With the right combination of professionals, technology, and capital, we will build

Talos into a significant E&P company along the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

About Talos

Talos Energy LLC is a newly formed partnership with Apollo Global Management and Riverstone Holdings for the purposes of buying assets in the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico regions with emphasis on asset optimization, exploitation, and exploration in and around our assets. Talos will also engage in business development activities that include JV’s and farm-in’s where we can utilize our ~24,000 square miles of seismic inventory to optimize the economics of the transaction.

Talos’ management team has built and sold two previous private equity backed companies – Phoenix Exploration and Gryphon Exploration – and in each instance delivered significant returns to their investors.  As a cohesive group working together for over a decade, they have a track record of enhancing mature fields to use innovative techniques to develop a valuable portfolio of investment opportunities that will result in a significant exploration and production company.

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Management Team

Talos was founded by Tim Duncan-President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Heitzman-Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and John Parker-Executive Vice President of Exploration.  The founders have over a decade-long track record of working together to build successful private equity-backed companies including Gryphon Exploration Company (“Gryphon”) and Phoenix Exploration Company LP (“Phoenix”), a Riverstone portfolio company. The founders are joined on the executive management team by Jim Kimble-Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Bill Moss-Senior Vice President and General Counsel.


Timothy S. Duncan, President and CEO

Tim Duncan is the President and Chief Executive Officer and a founder of Talos Energy LLC.  Prior to Talos, Mr. Duncan was the Senior Vice President of Business Development and a founder of Phoenix Exploration Company LP, where he was responsible for Phoenix’s business development evaluations and negotiations, including the sale of the company to a group of buyers led by Apache Corporation.  Prior to Phoenix, he was Manager of Reservoir Engineering and Evaluations for Gryphon Exploration Company.  Mr. Duncan also worked in various reservoir engineering and portfolio evaluation functions for Amerada Hess Corporation, Zilkha Energy Company, and Pennzoil E&P Company.

Mr. Duncan has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was honored in 2012 as a Distinguished Fellow of the College of Engineering. Mr. Duncan also earned an MBA from the Bauer Executive Program at the University of Houston. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, IPAA, and the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).  Mr. Duncan also serves on various academically focused boards including the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council at Mississippi State University and the advisory boards of the Petroleum Engineering programs at Mississippi State University and the University of Houston.


Stephen E. Heitzman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

photo of Stephen E. HeitzmanSteve Heitzman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and a founder of Talos Energy LLC.  Prior to Talos, Mr. Heitzman was the President and Chief Executive Officer and a founder of Phoenix Exploration Company LP.  Prior to Phoenix, he was a founder and V.P. Operations of Gryphon Exploration and was responsible for the formation, staffing and supervision of Gryphon’s Operations Team from 2000 through 2006. While at Gryphon, he managed aggregate capital expenditures of more than $250 million and led the team that was responsible for industry leading metrics.

Prior to Gryphon, Mr. Heitzman was Senior Vice President of Planning and Development for Harken Energy, Vice President of Engineering for ATP Oil & Gas, and held various engineering and management positions both domestically and in Indonesia for Roy M. Huffington, Inc.  Mr. Heitzman earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and has more than 35 years of industry experience.



John A. Parker, Executive Vice President—Exploration

photo of John ParkerJohn Parker is the Executive Vice PresidentExploration and a founder of Talos Energy LLC.  Prior to Talos, Mr. Parker was the Senior Vice President of Exploration and an original founder of Phoenix Exploration Company LP.  Prior to Phoenix, he was a founder and Exploration Manager of the Texas Shelf, where he generated prospects and supervised the prospect generation of the Texas exploration team. His exploration team had a success rate of 69% and was responsible for 72% of the reserves discovered at Gryphon.

Prior to Gryphon, Mr. Parker worked as an exploration geologist for EOG Resources in the Gulf of Mexico.  Mr. Parker started his career at Shell Oil Company where he worked as an exploration geologist in the Gulf Coast onshore.  He later worked exploring in international basins at Pecten.  Mr. Parker earned his BA from Louisiana State University and his MS in Geology from the University of New Orleans and has more than 27 years of industry experience.



James W. Kimble, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

photo of Jim KimbleJim Kimble is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Talos Energy LLC.  Prior to Talos, Mr. Kimble was Vice President and Treasurer of Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas LLC and Plains Exploration & Production Company Inc. since 2006, where he was responsible for corporate finance, risk management and treasury.  While at Plains, Mr. Kimble was involved in securing over $18 billion in financings, including public equity, senior notes and bank debt, to fund Plains’ growth strategy.  Prior to Plains, Mr. Kimble served in various business development and corporate finance roles for The Williams Companies Inc., where he was actively involved in closing $7 billion in transactions.  Prior to Williams, Mr. Kimble worked in energy corporate banking for Bank of Montreal and Comerica Bank.

Mr. Kimble has a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University and a MBA from The University of Tulsa.  Mr. Kimble has served on advisory committees and the Board of Directors for Child Advocates, Inc. and has more than 20 years of industry experience.



William S. Moss III, Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Bill Moss is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Talos Energy LLC.  Prior to Talos, Mr. Moss was a partner at Mayer Brown LLP in Houston where he was the head of the Houston Corporate Practice.  At Mayer Brown, Mr. Moss’s practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and general corporate and securities matters and he represented clients throughout the energy value chain.

Mr. Moss joined Talos in May of 2013 after having represented Talos as outside counsel in its initial formation and its subsequent acquisition of Energy Resource Technology, LLC from Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. in February of 2013.  Mr. Moss also represented Phoenix Exploration Company LP in its initial formation, acquisitions, and ultimate sale to a group of buyers led by Apache Corporation.  Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mr. Moss worked at Baker Botts, L.L.P.  Mr. Moss has an AB from Dartmouth College, a M.Phil from Cambridge University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.



Chuck Jones, Vice President Production Operations

Chuck Jones is the Vice President Production Operations of Talos Energy LLC. Prior to Talos, Mr. Jones was the Vice President of Operations for ERT GOM Inc., where he directed deep water and shelf operations as well as engineering. Prior to ERT, Mr. Jones was the Operations Manager for the Permian and Gulf Coast regions for St. Mary Land & Exploration. Prior to that assignment, he was the General Manager of the Gulf Coast Region for St. Mary. Prior to St. Mary, Mr. Jones managed multi-discipline Asset Teams at Vastar Resources. His responsibilities included South Louisiana, both onshore and inland waters, as well as the Venice Area Offshore GOM, which included Vastar’ s largest offshore asset, the SP 60 Area. Mr. Jones held various operations management positions with ARCO before the offshore assets were eventually spun-off to form Vastar Resources.

Mr. Jones began his career with Texaco, where he worked in rig operations, completions and production engineering. Mr. Jones earned a BS in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Economics from New Mexico State University and has over 33 years of industry experience.

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