Prior to his appointment as President & CEO of MEPUSA in January 2019, Kazu was Deputy General Manager Mozambique Projects Division, Energy Business Unit II. Kazu has held a variety of senior management roles within Mitsui and has vast experience in oil and gas (LNG, Gas to Power, Renewables), LNG projects (NWS, Qatar, Oman, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique), and petroleum trading and supply, with assignments in Tokyo, London, and USA. His Careers and accomplishments with Mitsui & Co. span over 25 years. Kazu holds a bachelor's degree in engineering of metallurgy in Hokkaido University.
Bill has been involved in the oil and gas business since 1989. He started his Careers with Exxon and held various operational and technical roles, as well as asset development and leadership roles in increasing areas of responsibility. He left ExxonMobil in 2003 and has worked for Burlington Resources, Anadarko Petroleum, and Chesapeake Energy in various leadership roles responsible for asset management and business delivery for a variety of assets including West Texas, Deepwater GOM, and Eagle Ford. He joined MEPUSA in 2019 as Senior Vice President of Operations to help guide Mitsui’s efforts to expand our influence and become a US Onshore operator. In October 2020, Bill was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and received his MBA from Rice University.
Tom has been engaged in the oil and gas business since he joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 1996. He has held a variety of positions including an assignment in Kuwait and as Vice President for MitEnergy Upstream LLC from 2006-2012, and now as the Executive Vice President, CSO and Company Secretary for MEPUSA since October 2020. He has gained valuable experience in corporate planning and growth strategy during the past several years. Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in policy management from Keio University in Japan.
Moto has been engaged in the chemical, E&P, LNG business since he joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 1998. He has held various positions in Mitsui & Co., Mitsui E&P UK and Mitsui E&P Italia before joining MEPUSA in 2023. Moto holds a bachelor's degree in international politics from Kyoto University in Japan.
Courtney currently serves as Senior Vice President & CFO after his promotion from Controller in April 2023. He has close to twenty years of experience working in various finance, accounting and tax roles within public accounting and the oil & gas industry. Prior to joining MEPUSA in 2020, he was the Corporate Controller for Rosehill Resources, and has held various leadership positions at Southwestern Energy and Ernst & Young. Courtney holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and received his MBA in finance from Cal State East Bay. He is also a CPA, licensed in Texas.
Steve has been involved in the oil and gas business since 1977 and graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering in 1986. He started his Careers with Dowell as a Field Engineer in Michigan and Illinois. In 1988 he moved to Marathon Oil Company where he held various operational and technical roles, in increasing areas of responsibility. Through the latter half of his Careers at Marathon he worked in business development both in the US and internationals arenas. He retired from Marathon in 2013, joining MEPUSA in 2015 as Drilling, Completions and Production Manager for the Marcellus asset, then becoming General Manager for the Marcellus asset and Business Development. On January 1, 2020, Steve was promoted to Vice President of Business Development to help MEPUSA transform and grow the company throughout the Americas and with a focus toward becoming a US Onshore operator.
Ryan is an energy entrepreneur specialized in creating real value through exploration and development of global energy resources working with highly effective, integrated, and diverse teams across the value chain since 1999. He currently serves as Vice President – Geoscience & Exploration after his recent promotion from General Manager, Marcellus and Exploration Manager in March 2023. He joined MEPUSA in 2020 after a 20-year career with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation where he obtained investment experience in conventional and unconventional, domestic and international, onshore and deep-water, and operated and non-operated projects working various positions within exploration and production across their global footprint.
Keith currently serves as Vice President – Engineering & Operations after his recent promotion from General Manager of the Eagle Ford Asset and HSE Advisor in March 2023. He joined MEPUSA in 2020 to help expand our influence and become an Operator in the US Onshore. He spent his entire career, prior to MEPUSA, with Anadarko Petroleum and its predecessor companies and has held various operational and engineering technical roles, as well as asset development and leadership roles with increasing areas of responsibility. He has worked several domestic areas in both a Midstream and Upstream capacity including the Rockies, Mid-Continent, Gulf Coast, NE USA, California, Shelf and Deepwater GOM, and West Texas. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming and received his MBA from Texas Christian University.
David joined MEPUSA as Vice President, Low Carbon Solutions in April 2023. He has close to thirty years of global energy and resources experience, specializing in business development, commercialization, and investment. Prior to MEPUSA, he held senior leadership roles in CarbonFree, Denbury and ConocoPhillips. David holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Curtin University in Western Australia and a Master of Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.
Prior to joining MEPUSA, John spent most of his 30+ year career in the midstream operations of the energy industry. He began his career with Chevron and then held roles of increasing midstream commercial responsibilities with EQT, American Electric Power, and EnLink Midstream. John’s experience includes commercial management for an integrated natural gas pipeline system (of over 3000 miles) where services provided included wellhead gathering, treating, processing, storage, and transmission services. John received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and his MBA from Louisiana State University.
Kendra joined MEPUSA in 2023 and currently serves as the Director of Human Resources and General Affairs. Kendra oversees all aspects of human resources and office administration for MEPUSA and our sister company, Mitsui & Co. Energy Marketing & Services (USA), Inc. (MEMS). Prior to joining Mitsui, Kendra worked across multiple energy related industries including oil and gas, LNG, petrochemicals and midstream. She most recently worked for NextDecade LNG LLC as the Sr Director, Resourcing. Kendra received her BBA in Management with a concentration in Human Resources from Texas A&M University.
Nicole joined MEPUSA as Corporate Controller in May 2023. She oversees the monthly, quarterly, and annual close processes, financial and management reporting, income taxes, SOX internal controls, internal and external stakeholder communications, oil and gas revenue and expenditures accounting, including joint interest billing and accounts payable. Nicole has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance working for companies such as Marathon Petroleum, Marathon Oil and NuVasive. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and MBA from Louisiana State University, and she is also a CPA.
Sean Cooper joined MEPUSA in 2023 and currently serves as the Director of Information Technology. He oversees all aspects of IT for MEPUSA and our sister company, MEMS. Prior to joining Mitsui, he held a variety of managerial and technical roles and provided tenured leadership and technical acumen for organizations such as EnerVest, Sequent Energy Management, and Schlumberger over the past 25 years. Sean’s focus is promoting strategic and secure innovations that drive business solutions for the ever-evolving energy industry.
Jeff Jones joined MEPUSA in 2023 and currently serves as the Production Superintendent, ensuring the safe and efficient extraction of oil and gas resources, production optimization, overseeing the daily operations, as well as training and mentoring the field staff for the Eagle Ford assets. Prior to MEPUSA, Jeff held various supervisory roles in the Marcellus, Utica, and Powder River Basin with companies including Chesapeake Energy, Ascent Resources, and Inflection Energy. During his career, Jeff has worked his way from lease operator to Production Superintendent and, at one time, also served as Operations Manager. He enjoys training and developing staff so that they, and the Company, reach their fullest potential.