DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--QEP Resources Inc. (NYSE:QEP) (“QEP” or the “Company”) today announced that it has appointed William L. Thacker to its board of directors, effective immediately. In joining the board, Mr. Thacker will be able to assist with the Company’s previously announced separation of its midstream business, QEP Field Services Company (“QEP Field Services”), including the Company’s ownership of QEP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:QEPM, “QEPM”), from QEP. Mr. Thacker has agreed to resign from the QEP board upon completion of the separation. For more background on the decision to separate QEP Field Services from QEP please see the Company’s Form 8-Ks filed December 5, 2013 and February 4, 2014.
Mr. Thacker brings significant midstream energy expertise to QEP’s Board through his experience as a director on multiple public midstream company boards, including serving as non-executive chairman of the board of Copano Energy LLC from 2009 through to its sale to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners for $5.1 billion in 2013. Previously, Mr. Thacker served as chief executive officer of TEPPCO Partners, overseeing the company’s steady expansion and entrance into crude oil gathering and marketing, petrochemical pipelining, and gas gathering and processing. Mr. Thacker also served as chairman of Pacific Energy Management’s Special Committee during its sale to Plains All American Pipeline for $2.3 billion in 2006. Mr. Thacker will qualify as an “independent director” under New York Stock Exchange rules.
“We are pleased to welcome Bill and the deep and complementary expertise he brings to the Board as we pursue the separation of our midstream business in a continuation of our work to enhance the value of the Company for all of its shareholders,” said Chuck Stanley, Chairman, President and CEO of QEP.
QEP also announced that it has reached an agreement with JANA Partners to vote in favor of QEP’s nominees at its 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, as well as other customary related terms.
“For more than a year, we have worked collaboratively with the QEP Board and management team in connection with their execution of various steps to deliver value to QEP shareholders,” said Barry Rosenstein, Managing Partner of JANA Partners LLC. “Adding Bill’s depth of experience will be very helpful in maximizing shareholder value as the Company continues to execute the completion of its previously announced separation of its midstream business, QEP Field Services, from QEP, including determining the use of the proceeds, if any, from the separation.”
About QEP Resources
QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE:QEP) is a leading independent natural gas and crude oil exploration and production company focused in two major regions: the Northern Region (primarily the Rockies and the Williston Basin) and the Southern Region (primarily Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, and Louisiana) of the United States. QEP Resources also gathers, compresses, treats, processes and stores natural gas. QEP Resources is the majority owner of QEP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:QEPM) and owns 100% of the partnership’s general partner. For more information, visit QEP Resources' website at: www.qepres.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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