Richard (Rick) S. Farrell 58, currently serves as SVP Business Development / Land for the company. Prior to joining Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation in 2010, Mr. Farrell served as President of JR Farrell Enterprises, LLC, a firm active in investing and consulting in Oil and Gas Exploration, Land Management, Real Estate and Agricultural opportunities. From July 1998 until June 2005, Mr. Farrell served as Vice President Land - Onshore for Magnum Hunter Resources, Inc., and it's wholly-owned subsidiaries Prize Energy Corporation, Gruy Petroleum Management Co., and Magnum Hunter Production, Inc. Prior to these successful endeavors, Mr. Farrell served in multiple positions in various disciplines within Operations for Independent Oil and Gas E&P companies and industry service vendors since 1980. Mr. Farrell's thirty-six (36 +) year career, began at Eastman-Whipstock Corporation as a Directional Drilling trainee and has evolved due to successful service to Independent E&P companies such as, Pioneer Natural Resources Company, Prize Energy Resources, EOG Resources Corporation and Coastal States Oil and Gas Corporation. Mr. Farrell earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Richmond in 1979, while being honored as a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and Who's Who in American College Students.
Chris Hewitt serves as Vice President of Finance and Capital Markets. From 2006 until 2015, he served as Vice President and subsequently as Director of energy investment banking at Wells Fargo Securities and at Wachovia Securities prior to its acquisition by Wells Fargo. Prior to 2006, he was an associate in Lehman Brothers' Natural Resources Group and in Bear, Stearns & Co.'s Leveraged Finance Group. In 2002, Mr. Hewitt received an MBA as a Fuqua Scholar from The Fuqua School of Business of Duke University. In 1995, he received a JD from The University of Texas School of Law. In 1992, Mr. Hewitt graduated with a BA summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.
H.C. “Kip” Ferguson III serves as Executive Vice President of Exploration. Mr. Ferguson was formerly the President of Sharon Resources, Inc. He brings more than 24 years of exploration and development experience in several major U.S. basins to Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation. Mr. Ferguson is a third-generation geologist, and earned his degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Paul M. Johnston serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Johnston has 32 years of increasing responsibility and management experience in all facets of general corporate, finance, securities and regulatory-related legal matters. He is a former partner with the Dallas-based law firm, Thompson & Knight, LLP, representing both private and publicly held companies during a twenty-year career with the firm. Mr. Johnston also has seven years of in-house counsel experience, including as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for a NYSE listed Fortune 250 company, and most recently served for three years as General Counsel for an SEC registered investment advisor involved in the management of onshore and offshore hedge funds. Mr. Johnston graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (with Honors) in 1977, and received his Juris Doctorate degree (with highest honors) from Texas Tech University in 1980. While attending law school, Mr. Johnston was a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. Texas Monthly magazine listed Mr. Johnston as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2004 and 2005.
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