EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT) today announced the appointment of Gary E. Gould as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective upon the commencement of his employment with EQT in April 2019.
Mr. Gould has more than three decades of relevant industry experience, including direct experience in the Marcellus basin. He most recently served as senior vice president, production and resource development at Continental Resources, Inc. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Kinder Morgan, Inc., ConocoPhillips, Burlington Resources, Inc. and Exxon Corporation.
As evidenced by our strong fourth quarter performance, we are focused on enhancing operations, increasing efficiency and driving accelerated free cash flow growth, said Rob McNally, EQTs president and chief executive officer. We have already implemented cost saving actions that reduced annual cash costs by approximately $150 million and we wont stop there. With the support and oversight of Gary and our Operating and Capital Efficiency Committee, we expect to realize additional savings over the next five years through the successful execution of the ˜Target 10% Initiative.
Mr. McNally continued, Gary has extensive operating experience in unconventional oil and gas, including work in the Marcellus, and a proven track record of driving operational efficiency and lowering costs to achieve superior results. We are confident that Gary will make invaluable contributions to our success as we transition to manufacturing mode, position EQT as a leading low-cost production company and create both near-and long-term value for our shareholders. This appointment is another example of our commitment to deliver on our plan to generate significant, sustainable free cash flow for EQT shareholders.
EQT is one of the premier natural gas producers in North America, with a strong financial position, dedicated leadership, and a world class asset base, said Mr. Gould. I am excited to join EQTs senior management team and work collaboratively alongside them and our exceptional EQT employees to continue to execute on the strategic plan, enhance operating efficiencies, and drive shareholder value.”
About Gary Gould
Mr. Gould has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including over 20 years working in many of the largest unconventional resource plays in the United States, such as the Marcellus, Barnett, Fayetteville, Bakken, SCOOP and STACK. Since 2015, Mr. Gould served as senior vice president, production and resource development, of Continental Resources, Inc., where under his leadership Continental has become a best-in-class operator in the Bakken, SCOOP and STACK plays. Early in his career, Mr. Gould led Burlington Resources Cedar Hills team, operating the first field in the United States developed exclusively with horizontal wells. While at Chesapeake, Mr. Gould led their Marcellus operations in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Gould holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas.
About EQT Corporation
EQT Corporation is a natural gas production company with emphasis in the Appalachian Basin and operations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. With 130 years of experience and a long-standing history of good corporate citizenship, EQT is the largest producer of natural gas in the United States. As a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology, EQT is committed to minimizing the impact of drilling-related activities and reducing its overall environmental footprint. Through safe and responsible operations, EQT is helping to meet our nations demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and support for activities that enrich the communities where its employees live and work. Visit EQT Corporation at www.EQT.com; and to learn more about EQTs sustainability efforts, please visit https://csr.eqt.com.
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