Mr. J.C. Ridens has been named Senior Vice President -- Gulf Region and will head up that business unit which is Forest's largest. He will be replacing Bud Knell, who decided to take early retirement later in the year. In the interim, Mr. Knell will continue to serve as a Senior Vice President and will provide support in the transition, special projects and acquisitions. Mr. Ridens has twenty-five years of drilling, production and reservoir experience in numerous North American basins. He has held previous engineering and managerial positions in the industry, most recently with Apache Corporation and as Vice President of Operations and Exploitation for Cordillera Energy Partners. Mr. Ridens has a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Mr. R. Scot Woodall has been promoted to Vice President -- Western Region and will head that business unit which is Forest's second largest. Mr. Woodall joined Forest in October 2000 as Drilling and Production Manager -- Western Region and in his most recent capacity served as Production and Engineering Manager in that business unit. Mr. Woodall holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University and has twenty years of industry experience in engineering and operations management.
Mr. Matthew A. Wurtzbacher was recently named Senior Vice President -- Corporate Planning and Development. Mr. Wurtzbacher joined Forest in 1998. His responsibilities will include corporate reserve engineering, acquisitions and divestitures and worldwide exploration management. Mr. Wurtzbacher has held a variety of petroleum engineering and business development positions in the industry, most recently at Schlumberger and Apache Corporation. Mr. Wurtzbacher graduated from Marietta College with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and from Syracuse University with a MBA in Management and is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado and Alberta.
Mr. Cecil N. Colwell has been named Vice President -- Worldwide Drilling. His new responsibilities will encompass the worldwide drilling operations of Forest. Mr. Colwell previously served as Vice President -- Drilling for the Gulf Coast Region. Mr. Colwell graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Louisiana.
All of these positions will report to H. Craig Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Clark stated, "The leadership abilities possessed by these individuals will provide needed strength to Forest. These organizational changes are part of the ongoing restructuring that began in 2003 to execute our 4-point game plan. I also want to thank Bud Knell for his service and dedication to Forest Oil. He has been a great asset and will be missed."
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