SandRidge Energy Inc. (NYSE: SD) appointed Duane Grubert as executive vice president, investor relations and strategy on Dec. 17.

"We are excited to welcome Duane to our senior management team. With his unique combination of Wall Street and industry experience, we are confident that Duane will play an integral role in ensuring effective communications to the investment community and in developing SandRidge's growth strategy," said James D. Bennett, CEO and president.

Grubert has more than three decades of energy industry experience, including 14 years as a Wall Street energy industry research analyst and 17 years with Unocal. At Unocal he served in various capacities as a petroleum engineer, in international business development and finally as general manager of corporate strategy and business intelligence.

Prior to joining SandRidge, Grubert served as a senior analyst for Susquehanna Financial Group covering the oil and gas exploration and production sector. Grubert holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from California State University.

Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy principally focuses on exploration and production activities in the Mid-Continent, GoM, West Texas and Gulf Coast regions.