Tracy W. Krohn
Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Tracy W. Krohn has served as Chief Executive Officer since he founded the Company in 1983 and as Chairman of the Board since 2004. He has also served in various other roles during his time with the Company, including as Treasurer from 1997 until 2006, and as President from its founding until September 2008 and again from March 2017 to present day. During 1996 to 1997, Mr. Krohn was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aviara Energy Corporation. Mr. Krohn has been actively involved in the oil and gas business since graduating with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1978. He began his career as a petroleum engineer and offshore drilling supervisor with Mobil Oil Corporation. Prior to founding the Company, from 1981 to 1983, Mr. Krohn was Senior Engineer with Taylor Energy Company. In 2013, Mr. Krohn was appointed to serve on the board of directors of the American Petroleum Institute.
William J. Williford
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
William J. Williford joined the Company in 2006 and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in March 2022. Since joining the Company in 2006, he has served as Reservoir Engineer, Exploration Project Manager, General Manager Deepwater of Gulf of Mexico, Vice President and General Manager of Gulf of Mexico Shelf and Deepwater, and most recently, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Williford has over 25 years of oil and gas technical experience with large independents in the Gulf of Mexico and Domestic Onshore. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Williford held positions in reservoir, production, operations and strategic planning at Kerr-McGee and Oryx Energy. Mr. Williford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Sameer Parasnis joined the Company in July of 2023. Mr. Parasnis has 25 years of financial and operational experience, of which 20 have been in banking. He has advised companies in the Oil & Gas and Energy Transition industry on equity capital markets, debt capital markets and strategic M&A. Prior to joining W&T, Mr. Parasnis served as Managing Director of Stifel Financial Corporation’s Energy and Natural Resources team in Houston, from August 2016 until May 2019. In July 2019, Mr. Parasnis joined Texas Pacific Land Trust, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer until June 2020. In August 2020, Mr. Parasnis rejoined Stifel, serving again as Managing Director of the Energy and Natural Resources team until his departure from Stifel to the Company. Mr. Parasnis started his investment banking career at Credit Suisse, where he worked for eight years (inclusive of four years internationally) on several notable domestic and international deals in the oil and gas industry, including initial public offerings, debt high-yield offerings and spinoffs. Mr. Parasnis began his career as a chemical engineer at Reliance Industries Ltd. in 1996 and subsequently transitioned to finance with Citigroup, following his MBA. Mr. Parasnis is a graduate of the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Finance from the London Business School.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Jonathan C. Curth joined the Company in June 2022 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and manages legal and other various business functions. Mr. Curth has served in numerous commercial and legal positions at other energy companies, including most recently serving as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary for Vine Energy, Inc. (now a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corp.) from November 2020 to December 2021. His prior experience also includes Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of Vanguard Natural Resources, Inc. (now Grizzly Energy, LLC) from December 2017 to December 2019, where he was responsible for multiple commercial functions and all legal matters, and Assistant General Counsel at Newfield Exploration Company (now Ovintiv Inc.) from August 2013 to December 2017. He also previously worked at Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP and at Baker and McKenzie LLP. Mr. Curth is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has over 15 years of commercial and legal experience in the energy industry. Mr. Curth received a B.A. degree from Baylor University and a J.D. degree from The University of Texas School of Law at Austin.