Chief Executive Officer
Nicholas O'Grady has served as our Chief Financial Officer since June 2018. Mr. O'Grady has nearly two decades of finance experience, both as an investment banker and as a principal investor. Mr. O'Grady began his career in the Natural Resources investment banking group at Bank of America. Later moving to the hedge fund industry, he worked at firms such as Highbridge Capital Management. While at Highbridge, he was the lead investor in Northern's initial marketed capital raise in 2007. Most recently he has worked at Hudson Bay Capital Management, where as a senior credit analyst and portfolio manager, he focused on energy-related equities, public credit, private and direct investments. Mr. O'Grady holds a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Economics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Mr. Romslo has served as our General Counsel and Secretary since October 2011 and as an Executive Vice President since January 2013. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Romslo practiced law in the Minneapolis office of our outside counsel, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (formerly Faegre & Benson LLP), from 2005 until 2011, where he was a member of the Corporate group. Prior to joining Faegre, Mr. Romslo practiced law in the New York City office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Mr. Romslo holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and a law degree from the New York University School of Law.
Chief Financial Officer
Chad Allen has served as Chief Accounting Officer since August 2016, prior to which he served as the Company's Corporate Controller since joining Northern in August 2013. Mr. Allen served as the Company's Interim Chief Financial Officer from January-May 2018. Prior to Northern, Mr. Allen was in the audit practice with Grant Thornton LLP from 2010 to 2013, and in the audit practice at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Dirlam has served as Executive Vice President - Land & Operations since May 2018, prior to which he served as the Company's Senior Vice President of Land & Operations since 2013 and other various roles with the Company since 2009. Prior to Northern, Mr. Dirlam served in various finance and accounting roles for Honeywell International. Mr. Dirlam holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Saint Thomas and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management.
Executive Vice President of Finance
Mike Kelly joins Northern from Seaport Global Securities, where he was a Partner and Head of E&P Research covering over 30 companies in the exploration and production sector since 2011. Prior to this he spent over five years working as an energy analyst for Kennedy Capital Management in St. Louis. Mr. Kelly earned his MBA at Washington University’s Olin School of Business and his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. Mr. Kelly is a CFA charterholder.
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Evans has served as Vice President of Engineering since June 2018, prior to which he served as Reservoir Engineering Manager and in other roles since joining Northern in 2013.