Board of Directors
Kenneth T. Hern was appointed to the Mesa Energy Board of Directors in January of 2010 and to the Armada Board of Directors in May of 2012. In addition, Mr. Hern currently serves, and has served since November 2009, on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Governance Committee of Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK), a supplier of drilling and production related products and services to the energy and mining industries.
Mr. Hern also served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Nova Biosource Fuels, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NBF) (Nova), a leading provider of biodiesel fuel, and held that position from December 2, 2005 to April 2010.
Nova filed Chapter 11 in April 2009 seeking protection under federal bankruptcy statutes. By October 2010, the court approved dismissal of all Nova entities.
From January 2003 to December 2005, Mr. Hern was Chairman of the Board of Homeland Renewable Energy LLC, a privately held holding company of Fibrowatt LLC. Fibrowatt LLC is a developer, builder, owner and operator of poultry litter-fueled power plants, and is based in Pennsylvania.
From 1969 to 1994, Mr. Hern served in several capacities at Texaco, Inc., including President and Chairman of the Board of Texaco Brazil from 1989 to 1994.
Mr. Hern earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Austin College in 1960 and an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from North Texas State University in 1962.
Mr. Hern also received Associates Degrees from the Wharton School of Business and from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990 and 1991, respectively.
Marceau Schlumberger joined the Board of Directors of Armada Oil, Inc. in March of 2013. He is also a Partner and Founder of Coral Reef Capital (“CRC”), a private equity firm focused on investments in the natural resources sector, including oil & gas exploration and production, metals & mining, energy and related infrastructure and services. Prior to founding CRC, he served as Principal of Columbus Nova from 2004 to 2008 where he was responsible for sourcing, structuring, negotiating and managing private equity investments and buyouts, leading several successful transactions such as the leveraged buyout of Cyalume Technology Holding, Inc., as well as land finance and development partnerships with Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc.
Prior to that, Mr. Schlumberger was an Associate at Triumph Capital, a private equity fund with $950 million of capital where he completed seven investments, assisted in the profitable sale of two portfolio companies and served as a Board Observer for several Triumph portfolio companies. He was also a founding member and analyst of Smith Barney’s Asia Investment Banking Group and an analyst at Zilkha & Co., a buy-side M&A advisory and merchant banking firm.
In addition to Armada Oil, Mr. Schlumberger currently serves on the Board of Directors of the following private companies: Shawnee Exploration, Microline Surgical Inc. (member of the Compensation Committee), Rawhide Mining, LLC (Chairman of the Audit Committee), and PF Leonville. He previously served on the Boards of the following private companies: Pacific Building Care, Cyalume Technologies, Inc. (now public), ISCON Video Imaging and Craig Michaels, Inc.
Mr. Schlumberger received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Eric Wold joined the Board of Directors of Armada Oil in May of 2012.
Mr. Wold previously served on the Board of Directors of Lucas Energy (AMEX:LEI), a publicly held company within the oil and energy sector from 2005-2009. He is currently a Senior Analyst with B. Riley & Co., a leading full-service investment bank, where he has more than 18 years of buy-side and sell-side equity research experience, reporting on a dozen companies in the Internet and Media and Entertainment sectors with market caps between $50 Million and $6 Billion, including Tivo, Inc., Netflix, Inc. and Coinstar, Inc. Previously, Mr. Wold held the position of Managing Director, Equity Research at the investment banking firm Merriman Capital, Inc., where he covered the Branded Global Consumer and Media Groups. He was also Director of Corporate Finance with NightFire Software, a privately held telecommunications software company based in Oakland, California. At First Security Van Kasper, he served as Vice President and Senior Research Analyst, where he was responsible for the Restaurant and Branded Consumer sectors. Mr. Wold began his career on the buy-side with research analyst positions with both Polynous Capital Management (a hedge fund that he co-founded in 1996) and GT Global Financial Services. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1997 and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley.
Fred B. Zaziski was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mesa Energy in January of 2010 and became a director of Armada upon closing of the business combination transaction in March of 2013.
Mr. Zaziski was President and CEO of Epsilon Energy Ltd. (TSX: EPS), a publicly traded exploration and production company based in Toronto and Houston, from June 2007 to May 2009.
From March 2007 until July 2008, Mr. Zaziski served as President and Chairman of PetroSouth Energy Corp. (OTCBB: PSEG), another publicly traded exploration and production company based in Houston, and from October 2004 to January 2007, he served as President, CEO and a Director of Falcon Natural Gas Corp., Houston (FNGC.PK). Prior to 2004, Mr. Zaziski worked in a number of senior management capacities for a number of other oil & gas companies including National Petroleum Technology Company, Saudi Arabia (1997 –1999) and Halliburton Energy Services, Bahrain (1977 –1997).
Mr. Zaziski graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BSc, in petroleum engineering in 1976. He received an MBA in Organizational Management and a Masters in International Business from Cairo University, Egypt in 1986 and 1987, respectively. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Petroleum Institute and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.