May 3 Chesapeake Energy Corp said on
Friday that director Louis Simpson has resigned from the U.S.
oil and gas company's board of directors and he will be replaced
by an executive who was recommended by a top shareholder.
Chesapeake's board has undergone big changes following a
governance crisis and liquidity crunch last year. Its largest
investors Carl Icahn and Mason Hawkins at Southeastern Asset
Management effectively took control of the board last June.
Former Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon stepped down
Simpson, who has served on Chesapeake's board since 2011, is
to be replaced by Thomas Ryan, chief executive officer of
Service Corp International. Houston-based SCI is the
nation's largest operator of funeral homes.
Simpson, 76, whose term on the board expires in June, is
traveling and could not immediately be reached for comment.
Chesapeake said he was leaving to "pursue his business
Ryan, 47, who has been CEO of Service Corp since 2005, will
stand for election at the company's board meeting on June 14. He
was recommended to the board by shareholder Southeastern Asset
Management, Chesapeake said.
Simpson, who pushed for governance changes at Chesapeake, is
chairman of investment firm SQ Advisors. Previously he was CEO,
Capital Operations, of GEICO Corp, a unit of Warren Buffett's
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.