New Top Management at Utica Driller Gulfport Energy

At the end of January Gulfport Energy announced, rather suddenly, that it’s CEO James Palm would retire in two weeks time (see Gulfport’s James Palm to Retire in 2 Weeks, Search on for New CEO). Gulfport is an important player in the Utica Shale, drilling some of the most prolific producing wells in the play, so when top management experiences a shake-up, it’s unsettling.

The search is over and Gulfport has a new CEO, a new COO, and a new member for the board. Interim CEO (and formerly the CFO) Michael Moore, a numbers guy, has been promoted to the top spot as CEO. Ross Kirtley, formerly COO for Ohio operations, is now COO for the entire company. Finally, both Mr. Moore and Michael Reddin, CEO of Davis Petroleum, have joined the board of directors. Here’s yesterday’s Gulfport announcement…

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