Gary D. Packer has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since May 2009. Previously, he was Vice President – Rocky Mountains where he founded Newfield’s business in Denver, CO. Before managing the Company’s operations in the Rockies, he was Manager of Acquisitions and Development in the Gulf of Mexico and was instrumental in the success of the Company’s Gulf operations. Packer joined the Company in 1995. Prior to Newfield, he worked for Amerada Hess in both the Rocky Mountain and Gulf of Mexico divisions. He also worked for Tenneco Oil Company. He is a graduate of Penn State University and holds a degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering. Packer is chairman of the Pennsylvania State University of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Industrial and Professional Advisory Council. He also serves on the board of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and is chairman of the board of Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch, a non-profit organization that provides equine therapy to special needs children.