CEO, Board Member
Russell Freeman serves as the Chief Executive Officer of HKN Energy, for which he serves as a board member. He formerly served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Perot Systems Corporation. Freeman previously received his certificate as a certified public accountant. He attended Texas Tech University, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting.
President, Board Member
Rollins serves as President of HKN Energy, for which he serves as a board member. Prior to joining HKN, Rollins served as Managing Director of PetroGrowth Energy Advisors and worked in senior management positions at KPMG Consulting and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. Rollins is a Certified Professional Landman and member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Rollins received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and his MBA from The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin.
CFO, Board Member
Before joining HKN Energy, Berger was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Based in Moscow, Russia, he led PwC’s Transactions and Corporate Finance practice for Russia and Central/Eastern Europe. In that capacity, he assisted Russian and multinational clients with mergers & acquisitions, private equity investments, finance raising, and the development of large infrastructure projects. His experience in Russia includes work on several high-profile energy transactions. Steve received his B.A. from Brown University and his MBA from Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth.
EVP - Operations
Scott brings 41 years International industry experience to HKN Energy Ltd. as EVP of Operations. He previously worked for Conoco, Enterprise Oil, Burlington Resources, Hardy Oil and Gas and more recently served as Head of Operations & Engineering at Petroceltic International and is the former COO, Director and Founder of Vanguard Energy & COO of Regal Petroleum.
EVP - Exploration
Mattingly brings 38 years of international experience, 26 years with Chevron in Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and Russia to HKN Energy. During this time, he worked extensively with government and industry representatives from foreign countries to capture and then execute programs on various concessions. He has led international multi-disciplinary teams in the identification, capture and execution of opportunities and mentoring national staff. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia and his MBA from Saint Mary’s College, Mirage California.
Bush oversees the legal aspects of the operations. He has 31 years domestic and international legal and industry experience. Bush was formerly Vice President and General Counsel of a US-based entity that operated, and ultimately sold, the Baituganskoye oil field in Russia. Prior to the Russian venture, he was in private practice with global law firms. Formerly, Bush was an auditor for KPMG. Shelby received both his B.B.A. in Accounting and his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.
VP - Finance & Investor Relations
Kristy is responsible for HKN Energy’s Finance division and has led that team since 2012. She joined HKN Energy after serving as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis with Hillwood Development Corporation, also a Perot Company, for 6 years. Kristy’s previous experience includes serving as a Vice President at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. where she worked as an investment banker focused on M&A and capital markets transactions for a variety of industries. Prior to Bear Stearns, Kristy served as an auditor at Arthur Andersen. Kristy is a licensed C.P.A. and earned her B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
VP - Government Affairs
Zais is a military veteran who brings more than 20 years of experience to the company having previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy and as the Director for Iraq and Kurdish Affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. As HKN Energy’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Zais oversees the company’s relationships with elected officials and its public policy interests. Zais received his B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and both his MPA and Ph.D. in International Relations from Princeton University.
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