Aethon Energy Expands Executive Leadership Team

Appoints Lola Oyewole as Chief Human Resources Officer and Aaron Wimberly as Chief Health, Safety and Environmental Officer; Clayton McGratty Promoted to Chief Administrative Officer

February 1, 2023

Aethon Energy Operating LLC (“Aethon”) announced the appointment of Lola Oyewole as Chief Human Resources Officer, and Aaron Wimberly as Chief Health, Safety and Environmental Officer, effective immediately. Clayton McGratty was also promoted to Chief Administrative Officer from his previous role as Chief Communications Officer.

“I am pleased to welcome Lola and Aaron to the Aethon team, who exemplify the very best in their areas of expertise, and to recognize Clayton for his significant contributions since joining Aethon in 2021,” said Albert Huddleston, Chief Executive Officer and Partner at Aethon. “Our success is the product of an outstanding team, and I look forward to working with them in creating excellent business outcomes and social uplift through environmentally responsible energy development.”

“It is an important time to be investing responsibly in natural gas and energy more broadly, and welcoming Lola, Aaron and Clayton in their new roles will enhance and increase the scale of our business as a forward-thinking investor and operator,” said Gordon Huddleston, President and Partner at Aethon. “As we continue to grow our platform and expand our leading footprint in the Haynesville Shale, we will benefit from the perspective, vision and results-oriented approach of our enhanced executive team.”

About Lola Oyewole

Ms. Oyewole has 20 years of experience in talent management, most recently serving as Vice President, Human Resources and Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Ocwen Financial Corporation. Prior to Ocwen, Ms. Oyewole served as Senior Director, Human Resources of Apollo Education Group, and held several HR leadership roles at GE Capital. She holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University.

About Aaron Wimberly

Mr. Wimberly has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry across refinery and pipeline operations, management, and business development. Prior to joining Aethon, he served as Vice President and Department Head of the EHS Resources Group at EnLink Midstream, and previously held health, safety and environmental roles at Earth Consulting Group, Shaw Environmental, and Professional Technical Support Services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Environmental Management Systems, with a concentration in Resource Conservation, from Louisiana State University Baton Rouge.

About Clayton McGratty

Mr. McGratty joined Aethon in August 2021 as Chief Communications Officer. Prior to Aethon, he was Vice President, Communications at Standard Industries, and previously was Director and Head of Corporate & U.S. Communications at Tradeweb Markets. Earlier in his career, he represented a range of financial services, energy and economic development clients in previous roles at Makovksy, Intermarket Communications and MWW Group. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Richmond.

About Aethon Energy

Aethon Energy is a private investment firm focused on acquiring, operating, and developing onshore energy assets across North America. Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Aethon has a 30-plus year track record of generating attractive returns for investors over multiple commodity price cycles. Aethon’s vertically integrated strategy and large-scale development provide capital efficient growth, combined with disciplined risk management to support cash flow assurance. Today, Aethon is a leading, low-emission operator and the second largest private natural gas producer in the U.S. Please visit for more information.


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