagle Ford, Sundance has the expertise, cash flow, and operational efficiency to sustain long-term growth and liquidity.

creating
shareholder value

Our passion for identifying and efficiently developing high-quality assets is rivaled only by our ability to leverage those plays to provide sustainable growth and returns for our investors. We are committed to executing on our plan to become the premier Eagle Ford Shale operator.

creating
shareholder value

Our passion for identifying and efficiently developing high-quality assets is rivaled only by our ability to leverage those plays to provide sustainable growth and returns for our investors. We are committed to executing on our plan to become the premier Eagle Ford Shale operator.

board of directors

Sundance Energy is built on a solid foundation of innovation and experience that begins with our Board of Directors, who bring an immense wealth of valuable knowledge to the company.

MIKE HANNEL - Chairman

Michael D. Hannell has been a Director of Sundance since March 2006 and chairman of our board of directors since December 2008. Mr. Hannell has wide experience in the oil and gas industry, spanning some 50 years, initially in the downstream sector and subsequently in the upstream sector. His extensive experience has been in a wide range of design and construction, engineering, operations, exploration and development, marketing and commercial, financial and corporate areas in the United States, United Kingdom, continental Europe and Australia at the senior executive level with Mobil Oil (now Exxon) and Santos Ltd. Mr. Hannell has previously held a number of board appointments the most recent being the chairman of Rees Operations Pty Ltd (doing business as Milford Industries Pty Ltd), an Australian automotive components and transportation container manufacturer and supplier; and the chairman of the Sydney Pty Ltd, a designer and producer of simulation training products for industry. Mr. Hannell has also served on a number of not-for-profit boards, with appointments as president of the Adelaide-based Chamber of Mines and Energy, president of Business SA (formerly the South Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), chairman of the Investigator Science and Technology Centre, chairman of the Adelaide Graduate School of Business, and a member of the South Australian Legal Practitioners Conduct Board. Mr. Hannell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (with Honours) from the University of London (Battersea College of Technology) and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.
JUDY BUIE

 

 

 

 

 

Judith D. Buie was appointed to the Board in February 2019. Ms. Buie has spent over 25 years in the upstream oil and gas business tailoring investment strategies to capture upside and mitigate risk, leading business development initiatives; and managing oil and gas fields through different commodity and life cycles. Ms. Buie currently serves as an Oil and Gas Industry Advisor to KKR, a leading global investment firm; and, serves on the Board of Directors for FlowStream Vintage I Ltd, an international company which owns oil and gas revenue streams. From 2012-2017, Ms. Buie was Co-President and SVP Engineering for RPM Energy Management LLC, a private company which works exclusively with KKR to evaluate and manage oil and gas investments, including multiple joint ventures in the Eagle Ford. Prior to RPM, she held a variety of leadership and technical positions with Newfield Exploration, BP, Vastar Resources, and ARCO. Ms. Buie received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

DAMIEN HANNES

Damien A. Hannes has been a Director since August 2009. Mr. Hannes has over 25 years of finance, operations, sales and management experience. He has most recently served over 15 years as a managing director and a member of the operating committee, among other senior management positions, for Credit Suisse’s listed derivatives business in equities, commodities and fixed income in its Asia and Pacific region. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Hannes was a director for Fay Richwhite Australia, a New Zealand merchant bank. Prior to his tenure with Fay Richwhite, Mr. Hannes was the director of operations and chief financial officer of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Futures Ltd, a U.S. investment bank. He has successfully raised capital and developed and managed mining, commodities trading and manufacturing businesses in the global market. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the NSW University of Technology in Australia and subsequently completed the Institute of Chartered Accounts Professional Year before being seconded into the commercial sector.

WELDON HOLCOMBE

 

 

 

 

 

H. Weldon Holcombe has been a Director since December 2012. Mr. Holcombe has over 30 years of onshore and offshore U.S. oil and gas industry experience, including technology, reservoir engineering, drilling and completions, production operations, construction, field development and optimization, Health, Safety and Environmental (“HSE”), and management of office, field and contract personnel. Most recently, Mr. Holcombe served as the Executive Vice President, Mid Continental Region, for Petrohawk Energy Corporation from 2006 until its acquisition by BHP Billiton in 2011, after which Mr. Holcombe served as Vice President of New Technology Development for BHP Billiton. In his capacity as Executive Vice President for Petrohawk Energy Corporation, Mr. Holcombe managed development of leading unconventional resource plays, including the Haynesville, Fayetteville and Permian areas. In addition, Mr. Holcombe served as President of Big Hawk LLC, a subsidiary of Petrohawk Energy Corporation, a provider of basic oil and gas construction, logistics and rental services. Mr. Holcombe also served as corporate HSE officer for Petrohawk and joint chairperson of the steering committee that managed construction and operation of a gathering system in Petrohawk’s Haynesville field with one billion cubic feet of natural gas production per day. Prior to Petrohawk, Mr. Holcombe served in a variet of senior level management, operations and engineering roles for KCS Energy and Exxon. Mr. Holcombe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Auburn.

