OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — American Energy Partners, LP (AELP) today announced that Jeffrey A. Fisher has been named Chief Executive Officer of American Energy Appalachia Holdings, LLC (AEA). Aubrey K. McClendonwill continue as Chairman of the Board of AEA.
Recently created through the combination of the holding companies of AELP affiliates American Energy – Utica, LLC (AEU) and American Energy – Marcellus, LLC (AEM), AEA has become one the largest pure-play Appalachian E&P companies with over 300,000 net acres in the prolific Utica and Marcellus shale plays located in eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia. AEA had estimated proved reserves of 1.5 trillion cubic feet equivalent (77% gas) and estimated daily production of approximately 167 million cubic feet equivalent (79% gas) for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. AEA is currently operating seven drilling rigs and expects its drilling activity over the next few years will significantly grow its production, reserves and cash flow.
Mr. Fisher, 54, had been serving as the Chief Operating Officer of AELP, a position he held since joining AELP in November 2013. Before joining AELP, Mr. Fisher was Executive Vice President – Production of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, where he was responsible for upstream operations and integrated field development. While at Chesapeake, he also served as Senior Vice President – Production from 2006 to 2012; Vice President – Operations for Chesapeake’s Southern Division from 2005 to 2006; and Operations Manager from 2003 to 2004. Prior to Chesapeake, Mr. Fisher held the positions of Asset Manager and Resource Manager for BP from 2000 to 2003. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Fisher worked for Vastar Resources as Engineering Manager. Mr. Fisher began his professional career with ARCO in 1983 as an engineer and served in various technical and managerial positions in the exploration, production and midstream business segments of ARCO until 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1983.
Completing AEA’s executive leadership team is Chief Operating Officer John K. Reinhart and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey A. Agosta. Together, these three individuals bring more than 75 years of total E&P industry experience to the AEA executive leadership team.
Mr. Reinhart, 45, previously worked for Chesapeake for eight years in increasing roles of importance. In 2013 to 2014, he served as Senior Vice President – Operations and Technical Services; in 2009 to 2013, he served as Vice President Operations – Eastern Division; in 2007 to 2009, he served as Manager – Engineering Technology; and in 2006 to 2007, he served as a Senior Asset Manager in the Anadarko Basin region of the Southern Division. Prior to Chesapeake, Reinhart worked for Schlumberger Limited for 11 years in various engineering and operational leadership roles. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1994.
Mr. Agosta, 47, most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Devon Energy Corporation from 2010 to January 2014. Prior to his role as CFO, Agosta served Devon in various positions of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President – Corporate Finance and Treasurer. He began his career with KPMG and was a manager with the financial consulting firm, D. R. Payne & Associates immediately prior to joining Devon. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 and is a Certified Public Accountant.
AEA’s principal equity owners are The Energy & Minerals Group, First Reserve, other institutional investors and management.
About American Energy Partners, LP:
American Energy Partners, LP was founded by Aubrey K. McClendon in April 2013 to capitalize on opportunities available in unconventional resource plays onshore in the U.S. For additional information, please visit www.americanenergypartners.com.
About The Energy & Minerals Group:
EMG is the management company for a series of specialized private equity funds. The Firm was founded by John Raymond(majority owner and CEO) and John Calvert in 2006. EMG focuses on investing across various facets of the global natural resource industry including the upstream and midstream segments of the energy complex. EMG has approximately $17.1 billion of regulatory assets under management (RAUM) and approximately $8.1 billion in commitments have been allocated across the energy sector since inception. For additional information, please visit www.emgtx.com.
About First Reserve:
First Reserve is the largest global private equity firm exclusively focused on energy. With over 30 years of industry insight, investment expertise and operational excellence, the Firm has cultivated an enduring network of global relationships and raised more than USD $30 billion of aggregate capital since inception. Putting these to work, First Reserve has completed more than 475 transactions (including platform investments and add-on acquisitions) on six continents. Its portfolio companies span the energy spectrum from upstream oil and gas to midstream and downstream, including resources, equipment and services and infrastructure. For additional information, please visit www.firstreserve.com.
SOURCE American Energy Partners, LP