Board of Directors

Group 85 Small

N. Malone Mitchell 3rd
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

N. Malone Mitchell 3rd has served as TransAtlantic Petroleum's Chief Executive Officer since May 2011, as a Director since April 2008 and as TransAtlantic Petroleum Chairman since May 2008. Since 2005, Mr. Mitchell has served as the President of Riata Corporate Group, LLC and Longfellow Energy, LLC, a Dallas-based private oil and natural gas exploration and production company. From June to December 2006, Mr. Mitchell served as President and Chief Operating Officer of SandRidge Energy, Inc. (formerly Riata Energy, Inc.), an independent oil and natural gas company concentrating in exploration, development, and production activities. Until he sold his controlling interest in Riata Energy, Inc. in June 2006, Mr. Mitchell also served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Riata Energy, Inc., which Mr. Mitchell founded in 1985 and built into one of the largest privately held energy companies in the United States. Mr. Mitchell earned a B.S. from Oklahoma State University.

Through his senior executive officer positions at Riata Corporate Group, LLC and Riata Energy, Inc., Mr. Mitchell brings extensive executive leadership experience, organizational experience, and over 29 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry to the board of directors. Mr. Mitchell is familiar with TransAtlantic Petroleum's day-to-day operations and performance and the oil and natural gas industry in general. Mr. Mitchell’s insight into the TransAtlantic Petroleum’s operations and performance is critical to board discussions.

Brian E. Bayley
Director

Brian E. Bayley has served as a Director since 2001. Since December 1996, Mr. Bayley has served as President of Earlston Management Corp., a private management company. In addition, Mr. Bayley has served as Executive Chairman of Earlston Investments Corp., a private merchant bank. From September 2010 to July 2013, Mr. Bayley served as a Resource Lending Advisor of Sprott Resource Lending Corp. (formerly, Quest Capital Corp.), a natural resource lending corporation previously listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and NYSE American. From May 2009 until September 2010, Mr. Bayley also served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sprott Resource Lending Corp. From January 2008 until May 2009, Mr. Bayley served as Co-Chairman of Sprott Resource Lending Corp., and from June 2003 until January 2008 and during March 2008, Mr. Bayley served as President and Chief Executive Officer, respectively.

Mr. Bayley also serves as a Director of Monitor Ventures Inc., Cypress Hills Resource Corp., Eurasian Minerals Inc., and Kramer Capital Corp.. Within the past five years, Mr. Bayley has also been a Director of Esperanza Silver Corp., Sprott Resource Lending Corp., Kirkland Lake Gold Inc., and Legend Gold Corp.

Mr. Bayley is a former Chief Executive Officer that has extensive executive leadership and organizational experience in the financial industry. Mr. Bayley’s experience makes him an effective member of TransAtlantic Petroleum's corporate governance and compensation committees. Mr. Bayley also has significant experience serving as a Director of other public companies, which brings important insights into board oversight, compensation, and corporate governance matters.

 

Mel G. Riggs
Director

Mel G. Riggs has served as a Director since 2009. Mr. Riggs is currently the Vice President and Director of Clayton Williams Companies, a group of privately held companies involved in oil and natural gas activities, real estate, and agricultural operations. Prior to that, Mr. Riggs served in various officer roles until April 2017, and as a Director since 1994, of Clayton Williams Energy, Inc., a public exploration and production company that develops and produces oil and natural gas. From 1991 to December 2010, Mr. Riggs served as Senior Vice President—Finance, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer of Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. and, from December 2010 until April 2017, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.  

Mr. Riggs has a strong operational background as an executive officer and has extensive financial, executive leadership, and organizational experience. Mr. Riggs has 35 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant  and 20 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer and also has significant experience serving as a Director of another public company, which brings important insights into board oversight and corporate governance matters.

 

Bob G. Alexander
Director

Bob G. Alexander has served as a Director since 2010. Mr. Alexander, a Founder of Alexander Energy Corporation, served as Chairman of the board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Energy Corporation from 1980 to 1996. Alexander Energy Corporation merged with National Energy Group, Inc. in 1996, and Mr. Alexander served as President and Chief Executive Officer of National Energy Group, Inc., an oil and natural gas property management company, from 1998 to 2011. From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Alexander served as Vice President and General Manager of the northern division of Reserve Oil, Inc. and President of Basin Drilling Corporation, both subsidiaries of Reserve Oil and Gas Company of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Alexander also served as a Director of Chesapeake Energy Corporation from 2012 through 2014, and currently serves as a Director of CVR Energy Inc. and Seventy Seven Energy Inc.

