Gulfport Energy Corp. (Nasdaq: GPOR) announced an expansion to its management team on Dec. 10.

Expansion to Management Team

In September, the company appointed J. Ross Kirtley as chief operating officer for its Ohio activities. Prior to joining Gulfport, Kirtley was previously with Sandridge Energy Inc., serving as vice president of services for Sandridge and president of Lariat Services Inc., Hondo Heavy Haul Inc., and Chapparal Supply LLC, wholly owned subsidiaries of Sandridge. In addition, prior to joining Sandridge, he served as business manager for NOMAC Drilling Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corp. He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1977.

In November, the company appointed Robert A. Jones as vice president of drilling for its Ohio activities. Prior to joining Gulfport, Jones was previously with Chesapeake, serving most recently as drilling engineering manager for the Haynesville, Barnett and Eagle Ford. Prior to this role, during his time at Chesapeake, he served in roles of district manager for the Permian Basin and senior drilling engineer for operations across Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1985.

In November, the company appointed Mark R. Malone as vice president of operations for its Ohio activities. Prior to joining Gulfport, Malone was previously with Sierra Engineering, serving as engineering manager. In addition, prior to joining Sierra Engineering, he served as senior asset manager for the Marcellus shale at Chesapeake. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1987.

In December, the company appointed Ty Peck as managing director of midstream operations. Prior to joining Gulfport, Peck was previously with Access Midstream Partners, serving most recently as the director of commercial devices. In addition, prior to joining Access, he served as producer services manager at Enogex LLC. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2000 and holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

"The Utica shale provides a huge opportunity for our company and these new team members will augment our ability to capitalize and execute our plans. These individuals will make significant contributions to the growth and success of the company," James Palm, Gulfport CEO, said in the release.

Gulfport Energy Corp. is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties. The company is headquartered in Oklahoma City.