Northern Oil and Gas Inc. promoted Mike Kelly, currently executive vice president of finance, to serve as chief strategy officer, the company said in a Feb. 17 release.

Kelly has served as Northern’s executive vice president of finance since January 2020. He joined the company from Seaport Global Securities, where he was a partner and head of E&P research.

Additionally on Feb. 17, Northern announced the promotion of Jim Evans to executive vice president and chief engineer. Evans currently serves as senior vice president of engineering.

“Both Mike and Jim have worked tirelessly to continue to grow our enterprise,” commented Nick O’Grady, CEO of Northern Oil and Gas, in a statement. “As we continue to build and scale Northern into a national franchise, these promotions are well deserved as recognition of their stellar efforts and growing roles within the organization.”

Based in Minnetonka, Minn., Northern invests in nonoperated minority working and mineral interests in oil and gas properties with assets in the Williston and Permian basins. The company recently announced the acquisition of Marcellus Shale assets in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $250 million furthering its goal of becoming a “national nonoperated franchise.”

While with Seaport Global, Kelly had covered over 30 companies in the exploration and production sector since 2011. Prior to this, he had spent over five years working as an energy analyst for Kennedy Capital Management in St. Louis.

Evans joined Northern in 2013. He has served as senior vice president of engineering since January 2020, prior to which he had served as vice president of engineering and in other roles.

Prior to Northern, Evans worked for Fidelity Exploration. He began his career as a reservoir engineer with Cabot Oil & Gas and also worked for Cornerstone Natural Resources between 2009 and 2012.