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Tulsa-based WPX Energy selects Continental executive as new CEO

Rick Muncrief is leaving Continental Resources Inc. to become the new chief executive at WPX Energy. He will be replacing former CEO Ralph A. Hill, who stepped down in December.
By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer Published: May 2, 2014

WPX Energy has selected Continental Resources Inc. executive Rick Muncrief as its new CEO, the company announced Thursday morning.

Muncrief, who had been Continental’s senior vice president of operations and resource development, will assume the top post at Tulsa-based WPX on May 15. He will join the company’s board after its annual shareholder meeting a week later.

Muncrief, 55, is replacing Ralph A. Hill, who stepped down in December after 32 years with WPX and former parent Williams Cos. Inc.

Interim CEO James J. Bender will retire after helping Muncrief transition into his new job.

WPX officials praised Muncrief for his work at Continental, which saw its reserves, production and share price increase by more than four-fold during his tenure.

“Rick has an accomplished record of sizing things up and driving plans that produce exceptional results, profitable growth and lower costs,” WPX Chairman William G. Lowrie said. “He has prior experience in our growth areas, particularly the Williston and San Juan basins, and is ready to hit the ground running.”

A good match

Muncrief, an Oklahoma native, is a petroleum engineer with nearly 30 years of experience. He has spent the bulk of his career in the Rocky Mountain region, where WPX is active.

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