Class of 2020-2021
Kim Warnica is an accomplished C-suite executive with more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry. She has a deep understanding of the oil and gas sector and broad leadership experience in strategy, finance, crisis management, restructuring, enterprise risk, regulatory matters, and human capital management.
Kim currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) and is responsible for the compliance, legal, information governance, corporate communications, and government relations groups. Prior to joining Marathon Oil in 2021, she was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Secretary of Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: AMR), a $1 billion SPAC, responsible for the ethics and compliance, human resources, facilities, contract administration, corporate communications and legal functions of Alta Mesa. Kim determined and implemented corporate strategy while navigating Alta Mesa through restructuring efforts in a complex capital structure with separate credit silos and competing stakeholders in order to maximize enterprise value. She is a key strategic advisor to Boards of Directors and has significant expertise in corporate governance, SEC reporting, shareholder relations, executive compensation, liability management, disclosure issues, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and capital market transactions.
Prior to joining Alta Mesa in 2018, Kim held leadership positions with Marathon Oil and Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Company, formerly Plains Exploration & Production Company (formerly NYSE: PXP). While initially at Marathon Oil, Kim led the Corporate & Finance and Litigation & Labor Employment legal groups and was tasked with collaborating with a cross-section of individuals to initiate a new company-wide performance management system. During her tenure at Plains, Kim was a key member of the leadership team and was responsible for structuring and negotiating the most significant transactions for the Company, including the $16.3 billion merger of the Company with Freeport-McMoRan, creating a global natural resources enterprise. She started her career at Andrews Kurth LLP (now known as Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP) where she practiced corporate and securities law, representing a variety of clients in mergers, acquisitions, and numerous transactional, securities, and corporate governance matters.
Kim received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M and earned her J.D. from the University Texas School of Law where she graduated with high honors, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was a member of Texas Law Review.