Paul T. Horne is Chairman of the Board and also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Legacy and was appointed to this position effective March 1, 2015. Previously, Mr. Horne served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from March 16, 2012 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Horne served as Executive Vice President of Operations from our founding in October 2005 to March 2012. From January 2000 to October 2005, Mr. Horne served as Operations Manager of Moriah Resources, Inc. From January 1985 to January 2000, Mr. Horne worked for Mobil E&P U.S. Inc. in a variety of petroleum engineering and operations management roles primarily in the Permian Basin. Mr. Horne has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. Mr. Horne has 31 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry with 29 years of experience in the Permian Basin.
James Daniel Westcott was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Legacy effective September 24, 2012 and assumed the role of President, effective March 1, 2018. From July 2006 to his appointment at Legacy, Mr. Westcott served as a Principal at GSO Capital Partners LP, a division of The Blackstone Group L.P., where he was involved in the sourcing, structuring, evaluation and management of debt and equity investments for public and private companies in the energy and power industries. From August 2004 to July 2006, Mr. Westcott worked as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan’s Global Energy Group. Mr. Westcott is currently a Director of Peace Gospel International, a non-profit organization with charitable programs in Asia and Africa. Mr. Westcott received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Technology & Society and a Master of Science degree in Management Science, both from Stanford University.
Kyle M. Hammond was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Legacy effective March 1, 2015. From its formation in August 2011 to his appointment as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Hammond served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of FireWheel Energy LLC (“FireWheel”), a private equity backed oil and gas development company headquartered in Midland, Texas. Prior to forming FireWheel, Mr. Hammond served as VP of Operations for the Permian Division of XTO Energy/Exxon from 2003 to August 2011. Mr. Hammond earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. Mr. Hammond currently serves on the board of directors of Abilene Christian University and Midland Christian School.
Cory J. Elliott is Chief Information Officer of Legacy and was appointed to this position effective January 1, 2019. Mr. Elliott’s duties include Information Technology, Human Resources, and Real Estate. Previously, Mr. Elliott served as Vice President of Information Technology from May 2018 until his appointment as Chief Information Officer. Before that, Mr. Elliott served as IT Director from July 2013 until May of 2018. Mr. Elliott began his career with Pure Resources, a Division of Unocal, in August of 2000 until March 2005. From March 2005 to August 2008, Mr. Elliott served as IT Manager for Basic Energy Services. From October 2008 to December 2010, Mr. Elliott served as Infrastructure Director for Key Energy Services. From January 2010 to July 2013, Mr. Elliott served as IT Director for Compressor Systems, Inc. Mr. Elliott has a Computer Science degree from Texas State Technical College. Mr. Elliott has 19 years of technology and oil and gas industry experience.
Albert E. Ferrara, III is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Legacy and was appointed to these roles effective January 1, 2019. Mr. Ferrara joined Legacy in February 2014 as Associate General Counsel and was promoted to Deputy General Counsel in October 2016. From August 2013 through February 2014, Mr. Ferrara worked in the land department of Concho Resources, Inc. From July 2007 through July 2010, prior to attending law school, Mr. Ferrara was an investment banker in the Global Energy Group of Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. in Houston, Texas focusing on providing securities underwriting and mergers and acquisitions advice to companies in the oil and natural gas industry. Mr. Ferrara graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University and a Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Micah C. Foster is Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of Legacy. Mr. Foster was appointed Chief Accounting Officer effective April 1, 2012. Mr. Foster joined Legacy’s predecessor in January 2006 and served as Financial Accountant from March 2006 to July 2008, Financial Reporting Manager from July 2008 to July 2010, and Assistant Controller from July 2010 to October 2011. In October 2011, Mr. Foster was promoted to Controller. Prior to joining Legacy, Mr. Foster worked as staff auditor and then senior auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP from July 2003 to January 2006. Mr. Foster holds a BBA in Accounting and Finance from Abilene Christian University and is a Certified Public Accountant.