Chesapeake Energy Corporation today announced the appointment of Merrill A. Miller, Jr. to the Chesapeake Board of Directors until the June 8, 2007 annual meeting of shareholders, after which he will stand for re-election by Chesapeake’s shareholders for a term expiring in 2010. Mr. Miller, age 56, is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Houston-based National Oilwell Varco, Inc., a leading supplier of oilfield services, equipment and components to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. Miller joined NOV in February 1996 as Vice President of Marketing, Drilling Systems and was promoted in April 1997 to President of the Company’s Products and Technology Group. In November 2000, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer, in May 2001 was elected President and Chief Executive Officer, and in May 2002 was elected Chairman of the Board.
Miller has broad industry experience, having served as President of Anadarko Drilling Company from 1995 to 1996, a company that Chesapeake helped form and that was acquired by Nabors Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:NBR) in 1997. Prior to his service at Anadarko, Miller spent 15 years at Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company (NYSE:HP) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving in various senior management positions, including Vice President, U.S. Operations.
Mr. Miller graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York in 1972 with a degree in Applied Science and Engineering. Upon graduation, Mr. Miller served five years in the U.S. Army and then earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980. Mr. Miller serves on the Board of Directors for the Offshore Energy Center, Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association, Spindletop International and is a member of the National Petroleum Council.
Mr. Miller’s appointment increases the size of Chesapeake’s Board to eight members. Management is represented by Aubrey K. McClendon, the company’s co-founder and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Chesapeake’s other Board members are Richard K. Davidson of Omaha, Nebraska; Frank Keating of Washington, D.C.; Breene M. Kerr of Easton, Maryland; Charles T. Maxwell of Bronxville, New York; Don Nickles of Washington, D.C.; and Frederick B. Whittemore of New York City.