* Board member V. Burns Hargis resigned
* Ex-Pride CEO Louis Raspino to replace Hargis
* Chesapeake shares rise 1.3 pct
March 7 Chesapeake Energy Corp said the
chairman of its audit committee has stepped down as planned
following the completion of the company's probe into the
financial dealings of outgoing Chief Executive Officer Aubrey
V. Burns Hargis, the president of Oklahoma State University,
said in June he would resign after winning fewer than
one-quarter of shareholder votes cast for his re-election to the
As audit committee head, Hargis headed the board's
investigation into McClendon's potential conflicts, so he
remained as a director until that probe was completed.
Much of the committee's attention was focused on a
controversial perk granting McClendon a stake in every well the
company drilled. The probe was completed in February and found
no "intentional" wrongdoing on the part of McClendon.
The chairman of Chesapeake's board, Archie Dunham, said
Hargis led the audit committee and the recent review with the
"utmost professionalism and integrity".
Louis Raspino, formerly the chief executive of oil and gas
service company Pride International Inc before its 2011 merger
with Ensco Plc, will replace Hargis, the company said.
Raspino will stand for re-election at the company's
shareholder meeting in June.
Chesapeake and McClendon are under investigation by the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission related to the its Founder
Well Participation Program perk for McClendon. The company also
faces a U.S. Department of Justice probe into possible
anti-trust violations for land deals the company made in
Chesapeake shares rose nearly 2 percent to $20.10 on the New
York Stock Exchange early on Thursday.