David L. HoustonChairman of the Board
David M. WoodPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Wood joined Gulfport in December 2018 from Arsenal Resources LLC, a West Virginia focused natural gas producer and First Reserve Corporation portfolio company, where he most recently served as Chairman of its Board of Directors and previously held the role of Chief Executive Officer. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Wood served as a Senior Advisor to First Reserve, a premier energy-focused private equity firm, serving on several portfolio company boards. Prior to that, he spent more than 17 years at Murphy Oil Corporation, including as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director from 2009 until his retirement in 2012. From 1980 to 1994, Mr. Wood held various senior positions with Ashland Exploration and Production. He began his career as a well-site geologist in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Wood currently serves on the board of Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX), an exploration and development company operating in the Delaware Basin.
David M. Wood holds a B.S. (Hons) Geology from the University of Nottingham in England and completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. Mr. Wood previously served on the Board of Directors and as an Executive Committee Member of the American Petroleum Institute. He was also a member of the National Petroleum Council and is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. His past board affiliations include Crestwood Midstream GP LLC, Crestwood Equity GP LLC, Deep Gulf Energy LP, and Berkana Energy, when it was majority owned by Murphy Oil.
Mr. Bledsoe has served as a director of the Company since January 2020. Mr. Bledsoe is an experienced finance and public accounting executive with strategic planning, managerial and leadership expertise, having led the development and execution of market and sector strategies for clients in the energy, mining and utilities industries for PwC. At PwC, Mr. Bledsoe served in various senior roles, including as global leader for PwC's Energy, Mining and Utilities Industries Assurance and Business Advisory Services Group, a member of the firms senior leadership team, Regional and Office Managing Partner and as audit and senior relationship partner on some of the firm’s largest energy industry clients. Mr. Bledsoe currently serves as director and audit committee chair of Crestwood Equity GP LLC (general partner of Crestwood Equity Partners LP, a natural gas and crude oil logistics master limited partnership holding company). In addition, he serves as director and audit committee chair of SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC).
Ben T. MorrisDirector
C. Doug JohnsonDirector
Deborah G. AdamsDirector
Paul D. WestermanDirector
Ms. Jochen has more than 35 years of technical industry experience and brings significant expertise in petroleum engineering and analysis of unconventional reservoirs to Gulfport. Ms. Jochen currently serves as a Professor of Practice in Reservoir Engineering at Texas A&M University, where she began in January 2018 following a nearly 20-year career at Schlumberger Limited (NYSE: SLB). From July 2010 to May 2016, Ms. Jochen served as a Schlumberger Fellow and Technical Director of Unconventional Resources, focused on the technology and resources needed to optimize the development of unconventional reservoirs. From November 1997 to July 2010, Ms. Jochen held various other senior level positions with Schlumberger, including Technology Director of Reservoir Stimulation, Technical Director of Unconventional Gas and Domain Career Leader for Reservoir Engineering. From May 1991 to November 1997, Ms. Jochen served as a Reservoir Engineer and Division Vice President for S.A. Holditch and Associates, and from December 1984 to December 1989, she worked as a Reservoir Engineering and Planning Supervisor for Mobil Exploration & Production. Ms. Jochen began her career in 1979 with Superior Oil Company and served in a variety of production and reservoir engineering positions. Ms. Jochen holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. In addition, Ms. Jochen is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.