Chief Executive Officer
Nicholas O'Grady has served as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2020. Since June 2018, Mr. O’Grady previously served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. He also held the title of President from September of 2019 until his promotion to CEO. Mr. O’Grady leads the Northern team in all respects of the business, including investments, financial management and business strategy. Mr. O’Grady has helped facilitate over $900 million in acquisitions and $1.7 billion in gross financings during his tenure at Northern. Mr. O'Grady has nearly two decades of finance experience, both as an investment banker and as a principal investor. Mr. O'Grady began his career in the Natural Resources investment banking group at Bank of America. Later moving to the hedge fund industry, he worked at firms such as Highbridge Capital Management. Immediately prior to Northern, Mr. O’Grady worked at Hudson Bay Capital Management, where he focused on energy-related equities, public credit, private and direct investments. Mr. O'Grady holds a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Economics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Mr. Romslo oversees all legal, regulatory and SEC related matters as Chief Legal Officer, and facilitates all Board functions as Secretary. He joined Northern as our General Counsel and Secretary in October 2011 and added the Executive Vice President title in January 2013, before being promoted to Chief Legal Officer in January 2020. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Romslo practiced law in the Minneapolis office of our outside counsel, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (formerly Faegre & Benson LLP), from 2005 until 2011, where he was a member of the Corporate group. Prior to joining Faegre, Mr. Romslo practiced law in the New York City office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Mr. Romslo holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and a law degree from the New York University School of Law.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Allen leads all accounting, financial and public company related functions as our Chief Financial Officer. Previously he served as Chief Accounting Officer since August 2016, prior to which he served as the Company's Corporate Controller since joining Northern in August 2013. Mr. Allen served as the Company's Interim Chief Financial Officer from January-May 2018. Prior to Northern, Mr. Allen was in the audit practice with Grant Thornton LLP from 2010 to 2013, and in the audit practice at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Dirlam leads the M&A and capital allocation efforts in his current role as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Dirlam previously served as Executive Vice President - Land & Operations since May 2018, prior to which he served as the Company's Senior Vice President of Land & Operations since 2013 and other various roles with the Company since 2009. Prior to Northern, Mr. Dirlam served in various finance and accounting roles for Honeywell International. Mr. Dirlam holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Saint Thomas and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management.
Executive Vice President of Finance
Mr. Kelly plays an integral role in Northern’s investment and acquisition process, financial planning and investor strategy as EVP of Finance. Mr. Kelly joined Northern from Seaport Global Securities, where he was a Partner and Head of E&P Research covering over 30 companies in the exploration and production sector since 2011. Prior to this he spent over five years working as an energy analyst for Kennedy Capital Management in St. Louis. Mr. Kelly earned his MBA at Washington University’s Olin School of Business and his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. Mr. Kelly is a CFA charterholder.
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Evans oversees all aspects of Northern’s engineering process, including the valuation of properties, reserves and production forecasting. Mr. Evans was named Senior Vice President of Engineering in January 2020. Mr. Evans previously served as Vice President of Engineering since June 2018, prior to which he served as the Company’s Reservoir Engineering Manager since 2015. Mr. Evans began his career as a Reservoir Engineer with Cabot Oil & Gas. Between 2009 and 2012 he worked for Cornerstone Natural Resources. More recently Mr. Evans worked for Fidelity Exploration. Mr. Evans holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech and has over 14 years of oil and gas experience.