This excerpt taken from the XCO DEF 14A filed Apr 23, 2009.
The following table sets forth the name, age and positions of each director currently serving on our Board of Directors:
The biographies of the Director Nominees are as follows:
Douglas H. Miller became the Chairman of our Board of Directors and our Chief Executive Officer in December 1997. Mr. Miller was Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Coda Energy, Inc., or Coda, an independent oil and natural gas company, from October 1989 until November 1997 and served as a director of Coda from 1987 until November 1997. See Transactions with Related Persons Corporate use of personal aircraft for a description of certain related person transactions involving Mr. Miller.
Stephen F. Smith joined us in June 2004 as Vice Chairman of our Board of Directors and was appointed President and Secretary in October 2005. He served as our Secretary until April 2006. Prior to joining us, Mr. Smith was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Sandefer Oil and Gas, Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, from January 1980 to June 2004. Mr. Smith was one of our directors from March 1998 to July 2003. Prior to 1980, Mr. Smith was an Audit Partner with Arthur Andersen LLP.
Jeffrey D. Benjamin became one of our directors in October 2005 and was previously one of our directors from August 1998 through July 2003 and a director of our parent holding company from July 2003 through its merger into us. Since June 2008, Mr. Benjamin has been a Senior Advisor to Cyrus Capital Partners, LP. From September 2002 until June 2008, Mr. Benjamin was a Senior Advisor to Apollo Management, LP. Mr. Benjamin is also a director of Virgin Media Inc. and Harrahs Entertainment, Inc.
Vincent J. Cebula became one of our directors on March 30, 2007. Mr. Cebula previously served as a director of EXCO Resources and EXCO Holdings Inc. from July 2003 until October 2005. Mr. Cebula is a Managing Director of Jefferies Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm. Prior to joining Jefferies in November 2007, Mr. Cebula was a Managing Director of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., a global investment firm, and its predecessor where he was a founding member of Oaktrees Principal Opportunities Funds since 1994.
Earl E. Ellis became one of our directors in October 2005 and was previously one of our directors from March 1998 through July 2003. Mr. Ellis has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Whole Harvest Products, formerly Carolina Soy Products, a soy based product manufacturing company since September 2003. Mr. Ellis has also been a private investor since 2001. He served as a director of Coda from 1992 until 1996. Mr. Ellis served as a managing partner of Benjamin Jacobson & Sons, LLC, specialists on the New York Stock Exchange. He had been associated with Benjamin Jacobson & Sons, LLC from 1977 to 2001.
B. James Ford became one of our directors on December 1, 2007. Mr. Ford is a Managing Director of Oaktree where he has worked since 1996. Mr. Ford is a co-portfolio manager of Oaktrees Principal Opportunities Funds, which invest in controlling and minority positions in private and public companies. Mr. Ford serves on the Board of Directors of Crimson Exploration, Inc. as well as a number of private companies and not-for-profit entities.
T. Boone Pickens became one of our directors in October 2005 and was previously one of our directors from March 1998 through July 2003. Mr. Pickens has served as the Chairman and CEO of BP Capital LP since September 1996 and Mesa Water, Inc. since August 2000 and is a board member of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. BP Capital LP or affiliates is the general partner and an investment advisor of private funds investing in energy commodities (BP Capital Energy Fund) and publicly-traded energy equities (BP Capital Equity Fund and its offshore counterpart). Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the largest provider of natural gas (CNG and LNG) and related services in North America. He was the founder of Mesa Petroleum Co., an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. He served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Mesa Petroleum Co. from its inception until his departure in 1996.
Jeffrey S. Serota became one of our directors on March 30, 2007. Mr. Serota previously served as a director of EXCO Resources and EXCO Holdings from July 2003 until October 2005. Since 1997, Mr. Serota has been a Senior Partner in the Private Equity Group of Ares Management, LLC. Mr. Serota also serves on the board of directors of SandRidge Energy, Inc., WCA Waste Corporation and several private companies.
Robert L. Stillwell became one of our directors in October 2005. Mr. Stillwell has served as the General Counsel of BP Capital LP, Mesa Water, Inc. and affiliated companies engaged in the petroleum business since 2001. Mr. Stillwell was a lawyer and Senior Partner at Baker Botts LLP in Houston, Texas from 1969 to 2001. He also served as a director of Mesa Petroleum Co. and Pioneer Natural Resources Company from 1969 to 2001.
All of the Director Nominees are currently serving on our Board of Directors. There are no family relationships between any of our directors or executive officers.