Management Team & Board of Directors
Daniel Zwirn Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Daniel Zwirn is our chief executive officer and chairman of our board of directors (the “Board”). Since 2015 Mr. Zwirn has been chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Arena Investors, LP., a $3.6 billion investment firm with offices in New York, London and San Francisco focusing on global special situations asset and credit investments in corporates, real estate, structured finance, and corporate securities. From 2009 through 2015, he founded and/or led several specialty finance enterprises including Applied Data Finance (a consumer finance company), North Mill Capital (an asset-based lender), North Mill Equipment (an equipment lessor), and Lantern Endowment Partners (an investment fund). From 2001 through 2009, he founded and served as managing partner of D.B. Zwirn & Co., a $6 billion global special situations firm originally co-founded by, and spun off from, Highbridge Capital Management, for which he also served as managing director. During 2000 and 2001, he founded and created the Special Opportunities Group of MSD Capital, the private investment firm of Michael Dell.
Greg White President
Greg White serves as our president. Mr. White leads the natural resources team for Arena Investors LP’s investment activities in special situations credit, where he is focused on sourcing, originating, and investing in alternative credit opportunities and control and non-control distressed debt across the energy spectrum, including crude oil and natural gas, exploration and production, metals and mining (precious metals, base metals, and ferrous metals), timber, agriculture and other commodity-related businesses and assets. Mr. White joined Arena upon its founding in 2015 to establish and personally direct the oil and gas investment platform for the firm while also having a broader, flexible investment mandate across the entire energy and natural resources spectrum. Mr. White began his investment career in the investment management group at Archon Group, LP, a real estate investment management company located in Dallas, Texas.
Kieran Goodwin Chief Financial Officer
Kieran Goodwin will serve as our chief financial officer and as a member of our board. Mr. Goodwin founded Panning Capital Management, LP in 2012 and was co-managing partner and portfolio manager until 2018. Panning was a long/short credit hedge fund with peak assets under management of $2.5 billion. From 2004 – 2010, Mr. Goodwin worked at King Street Capital Management where he was one of five partners and four members of the Global Investment Committee. As head of trading, Mr. Goodwin was responsible for managing King Street’s trading operations. During his time at King Street, the firm’s assets under management grew from $4 billion to more than $20 billion. Mr. Goodwin was previously a managing director at both UBS and Merrill Lynch, where he ran proprietary trading books. He currently also serves as the chief financial officer of Rosecliff Acquisition Sponsor I, LLC, a blank check company focused on identifying high-growth technology and tech-enabled businesses domestically in industries that are being disrupted by advances in technology and on technology paradigms.
Franklin Edmonds Board Member
Franklin Edmonds will serve as a member of our board. Mr. Edmonds served as co-managing partner and head of research at Panning Capital Management, L.P. from 2013 to 2018. From 2002 to 2012, he was a senior research analyst at King Street Capital Management, where he served as one of five partners and four members of the Global Investment Committee. During his time at King Street, assets under management grew from $2 billion to more than $20 billion. Prior to King Street, Mr. Edmonds was a research analyst at Oak Hill Advisors. He serves on the boards of Shane’s Rib Shack, a fast-casual barbeque restaurant business with 65 locations in the Southwest, as well as the Darden Graduate School of Business and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. He is currently the chair of the Investment Committee at Woodberry Forest School.
Marc McCarthy Board Member
Marc McCarthy will serve as a member of our board. Mr. McCarthy served as partner and senior managing director at Wexford Capital, LP from 2008 to 2020. At Wexford, Mr. McCarthy was responsible for developing and managing public and private investment activities within the exploration and production, oil field service, real estate, healthcare, and consumer sectors with an emphasis on high yield and distressed situations. From 1997 to 2008, Mr. McCarthy served as senior managing director covering global emerging market oil & gas, agribusiness equity and debt research at Bear, Stearns & Co. From 1993 to 1997 he conducted oil & gas research at Prudential Securities. Mr. McCarthy has served as chairman and director of Mammoth Energy, director of Penn Virginia, director of Coronado Midstream, and chairman and director of Energy Partners.
James Crockard III Board Member
James Crockard III will serve as a member of our board. Mr. Crockard currently serves as chief executive officer, co-founder, and chairman of the board at LOLA Energy III, LLC, a private enterprise launched to make acquisitions of distressed oil and gas businesses in the Appalachian Basin. Since 2015, Mr. Crockard has held similar roles at LOLA Energy, LLC and LOLA Energy II, LLC. In 2017, Mr. Crockard founded Muddy Creek Energy Advisors, LLC, a private equity firm, and currently serves as chief executive officer, co-founder, and board member. Between 2000 and 2014, Mr. Crockard held various roles at EQT Corporation, a Fortune 500 natural gas company, most recently as senior vice president with responsibility across business development, land and title operations, strategic planning, and process improvement functions. At EQT, Mr. Crockard was involved in the acquisition of more than 200,000 acres in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, expansion of Marcellus drilling program locations, and leadership and review of multi-basin diversification strategies. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Crockard worked in the tax department of Ernst & Young, LLP.