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.