OKLAHOMA CITY March 30, 2013; Chesapeake Energy Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has established a three-person Office of the Chairman while continuing its previously announced CEO search process with the assistance of Heidrick & Struggles.
The Office of the Chairman includes: Archie W. Dunham, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board; Steven C. Dixon, who has been named Acting Chief Executive Officer in addition to his continuing role as Chief Operating Officer; and Domenic J. Della-Osso Jr., Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Dixon has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2006 and has held various senior operational positions since joining Chesapeake in 1991. Mr. Della-Osso has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2010 after serving in various financial roles since 2008.
As part of Chesapeake's previously announced succession plan, the members of the Office of the Chairman have been working closely to transition oversight of strategic, operational, and financial matters as well as certain day-to-day management responsibilities from Chief Executive Officer Aubrey K. McClendon, who has previously agreed with the Board to retire on April 1, 2013.
Archie W. Dunham, Chairman of the Board, said, "Chesapeake continues to perform well and is successfully executing our strategy to increase liquids production, drive capital efficiencies across the business, and enhance financial flexibility to prudently fund growth. Steve and Nick are both playing key leadership roles as the company accelerates the realization of the substantial intrinsic value of our world-class oil and gas assets for the benefit of all Chesapeake stakeholders."
Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the second-largest producer of natural gas, a Top 11 producer of oil and natural gas liquids and the most active driller of new wells in the U.S. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company's operations are focused on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the U.S. Chesapeake owns leading positions in the Eagle Ford, Utica, Granite Wash, Cleveland, Tonkawa, Mississippi Lime and Niobrara unconventional liquids plays and in the Marcellus, Haynesville/Bossier and Barnett unconventional natural gas shale plays. The company also owns substantial marketing and oilfield services businesses through its subsidiaries Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc. and Chesapeake Oilfield Operating, L.L.C. Further information is available at www.chk.com where Chesapeake routinely posts announcements, updates, events, investor information, presentations and news releases.