The board of directors at Continental Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLR) appointed Jack Stark as the president and COO, the company said Sept. 17.

Stark has been senior vice president of exploration since 1998 and joined the company in 1992, Continental added, noting that he has more than 30 years’ industry experience.

He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Houston Geological Society and Oklahoma Geological Society, Continental said.

"Jack is a great team leader whose geological contributions have been a key component of Continental's success over the past 22 years," said Harold Hamm, chairman and CEO.

"He is highly regarded as a pioneer in unlocking unconventional resources in the Rockies, the Bakken, and most recently the Scoop play in Oklahoma. He has the respect and trust of the entire Continental team. This new role will expand his operational leadership, positioning him to continue playing a critical role in leading Continental as we execute ahead of schedule on our five-year plan, and develop our deep inventory into the future," Hamm added.

Stark has a master's degree in geology from Colorado State University, Continental said.

"I am honored to serve as president and COO of Continental Resources," Stark said.

"I have the utmost respect and confidence in Continental's management team and our most important asset, our people. Our exploration and operational expertise, combined with our world-class assets, will allow us to continue to deliver exceptional results. It has been my pleasure to participate in the tremendous growth of our company over the last 22 years, and the best is yet to come," he added.

Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Inc. produces domestic oil.