David S. Elkouri serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Mr. Elkouri served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Petrohawk Energy Corporation from 2007 until BHP Billiton acquired Petrohawk in August 2011. He also served as Chief Ethics Officer and Insider Trading Compliance Officer of Petrohawk. From 2004 to 2007, he served as lead outside counsel for Petrohawk. Prior to that, Mr. Elkouri served as lead outside counsel for 3TEC Energy Corporation from 1999 to 2003. He also served as lead outside counsel for Hugoton Energy Corporation from 1994 to 1998. Mr. Elkouri is a co-founder of Hinkle Law Firm LLC where he practiced for 20 years prior to joining Petrohawk. Mr. Elkouri is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law where he served as a Research Editor of the Kansas Law Review.
Jon C. Wright serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Wright served as W. Rockies Operations Manager at Newfield Exploration from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Wright also served as Lead, Production for W. Oklahoma and Lead, Drilling for Woodford Shale from 2005 to 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Wright was a Sr. Drilling Engineer at BP from 2004 to 2005. He also served as Drilling Engineer from 2001 to 2004. From 1997 to 2001, he held various drilling positions for CONOCO. Mr. Wright graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and went on to earn his Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University.
Quentin R. Hicks serves as Executive Vice President, Finance, Capital Markets and Investor Relations. Mr. Hicks joined Halcón as in August 2012 after GeoResources merged with Halcón. While with GeoResources, Mr. Hicks served as Director of Acquisitions and Financial Planning from 2011 to 2012. From 2004 to 2011, he worked in investment banking with Bear Stearns, Sanders Morris Harris and most recently Madison Williams, where he was as a Director in their energy investment banking practice. Prior to that, Mr. Hicks worked as Manager of Financial Reporting for Continental Airlines. He began his career in 1998 working as an auditor for Ernst and Young LLP. Mr. Hicks graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in accounting. In addition, he holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in finance from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Hicks is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Leah R. Kasparek serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration. Prior to joining Halcón in February 2012, Ms. Kasparek held numerous Human Resources leadership positions across multiple industries including oil and gas, utilities and manufacturing. Ms. Kasparek served as Director of Human Resources at Southwestern Energy from 2009 to 2012. She served as Vice President of Human Resources for CenterPoint Energy over the Regulated Operations Division from 2004 until 2008. Ms. Kasparek was employed in 1996 by Anheuser-Busch Companies and served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Anheuser-Busch Packaging Group from 2001 until 2004. Ms. Kasparek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.
Tina S. Obut serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Reserves. Ms. Obut served as Senior Manager of Petroleum Resources at BHP Billiton Petroleum from 2011 to 2012. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Reserves for Petrohawk Energy Corporation from 2005 until its sale to BHP Billiton in 2011. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Obut served as Manager of Reservoir Engineering Evaluations at El Paso Production Company. In addition, she held various engineering, managerial and executive positions at Mission Resources, Ryder Scott Company and Chevron from 1989 to 2006. Ms. Obut graduated from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston. Ms. Obut is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas (#82050).