McCown retires as COO of Gastar Exploration

Michael McCown, senior vice president and COO of Gastar Exploration Inc. (NYSE MKT: GST), has retired, effective today. 

McCown began his tenure with Gastar in December 2009 as a consultant and was hired as vice president – Northeast in July 2010. In June 2013, he was promoted to senior vice president and COO. 

During McCown’s time at Gastar, the company established a presence in the Marcellus shale play and the Utica/Point Pleasant play in West Virginia, and began operations in the Mid-Continent, initially drilling Hunton Limestone wells in Central Oklahoma and subsequently expanding drilling operations into the STACK play

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