Gastar appoints new chairman of the board

Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE MKT: GST) has appointed Jerry R. Schuyler, a current independent director of Gastar, as chairman of Gastar's board of directors, replacing John M. Selser Sr. who has resigned from Gastar's board of directors to devote more time to other business interests.

Schuyler joined Gastar as a director in August 2014 and also serves as a member of Gastar's Compensation and Reserves Review committees. He previously served as a director and as COO of Laredo Petroleum Inc., where he was promoted to president, serving in those capacities until July 2013 when he announced his retirement. During Schuyler's tenure at Laredo, he was instrumental in helping the company grow from a private-equity-financed startup company into a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE. Schuyler also previously served as a director for Rosetta Resources Inc. until its acquisition by Noble Energy  Inc. earlier this year.

Schuyler has a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, and attended several graduate business courses in the executive program at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

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