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Board of Directors

John D. Schmitz

Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer

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John D. Schmitz

Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Schmitz currently serves as Chairman of the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer of Select Water Solutions. Since its inception in 2007, Select has experienced significant growth and transformation under the founding leadership of Mr. Schmitz, both organically and through multiple strategic acquisitions of energy equipment and services, technology, chemical, and infrastructure companies.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Schmitz has founded and developed numerous successful businesses in the energy industry over his 40+ years of involvement. Such businesses include Brammer Supply (predecessor to BSI Holdings and ultimately recapitalized as part of Complete Energy Services), Allied Production Solutions (merged into Forum Energy Technologies), and Peak Oilfield Services (the foundation of what became Select). Mr. Schmitz has also executed numerous upstream and midstream transactions including the sales of property packages across the Barnett, Eagle Ford, and Fayetteville basins to EOG Resources, Chesapeake Energy, and XTO Energy, respectively, and the sale of Cimmaron Gathering, LP, a natural gas pipeline company, to Copano Energy, LLC.

In addition to his position at Select, Mr. Schmitz currently holds leadership and advisory roles for multiple organizations, including:

  • Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance (“DEPA”)
  • Chairman and CEO of Endurance Lift Holdings, which consists of the Endurance Lift Solutions and Bell Supply Company subsidiaries
  • Chairman and Founder of B-29 Investments, a Dallas-based private equity firm
  • Board Member for Silver Creek Exploration
  • Board Member for Axis Energy Services
  • Board Member of the Southwest Diabetic Foundation

Gayle Burleson

Director

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Gayle Burleson

Director

Ms. Burleson joined the Board of Directors at Select Water Solutions in June 2021. Ms. Burleson has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily with exploration and production companies, and currently serves as an Independent Director for Chisholm Energy Holdings, LLC and Brigham Minerals, Inc. Prior to joining the board at Chisholm, Ms. Burleson held multiple leadership positions with Concho Resources across 15 years, where her latest role was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Land. Prior to joining Concho Resources, Ms. Burleson served in a number of engineering and operations positions of increasing responsibility at BTA Oil Producers, Mobil Oil Corporation, Parker & Parsley Petroleum Company, and Exxon Corporation. Ms. Burleson holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Richard A. Burnett

Director

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Richard A. Burnett

Director

Mr. Burnett joined the Board of Directors at Select Water Solutions in November 2016 and serves as the chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Burnett is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Double Eagle Energy Holdings II, a U.S. onshore E&P partnership with Apollo Natural Resource Partners. Prior to joining Double Eagle Energy Holdings II in August 2016, Mr. Burnett spent three years at EXCO Resources, Inc., a publicly-traded U.S. onshore E&P company, serving as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer.

From 2002 to November 2013, Mr. Burnett was at KPMG LLP, an international accounting firm, serving as a Partner beginning 2007. Starting in June 2012, Mr. Burnett served as the Partner in charge of the Energy Audit Practice within the Dallas/Ft. Worth Business Unit. Prior to joining KPMG LLP in 2002, Mr. Burnett spent time at Arthur Andersen LLP and Marine Drilling Companies, Inc. Mr. Burnett received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University.

Mr. Burnett brings extensive business and financial expertise to our board from his two decades of financial management, accounting and public company expertise in the oil and gas and accounting industries. For these reasons we believe he is an ideal candidate to serve on our board and serve as our Audit Committee Chairman.

Luis Fernandez-Moreno

Director

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Luis Fernandez-Moreno

Director

Mr. Fernandez-Moreno has served as Director of Select Water Solutions since in May 2022. Since May 2018, Mr. Fernandez-Moreno has served as sole manager of Strat and Praxis, LLC (“Strat and Praxis”), a business and management consulting firm specializing in design of corporate strategy, development of processes, and organizational design. Prior to founding Strat and Praxis, he served as Senior Vice President of Ashland Company until February 2017, with responsibilities as president of its Chemicals group since April 2015. Mr. Fernandez-Moreno previously served as president of Ashland Specialty Ingredients from 2013 to 2015, and as president of Ashland Water Technologies from 2012 to 2013. Before joining Ashland, Mr. Fernandez-Moreno was executive vice president of HTH Water Products & Wood Protection for Arch Chemicals, Inc. from 2010 to 2011. Prior to joining Arch Chemicals, Mr. Fernandez-Moreno spent approximately 25 years at Rohm & Haas Company until it was acquired by Dow Chemical Company, after which he managed the newly-formed Dow Coatings Materials business until 2010. Mr. Fernandez-Moreno serves as a director of Ingevity, Inc. (NYSE: NGVT), OQ Chemicals and Huber Engineered Materials and is a member of the Director’s Council at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Mr. Fernandez-Moreno received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico and is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Management Program.

