RAPID CITY, S.D.
Dec. 7, 2011
/PRNewswire/ -- Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) announced today that
has been appointed vice president and general manager of Black Hills Exploration & Production, the company's oil and gas subsidiary.
In his new role, Benton will focus on strengthening the operational performance of existing assets and developing strategies to increase shareholder value through opportunities associated with the company's Mancos Shale properties in the
and Piceance basins. Benton will replace
, who has served as interim president and general manager of the oil and gas subsidiary since
. Vering also serves on the Black Hills Corp. board of directors and will retain that role.
Benton comes to Black Hills from Rex Energy Corp., where he served as vice president, general manager – Rockies division and was responsible for developing the company's
. He has a bachelor's and master's degrees in petroleum engineering from the
Colorado School of Mines
and held previous leadership positions in other growing oil and gas organizations, including El Paso Exploration & Production Company., Whiting Oil and Gas Corp. and ConocoPhillips during his more-than-30-year career. Benton is also a commissioner on the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, a division of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.
"John will bring the leadership and critical industry experience needed to pursue our strategies at Black Hills Exploration & Production, and we are pleased he is joining our team," said
David R. Emery
, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Black Hills Corp. "His strong background and business knowledge, in addition to his track record of delivering results, make him a great addition to our organization."
Black Hills Corporation
Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) — a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice — is based in
Rapid City, S.D.
, with corporate offices in
The company serves 762,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in
. The company's non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity, produce natural gas, oil and coal, and market energy. Black Hills' 2,100 employees partner to produce results that improve life with energy. More information is available at
Black Hills Exploration and Production, Inc.
Black Hills Exploration and Production, a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp., operates oil and natural gas producing properties in
and has non-operated interests in properties producing in
SOURCE Black Hills Corp.