Mr. McElwrath, before joining Far East Energy, was Vice President of TMP/Hudson Global Resources, the parent company of Monster.com. He served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy in the first Bush Administration, charged with development of the nationâ€™s coal, oil, and gas policies and with management of $2.1 billion in programs including the Clean Coal Program, the National Oil and Gas Research Program, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He was an International Negotiator and Policy Advisor in the Reagan administration. Upon leaving the Bush Administration he served as Director of the National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research and Director of British Petroleumâ€™s outsourced exploration and production lab for the Americas. Mr. McElwrath holds a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, as well as a BA Honors Program.
Mr. Lai was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer in October 2008. Mr. Lai joined Far East Energy in January 2007 and served as Corporate Controller, Treasurer and Secretary of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lai held financial management positions with EOG Resources, Inc. from 1999 through January 2007. He also served with UMC Petroleum (now part of Devon Energy) from 1987 to 1995 and practiced public accounting from 1995 through 1999. Mr. Lai was raised in Hong Kong and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. He holds BBA, MBA and J.D. degrees from the University of Houston. Mr. Lai is a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to joining Far East, Mr. Christian served in progressive operations management roles at British Petroleum Company p.l.c. ("BP") and its predecessor, Amoco Production Company, from 1983 through 2008. During his career with BP, he has had a particular focus on international operations, most recently serving as Wells Manager for BP's Russian offshore operations and as Director of Major Projects in BPâ€™s Russian joint venture, TNK-BP. Mr. Christianâ€™s international management background includes almost ten years of Chinese project management, including service as Operations Manager for Amoco Orient Petroleum Company from 1991 to 1994. During his tenure with Amoco, he led teams responsible for drilling the first deepwater well drilled offshore China as well as the first onshore well drilled by a major western operator in China. He also served as a Drilling and Operations Manager for Amoco Production Company in Latin America. Mr. Christian earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas.
Mr. Wardâ€™s career spans 23 years in the petroleum industry, where his primary focus has been on the evaluation of oil and gas properties throughout the United States. He has been involved in the evaluation of coalbed methane prospects, primarily in the San Juan and Powder River basins, since 1992. In addition, he has over 20 yearsâ€™ experience in petroleum software development and has written numerous programs for use in the evaluation of oil and gas assets. Mr. Ward previously served as reservoir manager for 3TEC Energy and as Vice President of engineering and production for Floyd Oil Company. He holds a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston, is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1978.
Dr. Yang is a well-known geologist, and is recognized as a preeminent CBM expert in China. He received his PhD in Geology from Texas A&M University and has 22 years of working experience in Chinaâ€™s energy industry and universities (teaching and research). He was among the pioneers in introducing CBM exploration and production to China and assisted CUCBM in its early stages of formation. From 1993 to 2001, he worked as Chief Geologist and Senior Consultant for Amoco/Arco/BP CBM projects in the Ordos and Qinshui Basins in North China, and played a leading role in developing their projects and operations. Also, Dr. Yang has established personal/business relationships with numerous key people in the Chinese government and energy industry (CUCBM, PetroChina, Sinopec, China University of Mining and Technology, and China National Administration of Coal Geology), which greatly benefits FEECâ€™s project execution and business development in China.