Board of Directors
- John Richels
- Barbara M. Baumann
- John E. Bethancourt
- David A. Hager
- Robert H. Henry
- Michael M. Kanovsky
- John Krenicki Jr.
- Robert A. Mosbacher Jr.
- Duane C. Radtke
- Mary P. Ricciardello
John Richels, 67, joined the board of directors in 2007. The board elected him as its vice chairman 2014 and as chairman in 2016. He served as Devon’s president and CEO from 2010 until retiring in July 2015. He previously served as president and before that senior vice president of Devon, and as president and chief executive officer of Devon's Canadian subsidiary. Richels joined Devon through its 1998 acquisition of Canadian-based Northstar Energy Corp., where he was executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining Northstar, Richels was managing and chief operating partner of the Canadian-based national law firm, Bennett Jones. Richels also serves on the board of directors of the E Foundation for Oklahoma and on the board of trustees of Oklahoma City University. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from York University and a law degree from the University of Windsor.
Barbara M. Baumann, 62, joined the board of directors in January 2014. She is president and owner of Cross Creek Energy Corp., an energy advisory firm with investments in domestic oil and natural gas. Previously, Baumann served in various areas of finance and operations during an 18-year career with Amoco (later BP Amoco). Those roles included chief financial officer of Ecova Corp., Amoco's wholly owned environmental-remediation unit, and vice president of Amoco's San Juan Basin business unit. She earned a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her other current board memberships include Buckeye Partners, L.P., Putnam Mutual Funds and privately held Hat Creek Energy Corp.
John E. Bethancourt, 66, joined the board of directors in January 2014. He is a retired Chevron executive, serving most recently as executive vice president for technology and services, where he oversaw Chevron's environmental, health and safety efforts, major project management, procurement and mining operations. Bethancourt began his career with Getty Oil Co. in 1974 and joined Texaco Inc. through a 1984 merger. He earned a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. Bethancourt previously served on the board of trustees of the Texas A&M Foundation and is a past director of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
Dave Hager, 61, was elected by the board of directors to the position of president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 1, 2015. Shareholders elected him to the board of directors in June 2016. Hager previously served on the board from 2007 until 2009, when he joined the company as executive vice president of exploration and production. Subsequently, Hager served as chief operating officer before taking his current positions. From 1999 to 2006, Hager was employed by Kerr-McGee Corp., serving in various capacities, most recently as chief operating officer. Hager has a bachelor's degree in geophysics from Purdue University and a master's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University. He serves on the board of directors of the American Exploration & Production Council.
Robert H. Henry, 65, joined the board of directors in August 2010. Henry was appointed in 1994 by President Bill Clinton as judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He left the bench in 2010 as chief justice. Henry was dean and professor of law at Oklahoma City University School of Law from 1991 to 1994 and served as the university’s president from 2010 to 2018. In 1987, Henry was elected attorney general of Oklahoma, where he served until 1991. He also served as an Oklahoma state representative from 1976 to 1986. Henry earned a bachelor's degree with high honors from the University of Oklahoma and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Henry also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Michael M. Kanovsky, 69, joined the board of directors in 1998. He was a co-founder of Northstar Energy Corp. and served on its board of directors from 1982 until Northstar was acquired by Devon in 1998. Kanovsky has been president of Sky Energy Corp. since 1993 and also serves as a director of Bonavista Petroleum Ltd. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University and a master’s in business administration from Western University.
John Krenicki Jr., 56, joined the board of directors in June 2018. He is a senior operating partner at the private-equity investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and is chairman or lead director of three privately held entities controlled by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Previously, Krenicki built a 29-year career at General Electric Co., where he served as vice chairman as well as president and CEO of GE Energy, among other executive positions. He previously served as board chairman of ServiceMaster Global Holdings and CHC Group and as a director of Hess Corp. He has a master’s degree in management from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He also is a member of the National Petroleum Council.
Robert A. Mosbacher Jr., 67, was appointed to the board of directors in April 2009. Mosbacher previously served as a member of the board from 1999 until 2005, at which time he resigned to accept an appointment by the Bush administration to serve as president and chief executive officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corp., an independent agency of the U.S. government that supports private capital investment in emerging markets around the world. He is chairman of Mosbacher Energy Co., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. Mosbacher currently serves as board chairman of Global Communities and is founder and chairman of BizCorps, a Washington-based non-profit that places graduates of top business schools with entrepreneurs in emerging markets. He has a bachelor’s in political science from Georgetown University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
Duane C. Radtke, 69, joined the board of directors in August 2010. He has been president and chief executive officer of Valiant Exploration LLC since 2008. Previously he served as president and chief executive officer of Dominion Exploration and Production, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources Inc. Radtke was an executive with Santa Fe Snyder until Devon acquired that company in 2000. He then served as president of Devon’s International Division until joining Dominion. Radtke earned a bachelor's degree in mining engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He currently is a director of Kris Energy Ltd. and is non-executive chairman of Bazean Corp., a private investment company.
Mary P. Ricciardello, 62, joined the board of directors in 2007. She retired in 2002 after a 20-year career with Reliant Energy Inc., a leading independent power producer and marketer. Ricciardello served in various financial management positions with Reliant, including comptroller, vice president and most recently as senior vice president and chief accounting officer. She is a certified public accountant and serves on the board of directors of Noble Corp. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of South Dakota and a master’s in business administration from the University of Houston.