President and Chief Executive Officer
Denis brings a decade of energy experience and leadership to UpCurve. He most recently held reservoir engineering and unconventional asset development roles in the Lower 48 business at ConocoPhillips. In addition to executing a fast-paced development program in the Eagle Ford, Denis also conceived and spearheaded ConocoPhillips’ highly successful refracturing pilot program. He holds four patents related to enhanced oil recovery and production optimization and had published intensively in international energy and oil and gas journals.
Denis previously worked for Anglo American, Plc in Johannesburg, South Africa where he developed processes to optimize production from coal mines while minimizing the environmental footprint.
Denis received a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He also has a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and a Masters in Physics from the University of Douala in Cameroon.
EVP and Chief Operating Officer
Zach most recently worked as a Senior Reservoir Engineer in ConocoPhillips’ Eagle Ford Development organization, where he was responsible for the planning, infill development, performance and technical evaluation of approximately 15,000 acres. Prior to that, he spent several years at ConocoPhillips in various strategy, economics and executive support positions, between both Houston and Aberdeen. Before joining ConocoPhillips, Zach worked as an Associate at the NY-based private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg and as an Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division, where he focused primarily on energy industry M&A and financings. Zach received an MBA with honors from the Wharton School and a Certificate in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M. He graduated cum laude from Duke University with a BA in Economics and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
EVP and Chief Financial Officer
Brett has spent the last seven years in roles of increasing responsibility within the corporate finance departments of ConocoPhillips, mainly Corporate Treasury and the Controllers organizations. His primary responsibility during assignments in Houston and London was debt capital markets, closing in excess of $10 Billion of corporate and project finance debt facilities. Other areas of focus included cash management and banking, performance analysis, internal controls, and financial statement preparation for statutory reporting requirements. Before joining ConocoPhillips, he began his career in investment banking in New York. Brett received an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He graduated cum laude from New York University with a BS in Finance and Accounting.