John Richels Chairman
John Richels has held the position of president of Devon since January 2004 and also became chief executive officer in June 2010. Prior to 2004, he served as senior vice president of Devon and president and chief executive officer of Devon’s Canadian subsidiary. He has been a member of the board of directors of the company since 2007.
Richels joined Devon in 1998 through Devon’s acquisition of Northstar Energy Corporation, where he held the office of executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining Northstar, John was managing partner, chief operating partner and a member of the executive committee of the Canadian-based national law firm, Bennett Jones. He joined Bennett Jones in 1978 practicing in the mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate law areas, primarily in the oil and gas sector. During his legal career, John also served, on loan from Bennett Jones, as an officer of the XV Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee in Calgary.
John is a graduate of York University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. He also holds a law degree from the University of Windsor. John has served on the boards of directors of a number of publicly traded companies and currently serves on the board of directors of BOK Financial Corporation. He is past chairman of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and past president of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. He is a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of trustees of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma City University and SSM Health Care of Oklahoma. John also serves as a director and is a member of the executive committee of the American Exploration and Production Council and the Independent Petroleum Association of America and is a member of the University of Oklahoma’s International Programs Center’s Board of Visitors.
Richels received the Canadian General Counsel Business Achievement Award in 2007. John was named The Journal Record’s 2011 Oklahoma Most Admired CEO and has been inducted into the Oklahoma City University Hall of Honor.
V. Bruce Thompson President
Bruce Thompson is President of the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC) whose membership is composed of 32 of America’s premier independent natural gas and oil exploration and production companies. Bruce joined AXPC after serving as founder and principal of CapeDC Advisors, LLC, a private lobbying and business advisory firm with clients operating primarily in the energy, water management, environmental, health and defense sectors.
Prior to founding CapeDC Advisors, Bruce served in senior management as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of two NYSE-listed independent exploration and production companies, Forest Oil Corporation and SandRidge Energy, Inc. He has testified before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on issues relating to natural gas supply and pricing. He also has extensive international transactional and government affairs experience, having represented clients in dealing with various national and provincial governments in South Africa as well as in transactions in the UK, Italy and Canada.
Bruce has been a Senior Counsel for the firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in the firm’s Washington, DC office. He has also served as Chief of Staff for Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) when the Senator was in the House of Representatives and was a member of the US Senate Budget Committee staff.
Bruce earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
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V. Bruce Thompson,
American Exploration & Production Council
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