Matthew (Matt) Steele, Chief Executive Officer
Matthew (Matt) Steele is a seasoned executive who has founded and managed businesses in the
energy, hospitality, real estate, and technology industries. He has extensive experience in E&P
Operations, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Capital Markets. Mr. Steele was most recently the
CEO of Bruin E&P Partners, a Bakken focused E&P company. During the last decade, he has
served as CEO of numerous energy companies including Steele Petroleum, Ursa Resources, Ursa
Resources Group I and II, Bruin E&P, and BMFGCo. Mr. Steele serves on the Boards of Bruin
Management LLC, Bowline Energy LLC, Carbon Path LLC, and the Honors College Advisory
Board at the University of Houston. He is an avid outdoorsman—hiker, fisher, hunter, and nature
lover. Mr. Steele holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering with Honors from the University of
Daniel P. Rohling, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Daniel P. Rohling serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Rohling joined Battalion Oil in July 2019. He has approximately 15 years of oil and gas operations experience. Prior to joining Battalion Oil, he served as the Asset Vice President at Ajax Resources, LLC (“Ajax”), until it sold substantially all of its assets to Diamondback Energy, Inc. in October 2018 for $1.2 billion. Mr. Rohling began his career at EP Energy Corporation (El Paso Corporation) as an engineer and held various roles in operations, reservoir engineering, business development and management. Mr. Rohling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Kristen McWatters, Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer
Kristen McWatters serves as Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer. Ms. McWatters has approximately 14 years of progressive leadership experience in accounting, finance and financial reporting. Mr. McWatters joined Battalion Oil in January 2023. She most recently served as Interim Chief Accounting Officer for a publicly traded investment banking firm where she was responsible for all of the Company’s accounting and reporting functions. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer for Goodrich Petroleum. Prior to joining Goodrich Petroleum, Ms. McWatters was the Controller for a publicly traded independent retail energy services company and a manager of financial reporting for Southwestern Energy Co. Ms. McWatters began her career at KPMG LLP after earning a Masters in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University in May 2008. Ms. McWatters is a certified public accountant.
Leah R. Kasparek, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Secretary
Leah R. Kasparek serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Secretary. Ms. Kasparek has 23 years of Human Resources leadership experience across multiple industries including oil and gas, public utilities and manufacturing. Prior to joining Battalion Oil in February 2012, Ms. Kasparek served as Director of Human Resources and the Change lead for an Enterprise Risk Management project at Southwestern Energy from 2009 to 2012. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President of Human Resources for CenterPoint Energy over the Electric Company Division from 2004 to 2005 and assumed the role of Vice President Human Resources, Regulated Operations Division for the combined electric and gas companies from 2005 until 2008. Ms. Kasparek started her Human Resources career at Anheuser-Busch Companies in 1996 and held progressive roles through 2004. She worked across five of the breweries from 1996 through 2001. She then served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Anheuser-Busch Packaging Group from 2001 until 2004. Ms. Kasparek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisiana and earned a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.
Walter Mayer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Walter Mayer serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel. Mr. Mayer joined Battalion Oil in March 2013. He has over eighteen years of legal experience focusing on the oil and gas industry. Previously, he served as Associate General Counsel at Petrohawk Energy Corporation starting in 2010 and stayed on after its acquisition by BHP Billiton until joining Battalion Oil. Before Petrohawk, Walter worked in the Litigation Group of Vinson & Elkins focusing on commercial energy litigation. Walter served as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Energy Litigation Committee and also served as Editor-In-Chief for the Energy Litigation Journal (a publication of the ABA’s Section of Litigation). Walter graduated from The University of Virginia School of Law and has been recognized for his accomplishments in Texas Monthly as a “Texas Rising Star.” He is board certified in oil, gas and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Russell W. Greco, Vice President of Strategy and Planning
Russell W. Greco serves as Vice President of Strategy and Planning. Mr. Greco joined Battalion Oil in August 2019. He has approximately 13 years of oil and gas experience. Prior to joining Battalion Oil, he served as the Asset and Reservoir Manager of Sierra Resources, which sold substantially all of its assets to SilverBow Resources. Mr. Greco began his career at EP Energy Corporation (El Paso Corporation) as an engineer and held various roles in operations, asset development, reservoir engineering, business development and management. Mr. Greco holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from Rice University, and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Charles E. Martin, Vice President, Controller
Charles E. Martin serves as Vice President, Controller. Mr. Martin joined Battalion Oil in September 2012. He has over 20 years of oil and gas experience. Prior to joining Battalion Oil, he most recently served as Accounting Manager of Southwestern Energy Company with responsibilities over Accounts Receivable, Regulatory and Marketing Accounting. While working at Southwestern Energy Company, Mr. Martin served as the Finance Co-Team Lead on a two-year multi-phase ERP System implementation. Mr. Martin holds both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Finance from the University of Arkansas.