ERIC McCRADY - Managing Director & CEO

 

 

 

 

 

Eric P. McCrady has been our Chief Executive Officer since April 2011 and Managing Director of our Board of Directors since November 2011. He also served as our Chief Financial Officer from June 2010 until becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Mr. McCrady has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and he continues to lead the Sundance team that built a 55,000 acre position in the Eagle Ford through asset acquisitions and direct leasing, including the 2018 acquisition of approximately 22,000 acres from Pioneer and its partners. Previously Mr. McCrady and the Sundance team built and successfully monetized positions in the Williston, DJ and Anadarko basins. Prior to Sundance Energy, McCrady had over 6 years focused on the Finance and merger and acquisition arena specific to the energy sector, while at The Broe Group, a Denver-based private investment firm, as well as being the a founder and member of Trilogy Resources, a DJ Basin startup that was successfully sold in 2013. Mr. McCrady holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Neville Martin


Neville W. Martin has been a Director since January 2012. Prior to his election, he was an alternate director on our board of directors. Mr. Martin has over 40 years of experience as a lawyer specializing in corporate law and mining, oil and gas law. He is currently a consultant to the Australian law firm, Minter Ellison. Mr. Martin has served as a director on the boards of several Australian companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, including Stuart Petroleum Ltd from 1999 to 2002, Austin Exploration Ltd. from 2005 to 2008 and Adelaide Energy Ltd from 2005 to 2011. Mr. Martin is the former state president of the Australian Resource and Energy Law Association. Mr. Marin holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Adelaide University.

Tom Mitchell


Thomas L Mitchell was appointed to the Board in October 2018. He is a strategic and finance grounded leader with a record of driving innovative global growth in energy business models as the CFO of both large and small companies in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has had a career of strong Fortune 500 experience with exploration and production companies, and broad energy exposure with offshore drilling and midstream gathering and marketing companies. In his last position as EVP and Chief Financial Officer of Devon Energy Corporation, Mr. Mitchell collaborated closely with Devon’s Board of Directors while leading the finance and business development organizations. He helped the company successfully strengthened asset quality and margins by repositioning the oil and gas portfolio through the strategic acquisition of Felix Energy and sister midstream company Tall Oak. Mr. Mitchell also raised $2.2 billion of critically needed capital through a divestiture program executed in an extremely challenged divestiture market. Previously, Mr. Mitchell served as EVP and Chief Financial Officer and a member fo the board directors of Midstates Petroleum Company, a private equity-funded exploration and production company. While there, Mr. Mitchell led the initial public offering listing of the company on the New York Stock Exchange in April 2012. From November 2006 to September 2011, Mr. Mitchell was the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Noble Corporation, a publicly-held offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. Following his formal education, Mr. Mitchell began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he practiced as a CPA (currently inactive), then, in 1989 entered the oil and gas industry at Apache Corporation where he spent eighteen years in various finance and commercial roles the last being Vice President and Controller. He currently serves on the board of Hines Global REIT, Inc., a public real estate investment trust managed by Hines Interests and previously served on the board of directors of EnLink Midstream Partners, LP and EnLink Midstream, LLC. Mr. Mitchell graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.S. in Accounting.

senior management

With extensive operational expertise and technical proficiency, our management team is the beating heart of Sundance’s strategy and vision.

