Strong leadership is core to KLX Energy Services' mission to become the industry's best-prepared oilfield service company. To make sure we're ready to help operators get ahead, we all have to understand the issues at hand—and how they impact our customers' operational and business dynamic. That's why our leadership team is composed of seasoned energy industry veterans who know the business from finance to the front lines.
Christopher J. Baker became the President and Chief Executive Officer of KLX Energy Services upon completion of the merger with QES in July 2020. Previously, Mr. Baker served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of QES from August 2019 through July 2020. Mr. Baker previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of QES from its formation in 2017 until August 2019 and has served in the same role at QES LP since November 2014. Mr. Baker previously served as Managing Director-Oilfield Services of the Quintana private equity funds, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing oilfield service investments, as well as overseeing the growth of and managing and monitoring the activities of Quintana’s oilfield service portfolio companies beginning in 2008. Prior to joining Quintana, Mr. Baker served as an Associate with Citigroup Global Markets Inc.’s (“Citi”) Corporate and Investment Bank where he conducted corporate finance and valuation activities focused on structuring non-investment grade debt transactions in the energy sector. Prior to his time at Citi, Mr. Baker was Vice President of Operations for Theta II Enterprises, Inc. where he focused on project management of complex subsea and inland marine pipeline construction projects. Mr. Baker attended Louisiana State University, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and Rice University, where he earned an M.B.A
Keefer M. Lehner became the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of KLX Energy Services upon completion of the merger with QES in July 2020. Previously, Mr. Lehner served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of QES since its formation in 2017 through July 2020. Mr. Lehner has served in that same role at Quintana Energy Services LP since January 2017 and previously served as Quintana Energy Services LP’s Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development of Quintana Energy Services LP’s general partner since November 2014. Mr. Lehner previously served in various positions at the Quintana private equity funds, including Vice President, from 2010 to 2014, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing investments, as well as managing and monitoring the activities of Quintana’s portfolio companies. During his tenure at Quintana, Mr. Lehner monitored and advised the growth of the predecessors to QES. Prior to joining Quintana in 2010, Mr. Lehner worked in the investment banking division of Simmons & Company International, where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and capital raises for public and private clients engaged in all facets of the energy industry. Mr. Lehner attended Villanova University, where he earned a B.S.B.A. in Finance.
Max L. Bouthillette became the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of KLX Energy Services upon completion of the merger with QES in July 2020. Previously, Mr. Bouthillette served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of QES since its formation in 2017 through July 2020. Mr. Bouthillette has served on QES LP’s board of directors since April 2016. Prior to joining QES, Mr. Bouthillette was with Archer Limited, one of the QES Principal Stockholders, where he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 2010 to 2017 and additionally as President of Archer’s operations in South and North America since 2016. Mr. Bouthillette has more than 24 years of legal experience for oilfield services companies, and previously served as Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel for BJ Services from 2006 to 2010, as a partner with Baker Hostetler LLP from 2004 to 2006 and with Schlumberger in North America (Litigation Counsel), Asia (OFS Counsel) and Europe (General Counsel Products) from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Bouthillette holds a B.B.A in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center.
Douglas Barnette has served as Vice President of HSE for KLX Energy Services since February 2016, he has over two decades of HSE experience. Responsible for overseeing all phases of the company's HSE program, Mr. Barnette has held HSE leadership roles at Weatherford International and Bayou Well Services. With over two decades of oil and gas service industry knowledge and experience, Mr. Barnette brings a dedicated commitment to the health and safety of every KLX employee. His guidance and oversight enables KLX to protect the environment while minimizing risk to the company through the utilization of a comprehensive Health, Safety and Environmental management system and applying industry best practices to the company’s day to day operations.