Joining Samson Resources Corp. are Richard Fraley, as executive vice president and COO, and Louis Jones, as executive vice president of business development, new ventures and portfolio management. These appointments are effective immediately.
Fraley has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He most recently worked as a managing director for the Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Fund, focusing on upstream and midstream oil and gas opportunities for the Carlyle Group. He spent the majority of his career at Burlington Resources, where he held officer-level positions including as the company's chief engineer and then as vice president of international operations. Fraley subsequently ran the company's largest operating division in the San Juan Basin for both Burlington and then ConocoPhillips after the merger of the companies. Prior to Burlington, he worked at Superior Oil and Mobil for six years. Fraley received his bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Jones also has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. For the past 20 years, he has worked for Hess Corp. and most recently held the position of vice president of global new business development before retiring in May. While in that position, he oversaw Hess' entry and expansion in several key resource plays which included the Bakken and Ohio Utica. Prior to that role, Jones was the vice president of development of unconventional resources, and vice president of Americas production. He has served as a board member for various oil and gas associations and advisory boards, including chairing the Department of Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board at Texas Tech University. Prior to Hess, he worked at Meridian Oil Company for four years and at Tenneco Oil Company for 12 years. Jones received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering at Texas Tech University.
Samson Resources Corp. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with core operating areas in the Rockies, Mid-Continent and East Texas.