Four more top executives at Chesapeake Energy have left the Oklahoma City-based company, new CEO Doug Lawler said told employees in an email Monday.The Daily Oklahoman, which reported the news, said the departures include Chief Operating Officer Steve Dixon, who served as interim CEO after the April resignation of co-founder Aubrey McClendon. Lawler, previously with Anadarko Petroleum, was named CEO in June.Also leaving are Jeff Fisher, executive vice president of production, Steve Miller, senior vice president of drilling, and Martha Burger, senior vice president of human and corporate resources. The moves are effective immediately.In an interview with the newspaper, Lawler said the management shakeup is part of an ongoing reorganization. In May, two other Chesapeake senior vice presidents, Tom Price and Henry Hood, left the company, with Price saying he planned to work with McClendon. And in June, Julie Wilson, Chesapeake’s top officer in the Barnett Shale, announced her departure.Lawler praised the four departing executives’ contributions and told the newspaper more changes are possible. “We continue to evaluate all parts of the business,” he said.
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