Timothy J. Cutt has been named chief executive officer and Class 1 member of the board of directors of Cobalt International Energy Inc., Houston, effective July 2. Until last March, he was president, petroleum, of BHP Billiton.
Cutt, who has worked in the oil and gas industry more than 30 years, succeeds Joseph H. Bryant, who resigned as CEO and chairman and member of the board.
Van P. Whitfield, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, was appointed interim CEO effective June 1 and a Class 2 member of the board.
Also effective June 1, William P. Utt, lead independent director, was appointed interim chairman.