Dave Hager, 65, was appointed executive chairman of the board of directors in January 2021 following Devon’s merger with WPX Energy. Hager most recently served as president and chief executive officer since 2015 and as a director since 2016. He 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 and then president and CEO before assuming his current position. From 1999 to 2006, he was employed by Kerr-McGee Corp., serving in various capacities, most recently as chief operating officer. Hager has a bachelor of science degree in geophysics from Purdue University and a master's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.