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Board of Directors

USA Energy LNG’s Board of Directors and Executive Management Team offer years of expertise in: ​​


  • LNG business development

  • natural gas transportation

  • processing, storage and marketing

  • marine transportation

  • pipeline and processing facility construction

  • finance, management and operations

Paul A. Bragg


An oilfield services executive with a career spanning nearly 40 years in the international contract drilling industry, both offshore and onshore. Until March 2016, Paul was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Vantage Drilling, which he co-founded in late 2006. Paul was with Pride International from 1993-2005, serving primarily as its CEO. Paul led the company’s transformation into one of the world’s largest drilling contractors, with operations in approximately 40 countries. Pride became a Fortune 1000 company under Paul’s leadership.

Wen-Yuan Lin

Board Vice Chair

40 years of public and private sector services. Wen-Yuan Lin is the current Chairman and CEO of Taiwan Styrene Monomer Corp. (1310 TT), and Chairman and CEO of Eastern Broadcasting Company. He has a successful track record that as Chairman managed two of the largest SOEs in Taiwan, including Taiwan Power Company, Taiwan's largest LNG consumer while serving as economic advisor to the ruling party leadership and overseeing Taiwan government's Go South Policy. He is the past Chairman of China Steel Corp. (2002 TT); Chairman of Overseas Investment and Development Corp; Chairman of Tatung Company (2371 TT); Director of the Taiwan State-Owned Enterprise Commission, Director of Bank of Kaohsiung Co Ltd, and Director of Taipei Water Department.  Wen-Yuan Lin presently serves on the Boards of Taiwan Styrene Monomer Corp, Eastern Broadcasting Company, TRK Corp, United Renewable Energy Co Ltd and USA Energy LNG. Wen-Yuan Lin earned his bachelor’s degree at Tamkang University and his master's degree at the University of Hawaii.

Steinar Thomassen

25 years in LNG, Industrial Shipping and International Drilling experience. Steinar served in Executive management roles with Mobil, Statoil [Equinor], Navion ASA and was a Board Member of Vantage Drilling International as Chairman of the Audit committee and Lead Director. He is an LNG Industry Consultant specializing in large scale LNG shipping projects.

Hugh R. James


40 years working both within and beyond North America. Hugh has taken organizations from startup to multi-billion-dollar enterprises including Pakistan’s largest foreign investment and Korea’s first LNG project. Experience includes development and financing of pipeline, oil & gas, power generation, production and export infrastructure. Hugh’s track record has involved complex political, regulatory, and economic environments both domestic and international. He has structured projects and restructured companies including LPG/LNG operations in Japan, Korea, North America, and Australasia. He is Managing Director of PCG Inc., an industry consulting firm providing executive, business and strategy expertise.

Christopher DeClaire
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jay Marqua
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer 
Joseph C. Yeh
Managing Director Asia, Head of Products and Marketing 
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