Brian Steck serves as an Independent Director for Civitas Resources, Inc. and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Steck served as a Partner, Senior Analyst at Mangrove Partners where he worked from 2011 through August 2020. Through early 2011, Mr. Steck managed The Laurel Capital Group, LLC, the general partner of a hedge fund he founded in 2009. From 2006 until 2008, Mr. Steck was Head of US Equities at Tisbury Capital where he built and managed a team focused on event- and fundamentally-driven investment opportunities. From 2000 until 2005, Mr. Steck was a partner at K Capital where he focused on European and U.S. opportunities that included special situations, merger arbitrage, deep value and shareholder activism. Prior to K Capital, Mr. Steck spent 10 years at UBS and its predecessors Swiss Bank Corporation and O’Connor & Associates, where he focused on equity derivative trading and risk management, built equity derivative and event-driven client businesses and was Global Co-Head of Equity Hedge Fund Coverage. Mr. Steck is currently a member of the board of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and previously served on the boards of Penn Virginia Corporation and California Resources Corporation. Mr. Steck received a Bachelor of Science, with highest honors, from University of Illinois at Urban Champaign.