James R. Webb has been appointed general counsel and senior vice president of Chesapeake Energy Corp. Webb, who has been a partner at McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City, had been serving as chief legal counsel to Chesapeake on a contract basis for the past four months. Henry J. Hood, who has been senior vice president of Land and Legal since 1997, is transferring his legal responsibilities to Webb. Hood is retaining his responsibilities for managing Chesapeake's land and regulatory departments.

William Andrew "Andy" Hendricks Jr. has been appointed CEO of Houston-based oilfield services company Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. effective Oct. 1. Hendricks, now COO, replaces Douglas J. Wall, who is retiring. Michael W. Conlon, a former partner with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, also was appointed to the board of directors.

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