Chesapeake Energy Names Mike Wichterich Interim CEO as Doug Lawler Steps Down

Doug Lawler stepped in at Chesapeake Energy in 2013 following the departure of the company’s then CEO, Aubrey K. McClendon, who co-founded the Oklahoma City-based company and built it into a shale gas giant.

Chesapeake Energy Names Mike Wichterich Interim CEO as Doug Lawler Steps Down

While at the helm of Chesapeake Energy, Doug Lawler resolved to rebuild the U.S. shale producer and clean up its balance sheet, including through a slew of asset sales.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. on April 27 announced the departure of its CEO, Doug Lawler, and tapped Mike Wichterich to lead the company in the interim.

Lawler had served as president, CEO and as a director on the Chesapeake board since June 2013.

In a statement commenting on Lawler’s departure, Wichterich said: “On behalf of the board of directors, Chesapeake’s employees and its shareholders, I would like to thank Doug for the vision and leadership he provided for the past 8 years. He guided Chesapeake through a difficult period, repositioned Chesapeake’s portfolio of assets, and built a corporate culture which will serve as a platform for future success.”

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Emily Patsy

Emily Patsy is the senior managing editor for Hart Energy’s Digital News Group. She's responsible for the daily news flow and also manages the A&D Watch and Energy Pulse weekly newsletters.