Robin Fielder

Director

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Robin Fielder

Director

Robin Fielder has served as Director of Select Water Solutions since in November 2022. Ms. Fielder is the Executive Vice President – Low Carbon Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer, at Talos Energy serving as the lead executive for their carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) business and overseeing ESG initiatives. Prior to joining Talos, Ms. Fielder served as President, CEO and a member of the Noble Midstream Partners (NBLX) board of directors. Before her time with Noble Energy and Chevron, Ms. Fielder served as CEO, President, and Director for Western Midstream Partners (formerly Western Gas, WES), where she led the WES and the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) marketing organizations through the Occidental acquisition of Anadarko in 2019. With nearly 20 years of steadily increasing responsibility at Anadarko, Ms. Fielder built executive skills serving as Vice President of Investor Relations, General Manager of the company’s Carthage and Haynesville Shale assets, Worldwide Operations Business Advisor, and various subsurface and operational leadership and engineering positions in basins in the U.S. Onshore and Gulf of Mexico.

Ms. Fielder serves as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston March of Dimes board and as a current and past Chair for local March for Babies events. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, is a registered professional engineer with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a member of Women Corporate Directors.

Troy W. Thacker

Director

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Troy W. Thacker

Director

Mr. Thacker became a member of our board of directors in May 2020. He is currently the Managing Partner at Ara Partners, a firm he co founded in 2017. Prior to founding Ara Partners, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Total Safety, Inc. from 2014 to 2017. From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Thacker served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc. Prior to his time at R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc., Mr. Thacker, from 2006 to 2010, was a founding partner of Paine & Partners, LLC. Mr. Thacker has also held positions at Fox, Paine & Company from 2001to 2006, and SCF Partners, Inc. from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Thacker sits on the Council of Overseers of Jones Business School at Rice University and serves as a director of the Hermann Park Conservancy. Mr. Thacker received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Douglas J. Wall

Director

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Douglas J. Wall

Director

Mr. Wall rejoined our board of directors in November 2016, having previously served on the board of SES Holdings, our subsidiary from January 2012 through December 2014. Mr. Wall formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. from October 2007 through September 2012, after joining the company as Chief Operating Officer in April 2007. He joined Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. after a sixteen-year career with Baker Hughes, Inc., most recently as Group President, Completions & Production. In that role he was responsible for the operations of Baker Oil Tools, Inc. Baker Petrolite Corporation, and Centrilift, Inc., as well as the company’s production optimization efforts. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Wall was President of Baker Oil Tools, Inc., and from 1997 to 2003, he was President of Hughes Christensen Company. From 1991 to 1997, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Rock Bit Company Ltd., then Hughes Tool Company’s distributor in Canada. Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Inc. and its predecessors, Mr. Wall held a variety of senior executive positions with oilfield service companies in Canada. He began his career in the drilling industry in 1978 with ATCO Drilling (previously Thomson Drilling) and later spent 10 years with Adeco Drilling & Engineering Company Ltd., an affiliate of Parker Drilling Company.

Since May 2014, Mr. Wall has served on the board of directors of Fugro N.V., a Dutch-based company involved in the geotechnical, survey, subsea and seismic business. Additionally, in August 2016, Mr. Wall joined the board of directors of Seventy Seven Energy Inc., an Oklahoma-based oilfield services company that provides drilling, pressure pumping, oilfield rental tools and other services to U.S. onshore E&P companies. Mr. Wall received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Alberta.

We believe Mr. Wall’s extensive experience as a public energy company executive and his service on multiple public company boards bring valuable experience and insight to our board.


Executive Management

John D. Schmitz

Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer

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John D. Schmitz

Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Schmitz currently serves as Chairman of the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer of Select Water Solutions. Since its inception in 2007, Select has experienced significant growth and transformation under the founding leadership of Mr. Schmitz, both organically and through multiple strategic acquisitions of energy equipment and services, technology, chemical, and infrastructure companies.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Schmitz has founded and developed numerous successful businesses in the energy industry over his 40+ years of involvement. Such businesses include Brammer Supply (predecessor to BSI Holdings and ultimately recapitalized as part of Complete Energy Services), Allied Production Solutions (merged into Forum Energy Technologies), and Peak Oilfield Services (the foundation of what became Select). Mr. Schmitz has also executed numerous upstream and midstream transactions including the sales of property packages across the Barnett, Eagle Ford, and Fayetteville basins to EOG Resources, Chesapeake Energy, and XTO Energy, respectively, and the sale of Cimmaron Gathering, LP, a natural gas pipeline company, to Copano Energy, LLC.

