Michael C. Linn, President & CEO of MCL Ventures LLC is the former Chairman, CEO and President of LINN Energy, LLC (Nasdaq: LINE), which he founded in 2003. The Company became the first publicly traded E&P, LLC in 2006. The Company’s core areas of operation are the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Permian Basin, Los Angeles Basin, Michigan and Rocky Mountains and now has an enterprise value of over 14 billion dollars. In addition to serving on LINN’s board, he also serves on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Risk Committee for Nabors Industries, Ltd, Board of Directors for Black Stone Minerals, is a Senior Advisor for Quantum Energy Partners, LLC, Non-Executive Director of Centrica plc and a Board of Directors for Western Refining Logistics GP, LLC.
Mr. Linn currently serves on: National Petroleum Council; Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) – Past Chairman – and Board Member; he was named the 2011 IPAA Chief Roughneck of the Year, and is a member of the All American Wildcatter’s. Mr Linn also received The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in 2013. He previously served on the following: C. T. Bauer School of Business of the University of Houston – Advisor Board – Chancellor’s Energy Advisory Board – and Lecturer; Natural Gas Supply Association – Director; National Gas Council – Chairman and Director; Independent Oil and Gas Associations of New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – Chairman and President of each, and is a past Texas Representative for the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission..
Mr. Linn has regularly represented the oil and natural gas industry before state and federal agencies, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate as well as the media appearing on CNBC. He has also published numerous articles in oil and natural gas trade publications and newspapers.
His civic affiliations include serving on the following: Texas Children’s Hospital – Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Chairman of Compensation Committee and member of the Finance Committee; MD Anderson - Board of Visitors – and Development Committee; Houston Methodist Hospital – Senior Cabinet of the President’s Leadership Council; Houston Children’s Charity – Advisory Board; Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Board of Trustees, Long-Range Planning Committee, Finance Committee and American Painting and Sculpture Subcommittee; Houston Police Foundation – Board of Directors; Villanova University - Founding Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University – Member of the Council of Overseers.
Mr. Linn was President of Allegheny Interests, Inc., a private oil and natural gas investment company, from 2000 to 2003. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Exploration Corporation, a private oil and natural gas company with operations in both the Appalachian and Permian Basins, until its sale in 1999.
Mr. Linn graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 1974 with a BA in Political Science. Subsequent to completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Linn entered the University of Baltimore School of Law and graduated cum laude in 1977. Following graduation, he practiced law for the law firm of Ecker, Ecker, Zofer and Rome until 1980, when he joined Meridian Exploration as General Counsel.
Current club memberships are Coronado, Shadow Hawk, Forest and River Oaks all of Houston, TX, Duquesne of Pittsburgh, PA, Cosmos of Washington, D.C., Birnam Woods of Montecito, CA, Floridian in Palm City, FL, Harry’s Bar and Mark’s Club in London, UK and the London Golf Club in Kent, U.K.