Co-founder Larry Nichols to retire from Devon Energy in Oklahoma City

Devon Energy Corp. co-founder Larry Nichols will retire as a company employee at the end of the year. He will remain on Devon's board as executive chairman.
by Jay F. Marks Published: December 12, 2012

Larry Nichols is nearing his last day as an employee of the company he co-founded with his father more than 40 years ago.

Nichols, 70, will retire as a Devon Energy Corp. employee, effective Dec. 31, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. He will remain on the company's board as executive chairman.

“This is really the next step in the succession process that Larry Nichols laid out in 2010 when John Richels became CEO,” Devon spokesman Chip Minty said.

Nichols informed the company's board of his pending retirement Friday.

Minty said the change will not affect Nichols' role and responsibilities at Devon.

Nichols made way for Richels in June 2010 after serving as Devon's CEO since 1980.

Nichols retained his position on the company's board in the newly created position of executive chairman.

Nichols likely will face a pay cut as he leaves Devon's payroll.

He earned about $3.5 million in salary and bonuses in 2011, according to the company's proxy statement.

Board members earned about $340,000 last year, although Nichols probably will earn more as the company's executive chairman.


by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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