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 Executive Vice President in May 2013.
Mr. Copeland has 40 years of experience in the legal profession, including 31 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 an executive officer and general counsel, and later 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.