Board of Directors
Mr. First currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Ascribe Capital LLC (“Ascribe”). He joined Ascribe in 2008 and, prior thereto, was a Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager in Merrill Lynch’s Principal Credit Group, a proprietary investing platform for the firm’s capital, where he was responsible for evaluating and managing assets in the team’s North American portfolio, including non-investment grade bank loans, stressed/distressed fixed income investments and public and private equity. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2003, Mr. First was a senior partner in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring department of the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he began his legal career in 1987. At Fried Frank, he represented both debtors and creditors in both in-court and out-of-court restructurings as well as lenders to, investors in, and potential buyers and sellers of, financially troubled companies. Prior to his joining Fried Frank’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring department, he was a member of its Corporate Department, where he became a partner in 1994. On behalf of Ascribe, Mr. First currently serves on the boards of directors of Forbes Energy Services, Ltd. since 2017, Geokinetics Inc. since 2013, Engineering Solutions & Products, LLC since November 2013 and Big Run, Inc. since March 2018. He previously served as a director of Alion Science and Technology Corp. from August 2014 until August 2015 and EnviroSolutions Inc. from July 2010 to March 2018. Mr. First received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Haverford College, and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. He also attended the London School of Economics.
John B. Griggs
Mr. Griggs is the EVP of Finance & Corporate Development for Conquest Completion Services, a Shreveport, Louisiana-based provider of coiled tubing and related completion services, where he focuses primarily on strategic and returns-based capital allocation initiatives both organic and inorganic. Prior to joining Conquest, Mr. Griggs was the Chief Financial Officer of Rubicon Oilfield International, a Houston-based oilfield products manufacturing company he co-founded in early 2015. While at Rubicon, Mr. Griggs was responsible for the company’s accounting, treasury/finance, tax, risk management, and corporate development functions and was also intimately involved in the establishment of high-level strategic plans and overall company leadership. From 2011 through 2014, Mr. Griggs was a Managing Director at CSL Capital Management, an energy private equity firm. While at CSL, Mr. Griggs sponsored investments in and served on the boards of several oilfield services companies, including Independence Oilfield Chemicals and Delta Subsea. From 2005 through 2011, Mr. Griggs was a Senior Vice President for the direct capital arm of the D.E. Shaw Group where he focused on direct debt and equity investments in energy companies, with a particular focus on energy services and equipment, midstream and downstream companies. Mr. Griggs holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Michael Y. McGovern
Mr. McGovern is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sherwood Energy, LLC, an aggregator of hydrocarbon reserves through direct ownership of working interests in oil and natural gas leases, and currently serves as a director for Cactus Wellhead, LLC, a manufacturer and servicer of pressure control equipment for offshore and onshore oil and gas production, and as a director of Fibrant LLC, a US unit of Fibrant BV, a Netherlands based global producer and supplier of high quality chemical performance products. Mr. McGovern has served previously as a director of various public and private companies operating in the oil and gas and energy industries, including Probe Holding Inc. (2014-2017), Quicksilver Resources Inc. (2013-2016), Long Run Exploration Ltd. (2008-2013); and Columbia Chemical Company (2010-2011). Mr. McGovern holds a B.S. from Centenary College and attended the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University from 1973-1974 and the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law from 1979-1980.
Charles K. Thompson
Mr. Thompson currently serves as our Chairman of the Board and Interim Chief Executive Officer. He is currently a Managing Partner of PinHigh Capital Partners, a Houston-based family office affiliated investment partnership with a focus on private oil service and exploration and production (“E&P”) investments. Mr. Thompson currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of KSW Oilfield Services and Wayfinder Resources. Previously, Mr. Thompson spent two years at Nomura Securities building the oil and gas investment banking business, and from 2004 to 2014 he was an original partner of Legacy Partners Group, a boutique mergers and acquisitions firm based in New York that was sold to FBR Capital Markets in 2007. Mr. Thompson holds a B.A. in geology from Williams College and attended Columbia Business School. Mr. Thompson will continue to serve as our Interim Chief Executive Officer until a permanent Chief Executive Officer is appointed.