Kenneth Knott Senior Vice President – Business Development And Land

Kenneth J. Knott was appointed Vice President of Business Development and Land and Assistant Secretary in August 2008 and Senior Vice President in 2014.


Mr. Knott joined St. Mary Land & Exploration Company in November 2000 as Senior Landman for the Gulf Coast Region in Lafayette, Louisiana, and later assumed the position of Gulf Coast Regional Land Manager when the office was moved to Houston in March 2004.   Throughout his career at SM Energy, he has lead multi-functional teams in acquisitions and divestures that have help transform this company into a premier operator with top tier assets.


Between 1987 and 1993, Mr. Knott was responsible for land and business development activity at ARCO in several geographic areas such as Gulf Coast, Permian, Mid-Continent, Rockies, Michigan and California. Upon ARCO’s spin-off of Vastar Resources in 1993, he joined Vastar as a Senior Landman working the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico regional assets until 1999, at which time he assumed the role of Director of Business Development for the Gulf Coast Region. He remained in that capacity until the merger of Vastar Resources and BP Amoco in September 2000, whereby he assumed a Senior Landman position working the Gulf Coast Region.


Mr. Knott has over 32 years of experience in the energy industry holding various land and business development positions with ARCO, Vastar Resources, BP Amoco and SM Energy.  He is a two-time graduate from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Petroleum Technology and Petroleum Land Management.