Board of Directors
David E. Johnson
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Mr. Johnson has enjoyed a long and successful career in the investment sector. He has worked at a number of leading City investment houses, as both an investment analyst and a manager, and more recently in equity sales and investment management. During his career he has worked for Sun Life Assurance, Henderson Crosthwaite and Investec Securities, where he became head of sales and in Executive Director of Investec Investment Bank. Mr. Johnson joined Panmure Gordon & Co in 2004 where he worked until 2013, including as Head of Sales from 2006 and then Head of Equities from 2009. Mr. Johnson joined Chelverton Asset Management in 2014 where he had responsibility for the Group’s private equity investments. Mr. Johnson is a non-executive director of Bilby plc, a holding company providing a platform for strategic acquisitions in the gas heating and general building services industries, and also Chelverton Equity Partners, an AIM listed holding company.
Martin K. Thomas
Non-Executive Vice Chairman
Mr. Thomas is a partner in the corporate team of the law firm Wedlake Bell LLP in London. Martin specializes in advising on IPOs and secondary offerings of equity and debt on the London capital markets, corporate finance and M&A work, including cross-border and domestic acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Previously named one of The Lawyer’s “UK Hot 100 Lawyers” and ranked by both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, Martin advises clients operating in a variety of sectors, including gas and oil, renewable energy, natural resources and mining, climate change, financial services and early stage technology. During his legal career of 30 years, Martin has also held senior management positions including 7 years as the European Managing Partner of a global law firm headquartered in the United States.
Rusty Hutson, Jr.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Born and raised in West Virginia, Mr. Hutson, Jr. is the fourth generation in his family to immerse himself in the gas and oil industry, with family roots dating back to the early 1900s. Rusty spent many summers of his youth working with his father and grandfather in the oil fields of West Virginia. He graduated from Fairmont State College (WV) with a degree in accounting. After college, Rusty spent 13 years steadily progressing into multiple leadership roles at well-known banking institutions such as Bank One and Compass Bank. His final years in the banking industry were spent as CFO of Compass Financial Services. Building upon his experiences in the Oil & Gas Industry as well as the financial sector, Rusty established Diversified Gas & Oil in 2001. After years of refining his strategy, Rusty and his team quietly took DGO public in 2017. He continues to lead his team and expand the company’s footprint throughout the Appalachian Basin. With a rapidly growing portfolio, Rusty remains focused on operational excellence and creating shareholder value.
Robert M. Post
Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director
Prior to retiring from Diversified in an executive capacity in 2017, Mr. Post held a pivotal role as a Co-Founder with Mr. Rusty Hutson Jr. For over 12 years, Mr. Post helped establish Diversified as a proven and established producer throughout the Appalachian Region. He has enjoyed a long and successful career as a business leader, and his expertise has been inherent to the growth and success of several companies. Notably, his tenure as Controller for Whiting Corporation led him to the establishment of TramBeam, an overhead crane company that he purchased from the firm. Mr. Post owned and operated TramBeam successfully for 20 years before selling it in 2002 to a London based corporation, FKI Industries. His additional accolades include a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance from Jacksonville State University in Alabama.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining the Company in October 2016, Mr. Gray held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Royal Cup, Inc., a United States based commercial coffee roaster and wholesale distributor of tea and other beverage related products. Prior to Royal Cup, Inc., from 2006 to 2014, Brad worked in the petroleum distribution industry for The McPherson Companies, Inc. and held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Before McPherson Companies, he worked for over a decade in various financial and operational roles with the previously listed NYSE retail group, Saks Incorporated. Brad received a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama and earned his CPA license (Alabama).
Independent Non-Executive Director
With nearly two decades of experience in the energy industry, Ms. Little currently serves as Senior Vice-President, Operations and EHS&S at Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., and has served in this capacity since mid-2017. At Magellan, Melanie has had the opportunity to work in Environmental, Health, Safety and Security leadership positions and commercial (refined, marine, and crude) leadership positions as well as to lead the field operations team which consists of assets in 24 states and ~1,100 team members. Prior to joining Magellan in 2004, she worked for The Williams Companies Inc. as Manager of Environmental Compliance. Before joining Williams, she held project management positions in the areas of environmental remediation as a contractor (on behalf of the U.S. Army) and civil construction while on active duty in the U.S. Army. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Sandra (Sandy) Stash
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mrs. Stash accumulated more than 35 years of international experience in the oil and gas and hard rock and coal mining industries, beginning her career as one of the first female drilling engineers in North America and most recently served as Executive Vice President for Tullow Oil until her retirement April 1, 2020. During her time in these industries, Sandy developed deep business and operations experience across six continents and is recognized for her unique capabilities in bridging the extractive sector to external stakeholders – in government, civil society and at the community level. Her distinguished professional career also included roles at ARCO, TNK-BP, BP, Anaconda and Talisman Energy, and spanned top leadership positions in general management, commercial negotiations, operations and engineering, supply chain management, government and public affairs, sustainability and HSE. Sandy holds a degree in petroleum engineering from the prestigious Colorado School of Mines.
David J. Turner, Jr.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Turner serves as Regions Financial Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer where he leads all finance operations, including financial systems, investor relations, corporate treasury, corporate tax, management planning and reporting and accounting. Mr. Turner joined Regions in 2005 and led the Internal Audit Division for Regions before being named Chief Financial Officer in 2010. Prior to joining Regions, he served as an audit partner of KPMG LLP and previously served Arthur Andersen LLP in a number of positions, including audit partner, audit manager, senior auditor and staff auditor. Mr. Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and attended Tulane University in Louisiana.
The Company has established an Audit and Risk Committee, for which the main functions include, inter alia, reviewing and monitoring internal financial control systems and risk management systems on which the Company is reliant, considering annual and interim accounts and audit reports, making recommendations to the Board in relation to the appointment and remuneration of the Company’s auditors and monitoring and reviewing annually their independence, objectivity, effectiveness and qualifications.
The Company has established a Nomination Committee, which will meet as often as needed to enable the Committee to fulfil its obligations to the Company. The Nomination Committee has responsibility for reviewing the structure, size and composition of the Board and recommending to the Board any changes required for succession planning and for identifying and nominating for approval of the Board candidates to fill vacancies as and when they arise. The Committee will also be responsible for reviewing the results of the Board performance evaluation process and making recommendations to the Board concerning suitable candidates for the role of senior independent director and the membership of the Board’s committees and the re-election of Directors at each Annual General Meeting.
The Company has established a Remuneration Committee, which will meet as often as needed to enable the Committee to fulfil its obligations to the Company. The Remuneration Committee is responsible for reviewing the performance of the Chairman and the Executive Directors and for setting the scale and structure of their remuneration, paying careful regard to the interests of shareholders as a whole and the performance of the Group. The Remuneration Committee also approves the design of and determines targets for any performance-related pay schemes operated by the Company.