James J. Volker serves as Chairman of the Board and has been a director of Whiting Petroleum Corporation since 2003. He joined Whiting in 1983 as Vice President of Corporate Development and served in that position through 1993. In 1993, he became a contract consultant to Whiting and served in that capacity until 2000, at which time he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Volker was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Whiting in 2002. Mr. Volker was co-founder, Vice President and later President of Energy Management Corporation from 1971 through 1982. He has over 41 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Mr. Volker has a degree in finance from the University of Denver, an MBA from the University of Colorado and has completed H. K. VanPoolen and Associates’ course of study in reservoir engineering.