ANTHONY J. BEST
Chairman of the Board
Anthony J. Best joined our Board of Directors in March 2014 and has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 2018. He has previously served as Chairman of our Compensation Committee and as a member of our, Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Best retired as Chief Executive Officer of SM Energy in January 2015. He originally joined SM Energy in June 2006 as its President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named as Chief Executive Officer in February 2007 and was named to the Board of the company at that time. From February 2003 through September 2005, Mr. Best served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pure Resources, Inc., a development and exploration company in Midland, Texas. Previously, Mr. Best served as an independent consultant offering leadership and oil and gas consultation to energy companies and volunteer organizations and in varying roles of increasing responsibility at Atlantic Richfield Company. Mr. Best serves as a part-time senior advisor to Quantum Energy Partners, a private equity firm. In January 2016, he joined the Board of Directors of ExL Petroleum, LP, a portfolio company of Quantum Energy Partners. In January 2018, Mr. Best joined the Board of Directors of ProPetro Holding Corp.where he serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
G. STEPHEN FINLEY
Retired Senior V.P. and Chief Financial Officer, Baker Hughes Incorporated
G. Stephen Finley joined our Board of Directors in June 2007. Mr. Finley currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Finley served as the Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Baker Hughes Incorporated from April 1999 until his retirement from that company in April 2006. Prior to that, from February 1982 to April 1999, Mr. Finley held various financial and administrative management positions with Baker Hughes. Since November 2006, Mr. Finley has served as a member of the board of directors, a member of the Audit & Conflicts Committee and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Archrock GP, LLC (previously known as Exterran GP, LLC), which is the general partner of Archrock Partners, L.P. (previously known as Exterran, L.P.), a publicly traded limited partnership which provides natural gas compression services and products. From December 2006 until November 2011, Mr. Finley served on the board of directors of a privately held company, Total Safety U.S., Inc., a global provider of integrated safety strategies and solutions for hazardous environments.
PAUL L. HOWES
President and Chief Executive Officer, Newpark Resources
Paul L. Howes joined our Board of Directors and was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer in March 2006. In June 2006, Mr. Howes was also appointed as our President. Mr. Howes’ career has included experience in the defense industry, chemicals and plastics manufacturing, and the packaging industry. Following the sale of his former company in October 2005 until he joined our Board of Directors in March 2006, Mr. Howes was working privately as an inventor and engaging in consulting and private investing activities. From 2002 until October 2005, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Astaris LLC, a primary chemicals company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with operations in North America, Europe and South America. Prior to this, from 1997 until 2002, he served as Vice President and General Manager, Packaging Division, for Flint Ink Corporation, a global ink company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with operations in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Mr. Howes is also actively engaged in energy industry trade associations. He currently holds the Chairman position on the General Membership Committee for the American Petroleum Institute (API); and, is a contributing member to the API Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).
RODERICK A. LARSON
Chief Executive Officer, Oceaneering International, Inc.
Roderick A. Larson joined our Board of Directors in March 2014. Mr. Larson currently serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of our Audit and Compensation Committees. Beginning in May 2012, Mr. Larson served as Chief Operating Officer of Oceaneering International, Inc. and effective February 2015, was named President of that company. From August 1998 until May 2012, Mr. Larson held varying positions of increasing responsibility at Baker Hughes, Inc., most recently as President, Latin America. While at Baker Hughes, Inc., Mr. Larson served as Vice President, Operations for the Gulf of Mexico and Deepwater Business Development Manager. From 1990 until 1998, he served as operations manager and field engineer for Western Atlas, Inc. (which was acquired by Baker Hughes) in the United States and Venezuela.
JOHN C. MINGÉ
Former Chairman and President, BP America
John Mingé joined our Board of Directors in December 2017. Mr. Mingé is the former Chairman and President of BP America, Inc., a subsidiary of BP plc (NYSE: BP), comprised of BP business units involved in exploration and production, refining, chemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping, and alternative energy. During his 34-year career with BP, Mr. Mingé has held a variety of executive and engineering posts around the globe, including assignments as head of BP's Asia Pacific Unit, President of BP Indonesia, and president of exploration and production for Vietnam and China. Mr. Mingé currently serves as an executive committee and board member of the American Petroleum Institute, as well as board memberships with the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Rice/Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Washington State University Foundation. He also is a member of the board of trustees for Ford's Theater, serves on the executive committee for the Greater Houston Partnership, and is on the University of Houston's Energy Advisory Board.
ROSE M. ROBESON
Retired VP and CFO, general partner of DCP Midstream Partners LP
Rose Robeson joined our Board of Directors in January 2018 and serves as a member of Newpark's Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of two industry companies including; SM Energy Company, a publicly-traded independent exploration and production company, and AMGP GP LLC, the general partner of Antero Midstream GP LP, a publicly-traded limited partnership that owns the general partner of Antero Midstream Partners LP. Prior to her Board service, Ms. Robeson served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the general partner of DCP Midstream Partners LP from 2012 until her retirement in 2014. She served as Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DCP Midstream LLC from 2002 to 2012. Her 33-year career began in public accounting with McGladrey & Pullen and Ernst & Young, after which she held a variety of executive finance positions at Total Petroleum, Kinder Morgan, and DCP Midstream. Ms. Robeson also serves on the non-profit board of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of JDRF International (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).