U.S. shale producer SandRidge Energy appointed Paul McKinney as president and CEO, effective January 29, 2019.
McKinney has 35 years of industry experience and most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Yuma Energy, Inc. He succeeds the current president and CEO, William Griffin, who will continue to serve on the SandRidge Board.
“After an extensive search, we are confident we have found a candidate with the leadership skill and experience necessary to maximize value for our shareholders,” Griffin said in a company statement.
“I am very excited to be joining SandRidge and honoured to work with the SandRidge team as we develop our plans for the future,” McKinney said. “The company’s asset base and existing investment opportunities are impressive and have set SandRidge up for organic growth.”
Prior to joining Yuma in 2014, McKinney held a variety of leadership positions with Apache Corporation over a six year period, including vice president of their Gulf Coast Onshore Region. Additionally, he was employed by Tristone Capital in 2007 as vice president and director of acquisitions and divestitures.
McKinney began his career in 1983 with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, advancing through a variety of engineering and operations positions, ending his time there as vice-president of Reservoir Engineering for Anadarko Canada Corporation. McKinney has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is published as a co-author with the Society of Petroleum Engineers and privately on subjects focused on advanced reservoir engineering methods.