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. Mr. Best retired as Chief Executive Officer of SM Energy in January 2015 and did not stand for re-election to its Board in May 2015. He originally joined SM Energy Company in Denver in June 2006 as its President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named as Chief Executive Officer in February 2007 and was appointed to the board of the company at the same time and continued to serve on the board until May 2015. Between February 2003 and September 2005, Mr. Best served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pure Resources, Inc., a Unocal development and exploration company in Midland, Texas. From April 2000 until February 2003, Mr. Best served as an independent consultant offering leadership and oil and gas consultation to energy companies and volunteer organizations. From October 1979 until April 2000, Mr. Best served in varying roles of increasing responsibility at Atlantic Richfield Company, with his last position being President, ARCO Latin America. Mr. Best serves as a part-time senior advisor to Quantum Energy Partners, a private equity firm. In February 2018, Mr. Best joined the board of Middle Fork Energy Partners, a portfolio company of Quantum Energy Partners. In January 2016, Mr. Best 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. and was elected as Lead Director in October 2019. Since July 2019, he has served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee for ProPetro Holding Corp. Mr. Best was named as a 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students.
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 a member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and Environmental, Social and 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 the 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. From 2006 until 2018, Mr. Finley served on the board of directors and as a member and Chairman of the Compensation Committee, the Audit Committee and Conflicts Committee for Archrock GP, LLC (formerly known as Exterran GP, LLC), which was the general partner of Archrock Partners L.P. (formerly known as Exterran Partners L.P.), a publicly traded master limited partnership, which provides natural gas compression products and services. From April 2012 to December 2014, Mr. Finley served on the board of Microseismic, Inc., a privately held oilfield services company that provides monitoring and mapping of hydraulic fracture operations in unconventional oil and gas plays. From March 2015 until February 2017, Mr. Finley was a member of the board of directors and a member of the audit committee of CPP GP LLC, the general partner of Columbia Pipeline Partners LP, a publicly traded natural gas transmission and storage company. In March 2020, Mr. Finley was appointed to the board of Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC, which is the general partner of Westlake Chemical Partners, LP, a limited partnership formed by Westlake Chemical Corporation to operate, acquire and develop ethylene production facilities and other qualified assets.
PAUL L. HOWES
President and Chief Executive Officer, Newpark Resources
Mr. 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, chemicals and plastics manufacturing, and the packaging industries. 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 December 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.
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 Environmental, Social and 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 the company. In May 2017, Mr. Larson was appointed to serve as a Director and President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneering International, Inc. 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.
MICHAEL A. LEWIS
Former Interim President and Senior Vice President, Electric Operations, Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation
Michael A. Lewis joined our Board of Directors in January 2021 and serves as a member of Newpark’s Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Environmental, Social and Governance Committee. Mr. Lewis has over 34 years of electric operations experience, having served as both Interim President as well as Senior Vice President, Electric Operations of Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation (“PG&E”). In these roles, Mr. Lewis oversaw all aspects of PG&E’s Electric Operations, including the company's wildfire prevention and response efforts, longer-term grid resiliency initiatives, system-wide vegetation management work and emergency preparedness and response efforts. Mr. Lewis joined PG&E in 2018 and retired from PG&E in December 2020. Prior to joining PG&E, Mr. Lewis served as Duke Energy's Senior Vice President and Chief Distribution Officer, responsible for distribution operations across six states. Mr. Lewis previously served in increasingly more senior roles in electric transmission and distribution, including as Chief Transmission Officer at Duke Energy. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He attended both the Advanced Management Program at Duke University and the Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
In January 2021, Mr. Lewis was appointed and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Portland General Electric Company as an independent director, as well as a member of the Board’s Audit Committee and Finance Committee.
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 the Chairperson of Newpark's Audit Committee, and a member of the Compensation and Environmental, Social and Governance Committees. Ms. Robeson served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DCP Midstream GP, LLC, the general partner of DCP Midstream GP LP, which is the general partner of DCP Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly-traded limited partnership, from May 2012 until her retirement in March 2014. Ms. Robeson also served as Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DCP Midstream, LLC from January 2002 to May 2012. Prior to her appointment as Chief Financial Officer of DCP Midstream, LLC, Ms. Robeson was the Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining DCP Midstream, LLC, Ms. Robeson held a variety of executive finance positions at Total Petroleum and Kinder Morgan.
In December 2020 Ms. Robeson was appointed and currently serves on the Williams Company, Inc. Board of Directors as an independent director, as well as a member of the Board's Compensation and Management Development Committee, and the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee. Since July 2014, Ms. Robeson has served as a member of the Board of Directors of SM Energy Company and is currently serving as Audit Committee Chair and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. From May 2017 to March 2019, Ms. Robeson served as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair of AMGP GP LLC, the general partner of Antero Midstream GP LP, a publicly traded limited partnership. In March 2019, AMGP completed a merger and as a result, Ms. Robeson now serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Antero Midstream Corporation and is currently serving as Audit Committee Chair and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Conflicts Committee. From June 2014 until June 2016, Ms. Robeson served as a director of American Midstream GP, LLC, the general partner of American Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded limited partnership. From October 2015 until December 2017 (when Nabors Industries Ltd. completed its acquisition of Tesco Corporation), Ms. Robeson served as a director of Tesco Corporation, an upstream oilfield services company.