Chesapeake Energy Corp. has appointed James R. Webb as senior vice president – legal and general counsel. Webb joins Chesapeake on a full-time basis after serving the past four months on a contract basis as chief legal counsel. For the past 17 years, Webb has practiced law at McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, and has served as a partner for the past 12 years. Prior to that, he worked at the law firm of Gorsuch Kirgis in Denver. Webb graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and a Juris Doctorate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Henry J. Hood, Chesapeake’s senior vice president – land and legal since 1997, will transfer his responsibilities for Chesapeake’s legal department to Webb while retaining responsibility for the management of the company’s land and regulatory departments.