CATHY ANDERSON - Chief Financial Officer

Cathy L. Anderson has been our Chief Financial Officer since December 2011. Ms. Anderson has over 30 years of experience, primarily in the oil and gas industry, and has extensive experience in budgeting and forecasting, regulatory reporting, corporate controls, and financial analysis and reporting. Prior to joining us in 2011, Ms. Anderson had been a consultant to companies in the oil and gas industry since 2006.
Ms. Anderson held various positions, including Chief Financial Officer of Optigas, Inc., a natural gas gathering, processing, and marketing company, from 2005 to 2006 and Vice President of Internal Audit and Consulting for TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed global service firm providing outsourced customer management, from 2002 to 2004. From 1993 to 1999, Ms. Anderson was the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of NYSE-listed Key Production Company, Inc. (predecessor to Cimarex Energy). She began her career in 1985 with Arthur Andersen, LLP. Ms. Anderson hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with High Honors, emphasis in Accounting, from the University of Montana. She is a certified public accountant.

KEITH D KRESS - Vice President, Operations

Keith D. Kress was appointed Vice President of Operations of our subsidiary, Sundance Energy Inc. in October of 2017. He has over 20 years of varied engineering and management experience in the oil and gas industry. From 2010 to September 2017, he served as the VP Engineering and Operations Development with GMT Exploration, LLC. He also previously held senior level positions with Great Western Oil and Gas, LLC, Optigas, Inc. and EnCana Corporation. Mr. Kress received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

ERIC McCRADY - Managing Director & CEO

Eric P. McCrady has been our Chief Executive Officer since April 2011 and Managing Director of our Board of Directors since November 2011. He also served as our Chief Financial Officer from June 2010 until becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Mr. McCrady has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and he continues to lead the Sundance team that built a 55,000 acre position in the Eagle Ford through asset acquisitions and direct leasing, including the 2018 acquisition of approximately 22,000 acres from Pioneer and its partners. Previously Mr. McCrady and the Sundance team built and successfully monetized positions in the Williston, DJ and Anadarko basins. Prior to Sundance Energy, McCrady had over 6 years focused on the Finance and merger and acquisition arena specific to the energy sector, while at The Broe Group, a Denver-based private investment firm, as well as being the a founder and member of Trilogy Resources, a DJ Basin startup that was successfully sold in 2013. Mr. McCrady holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

BRIAN PIERI - Vice President, Marketing

Brian Pieri joined Sundance Energy, Inc. as Vice President of Marketing in May 2019. With over 20 years’ energy industry experience, Brian has bought, transported, stored, and sold Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) in each region of the United States. With an extensive background in physical commodities, he also incorporates complex financial products to hedge risk, optimize upside, and capture value. Beyond commercial commodity activities, he has provided vision and development for midstream projects – ranging from $10MM to $500MM. Holding positions with upstream, midstream, downstream, and trading companies allowed Brian the unique perspective of varying roles in the value chain from production to consumption of Natural Gas, Crude, and NGLs. Brian holds a B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Accounting from Regis University.

JOHN ROBERTS - Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations

John Roberts was appointed Vice President of Finance and Investors Relations in April 2018. He has over 12 years of principal investing experience, predominantly focused on the energy sector. Most recently he was Senior Vice President in charge of The Noble Group’s principal energy investments and a member of Harbour Energy’s management committee. He previously worked at GE Capital’s energy investing group and Stone Tower Capital, a middle market private equity fund. He holds an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

MIKE WOLFE - Vice President, Land

Mike Wolfe has been Vice President of Land our subsidiary, Sundance Energy, Inc., since March 2013 and was previously Senior Land Manager from December 2010. He has more than 30 years of senior land experience in the oil and gas industry. His experience encompasses all areas of land management, including field leasing, title, lease records, joint venture contracts and management of multi-rig drilling programs in numerous basins throughout the United States. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Wolfe was a Regional Land Manager for Cimarex Energy Company, a public oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1996 to 1997, he was a site acquisition agent for PacBell Mobile, a cellular phone service provider. From 1990 to 1996, he was a Project Landman for Capitol Oil Corporation, and oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1981 to 1990, he was an Assistant Land Manager for TXO Production Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company. Prior to his tenure with TXO Production Corporation, he was a Land Representative for Texaco. Mr. Wolfe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance and real estate from Colorado State University.

CATHY ANDERSON - Chief Financial Officer

Cathy L. Anderson has been our Chief Financial Officer since December 2011. Ms. Anderson has over 30 years of experience, primarily in the oil and gas industry, and has extensive experience in budgeting and forecasting, regulatory reporting, corporate controls, and financial analysis and reporting. Prior to joining us in 2011, Ms. Anderson had been a consultant to companies in the oil and gas industry since 2006.
Ms. Anderson held various positions, including Chief Financial Officer of Optigas, Inc., a natural gas gathering, processing, and marketing company, from 2005 to 2006 and Vice President of Internal Audit and Consulting for TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed global service firm providing outsourced customer management, from 2002 to 2004. From 1993 to 1999, Ms. Anderson was the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of NYSE-listed Key Production Company, Inc. (predecessor to Cimarex Energy). She began her career in 1985 with Arthur Andersen, LLP. Ms. Anderson hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with High Honors, emphasis in Accounting, from the University of Montana. She is a certified public accountant.

