Natural Resources >> CEO Interviews >> April 2, 2012

LINN Energy, LLC – Mark W. Ellis

Mark E. Ellis is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of LINN Energy, LLC. Mr. Ellis has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He joined LINN Energy in December 2006 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, was promoted to President and COO in December 2007, President and CEO in January 2010 and his current role in December 2011. Before joining LINN, he served as President of the Lower 48 for ConocoPhillips. Before joining ConocoPhillips, Mr. Ellis served as Senior Vice President of North American Production for Burlington Resources. He first joined Burlington in 1985 and served in roles of increasing responsibility, including President of Burlington Resources Canada Ltd. in Calgary, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Vice President of the San Juan Division and Manager of Acquisitions. He began his career at The Superior Oil Company, where he served in several engineering positions in the onshore and offshore divisions. Mr. Ellis holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and is a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He serves on the boards of America's Natural Gas Alliance, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Industry Board of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University and Visiting Committee of Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Profile
TWST: Please start with a brief company history and an overview of business operations and strategy today, to give readers an introduction to LINN Energy.

Mr. Ellis: The company was founded by a