Kenneth L. Stewart
Mr. Stewart was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Board’s Strategic Planning and Compensation Committee, the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Committee, and the Executive Committee.
Mr. Stewart was most recently employed as Executive Vice President, Compliance and Legal Affairs, for Children’s Health System of Texas, a position that he began on January 1, 2019 and from which he retired on January 2, 2021. During the time of his employment, Children’s Health System of Texas and its affiliates constituted one of the 10 largest pediatric hospital systems in the United States. Previously, effective December 31, 2018, Mr. Stewart retired from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, which constitutes the United States operations of Norton Rose Fulbright, an international legal practice, which then had over 3,700 legal professionals in over 50 cities worldwide. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Stewart was a Partner with Norton Rose Fulbright and held the position of Chair—United States.
Mr. Stewart began his legal career with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, the predecessor to Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, and previously held at differing times positions of Global Chair of the international organization, Managing Partner of the United States region and Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas office. Prior to entering into full-time management for his firm in 2012, he engaged in a domestic and international transactional legal practice, focusing principally on merger, acquisition, financing and joint venture activities for both public and privately-held entities. Mr. Stewart has extensive experience representing and advising companies and their executive officers and boards of directors engaged in oil and natural gas exploration and midstream activities. Since his retirement from Norton Rose Fulbright, Mr. Stewart has acted, and from time to time continues to act, on a limited basis as an independent contractor senior business consultant to family offices for which he provided services during his legal career.
Mr. Stewart graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Business in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas in 1981 (certificate now on non-practice status). He graduated with honors from Vanderbilt Law School in 1979 and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Stewart has been active in numerous civic and professional organizations in the Dallas area in the past, including among others, the Dallas Regional Chamber, The Center for American and International Law and the Dallas Citizens Council.
Mr. Stewart’s extensive experience representing public companies, and particularly oil and natural gas companies, along with his years of management experience, provide our Board with important legal, corporate governance and leadership insight.