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Executive Officers

  
  
James L. Bowzer

James L. Bowzer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bowzer joined Baytex as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2012. Mr. Bowzer has over 30 years of global experience leading large organizations, directing new projects and developing successful leaders. Prior to joining Baytex, he was Vice President, North American Production Operations for Marathon Oil Corporation in Houston, Texas. His experience includes play development in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Anadarko Woodford in the United States and heavy oil in Canada. Previously, Mr. Bowzer was Regional Vice President, International Production, covering a diverse mix of significant businesses including operations in Norway, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Africa. He also held senior positions in Strategic Planning, responsible for strategy, financial and economic valuation and Business Development. Mr. Bowzer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Graduate School of Business at Indiana University. He has served on the board of directors of many industry and professional associations. 

Rod Gray

Rodney D. Gray

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gray joined Baytex as Chief Financial Officer on April 7, 2014. Mr. Gray has over twenty years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Baytex, Mr. Gray held the position of Chief Financial Officer for CEDA International. Prior thereto, he spent eleven years with Enerplus Corporation, the last eight of which as Vice President, Finance, where areas of responsibility included corporate reporting, treasury and capital markets, operational accounting, business analysis, risk management and insurance. Mr. Gray is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours from Queen's University. He is very active in the community having been involved with several charitable organizations and is a current board member of the United Way of Calgary and Area.

  
Richard P. Ramsay

Richard P. Ramsay

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Ramsay was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Baytex on May 21, 2014.  He originally joined Baytex in January 2010 and has held the following positions: Vice President, Heavy Oil from January 2010 to January 2012 and Vice President, Alberta/B.C. Business Unit from January 2012 to May 2014. Mr. Ramsay has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian oil and gas industry and was formerly Chief Operating Officer of TAQA North Ltd. He previously held a variety of technical and management positions with Northrock Resources Ltd., Fletcher Challenge Energy Canada Inc., Amoco Canada Petroleum Ltd. and Dome Petroleum Ltd. Mr. Ramsay has a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta.

  
Geoff Darcy

Geoffrey J. Darcy

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Geoffrey J. Darcy was appointed Senior Vice President, Marketing of Baytex on May 21, 2014 and is responsible for maximizing the value of our products and managing our commodity price risk exposures. He joined Baytex in Septmeber 2011 and held the position of Vice President, Marketing from September 2011 to May 2014.  Prior to that, he was Director of North American Physical Crude Oil Trading for Barclays Bank. Mr. Darcy has over 25 years experience in marketing, trading and crude oil supply in both Canada and the U.S. He was formerly Vice President of North American Crude Oil Marketing with Nexen Inc., and worked in crude oil supply for United Refining Company and Petro-Canada earlier in his career. Mr. Darcy has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours in Economics with Distinction from Concordia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary.

 

  
Brian Ector

Brian G. Ector

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Public Affairs

Mr. Ector was appointed Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Public Affairs on May 21, 2014. He joined Baytex in November 2009 and has held the following positions: Director of Investor Relations from November 2009 to June 2011, Vice President, Investor Relations from June 2011 to May 2014. Prior to joining Baytex, Mr. Ector spent 15 years as a sell-side research analyst covering both energy trusts and exploration and production corporations. He spent the last seven years with Scotia Capital where he was consistently ranked as one of the top rated analysts in Canada. Mr. Ector received a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in finance from the University of Calgary and received his CFA designation in 1996. He is a national board member of CIRI as well as a member of NIRI, the CFA Institute and the Calgary CFA Society.

  
Dan G. Anderson

Dan G. Anderson

Vice President, U.S. Business Unit

Mr. Anderson joined Baytex on September 14, 2011 as President of Baytex's wholly-owned subsidiary, Baytex Energy USA Ltd., which is based in Denver, Colorado and Vice President, U.S. Business Unit of Baytex Energy Corp. Mr. Anderson has over 25 years of experience in the upstream and mid-stream energy industry in the U.S. He was formerly Vice President of Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent Production with Berry Petroleum Company. Mr. Anderson previously held a variety of technical and management positions with Williams, Barrett Resources, Santa Fe Snyder and Conoco. His work has involved both operating and business development activities in the Williston Basin, U.S. Rockies, Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast regions. Mr. Anderson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a practicing member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

  
Kendall Arthur

Kendall D. Arthur

Vice President, Saskatchewan Business Unit 

Mr. Arthur was appointed Vice President, Saskatchewan Business Unit on January 4, 2012.  Mr. Arthur has over 10 years experience in the Canadian oil and gas industry.  He joined Baytex Energy in 2006 as a Production Engineer and Asset Team Leader in the Heavy Oil Business Unit.  Mr. Arthur later took on the dual role of Exploitation and Production Engineer in the same group while continuing to lead the asset team.  Prior to joining Baytex, he held various technical production, completions and operations roles with Husky Energy.  Mr. Arthur received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

  
Murray J. Desrosiers

Murray J. Desrosiers

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Desrosiers was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary on May 20, 2009. Mr. Desrosiers is a corporate lawyer with over 15 years of experience advising energy companies in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities compliance matters. He joined Baytex in July 2008 and held the position of General Counsel from August 2008 to May 2009. Prior to joining Baytex, he held senior legal positions with PrimeWest Energy Inc. (the operating company of PrimeWest Energy Trust), Shiningbank Energy Ltd. (the operating company of Shiningbank Energy Income Fund), Enbridge Inc. and Enbridge Management Services Inc. (the manager of Enbridge Income Fund). Mr. Desrosiers holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.

