President & CEO
R. Paul Loveless, PE, ERP, CAIA
Mr. Loveless joined CL&F in January 1996 as General Manager, was appointed Vice President in 1999, Senior Vice President - Exploration & Development in 2009, Chief Operating Officer in 2013 and President & CEO in January 2014. Mr. Loveless began his career in 1981 with the Western Company of North America in east Texas and subsequently held various petroleum engineering and management positions with Crescent Exploration, Century Offshore Management, Taylor Energy Company and Oil & Gas Property Evaluation & Management, Inc. Mr. Loveless is a registered Professional Petroleum Engineer, a certified Energy Risk Professional, and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1981, a Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering in 1987, and an MBA in 2010 and a Master of Finance in 2011, all from Tulane University.
Senior Vice President
Mark K. Stover
Mr. Stover joined CL&F in June 2013, as Senior Vice President. Prior to CL&F, Mr. Stover served as Executive Vice President-Exploration and Development for PetroQuest Energy, where he held various executive positions throughout his 10 plus years of service. Mr. Stover’s 30 years of experience included Newfield Exploration, Chevron and Tenneco Oil Company, where he began his career in 1986. Mr. Stover earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Waynesburg University (PA) in 1984 and a Master of Science degree in Geophysics from Wright State University (OH) in 1986. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Business School-Executive Education AMP 179, Class of 2010. Mr. Stover is a Registered Texas Professional Geoscientist and an active member of the AAPG and SEG.
Vice President - Gulf Coast/Gulf of Mexico Exploration
Robert D. Murrah (Buddy)
Mr. Murrah joined CL&F in October 2001 as Gulf Coast Exploration Manager. Prior to joining CL&F, he spent 25 years in technical and supervisory positions with Samedan Oil, Edwin L. Cox, McMoran Exploration, and Taylor Energy. Mr. Murrah has a geology degree from Appalachian State University and was President of Sigma Gamma Epsilon while pursuing a Masters Degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
Vice President & Treasurer
Kerri D. Battaglia
Ms. Battaglia joined CL&F in 1985 where she has served in various accounting and finance positions. Prior to joining CL&F, Ms. Battaglia served Martin Exploration Company as Chief Financial Officer from 1983 through 1984. From 1980 through 1982, Ms. Battaglia was an audit and tax specialist with Arthur Andersen & Co. She graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and earned her CPA in 1980.
George A. Strain
Mr. Strain joined CL&F in 1986 to help manage its fee lands. He was appointed Vice President in 1988. Prior to joining CL&F, Mr. Strain held various land positions with Texaco Inc., Ladd Petroleum Corporation and Davis Oil Company primarily focused in the Gulf Coast. Mr. Strain earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Louisiana State University in 1979 and currently serves on the board of directors for the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA) and Louisiana Landowners Association.
Charles F. Seibert IV
Mr. Seibert joined CL&F in December 2008. Prior to joining CL&F, Mr. Seibert was employed as a Tax Manager with Ernst & Young LLP from 2005-2008 and as a Senior Tax Associate with KPMG LLP from 2000-2004. He graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and earned his CPA in 2001.
Fee Land Manager
Robert G. Linscombe (Greg)
Mr. Linscombe joined CL&F in 2005. He was previously with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where he served for 33 years, managing state wildlife refuges and designated wildlife management areas across the Louisiana coast, integrating both mineral operations and wetlands protection mandates. Mr. Linscombe has worked with most state and federal agencies throughout his career as well as many university researchers in Louisiana involved with marsh ecology and management. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and Game Management and Masters of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from Louisiana State University. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and has published over 40 scientific papers.