Brand-new executive team at Hi-Crush

By |  December 3, 2020

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The board of directors at Hi-Crush, the proppant and logistics services provider for hydraulic fracturing operations, appointed a new executive team.

Dirk Hallen was named CEO, Stephen White was appointed COO and William Barker was named general counsel and chief commercial officer. All appointments were effective Nov. 30, Hi-Crush says.

“We are excited for the energy and fresh perspective this group will bring to Hi-Crush,” says Colin Leonard, chairman of the board at Hi-Crush. “Along with the rest of the board, I look forward to working closely with Dirk and the new team to continue building a market leader in the frac sand and logistics sectors.”

Hallen was previously co-founder and CEO of Pronghorn Logistics, which Hi-Crush acquired in 2019. Prior to Pronghorn, he was the director of corporate development at Rockpile Energy Services and worked as a management consultant at Booz & Company, with a focus on the oil and gas industry. Hallen will also serve on the board at Hi-Crush.

White, meanwhile, co-founded Pronghorn with Hallen and served as Pronghorn’s COO. After Hi-Crush’s acquisition of Pronghorn, he served as vice president of logistics and field services at Hi-Crush. Prior to Pronghorn, White was director of business operations at Rockpile.

Barker most recently was associate general counsel at Insperity. He previously served in various roles during his prior five years at Hi-Crush, including as associate general counsel, vice president of midstream operations, and principal strategy officer.

“I am grateful to the board for giving me the opportunity to lead such a talented and dedicated group of people,” Hallen says. “Along with Stephen, William and the rest of the company’s leadership, I look forward to the journey ahead at Hi-Crush as we focus on building on its long history of efficient frac sand production, excellent customer service, and technological innovation.”

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