The board of directors at Penn Virginia Corp. (NYSE: PVA) promoted John A. Brooks Dec. 17 to the positions of executive vice president and chief operating officer. The promotions will become effective January 1, 2014, the company said. Brooks is currently executive vice president, operations for the Houston-based company.

"John's excellent leadership has been critical to the development and expansion of our Eagle Ford shale position. Congratulations to John and the employees of Penn Virginia on a job well done," H. Baird Whitehead, president and CEO, said.

Brooks has served in several operational management roles at Penn Virginia since 2002. He has been executive vice president, operations, since February 2013. He was senior vice president from February 2012 to February 2013.

He holds a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas.