Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Mr. Evan S. Lederman is a Managing Director, Co-Head of Restructuring, and a Partner on the Investment Team at Fir Tree Partners. Mr. Lederman focuses on the funds distressed credit and special situation investment strategies, including co-managing its energy restructuring initiatives. Prior to joining Fir Tree Partners in 2011, Mr. Lederman worked in the Business Finance and Restructuring groups at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. In addition to Ultra Petroleum, Mr. Lederman is currently a member of the board, in his capacity as a Fir Tree Partners employee, of Riviera Resources, Inc. (Chairman), Amplify Energy Corp. (formally Memorial Production Partners), Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc., Roan Resources, Inc., New Emerald Energy LLC, and Deer Finance, LLC. Mr. Lederman received a J.D. degree with honors from New York University School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University.
Ms. Sylvia Barnes is a Principal and owner of Tanda Resources LLC, a privately-held oil & gas investment and consulting company. She is a member of the board of directors of TeeKay LNG Partners L.P. and serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and the Conflicts Committees, and is a member of the board of directors of Pure Acquisition Corp. and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees. Previously, Ms. Barnes served on the board of directors of Halcón Resources Corporation and as a member of its Audit Committee and Reserves Committee, and on the board of directors of SandRidge Energy Inc. and served as the Chair and a member of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. She is experienced in advising boards of directors, special committees and executive management on financial decisions with strategic and governance considerations and being responsible for strategic growth initiatives, budgets and profits and losses. Ms. Barnes began her career as a reservoir engineer for Esso Resources. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, was a licensed professional engineer in Alberta and earned a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from York University.
Mr. Neal P. Goldman is currently the Managing Member of SAGE Capital Investments, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in independent board of director services, turnaround consulting, strategic planning, and special situation investments. Mr. Goldman was a Managing Director at Och Ziff Capital Management, L.P. from 2014 to 2016 and a Founding Partner of Brigade Capital Management, LLC from July 2007 to 2012, which he helped build to over $12 billion in assets under management. Prior to this, Mr. Goldman was a Portfolio Manager at Mackay Shields, LLC and also held various positions at Salomon Brothers Inc., both as a mergers and acquisitions banker and as an investor in the high yield trading group. Throughout his career, Mr. Goldman has held numerous board representations including roles as an independent member of the boards of directors of Lightsquared, Inc., Pimco Income Strategy Fund I & II, and Catalyst Paper Corporation as well as a member of the boards of directors of Jacuzzi Brands and NII Holdings, Inc. Mr. Goldman currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Stone Energy Corporation, and is a member of the Board of Midstates Petroleum Company and Ditech Holding Corporation. Mr. Goldman received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Brad Johnson joined Ultra Petroleum in 2008 as Director, Reservoir Engineering and Planning, before being named Vice President, Reservoir Engineering and Development in 2011 and Senior Vice President of Operations in 2014. Effective February 28, 2018, he was promoted to Interim Chief Executive Officer and appointed to our Board of Directors, and effective March 1, 2019, he was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Ultra, Mr. Johnson was employed by Anadarko Petroleum for 13 years where he served in various engineering and leadership roles in several assets located in onshore North America, shelf and deep-water Gulf of Mexico and in Algeria. Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas, Colorado, Wyoming and Pennsylvania. The Board believes Mr. Johnson is a valuable member of the Board because of the deep expertise, experience and knowledge he has developed as a result of his work and management of the exploration and development of our Pinedale field assets over more than the past decade.
Prior to his retirement in 2011, Mr. Michael J. Keeffe was a Senior Audit Partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP. He has 35 years of public accounting experience at Deloitte & Touche directing financial statement audits of public companies, principally in the oil field service and engineering and construction industries, most with significant international operations. He also served as a senior risk management and quality assurance partner in the firm’s consultation network. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University. Mr. Keeffe currently serves on the board of directors and Audit Committee of Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc.
Mr. Alan J. Mintz is a Managing Principal of Stone Lion. Mr. Mintz co-founded Stone Lion in August 2008 and launched the Stone Lion Funds in November 2008. Prior to Stone Lion, Mr. Mintz was employed by Bear Stearns (1997-2008) where he served as a Senior Managing Director, a Global Co-Head of Distressed Debt Trading and Proprietary Investments and the Director of Distressed Research. Mr. Mintz also served as a board member of various Bear Stearns’ portfolio companies. Prior to his employment with Bear Stearns, Mr. Mintz worked at Policano & Manzo (1990-1997) as a Restructuring Advisor, advising creditors and debtors of financially troubled companies. For several years prior to that, he worked in public accounting, beginning his career at Arthur Andersen & Company where he was employed from 1983 until 1989 and was a Senior Manager in the Tax Division. Mr. Mintz received a Bachelor of Science from Boston University in 1983.
Mr. Edward A. Scoggins co-founded Millennial Energy Partners in 2012, and currently serves as Managing Partner. Under his leadership, the firm has secured private equity capital in excess of $300 million and directly invested in oil and gas assets through eight investment vehicles. Prior to Millennial, Mr. Scoggins led BG Group plc’s commercial and technical teams from 2008 to 2012 on oil and gas investments in the Haynesville shale, Marcellus shale, British Columbia, Chile, Equatorial Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to joining BG, Mr. Scoggins was Strategic Planning Manager and Community and Public Relations Manager with Marathon Oil from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Scoggins began his career with Bechtel Corporation as Project Controls Engineer in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa in 2004. In addition to Ultra Petroleum, Mr. Scoggins is currently a member of the board of Amplify Energy Corp. (formerly Memorial Production Partners), which he joined in 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University in 2002 and earned his Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree with a concentration in business and finance from Georgetown University in 2004.
Mr. Stephen J. McDaniel previously served as a director of Midstates Petroleum Company, where he was previously President and Chief Executive Officer and, later, non-executive Chairman. Since 2013, Mr. McDaniel has served on the Executive Board of the Lone Star Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. His previous experience included approximately ten years of oil and gas investment banking, the majority of which was with Merrill Lynch where he held the position of Managing Director. He began his career with Conoco in 1983 where he held a variety of engineering, operations, and business development positions.