Ray Leonard - President and Chief Executive Officer
Ray Leonard joined Hyperdynamics as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. Mr. Leonard most recently worked for Kuwait Energy Company as Vice President–Eurasia and Exploration. Previously he held various senior executive positions with MOL, one of the largest oil and gas companies in Eastern Europe; First International Oil Company (FIOC), a newly formed company in Almaty, Kazakstan; and YUKOS, the second-largest independent Russian oil company. Mr. Leonard began his career at Amoco, where he served in positions of increasing responsibility over his 19 years with the company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin.
David W. Wesson - Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
David W. Wesson was appointed Hyperdynamics' Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2014.
He joined the company as Controller in April 2010. Mr. Wesson began his career with Tenneco Oil E&P and spent seven years in various oil and gas accounting assignments there. Subsequently, he joined Swift Energy Company in 1988 and served 21 years in various progressive financial positions, including serving as its Controller from January 2001 to December 2009.
Mr. Wesson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Texas.
- Chris DePue - Controller and Principal Accounting Officer
Chris DePue was appointed Hyperdynamics Controller and Principal Accounting Officer in January of 2014. Previously Mr. DePue served as the Manager of SEC Reporting since joining Hyperdynamics in May 2011. Mr. DePue began his career with Ernst & Young in 2007 where he spent four years serving within the firm’s audit practice most recently as a Senior Auditor.
Mr. DePue holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accountancy from The University of Houston and is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Texas.
Jason D. Davis - Vice President of Finance and Treasurer
Mr. Davis began his career with Deloitte & Touche and spent five years in public accounting. Subsequently, he has served in various financial positions for several companies including the Assistant Controller at Isolagen, Inc., the Director of SEC Reporting at Texas Genco, LLC, and the Controller at Particle Drilling Technologies, Inc. Mr. Davis also served as the interim Chief Financial Officer for Particle Drilling Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Houston and is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Texas.
Steve F. Barrett - Vice President of Exploration
Stephen F. Barrett has been working for 27 years in the exploration and production business as a geologist and manager.
He started in the oil industry as a geologist with Amoco Production Co. where he served in a variety of exploration and production positions, and was exploration manager for several different geographic areas. Subsequently he worked in a number of independents (First International Oil Co., Nations Petroleum, Golden Gate Petroleum) responsible for projects in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. Gulf Coast onshore. He has 11 years of experience as manager of exploration and production projects for Amoco, Nations, and Golden Gate, and was VP and Project General Manager for Nations. His industry experience includes extensive evaluation and start-up of exploration and production new ventures. His international experience is similarly broad, principally in the Former Soviet Union, Latin America, and Southeast Asia as well as Africa.
He has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Chicago, M.S. from Univ. of Massachusetts, and B.A from Dartmouth College. Barrett served in the military as an officer and pilot in the USAF.
Paolo G. Amoruso - Vice President of Commercial and Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Paolo G. Amoruso joined Hyperdynamics in June 2010.
Mr. Amoruso began his career with Shell Oil Company in 1998 as Tax Counsel focusing on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. Subsequently, he spent 7 years with Devon Energy as Assistant General Counsel for the International Division focusing on West Africa, China, Europe, and the Middle East.
Mr. Amoruso holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law, as well as a Juris Doctorate, Masters in Business Administration, and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Houston. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.