Chesapeake Energy Corporation Announces Executive Promotions and New Hires

Chesapeake Energy on Tuesday announced the following executive promotions and new hires.

  • Steven C. Dixon, 47, has been promoted to executive vice president of operations and chief operating officer. He had served for 11 years as senior vice president for production following four years as vice president of exploration. Before joining Chesapeake in 1991, Dixon was a self-employed geological consultant for seven years in Wichita, Kansas. He holds a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Kansas.
  • J. Mark Lester, 53, has been promoted to executive vice president of exploration. Previously, he served as senior vice president of exploration for 11 years after serving for six years as vice president of exploration. Lester joined the company in 1989 following three years as a self-employed consultant to Chesapeake's co-founders. Lester graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in engineering geology and with a master's degree in geophysics.
  • Douglas J. Jacobson, 52, has been promoted to executive vice president of acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to his recent appointment, he served as senior vice president of acquisitions and divestitures. Jacobson joined Chesapeake in 1999 after 19 years with Samson Investment Company. He is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor's in business administration from John Brown University and a master's in accounting from the University of Arkansas.
  • Henry J. Hood, 45, has been named to the additional post of general counsel in addition to retaining his current responsibilities as senior vice president of land and legal, a position he has held since 1997. Hood earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1982 and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1985.

  • Jeffrey A. Fisher, 46, has been promoted to senior vice president of production to fill Dixon's former position. Fisher had served as vice president of operations for Chesapeake's Southern Division since mid-2005 and also served for two years as operations manager. He holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University.
  • Jeffrey L. Mobley, 36, has been promoted to senior vice president of investor relations and research. Previously, he served as vice president of investor relations and research. Mobley is a CFA charterholder and holds a bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of Business.
  • Cathy L. Tompkins, 44, has been promoted to senior vice president of information Technology. She had previously served as vice president of information technology. Tompkins holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Alabama.
  • William Wade Brawley, 49, has been promoted to vice president of land administration. Previously, he was manager of land administration. Brawley holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Texas and an MBA from Oklahoma City University.
  • Marty L. Byrd, 49, has been promoted to vice president of land for Chesapeake's Eastern Division. He had previously served as the land manager for the Anadarko Basin in the company's Northern Division. Byrd holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Central Oklahoma.
  • Gary L. Egger, 53, has been promoted to vice president of reservoir engineering. He had previously served as Chesapeake's corporate reservoir engineering manager. Egger is a registered professional engineer in the State of Oklahoma and holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College.
  • John M. Kapchinske, 55, has been promoted to vice president of geoscience for Chesapeake's Southern Division. Previously, Kapchinske was geological manager for Chesapeake's Northern Division. Kapchinske holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Illinois State University and a master's degree in geology from Northern Illinois University.
  • Ronnie D. Ward, 51, has been promoted to vice president of land for Chesapeake's Northern Division. He previously served as Land Manager in the Northern Mid-Continent region of Oklahoma.
  • Henry G. "Hank" DeWitt, 53, has joined Chesapeake as vice president of geoscience for Chesapeake's Eastern Division. DeWitt holds a bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Massachusetts--Amherst and a master's degree in geology from Colorado State University.
  • Michael A. John, 48, joined the company as vice president of operations for Chesapeake's Eastern Division in November 2005 when Chesapeake closed its acquisition of Columbia Natural Resources (CNR). John holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University.
  • L. Craig Manaugh, 50, has joined the company as vice president of operations for Chesapeake's Northern Division. He holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University.
  • Scott D. Sachs, 45, has joined Chesapeake as vice president of geosciences for the Chesapeake's Northern Division. He holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in geology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Stephen M. Warnick, 50, joined the company as vice president of marketing for Chesapeake's Eastern Division in November 2005 when Chesapeake closed its acquisition of CNR. He holds a bachelor's degree in business and economics and an MBA from West Virginia University.
  • Alan D. Lavenue, 45, has been promoted to president of MidCon Compression, Chesapeake's wholly-owned gas compression subsidiary. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University.
  • Sam R. McCaskill, 64, has been promoted to president of Nomac Drilling, Chesapeake's wholly-owned drilling rig subsidiary. A career driller with more than 40 years of experience, McCaskell had previously worked as a toolpusher.
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