  
Neal E. Halstead

Neal E. Halstead

Vice President, Finance and Controller

Mr. Halstead was appointed Vice President, Finance and Controller on April 1, 2014. He joined Baytex in May 2013 as Controller and is responsible for Baytex's financial reporting and compliance, internal controls, and operational accounting. Prior to joining Baytex, Mr. Halstead was the Controller at Sasol Canada Holdings Ltd. Prior thereto, he was Vice President, Finance (Canadian Plains Division) at Cenovus Energy and previously, Assistant Controller, U.K. Finance at Encana Corporation in London, England. Mr. Halstead has also held a variety of positions with Encana Corporation, PanCanadian Petroleum, CP Rail, Trizec Properties and Ernst & Young. Mr. Halstead has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian and international oil and gas industry and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Great Distinction) degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

  
Cameron Hercus

Cameron Hercus

Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr. Hercus joined Baytex as Vice President, Corporate Development on May 21, 2013 and is responsible for evaluating acquisition opportunities and developing our long range growth plans. Mr. Hercus is a Petroleum Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the Canadian and European oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Baytex, he spent five years working with Vermilion Energy Inc. in business development, new ventures and exploitation roles evaluating and developing opportunities in Western Canada and Europe. Prior thereto, he worked with Marathon, Shell and Paladin Resources where he developed a strong background in reservoir engineering and field development while working in the UK North Sea. Mr. Hercus has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Petroleum Geology (Honors) from the University of Aberdeen and completed a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in 1995.

  
Ryan Johnson

Ryan M. Johnson

Vice President, Alberta/B.C. Business Unit

Ryan M. Johnson was appointed Vice President, Alberta/B.C. Business Unit of Baytex on May 21, 2014. Mr. Johnson joined Baytex in 2007 focusing on technical responsibilities in northeast Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, including the planning and execution of Baytex’s successful thermal SAGD project at Kerrobert. In January 2011, he was appointed Senior Geologist of the Peace River region and has been an integral member of the team responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of multi-lateral exploitation and thermal development of this resource. In mid-2013, Mr. Johnson was appointed Lead Geologist and charged with managing all key activities across the entire Alberta/B.C. Business Unit. Mr. Johnson has over 15 years of extensive technical and managerial roles in oil and gas exploration, development, operations and prospect identification. Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Geology and Oceanography from the University of British Columbia and is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

  
Mark Montemurro, Vice President, Thermal

Mark Montemurro

Vice President, Thermal

Mr. Montemurro joined Baytex as Vice President, Thermal, on November 18, 2013. Mr. Montemurro has over 30 years of experience in the Canadian oil and gas industry, including significant thermal project experience. Prior to joining Baytex, he has held a variety of executive positions, primarily leading subsurface, facility and operations teams with Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Laricina Energy Limited, Deer Creek Energy Limited and PanCanadian Energy Corporation. He also co-founded Alter NRG, a Canadian public alternate energy company involved in plasma gasification. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

  
Timothy R. Morris

Timothy R. Morris

Vice President, US Business Development

Mr. Morris joined Baytex as Managing Director, U.S. Business Development in April 2007 and was appointed Vice President, U.S. Business Development on November 12, 2007. Mr. Morris has over 31 years of experience in the United States oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Baytex, he held senior management positions with Berco Resources, LLC, Santa Fe Snyder Corporation, Snyder Oil Corporation, Petroleum, Inc. and Sohio Petroleum Corp. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with an area of emphasis in Minerals Land Management from the University of Colorado and is a Certified Professional Landman. He is an active member of the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen and the American Association of Professional Landmen.

  
Greg A. Sawchenko, Vice President, Land

Greg A. Sawchenko

Vice President, Land

Mr. Sawchenko joined Baytex as Vice President, Land on August 12, 2013. Mr. Sawchenko has over 15 years of experience in oil and gas land management and negotiations. Prior to joining Baytex, he was most recently the Land Manager for Crescent Point Energy Corp. At Crescent Point, Mr. Sawchenko was an instrumental member in many key transactions and contributed to the growth of the company. Early in his career, he held positions with successive levels of responsibility at Numac Energy Inc., Anderson Exploration Ltd., Devon Canada Corporation and EnCana Corporation. Mr. Sawchenko holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary with a designation in Petroleum Land Management and is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen.

  
Michael L. Verm, Vice President, Eagle Ford Operations

Michael L. Verm

Vice President, Eagle Ford Operations

Michael L. Verm joined Baytex on June 11, 2014 as President of Baytex Oil & Gas, Inc., which is based in Houston, Texas, and as Vice President, Eagle Ford Operations of Baytex Energy Corp. Mr. Verm has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has held a number of senior executive positions in North America and internationally. Mr. Verm served as Chief Operating Officer of Aurora Oil & Gas Limited from June 2011 to June 2014. Mr. Verm has a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

  

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