EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE: EOG) (EOG) today announced that Lloyd W. "Billy" Helms, Jr. has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Ezra Y. Yacob has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Exploration and Production, effective December 13, 2017. Ezra will be responsible for EOG's Midland, San Antonio and Artesia operating areas.
Gary L. Thomas, most recently President and Chief Operating Officer, will continue serving as President of EOG to allow for the gradual transition of his responsibilities prior to his retirement. He is expected to retire by year-end 2018. Gary has been an EOG employee for 39 years, having joined a predecessor company in 1978 as a drilling and production engineer. Since 1998, he has held responsibility for managing EOG's overall drilling, completions, production and engineering activities.
"The two promotions announced today highlight EOG's deep bench of high-caliber leadership," said William R. "Bill" Thomas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Both Billy and Ezra are proven leaders at EOG. Each has demonstrated exceptional management and technical leadership through years of strong performance in various roles across the company. Billy and Ezra both exemplify EOG's outstanding culture and track record of success."
Billy Helms, most recently Executive Vice President, Exploration and Production, has 36 years of service with EOG. Most recently, Billy has been responsible for EOG's operations in Midland, San Antonio and Artesia, along with the company's Engineering and Acquisition and Business Development functions. Before joining the headquarters executive management team in February 2012, he managed EOG's exploration and development activities in Canada and held positions of increasing responsibility in both the Midland and Houston offices. Billy joined an EOG predecessor company in 1981 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Most recently Vice President and General Manager of EOG's Midland office, Ezra Yacob has 12 years of service with EOG and has managed the company's Permian Basin exploration and development activities since May 2014. Ezra has held various geoscience and leadership positions in EOG's Fort Worth and Midland offices since joining EOG in 2005. Prior to EOG, he worked at the United States Geological Survey for five years. Ezra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Puget Sound, a Master of Science degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Minesand a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Tyler.
EOG Resources, Inc. is one of the largest independent (non-integrated) crude oil and natural gas companies in the United States with proved reserves in the United States, Trinidad, the United Kingdom and China. EOG Resources, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol "EOG." For additional information about EOG, please visit www.eogresources.com.