Co-founder of Chesapeake and SandRidge
6:19 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former CEO Starts New Energy Company

The former CEO of SandRidge Energy Inc. and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. has started a new Oklahoma City energy company.

Tom Ward
Credit snu.edu

The Oklahoman reports that Tom Ward's new company, Tapstone Energy LLC, has leased space in an office building downtown. Ward says the company has "a handful of employees" and is looking for more employees and oil and gas properties.

Ward says he is funding the new company himself for now, but that he might consider bringing on other investors.

Ward was ousted from Oklahoma City-based SandRidge in June after a months-long proxy fight. Ward received about $50 million when he left the company.

Ward retired in 2006 as Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake's president and chief operating officer. He co-founded the company with former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon in 1989.

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