Priyesh Ranjan, CEO
Priyesh is responsible for leading, directing, and executing ShaleApps' strategy and growth initiatives. Previously Priyesh was the President of ShaleApps, responsible for developing the corporate and business strategy to develop digital solutions for the oil and natural gas industry. Prior to joining ShaleApps, Priyesh held positions of increasing leadership at Halliburton and Baker Hughes across strategy, business development, technology solutions, and operations. He focused on the areas of digital oilfields, unconventional asset evaluation and development, reservoir and asset monitoring, and renewable energy. Priyesh has also led start-up companies in the past. He has authored several patents and thought leadership publications in the space of digital energy. Priyesh is an Electrical Engineer from the University of Oklahoma.
Sam McLaughlin, CPO
Sam is responsible for leading all ShaleApps software and product development efforts. He has played a pivotal role in ShaleApps development team since the company was founded. Prior to joining ShaleApps, Sam attended West Virginia University where he founded a software development company, Floco Apps, centered around mobile software development for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national nonprofits to local business and entrepreneurs. While interviewing for YCombinator’s Summer 2012 program, Sam developed an interest in the applications of A.I. in oilfield logistics. His company, Floco Apps, was then retained to build what would later become ShaleApps.
C.B. Lackey, COO
C.B. is responsible for overseeing ShaleApps’s operations, project design, cost and construction management, safety management, and practices. He brings to ShaleApps over 40 years of experience in the energy industry, including nearly 35 years with EOG Resources. He held positions of increasing responsibility at EOG, finishing up his career managing all water handling operations in EOG’s Denver Division, which included the Williston, Powder River, and DJ basins. C.B. began his career with Halliburton in Texas prior to EOG.
He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas.
Daniel Huang, CFO
Daniel is responsible for all finance and accounting related functions at ShaleApps. He previously served as Vice President of Finance at Nuverra Environmental Solutions. Before joining Nuverra, he was an investment professional at H.I.G. Capital and the D. E. Shaw group focused on investments in the energy and specialty finance industries. Daniel began his career with Jefferies & Company’s Energy Investment Banking group.
Daniel received his B.S. degree in Mathematics, B.A. degree in Economics and B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sean Hawkins, CLO
Sean is responsible for all legal related functions at ShaleApps. Sean previously served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Corporate Secretary of Nuverra Environmental Solutions.
Prior to joining Nuverra Sean was an attorney at Thompson & Knight LLP, in the firm’s Dallas office. At Thompson & Knight LLP he practiced in the areas of finance and commercial real estate, focusing on complex loan transactions throughout the United States.
Sean received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Certificate in Study of Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Kohn Phu, Senior Operations Manager
Kohn is responsible for overseeing and executing ShaleApps’ daily operations and growth initiatives. He brings over 14 years of experience in the energy industry with a multitude of service companies including Halliburton, Sanjel and Liberty. Throughout his career he has held a multitude of technical and management positions with his latest being the Regional Engineering Manager of the Northern Region for BJ Services. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Stephen Birdwell, Operations Manager
Stephen is responsible for managing day to day operations for ShaleApps. Before becoming Operations Manager, Stephen managed ShaleApps support and customer on-boarding departments where he was responsible for leading user training, software integration, and change management.
Prior to joining ShaleApps, Stephen managed multiple salt water disposals in the Permian basin. Stephen also served as a Field Specialist for Baker Hughes, Water Management where he oversaw water treatment projects in the Permian, Marcellus, Utica, Scoop and Neuquén basin in Argentina.
Anna Murphy, Operations Manager
Anna is responsible for managing operations and driving performance improvement. Prior to ShaleApps, Anna spent five years with Schlumberger working in Operations, Project Management and Sales across various basins—from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale to Greater Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Her field expertise encompasses drilling, completions and midstream gas treatment.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.