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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