James Hackett (Chairman and CEO of Alta Mesa Resources)
James T. Hackett is Chairman and CEO of Alta Mesa Resources, a NASDAQ-listed independent oil, gas, and NGL producer, gatherer, processor and transporter located in the eastern portion of the STACK in the Anadarko Basin. He is also a Senior Advisor to Riverstone Holdings LLC, a large private energy investment firm.
Mr. Hackett is the retired Executive Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies.
Before joining Anadarko, Mr. Hackett served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Devon Energy Corporation following its merger with Ocean Energy where he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, itself a result of a merger in 1999 with Seagull Energy Corporation, where he was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. He joined Seagull from Duke Energy where he led its Energy Services Division as President. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of Pan Energy when the company merged with Duke Power to create Duke Energy. His energy experience includes positions in engineering, finance and marketing in E&P, midstream, power and oilfield services. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and National Petroleum Council, which he formerly chaired.
Mr. Hackett is a director of Fluor Corporation, Enterprise Holdings and Products Partners L.P., National Oilwell Varco -- all Fortune 500 public companies. He also serves on the Boards of several Riverstone portfolio companies -- Sierra Oil & Gas, Talen Energy and Crimson Resources. He is a Former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Mr. Hackett is a Board member of the Baylor College of Medicine (and former Chairman) and Rice University (where he has served as a Humanities and Business School faculty member for many years). He currently serves on the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors and McCombs School of Business faculties at the University of Texas (Austin).
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Master in Theological Studies from Harvard University.
He and his wife, Maureen, have four children.