Unmatched Technical and Operational Proficiency Sets Us Apart. Eclipse Resources has built executive and senior management teams with significant knowledge and experience in the Appalachian region, particularly with respect to drilling and completing extended reach horizontal oil and natural gas wells, managing large scale drilling programs and optimizing the value of the associated production through a coordinated midstream effort.
Benjamin W. Hulburt
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Benjamin W. Hulburt co-founded Eclipse Resources in January 2011 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer, President and member of our board since our inception. He has also served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Eclipse Resources since its inception. Prior to co-founding Eclipse Resources, Mr. Hulburt served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Rex Energy, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the Appalachian and Illinois Basins within the United States, from March 2007 to October 2010. He also served as President of Rex Energy through its initial public offering in 2007. Prior to Rex Energy’s initial public offering, Mr. Hulburt served as the Chief Executive Officer of Rex Energy Operating Corp. from October 2006 until October 2010, and as the President of Rex Energy Operating Corp. from March 2004 until October 2006. Mr. Hulburt also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Douglas Oil & Gas Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Rex Energy, from January 2001 to February 2004. Prior to November 2000, Mr. Hulburt served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for four years, leaving the service holding the rank of Captain. Mr. Hulburt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Oleg Tolmachev previously served as the Company’s Vice President, Drilling & Completions since February 2013. Prior to joining the Company, from April 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Tolmachev served as the Senior Asset Manager, Utica Shale with Chesapeake Energy Corporation where he was responsible for leading an asset team comprised of land, geology, drilling, resource development and operations for Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s Utica Shale projects in Ohio. Prior to joining Chesapeake Energy Corporation, from August 2008 to 2011, Mr. Tolmachev held the position of Group Lead Completions, Mid-Continent Business Unit at EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. where he managed well completions and intervention operations in its Barnett Shale, Deep Bossier and East Texas Haynesville Shale business units. Mr. Tolmachev received his Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Matthew R. DeNezza
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Matthew R. DeNezza has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since April 2013. Prior to joining Eclipse Resources and commencing in 2002, Mr. DeNezza served in the Global Natural Resources Group at Deutsche Bank Securities where he was promoted to Managing Director and was responsible for leading merger and acquisition advisory assignments, as well aiding clients in understanding capital markets and developing and executing financing transactions. During his tenure with Deutsche Bank, Mr. DeNezza assisted on numerous investment banking transactions for both public and private oil and gas exploration and production companies and refining companies. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, from 1999 to 2001, Mr. DeNezza was the Assistant Vice President, Corporate Finance of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, a financial advisory and services firm. Mr. DeNezza served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer from 1993 to 1998, leaving the service at the rank of Lieutenant. Mr. DeNezza received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and Masters of Business Administration degree from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Thomas S. Liberatore
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Geosciences
Thomas S. Liberatore previously served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Eclipse Resources, from June 2009 until May 2011, Mr. Liberatore was self-employed and formed Libco Energy LLC, which leased oil and gas interests for its own account and brokered the sale of oil and gas mineral interests in West Virginia and Alabama, and he served as a consultant to oil and gas attorneys and land companies. From January 2002 until May 2009, Mr. Liberatore served as Vice President and Appalachian Regional Manager for Cabot Oil & Gas where he managed drilling and acquisition investments, including those in the Devonian Huron Marcellus Shale. From March 1999 to December 2001, Mr. Liberatore served as the Vice President, Exploration and Production for North Coast Energy, Inc. Mr. Liberatore began his career as a geologist and had various positions of increasing responsibility for Presidio Oil Company and Belden & Blake Corporation. Mr. Liberatore received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from West Virginia University. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Appalachian Geological Society, has served on the board of directors of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, is a Past President of Independent Oil and Gas Association West Virginia and is a registered professional geologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Christopher K. Hulburt
Director, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Christopher K. Hulburt co-founded Eclipse Resources in January 2011 and has served as our Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel and a member of our board since our inception. Prior to co- founding Eclipse Resources, Mr. Hulburt served as the Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Rex Energy. Mr. Hulburt had previously served as the Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for each of the predecessor companies of Rex Energy since April 2005. From January 2001 until April 2005, Mr. Hulburt was a senior associate for the law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP in its corporate and securities practice group. Before joining Hodgson Russ, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a military prosecutor beginning in January 1997, and, in his last two years of service, also held the position of Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Hulburt received his Bachelor’s degree in History/Education from Niagara University and his law degree from Western New England College School of Law. Mr. Hulburt is the brother of Benjamin W. Hulburt.