Executive Management


Richard Carty, President, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Carty was named President and Chief Executive Officer in November, 2014. He has over 24 years of experience in global capital markets and finance with investment management mandates including energy, commodities, and engineering. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bonanza Creek since December, 2010 when he led a major recapitalization of the Company on behalf of West Face Capital (USA) Corp, an affiliate of West Face Capital, where he served as President from 2009 until 2013.

Prior to that period, Mr. Carty was Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Principal Strategies where he was responsible for investing the bank’s capital in proprietary investment mandates in public corporate securities and private securities. Mr. Carty led investment teams that ran Morgan Stanley’s value arbitrage strategies, special situations investments, strategic private investments, and global quantitative strategies. Prior to Mr. Carty's 14 years at Morgan Stanley, he was a Partner at Gordon Capital Corp, a Toronto-based investment and merchant bank, where he worked for 5 years.

Tony Buchanon, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Buchanon was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on August 12, 2013. He joined Bonanza Creek in August 2012 as Vice President - Rocky Mountain Engineering, and has been instrumental in providing leadership and experience to Bonanza Creek's expanding horizontal drilling program in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado. He has more than 30 years of experience in exploration and production operations, including reservoir, completion, and production engineering, and unconventional oil and gas exploitation. Immediately prior to joining Bonanza Creek, he served as Production Operations Manager for Noble Energy, Inc., and was part of the Wattenberg Business Unit leadership team that was responsible for developing Noble's Wattenberg assets. Before that, he served in a variety of management level engineering and operations roles for companies such as Rosetta Resources Inc., Trend Exploration Company, Burlington Resources Inc. (now ConocoPhillips), and Mobil Exploration and Production (now ExxonMobil Corporation). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College.

Bill Cassidy, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Cassidy joined Bonanza Creek in 2013 to serve as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Mr. Cassidy served as the Global Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury for Puma Energy, a midstream and downstream oil company with operations spanning 37 countries and a subsidiary of the commodity trading multinational Trafigura Beheer BV. From 2009-2013, Mr. Cassidy was a Principal at RPA Capital, LLC, an asset management fund focused on commodity producers. He has served as a director of Oasis Petroleum since 2010, and as a director of GasValpo, SA, a Chilean gas distribution company, from 2008 until 2012. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Cassidy worked as Chief Financial Officer of USDCM, LLC, a Greenwich, Connecticut based drilling fund. From 1995 until 2008, Mr. Cassidy served in a variety of investment banking roles, including Head of Exploration and Production Investment Banking at Barclays Capital, Principal of the Energy and Power Investment Banking division at Banc of America Securities, and Vice President at JPMorgan Chase. He worked as a Geophysicist for Conoco (now ConocoPhillips) from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Cassidy holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Math from the National University of Ireland, Cork, a Master of Science in Petroleum Geophysics from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Humber, Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Mr. Humber joined Bonanza Creek in January 2012. Prior to joining Bonanza Creek, Mr. Humber was a partner with Kendall, Koenig, and Oelsner PC and served as our outside counsel since May 2006. While in private practice, Mr. Humber represented public and private companies and investors in a broad range of corporate and securities matters including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, tender offers, and equity and debt financing. In addition to advising both public and private companies on general corporate matters, Mr. Humber has extensive experience counseling public companies with respect to their reporting obligations under the federal securities laws and stock exchange rules.

Mr. Humber’s previous experience includes corporate and securities law at Arnold & Porter and Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). Mr. Humber graduated with high honors from Emory University School of Law. Chris also holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.