KEITH D KRESS - Vice President, Operations

Keith D. Kress was appointed Vice President of Operations of our subsidiary, Sundance Energy Inc. in October of 2017. He has over 20 years of varied engineering and management experience in the oil and gas industry. From 2010 to September 2017, he served as the VP Engineering and Operations Development with GMT Exploration, LLC. He also previously held senior level positions with Great Western Oil and Gas, LLC, Optigas, Inc. and EnCana Corporation. Mr. Kress received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

ERIC McCRADY - Managing Director & CEO

Eric P. McCrady has been our Chief Executive Officer since April 2011 and Managing Director of our Board of Directors since November 2011. He also served as our Chief Financial Officer from June 2010 until becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Mr. McCrady has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and he continues to lead the Sundance team that built a 55,000 acre position in the Eagle Ford through asset acquisitions and direct leasing, including the 2018 acquisition of approximately 22,000 acres from Pioneer and its partners. Previously Mr. McCrady and the Sundance team built and successfully monetized positions in the Williston, DJ and Anadarko basins. Prior to Sundance Energy, McCrady had over 6 years focused on the Finance and merger and acquisition arena specific to the energy sector, while at The Broe Group, a Denver-based private investment firm, as well as being the a founder and member of Trilogy Resources, a DJ Basin startup that was successfully sold in 2013. Mr. McCrady holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

BRIAN PIERI - Vice President, Marketing

Brian Pieri joined Sundance Energy, Inc. as Vice President of Marketing in May 2019. With over 20 years’ energy industry experience, Brian has bought, transported, stored, and sold Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) in each region of the United States. With an extensive background in physical commodities, he also incorporates complex financial products to hedge risk, optimize upside, and capture value. Beyond commercial commodity activities, he has provided vision and development for midstream projects – ranging from $10MM to $500MM. Holding positions with upstream, midstream, downstream, and trading companies allowed Brian the unique perspective of varying roles in the value chain from production to consumption of Natural Gas, Crude, and NGLs. Brian holds a B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Accounting from Regis University.

JOHN ROBERTS - Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations

John Roberts was appointed Vice President of Finance and Investors Relations in April 2018. He has over 12 years of principal investing experience, predominantly focused on the energy sector. Most recently he was Senior Vice President in charge of The Noble Group’s principal energy investments and a member of Harbour Energy’s management committee. He previously worked at GE Capital’s energy investing group and Stone Tower Capital, a middle market private equity fund. He holds an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

MIKE WOLFE - Vice President, Land

Mike Wolfe has been Vice President of Land our subsidiary, Sundance Energy, Inc., since March 2013 and was previously Senior Land Manager from December 2010. He has more than 30 years of senior land experience in the oil and gas industry. His experience encompasses all areas of land management, including field leasing, title, lease records, joint venture contracts and management of multi-rig drilling programs in numerous basins throughout the United States. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Wolfe was a Regional Land Manager for Cimarex Energy Company, a public oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1996 to 1997, he was a site acquisition agent for PacBell Mobile, a cellular phone service provider. From 1990 to 1996, he was a Project Landman for Capitol Oil Corporation, and oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1981 to 1990, he was an Assistant Land Manager for TXO Production Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company. Prior to his tenure with TXO Production Corporation, he was a Land Representative for Texaco. Mr. Wolfe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance and real estate from Colorado State University.

senior management

With extensive operational expertise and technical proficiency, our management team is the beating heart of Sundance’s strategy and vision.

the sundance commitment

It is the primary duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders, and to oversee the management of the Company’s business operations. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines.

While strict by definition, these guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company, or as required by applicable laws and regulations.

corporate governance

Sundance Energy will always be committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and corporate governance, as we understand these values to be the cornerstone of any successful enterprise.

Pursuant to these principles, our Board of Directors has established a corporate governance framework that sets a high benchmark for its employees, officers, and directors.

Corporate Governance Documents: