Board of Directors

The Board of Directors, through their extensive experience in the energy industry, is focused on providing unparalleled service and value to the unitholders of Memorial Production Partners LP.
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JONATHAN M. CLARKSON
Non-Executive Chairman and Director
Jonathan M. Clarkson has served as a member of the board of directors of our general partner since December 2011 and as Non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors since September 2016. Mr. Clarkson has served in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer for Matrix Oil Corporation since May 2012. Mr. Clarkson served as Chairman of the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank from May 2009 until his retirement in December 2011. From 2003 to May 2009, he served as President and CEO of the Houston Region of Texas Capital Bank. From May 2001 to October 2002, Mr. Clarkson served as President, Chief Financial Officer and a director of Mission Resources Corp., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. From 1999 through 2001, Mr. Clarkson served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Bargo Energy Company, a private company engaged in the acquisition and exploitation of onshore oil and natural gas properties, which merged with Mission Resources in May 2001. From 1987 to 1999, Mr. Clarkson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Ocean Energy Corp. and its predecessor company United Meridian Corporation. From October 2006 until December 2009, Mr. Clarkson served on the board of directors, was chairman of the audit committee, and was a member of the compensation committee of Edge Petroleum Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Clarkson has served on the board of directors and the audit committee, since March 2012, and the corporate governance committee, since October 2012, of Parker Drilling Company. Since September 2010, Mr. Clarkson has served on the advisory board of Rivington Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment banking firm focused on upstream energy sector investments.


Chair of the Audit Committee
W. DONALD BRUNSON
Director
W. Donald Brunson has served as a member of the board of directors of our general partner since December 2014. Subsequent to his retirement in 2012, Mr. Brunson has served as Chairman and Co-Founder of Bank of Houston from 2004 to 2012. From 2012 to 2014, he served as Chairman Emeritus of Bank of Houston. From 1996 to 2004, he held positions with American Prudential Capital, Inc. In 1994 and 1995, he served as President and was a board member and member of the executive management committee with Sunbelt National Bank. Prior to 1994, Mr. Brunson also held positions with Southwest Bank of Texas, Heights State Bank, Houston National Bank, Allied Bank of Texas, and Price Waterhouse & Co.

Member of the Audit Committee
P. MICHAEL HIGHUM
Director
P. Michael Highum has served as a member of the board of directors of our general partner since March 2012. Subsequent to his retirement in 2001, he has been primarily involved in managing his private investments. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Highum served as an advisor to Fidelity Investments, where he helped establish and develop FIML Natural Resources LLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company. He co-founded HS & Associates in 1978, which was the predecessor to the NYSE-listed HS Resources, Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company (later sold to Kerr McGee Corporation in 2001), where he served as President and Director. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Highum served as a Director (and President in 1999) of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Prior to HS & Associates, Mr. Highum practiced corporate law in the San Francisco office of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, LLP.


Member of the Audit Committee
JOHN A. WEINZIERL
Director
John A. Weinzierl has served as a member of the board of directors of our general partner since April 2011. Mr. Weinzierl served as our general partner's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors from January 2014 until September 2016. Previously, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of our general partner from April 2011 to January 2014. Prior to the completion of our initial public offering in December 2011, Mr. Weinzierl was a managing director and operating partner of NGP from December 2010. From July 1999 to December 2010, Mr. Weinzierl worked in various positions at NGP, where he became a managing director in December 2004. Mr. Weinzierl was appointed a venture partner of NGP from February 2012 to February 2013. From October 2006 until November 2011, Mr. Weinzierl was a director of Eagle Rock Energy G&P, LLC, the indirect general partner of Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P., a (i) natural gas gathering, processing and transportation company and (ii) developer of oil and natural gas properties, where he also served on the compensation committee. Mr. Weinzierl is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
WILLIAM J. SCARFF
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
William J. Scarff has served as our general partner’s President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2016, as President of our general partner since January 2014 and as a member of the board of directors of our general partner since March 2016. From 2000 through January 2014, Mr. Scarff has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of several private exploration and production companies sponsored by Natural Gas Partners. From October 2010 until January 2014, Mr. Scarff was President and Chief Executive Officer of Propel Energy, LLC. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Seismic Ventures, Inc. from 2006 to 2009. From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Scarff was President and Chief Executive Officer of Proton Operating Company, LLC and from 1999 to 2005, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Proton Energy, LLC and its affiliates. From 1978 to 1999, Mr. Scarff held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in Marathon Oil Company, Anadarko Production Company, Burlington Resources, Texas Meridian Resource Corporation and Hilcorp Energy Company.