Officers

Lynn A. Peterson has served as a director of the Company since November 2001, and President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2002. In June 2011, he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Peterson has over 30 years of industry experience. He was an owner of CP Resources, LLC, an independent oil and natural gas company from 1986 to 2001. He served as Treasurer of Deca Energy from 1981 to 1986. He was employed by Ernst and Whinney as a certified public accountant prior to this time. Mr. Peterson received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado in 1975.

James E. Catlin has served as a director of the Company since February 2001, Secretary and Chairman from 2002 to 2011, and Chief Operating Officer from June 2006 to December 2011. In 2012, he assumed the position of EVP, Business Development. Mr. Catlin has over 35 years of geologic experience, primarily in the Rocky Mountain Region. He was an owner of CP Resources LLC, an independent oil and natural gas company from 1986 to 2001. Mr. Catlin was a founder and Vice-President of Deca Energy from 1980 to 1986 and worked as a district geologist for Petroleum Inc. and Fuelco prior to this time. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Northern Illinois in 1973.

James P. Henderson has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer since rejoining the Company in April 2010.  He previously served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from May 2007 to May 2008. From May 2008 to April 2010, he served as director of finance of Aspect Energy LLC, a Denver-based privately held energy company. Prior to May 2007, Mr. Henderson spent 17 years at Western Gas Resources and its successor, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., in its Denver office. During that time, he served as director, accounting services, at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and in various financial roles including director, financial planning and analysis at Western Gas Resources. Mr. Henderson holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University in Denver.    

Russ D. Cunningham joined Kodiak in September 2004 and currently serves as Executive Vice-President, Exploration. He has over 30 years experience in oil and gas exploration, primarily in the Rocky Mountain Region and the Mid-Continent Region, as well as international experience in Colombia, South America and Russia. Mr. Cunningham was most recently with Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation exploring in Wyoming’s Wind River Basin, the Paradox Basin of Colorado and Utah, and the Williston Basin of Montana and North Dakota. Prior to Cabot, Mr. Cunningham served as Vice-President Exploration for GHK Colombia Company, a subsidiary of Seven Seas Exploration. Mr. Cunningham has a Masters Degree in Geology from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists and the Geologic Society of America.

Dr. Russell A. Branting joined Kodiak in June 2007 and currently serves as Executive Vice-President, Operations. He has more than 20 years of experience focused throughout the Rocky Mountain region, with extensive experience in the Green River Basin in Wyoming. He has served in various positions in petroleum engineering and operations with Western Gas Resources, Inc., Petropro Engineering, Inc., Tesco Underbalanced Drilling Services, Chevron USA, Inc., and Snyder Oil Corporation. He was most recently the Drilling Engineering Manager at Anadarko, where he was responsible for managing all drilling engineering operations ongoing in the Rocky Mountain Region. Dr. Branting earned his Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1993.  

Michael N. Murray joined Kodiak in August 2007 and currently serves as Vice President of Land. He has more than 31 years of experience in 38 states and the US Offshore. He has served in various capacities with Getty Oil Company, Texaco, Inc., Hallwood Production Company, Tom Brown, Inc. and Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., where he was most recently Land Manager of the Green River Basin Asset Team. He has an extensive background in all phases of acquisitions and divestitures, prospect generation and operations. Mr. Murray, a Certified Professional Landman, earned a BA degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma in 1981. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Wyoming Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, and the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and is a member of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Land and Regulations Committee.