In addition to his position at Select, Mr. Schmitz currently holds leadership and advisory roles for multiple organizations, including:

  • Chairman of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance (“DEPA”)
  • Chairman and CEO of Endurance Lift Holdings, which consists of the Endurance Lift Solutions and Bell Supply Company subsidiaries
  • Chairman and Founder of B-29 Investments, a Dallas-based private equity firm
  • Board Member for Silver Creek Exploration
  • Board Member for Axis Energy Services
  • Board Member of the Southwest Diabetic Foundation

Michael C. Skarke

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Michael C. Skarke

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Skarke has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Select Water Solutions, Inc. since April 2021. Prior to this role, Mr. Skarke previously held a number of senior management roles at the company, including Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Sales, Marketing & Operational Support Services; Executive Vice President of Water Infrastructure; Executive Vice President of Water Solutions; Vice President of Water Solutions, Vice President of WaterONE, and Treasurer. Mr. Skarke joined the company in June 2009 as a member of the Finance team.

Prior to joining Select, Mr. Skarke served as Assistant Vice President at Amegy Bank, where he provided strategic debt financing solutions and general banking support for public and private oilfield service companies.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
    University of Texas

Christopher K. George

Senior Vice President Corp Dev, IR, Sustainability & Treasurer

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Christopher K. George

Senior Vice President Corp Dev, IR, Sustainability & Treasurer

Mr. George has served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Investor Relations & Sustainability at Select Water Solutions, Inc. since January 2022. Mr. George also recently served as Treasurer of the Company from May 2018 until March 2022. Since joining the organization in January 2012, Mr. George has served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility at Select and its predecessor company SES Holdings, including most recently as Vice President, Investor Relations and Senior Director, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations.Prior to joining Select, Mr. George spent a number of years in the Global Energy Investment Banking Group at UBS Investment Bank, where he focused on public equity and debt capital raises and M&A advisory work within the energy industry. Mr. George attained his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Honors and Accounting and Masters in Professional Accounting degrees from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Christina Ibrahim

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary

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Christina Ibrahim

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary

Christina joined Select Water Solutions as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary in May 2023. Prior to this role, Christina was the COO, General Counsel and CCO of Avalon Advisors, LLC, a privately held wealth management company. Before Avalon, Christina was the EVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary for Weatherford International Plc. Prior to Weatherford, Christina had multiple leadership roles with Halliburton, including Vice President, Corp Secretary & Chief Commercial Counsel.

Mike Lyons

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

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Mike Lyons

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Lyons has served in the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer role since August 2023. In this role he is responsible for the development, coordination, and delivery of overall corporate strategy and individual segment strategies to accelerate growth, enhance value delivery, and increase shareholder return.

Prior to joining Select, Mr. Lyons spent more than 20 years in the energy industry in both management consulting and front-line engineering and operations. Mr. Lyons joins Select after 18 years with BCG Houston where he was a Managing Director & Partner focused in delivering transformational strategies and large-scale value delivery programs across the oil and gas, oilfield services, and chemicals industries. He was responsible for over 85 successful client engagements accounting for more than $10 billion of recurring annual value for his clients. He was also a leader within BCG X (BCG’s digital solutions entity) and a member of BCG’s North America Climate & Sustainability Leadership Team. Prior to BCG, Mr. Lyons held various positions at Lyondell Equistar across planning, engineering & front-line operations and various EHS positions at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Houston.

Mr. Lyons holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rice University (with honors) and an MBA from Harvard University.

Cody Ortowski

Executive Vice President, Business and Regulatory Affairs

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Cody Ortowski

Executive Vice President, Business and Regulatory Affairs

Mr. Ortowkski serves as Executive Vice President, Business and Regulatory Affairs for Select Water Solutions, Inc. Mr. Ortowski has been with Select since its inception, initially serving as Vice President of Operations and subsequently promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2011. Prior to joining Select Energy Services, Mr. Ortowski and his brother Cole founded Impact Energy Services, a water transfer company, which was acquired by Select Energy Services in 2008.

Mr. Ortowski’s experience also includes working for more than 14 years for Pumpco Energy Services, a stimulation and cementing company headquartered in Gainesville, Texas. He served as Vice President of Stimulation Services, where he was instrumental in growing Pumpco Energy Services’ operations throughout the Barnett Shale of North Texas and expanding into other US markets.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Management
    Abilene Christian University

Nick L. Swyka

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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Nick L. Swyka

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr Swyka has served as Chief Financial Officer of Select Water Solutions, Inc. since May 2018. He previously served as Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Development at Nabors Industries (NYSE: NBR) from 2015 to 2018. Prior to Nabors, Mr. Swyka served as Director of Corporate Planning at Pacific Drilling from 2011 until 2015. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company from 2008 to 2011, specializing in high-level strategic and operational challenges and opportunities in the energy industry. Swyka received his B.S. in International Political Economy from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing his M.B.A., he worked on Capitol Hill with the United States House of Representatives.