May 20, 2013 / 11:27 AM / in 4 years

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Chesapeake Energy hires Anadarko executive as CEO

(Corrects to remove reference to Steven Dixon and Domenic Dell‘Osso Jr in the last paragraph)

May 20 (Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy Corp said it hired Robert Douglas Lawler of rival Anadarko Petroleum Corp as chief executive, filling the post vacated by co-founder Aubrey McClendon.

Lawler, who is senior vice president of international and deep-water operations at Anadarko Petroleum, will join Chesapeake on June 17, the company said.

McClendon’s departure on April 1 came after a tumultuous year in which a series of Reuters investigations led to civil and criminal probes of the second-largest U.S. natural gas producer. Chief Operating Officer Steven Dixon had been appointed as interim CEO.

McClendon’s exit was announced in late January, after a governance crisis and a liquidity crunch due to heavy spending on oil and gas properties.

Big shareholders took control of the board last June after McClendon was stripped of his title as chairman of the company he co-founded in 1989.

Chesapeake said on Monday the chairman position will be discontinued, and Archie Dunham will continue to serve in his role as non-executive chairman of the board. (Reporting By Thyagaraju Adinarayan and Maria Ajit Thomas in Bangalore; Editing by Edmund Klamann and Sriraj Kalluvila)

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