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John Richels

Energy Management, oil & gas
Devon Energy Corp
United States of America


Chairman John Richels, 66, joined the board of directors in 2007. The board elected him as its vice chairman in December 2014 and as chairman in June 2016. He served as Devon’s president and CEO from 2010 until retiring in July 2015. He previously served as president and before that senior vice president of Devon, and as president and chief executive officer of Devon's Canadian subsidiary. Richels joined Devon through its 1998 acquisition of Canadian-based Northstar Energy Corp. Prior to joining Northstar, Richels was managing and chief operating partner of the Canadian-based national law firm, Bennett Jones. Richels also serves on the board of directors for TransCanada Corp. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from York University and a law degree from the University of Windsor.

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Oil & natural gas, energy management, power generation, marine fuels and lubricant oils 

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