Chesapeake board nears decision on chairman-director

Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s board of directors is close to a decision on who the oil and gas company's new independent chairman will be, board member Don Nickles said Tuesday.
BY REUTERS Published: June 13, 2012
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Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s board of directors is close to a decision on who the oil and gas company's new independent chairman will be, a board member said Tuesday.

“We're getting close, I hope,” Don Nickles, a member of Chesapeake's board and former U.S. senator from Oklahoma told reporters after a hearing in Washington. “We were trying to get it done before our annual meeting. We didn't quite get it done, but we were close.”

Chesapeake held its annual meeting Friday. At the meeting, shareholders rejected the re-election of board members Burns Hargis and Richard Davidson, who have since tendered their resignations.

The board has been under fire from the company's investors over its lax oversight of co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon.

In April, Reuters reported McClendon had arranged for more than $1 billion in loans, using his interest in company wells as collateral. McClendon's lender, EIG Global Energy Partners, is also a big source of financing for the company.

On May 1, the board said McClendon would be replaced as chairman by an independent, nonexecutive chairman who has few ties to the company.

Nickles declined to answer other questions about Chesapeake. In recent weeks, the directors have referred all requests for comment to a Chesapeake spokesman.

Chesapeake has said it will announce its new chairman on or before June 22.


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