This excerpt taken from the CHK 8-K filed Feb 28, 2006.
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF RICHARD K. DAVIDSON TO CHESAPEAKES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, FEBRUARY 22, 2006 Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) today announced the appointment of Richard K. Davidson to the Chesapeake Board of Directors to serve until the 2006 annual meeting of shareholders, when he will stand for re-election by Chesapeakes shareholders. Mr. Davidson, 64, currently serves as Chairman of Omaha, Nebraska-based Union Pacific Corporation after retiring as its Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2006.
A native of Allen, Kansas, Mr. Davidson started his career in 1960 as an 18 year old brakeman with Missouri Pacific Railroad and held various positions of increasing authority before being named Vice President of Operations in 1976. In 1982, Union Pacific merged with the Missouri Pacific and Western Pacific railroads, and in 1986, Mr. Davidson was promoted to Vice President of Operations of the combined railroads. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1989 and became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Union Pacific Railroad in 1991. He was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Union Pacific Corporation in 1997.
Mr. Davidson is a graduate of Washburn University located in Topeka, Kansas. Over the years, Mr. Davidson has received many awards and served on numerous charitable, civic and corporate boards. He is a past director of The Kroger Co., The BF Goodrich Company, CalEnergy Corporation (now MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.) and Grupo Ferroviario Mexicano. He has served as a director of Creighton University in Omaha and as a member of The Business Roundtable and The Business Council. Mr. Davidson will be inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame in April 2006 and is a
member of the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame and the Kansas Business Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 2002 and was honored as Railroader of the Year in 2003. Mr. Davidson is currently Chairman of the Board of Union Pacific Corporation, a director and trustee of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards Foundation, a member of the Board of Advisors of Thayer Capital Partners, an alternate director of the Association of American Railroads, a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, and a member of Omahas U.S. Strategic Command Consultation Committee.
With the addition of Mr. Davidson, Chesapeakes Board now has seven members. Management is represented by Aubrey K. McClendon, the companys co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Other Board members are Frank Keating of Washington, D.C.; Breene M. Kerr of Easton, Maryland; Charles T. Maxwell of Bronxville, New York; Don Nickles of Washington, D.C. and Frederick B. Whittemore of New York City.