Ridgewood Names Exploration VP to Head Up GOM Strategy

Ridgewood Energy, a leading energy private equity firm, has appointed Joe Morris as Vice President, Exploration. Morris will be responsible for shaping and delivering Ridgewood's exploration strategy for the Gulf of Mexico.

"Joe brings more than 30 years of experience and leadership in exploration to this position," said Kenny Lang, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ridgewood Energy. "He will play a key role in our exploration strategy in the Gulf, which identifies opportunities that can be tied back to existing infrastructure, ultimately facilitating rapid development."

Ridgewood Energy has a 23-year history of partnering directly in major Gulf of Mexico oil and gas projects with leading exploration and production companies.

Morris comes to Ridgewood Energy after spending eight years with BP in key roles and having led a strategy focused on the definition and exploitation of 'infrastructure-led' exploration opportunities, both on shore and in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to BP, Morris worked for firms including Arco Oil and Gas Company and Vastar Resources. He also established a successful individual exploration consulting business.

"Joe is a great addition to our already talented team in Houston," said Bob Swanson, CEO and founder of Ridgewood Energy. "His depth of knowledge in Gulf of Mexico deepwater exploration will further advance Ridgewood's strategy to drill and develop oil fields in this high potential region."

Morris lives in Houston, and he will be based in Ridgewood Energy’s Houston office. He holds BS and MS degrees in geophysics from Texas A&M University.