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Board of Directors

James A. Watt
Chairman
 
Mr. Watt has served as Chairman of Warren Resources since November 2015 and also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Watt joined the Company from Dune Energy, Inc., where he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Prior to joining Dune in 2007, Mr. Watt also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Remington Oil and Gas Corporation since February 1998 and the Chairman of Remington since May 2003, until Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. acquired Remington in July 2006. From 1993 through 1997, Mr. Watt served as Vice President—Exploration of Seagull E&P, Inc., and from 1991-1993, he served as Vice President—exploration and exploitation of Nerco Oil and Gas. From August 2006 through March 2007, Mr. Watt also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Maverick Oil & Gas, Inc. Mr. Watt currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., where he is Chairman of the Board, and Helix. Mr. Watt received a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Yixiao Liu
 
Yixiao Liu is a Vice President with GSO Capital Partners. Ms. Liu focuses on the evaluation, execution, and monetization of private and public market investments across the energy, power and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining GSO, Ms. Liu worked at Blackstone Advisory Partners, where Ms. Liu advised clients across the energy value chain on various M&A, restructuring, and strategic matters. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Liu worked in Morgan Stanley’s M&A Group and Fixed-Income Sales & Trading Group. Ms. Liu received a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


K. Adam Leight
 
Adam Leight is the Managing Member of Ansonia Advisors LLC, an independent research and capital markets advisory firm. Mr. Leight was Managing Director and Head of US Credit Research at RBC Capital Markets. Prior to RBC, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Leveraged Finance Research at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Managing Director and head of Fixed Income Research at Cowen & Co. Prior to Cowen, he covered energy equities and debt at Drexel Burnham Lambert and Sutro & Co. In 2016, he joined the boards of Goodrich Petroleum and Warren Resources. At Goodrich, he is the Chairman of the Audit Committee, and serves on the Compensation and Hedging Committees. Mr. Leight is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He earned an MS in Investment Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he participated in the Applied Securities Analysis and Portfolio Management Program (ASAP), and holds an AB in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.


Duane H. King
 
Mr. Duane H. King co-Founded Synergy Offshore, LLC, dba SOG Resources, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. From 1984 to 1986, Mr. King was a Production Engineer for Mitchell Energy & Development Corp. in Midland, Texas. From 1989 to May 1991, he served as an Associate with Chase Manhattan Bank in the Energy Division in Houston and New York, specializing in energy corporate finance. Mr. King is involved in numerous advisory and charity organizations and is currently on the Engineering Advisory Board and the Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee at The University of Texas. He is the President of the Board of Yellowstone Academy, a school serving intercity youth he helped establish. He has served on the Boards of Presbyterian School, Houston Habitat for Humanity, Houston Producers Forum, Episcopal High School and other organizations. Mr. King received his B.S. with honors in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas in 1984. In 1988, he received an MBA from the University of Texas where he was a Sord Scholar.


Eugene I. Davis
 
Eugene I. Davis is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PIRINATE Consulting Group, LLC, or PIRINATE, a privately held consulting firm specializing in turnaround management, merger and acquisition consulting, and hostile and friendly takeovers, proxy contests, and strategic planning advisory services for domestic and international public and private business entities. Since forming PIRINATE in 1997, Mr. Davis has advised, managed, sold, liquidated and served as a chief executive officer, chief restructuring officer, director, committee chairman or chairman of a number of businesses operating in diverse sectors. From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Davis served as President, Vice Chairman, and Director of Emerson Radio Corporation and from 1996 to 1997 he served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Sport Supply Group, Inc. He began his career as an attorney and international negotiator with Exxon Corporation and Standard Oil Company (Indiana) and was in private practice from 1984 to 1998. Mr. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, a master of international affairs degree (MIA) in international law and organization from the School of International Affairs of Columbia University, and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law. Mr. Davis currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Atlas Iron Limited, U.S. Concrete, Inc., and WMIH Corp., and also serves as a director of Verso Corporation, Genco Shipping & Trading Limited and Titan Energy, LLC, as well as certain non-SEC reporting companies. During the past five years, Mr. Davis has also been a director of the following SEC registrants: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., The Cash Store Financial Services, Inc., Dex One Corp.,Global Power Equipment Group, Inc., Goodrich Petroleum Corp., Great Elm Capital Corporation, GSI Group, Inc., Hercules Offshore, Inc., HRG Group, Inc., Knology, Inc., SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc., Spansion, Inc. and Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. Mr. Davis’ prior experience also includes having served on the board of directors of each of ALST Casino Holdco, LLC and Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.


 

 
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