Mark E. Ellis is President and Chief Executive Officer of LINN Energy. Mr. Ellis has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He joined LINN in December 2006 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2007, President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010 and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2011. Before joining LINN, Mr. Ellis served as President of the Lower 48 for ConocoPhillips. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, he served as Senior Vice President of North American Production for Burlington Resources. He first joined Burlington Resources in 1985 and served in roles of increasing responsibility, including President of Burlington Resources Canada Ltd., Vice President and Chief Engineer, Vice President of the San Juan Division and Manager of Acquisitions. He began his career at The Superior Oil Company, where he served in several engineering positions in the onshore and offshore divisions. Mr. Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. He serves on the boards of PDC Energy, Inc., the Independent Petroleum Association of America, American Exploration & Production Council and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Mr. Ellis is a past board member of the National Petroleum Council, New Mexico Oil & Gas Association and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.