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Range Resources CEO Ventura to take over chairman post

| Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Range Resources Corp. CEO Jeff Ventura fields questions before the Tribune-Review's editorial board on Pittsburgh's North Shore Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
Philip G. Pavely | Trib Total Media
Range Resources Corp. CEO Jeff Ventura fields questions before the Tribune-Review's editorial board on Pittsburgh's North Shore Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

The board of directors at Range Resources Corp. has named CEO Jeff Ventura its chairman, replacing John Pinkerton, the Fort Worth-based natural gas company's former CEO.

Ventura, 56, a Penn Hills native, has led Pennsylvania's most prolific shale well driller since 2012, when he replaced Pinkerton. Ventura, a Penn State University graduate, joined Range in 2003 and will become chairman Jan. 1, the company said Monday.

“Jeff's strong technical and business skills, coupled with his commitment and integrity, make him an excellent choice to become Range's next chairman,” Pinkerton, who will remain on the board, said in a release.

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