Management Team

management team

Joseph C. Gatto, Jr.

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

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Joseph C. Gatto, Jr.

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Joseph C. Gatto, Jr. joined the Company in April 2012 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, with responsibility for our capital markets and strategic planning functions, in addition to investor relations activities. Effective March 31, 2014, Mr. Gatto was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company and in August, 2016 was promoted to President, while retaining the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In May, 2017 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, while retaining the role as President. Mr. Gatto was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors in May 2018. Prior to joining Callon, Mr. Gatto was a Managing Director in the energy investment banking groups of Merrill Lynch & Co. and Barclays Capital from July 1997 until February 2009, with involvement in all phases of M&A and capital raising transactions for his clients. In February 2009, he founded MarchWire Capital, LLC, a financial advisory and strategic consulting firm, and subsequently served as Head of Structuring and Execution with Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc. from January 2010 until November 2011. Mr. Gatto graduated from Cornell University with a BS degree in 1992 and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in 1997.

James P. Ulm II

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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James P. Ulm II

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Ulm joined us in December 2017 as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Ulm has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry with responsibilities including finance, accounting, strategic planning, M&A, business development and risk management. His most recent position has been as founder and managing partner of New Vista Energy Partners, a private E&P company focused on emerging resource plays in the Permian and Anadarko Basins, from 2015 to 2017. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for three private companies from 2008 to 2015 where he was responsible for financial and accounting management, capital formation, and corporate strategy. Prior to these roles, Mr. Ulm served from 1999-2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Pogo Producing Company, a publicly-traded oil and gas company which had meaningful operations in the Permian Basin. From 1995-1999, he was the Treasurer for Newfield Exploration Company. Earlier in his career, he held finance and accounting leadership roles with American Exploration Company and Tenneco Oil Company. Mr. Ulm holds an M.B.A. and an undergraduate degree in Accounting, both from the University of Texas.

Gary A. Newberry

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Gary A. Newberry

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Gary A. Newberry is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Company. He joined the Company on April 1, 2010. Prior to that time he held management positions over production and drilling operations in the Mid-continent, Rockies, Alaska and the Permian Basin including Worldwide Operations Manager for Marathon Oil. He retired from Marathon Oil Company after 33 years of service. Mr. Newberry graduated from Marietta College in 1977 with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Correne S. Loeffler

Vice President, Finance and Treasurer

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Correne S. Loeffler

Vice President, Finance and Treasurer

Correne Loeffler is the Treasurer for the Company. Ms. Loeffler joined the Company in April 2017 as the Treasurer. Prior to joining she served as an Executive Director with JPMorgan Securities, LLC where she spent ten years in the Corporate Client Banking Group. During her time at JPMorgan she served as Callon’s Relationship Manager beginning in 2013. Ms. Loeffler graduated with a B.A. degree from Indiana University and received her M.B.A. from The University of Texas.

Jerry A. Weant

Vice President, Land

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Jerry A. Weant

Vice President, Land

Jerry A. Weant is the Vice President of Land for the Company. Prior to joining Callon in September 2013, Mr. Weant held the position of Sr. Staff Landman at Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. and served as a land liaison in Pioneers corporate office for special projects involving water flood and horizontal drilling for Pioneer’s Permian operations. Mr. Weant also served as President of Trilogy Operating, Inc. prior to joining Pioneer. Mr. Weant received a BBA/PLM degree from the University of Texas in Austin in 1980 and has participated in the oil and gas business as a Landman since that time. Mr. Weant is an active member of the American Association of Professional Landman and Permian Basin Landman’s Association.

Mitzi P. Conn

Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

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Mitzi P. Conn

Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Mitzi P. Conn is the Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for the Company. Prior to being appointed to that position in May 2007, she had served as Assistant Controller. Mrs. Conn has held various other positions in finance and accounting since she joined the Company in June 1993. Prior thereto, she was with Graham Resources, Inc. She received her B.S. degree in accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1990 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Michol L. Ecklund

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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Michol L. Ecklund

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Michol Ecklund is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Company. Prior to joining Callon in November 2017, Ms. Ecklund was Deputy General Counsel for Operations & Commercial Law at Marathon Oil Company where she spent 15 years in progressive positions within and outside the Law Organization. Prior to Marathon Oil, she practiced law at Baker Botts LLP in Houston. Ms. Ecklund received a B.A. degree from Rice University and J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Michael J. O’Connor

Vice President, Permian Operations

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Michael J. O’Connor

Vice President, Permian Operations

Michael J. O'Connor joined Callon as its Vice President of Permian Operations in April 2016, joining the Company from Devon Energy where he served for eight years as Engineering Advisor supporting production operations in West Texas and Eastern Wyoming.  Prior to Devon, Michael was employed at ConocoPhillips, where in 2008 he retired after 30 years of service, working in various production engineering and management roles supporting production operations in Oklahoma, Gulf of Mexico, and West Texas. Michael graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering and is an active member in the Society of Petroleum Engineers.