Management Team

Tom Jorden

Thomas E. Jorden
Tom Jorden was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Cimarex in September 2011 and Chairman of the Board in August 2012.  Mr. Jorden previously served as Executive Vice President of Exploration since the formation of Cimarex in September 2002 and held that same position at Key Production Company, Inc., Cimarex’s predecessor.  He joined Key in November 1993 as Chief Geophysicist and later as Vice President of Exploration (October 1999 to September 2002).  Prior to joining Key, Mr. Jorden was with Union Pacific Resources and Superior Oil Company.  He is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines where he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geophysics.

Joseph Albi

Joseph R. Albi
Joe Albi was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cimarex and elected to its board of directors in September 2011.  He previously served as Executive Vice President of Operations since March 2005 and Senior Vice President of Corporate Engineering since September 2002.  He joined Key Production Company, Inc. in 1994 where he held positions of increasing responsibility prior to its merger with Cimarex. Prior to joining Key, Mr. Albi was with Black Dome Energy Corporation, Apache Corporation and Nicor Exploration Company. Mr. Albi is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines where he earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and a M.S. in Mineral Economics.


Stephen P. Bell
Steve Bell was named Executive Vice President of Business Development in September 2012.  Mr. Bell was appointed Senior Vice President of Business Development and Land in September 2002.  Prior to its merger with Cimarex, Mr. Bell was with Key Production Company, Inc.   He joined Key in 1994 and in September 1999 was appointed Senior Vice President of Business Development and Land.  From February 1994 to September 1999 he served as Vice President of Land.

Francis B. Barron

Francis B. Barron
Francis Barron joined Cimarex as Senior Vice President – General Counsel in July 2013. From February 2004 until July 2013, Mr. Barron served in various capacities at Bill Barrett Corporation including as Executive Vice President—General Counsel and as Secretary. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Bill Barrett Corporation from November 2006 until March 2007. Prior to February 2004, Mr. Barron was a partner at the Denver, Colorado office of the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP as well as a partner at Bearman Talesnick & Clowdus Professional Corporation. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Denver, completed a general course of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and attained his J.D. from the University of Colorado.

Mark Burford

Mark Burford
Mark Burford was named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2015. He was appointed Vice President, Capital Markets and Planning in December 2010. Mr. Burford joined Cimarex in April 2005 as Director of Capital Markets. Prior to joining Cimarex he was Director of Investor Relations for Whiting Petroleum and Tom Brown. His experience also includes equity research with Petrie Parkman & Co., an investment banking firm and public accounting.

Gary Abbott

Gary R. Abbott
Gary Abbott was elected Vice President of Corporate Engineering in March 2005.  Since January 2002, Mr. Abbott served as Manager of Corporate Reservoir Engineering.  From April 1999 to January 2002 Mr. Abbott was a senior engineer with Key Production Company, Inc.

Krista Johnson

Krista L. Johnson
Krista L. Johnson was named Vice President of Human Resources, Government and External Affairs in June 2016.  She joined Cimarex as Vice President of Government & External Affairs in November 2014.  Previously she served at Shell Oil Company since 2006, her last role as Vice President, International Organizations.  Prior to joining Shell, she spent eight years with Western Gas Resources, as well as roles in private oil and gas practice, the American Petroleum Institute, and with U.S. Senator Conrad Burns.  Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and received her J.D. from The Georgetown University Law Center.

John Lambuth

John Lambuth
John Lambuth was named Vice President of Exploration for Cimarex in October 2012.  He previously served as Chief Geophysicist for Cimarex since he joined the company in 2004.  Prior to joining Cimarex, Mr. Lambuth was Onshore Exploration Manager for El Paso Energy Company.   He began his career in 1985 with Shell Oil Co., where he held various positions in exploration and research and development. Mr. Lambuth holds a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

James Shonsey

James H. Shonsey
Jim Shonsey was named Vice President in April 2006.  He was elected Chief Accounting Officer and Controller in May 2003.  From 2001 to May 2003 Mr. Shonsey was Chief Financial Officer of The Meridian Resource Corporation and from 1997 to 2001 he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Westport Resources Corporation.