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Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources names new president

Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources is bringing in oil and natural gas industry veteran Rick Bott as its new president and chief operating officer, effective June 4.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Modified: May 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm •  Published: May 14, 2012
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Continental Resources Inc. is bringing in a new president and chief operating officer to help shepherd its growth.

Industry veteran Rick Bott will step into those roles next month with the Oklahoma City-based oil company, which has been growing exponentially — thanks to its surging production.

CEO Harold Hamm said Bott's experience in finding oil is well suited to Continental.

“As we grow the company and add shareholder value, we continue to build out a world-class management team,” said CEO Harold Hamm.

Bott, who most recently had been executive director and chief operating officer of Cairn India Limited, will start as Continental's president on June 4. He also is a former Devon Energy Corp. executive, and has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry.

“We are thrilled to round out our executive team with someone of Rick Bott's caliber,” Hamm said. “He is a geologist who shares my passion for oil exploration. His extensive experience will enable Continental to deliver on key company objectives.

Cairn India nearly tripled its oil production to 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day under Bott's leadership.

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