* Houston-based Gastar Exploration Ltd. has named Wood County resident Michael McCown as the company's new chief operating officer.
A former head of the state Independent Oil And Gas Association, he has been responsible for Gastar's operations in the Marcellus Shale and Hunton Limestone areas.
* Jeffrey S. VanMatre, P.E. has joined the Charleston office of Potesta & Associates, Inc. as chief engineer for the engineering and environmental consulting firm.
VanMatre has 27 years of environmental experience with emphasis in health and safety management and has developed global and national level policies in the areas of industrial hygiene, environmental management and air, water and waste compliance.
* The West Virginia Small Public Utilities Association, which is made up of several gas, water and electric service providers, has elected new officers for its 2013 to 2014 term.
Christian Smith of Union Oil and Gas Co. has been named president; Doug Malcolm of Consumers Gas Utility Co. will serve as vice president; Lorna Howard of Lumberport-Shinnston Gas Co. is secretary; and Arden Swecker of Canaan Valley Gas Co. will serve as treasurer.
Compiled by Jared Hunt