Mr. Alexander has extensive experience as an executive officer in the oil and natural gas services industry and has extensive financial, executive leadership, and organizational experience. Mr. Alexander also has experience serving as a Director of other public companies, which brings important insights into board oversight and corporate governance matters.

Charles J. Campise
Director

Charles J. Campise has served as a Director since June 2012. He retired from Toreador Resources Corporation, an oil exploration and production company, in March 2010, where he had served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since May 2006. Mr. Campise served as Corporate Controller for Transmeridian Exploration Incorporated from December 2003 until May 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Campise served in a variety of financial and accounting positions at Sovereign Oil & Gas Company, Apache Corporation, and Ocean Energy, Inc.

Mr. Campise is a former Chief Financial Officer who brings more than 40 years of international oil and natural gas financial and accounting expertise to our board. Mr. Campise is Chairman of TransAtlantic Petroleum's audit committee and an audit committee financial expert as a result of his 28 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant and more than 40 years of experience in various accounting and financial roles at oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. Mr. Campise also has experience serving as a Director of other public companies, which brings important insights into board oversight, audit, and corporate governance matters.

 

Gregory K. Renwick
Director

Gregory K. Renwick has served as a Director since February 2014. Currently, Mr. Renwick serves as the COO and as a Director of Green Oilfield Services and also as the President and CEO of Ren Petroleum LLC.Prior to that, Mr. Renwick worked at Mobil for 25 years and, under his leadership, Mobil successfully acquired upstream assets in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of East West Petroleum Corp. from 2010 to 2013, and as the Director of Business Development for Dana Gas PJSC in the United Arab Emirates from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Renwick served as a Director of North American Oil and Gas Corp. from 2012 through 2013.

Mr. Renwick is a seasoned global petroleum executive with technical and management experience in the region in which TransAtlantic Petroleum operates. With over 35 years of experience in the petroleum industry, Mr. Renwick provides the board with important insights into business development and exploration activities.

Randy Rochman
Director

Randy Rochman has served as a Director since December 2016. Mr. Rochman has served as the CEO of West Family Investments, Inc. in Evanston, IL, since 2007. Mr. Rochman was previously a Vice President of, and held various positions within, the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs in Chicago & New York from 1981 to 2007. He received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois, and his M.M. in Finance from Northwestern University (Kellogg).

Mr. Rochman brings more than 30 years of financial experience and expertise to the board.  With his experience in management positions within the investment sector, Mr. Rochman brings important insights into board oversight and audit matters.

Jonathon Fite
Director

Jonathon Fite has served as a Director since December 2016. Mr. Fite has served as a Managing Partner of KMF Investments, LP, a private investment partnership, since March 2008. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Fite was a Strategic Consultant at Accenture, advising Fortune 500 clients on matters including merger and acquisitions, supply chain operations, and process reengineering. Mr. Fite is also a Lecturer for the College of Business at the University of North Texas. He graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Mr. Fite’s experience managing a private investment partnership and serving as a Strategic Consultant brings important insights into board oversight and compensation matters.

 

IN MEMORIAM

Marlan Downey, a member of our Board of Directors died Monday May 29, 2017 as a result of complications from a heart attack last week. He was surrounded by his wife Marea and children whom he loved and admired.

Mr. Downey had one of the most accomplished careers in the petroleum industry with a lifetime spent in geology and management. He was respected by all who knew him. Most loved him for another attribute which was crowded in a lengthy list of titles and accomplishments, that was his remarkable gift as a teacher.

An answer to a question by Marlan took the form of an adventure which usually shook your understanding of the subject. The revelation left the receiver as excited as a primary schoolchild, pondering it’s broader application, and resolved to seek his next available audience.

Marlan didn’t trade in emotion or instincts, his currency was facts (many proofed under his watch and direction). None who encountered him came away poorer.

All who valued and sought knowledge were drawn to him as moths are to the great light. We miss him deeply!

Marlan Downey