Mr. Copeland joined the Company in January 2011 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
He was appointed as the Company's Corporate Secretary in July 2011 and its Executive Vice President in May 2013. Mr. Copeland has over 31 years of experience in the legal profession, including over 22 years as internal counsel for various energy companies. Prior to joining the Company, he co-founded Concho Resources Inc., in Midland, Texas, where he served as its Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from April 2004 through November 2009, and then as its Senior Counsel through December 2010. From August 1997 through March 2004, Mr. Copeland served as an executive officer and general counsel of two energy companies he co-founded in Midland, Texas. Mr. Copeland started his career in 1982 with the Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder law firm in Midland, Texas.