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Gulfport Energy expands management team overseeing Ohio

By Bob Downing Published: December 10, 2013

From Gulfport Energy:

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) today announced an expansion to its management team.

Expansion to Management Team

In September 2013, the company appointed J. Ross Kirtley as Chief Operating Officer for its Ohio activities. Prior to joining Gulfport, Mr. Kirtley was previously with Sandridge Energy, Inc. ("Sandridge"), serving as Vice President of Services for Sandridge and President of Lariat Services, Inc., Hondo Heavy Haul, Inc, and Chapparal Supply LLC, wholly owned subsidiaries of Sandridge. In addition, prior to joining Sandridge, Mr. Kirtley served as Business Manager for NOMAC Drilling, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation ("Chesapeake"). Mr. Kirtley graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1977.

In November 2013, the company appointed Robert A. Jones as Vice President of Drilling for its Ohio activities. Prior to joining Gulfport, Mr. Jones was previously with Chesapeake, serving most recently as Drilling Engineering Manager for the Haynesville, Barnett and Eagle Ford. Prior to this role, during his time at Chesapeake, Mr. Jones served in roles of District Manager for the Permian Basin and Senior Drilling Engineer for operations across Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Mr. Jones graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1985.

In November 2013, the company appointed Mark R. Malone as Vice President of Operations for its Ohio activities. Prior to joining Gulfport, Mr. Malone was previously with Sierra Engineering, serving as Engineering Manager. In addition, prior to joining Sierra Engineering, Mr. Malone served as Senior Asset Manager for the Marcellus Shale at Chesapeake. Mr. Malone graduated from Texas Tech University in 1987.

In December 2013, the company appointed Ty Peck as Managing Director of Midstream Operations. Prior to joining Gulfport, Mr. Peck was previously with Access Midstream Partners ("Access"), serving most recently as the Director of Commercial Services. In addition, prior to joining Access, Mr. Peck served as Producer Services Manager at Enogex LLC. Mr. Peck graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2000 and holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

James Palm, Gulfport's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The Utica Shale provides a huge opportunity for our company and these new team members will augment our ability to capitalize and execute our plans. These individuals will make significant contributions to the growth and success of the company."

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