Mr. Bennett is a former senior executive in the energy industry with 30 years of industry, investing and banking experience. He currently serves on several boards and assists private equity firms with their energy investments. From 2013 to 2018 James served as President and CEO of SandRidge Energy Corporation, Inc (NYSE: SD) and as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2013.
Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Bennett was Managing Director and Partner for White Deer Energy, an energy private equity fund focused on the exploration and production, oilfield service and equipment, and midstream sectors. Before joining White Deer Energy, Mr. Bennett was employed by GSO Capital Partners where he served in various capacities, including as its Managing Director. Mr. Bennett’s other positions include CFO of Aquilex Services Corp, energy investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and analyst at NationsBank. Mr. Bennett graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from Texas Tech University.
Mr. Bennett is a current board member and Executive Chairman of Tapstone Energy Inc. and board member of SN EF UnSub L.P. and Tellurian Inc. (NASDAQ: TELL). He has also served on the board of directors of Energy Alloys Inc., SandRidge Energy Corporation (NYSE: SD), Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: CQP) and PostRock Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: PSTR). Current non-profit board memberships include the Foundation for Sunbeam Family Services and ReMerge.