OKLAHOMA CITY, April 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulfport Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:GPOR) ("Gulfport") today announced that its Board of Directors has concluded its nationwide search with Preng & Associates for a Chief Executive Officer. The Board is pleased to announce that Michael G. Moore has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and has joined the Company's Board of Directors and J. Ross Kirtley has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In addition, following a concurrent search for directors also led by Preng & Associates, Michael S. Reddin has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. David L. Houston, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented "The Board is very pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Moore to Chief Executive Officer and his appointment to the Board of Directors and the promotion of Mr. Kirtley to Chief Operating Officer. The Board believes Mr. Moore and Mr. Kirtley will provide the leadership required to pursue the Company's long-term growth initiatives and lead the Company to continued success. Additionally, Mr. Reddin brings upstream engineering and operations expertise, prior public company board experience and over 30 years of energy industry experience that will further strengthen our Board. We look forward to leveraging Mr. Reddin's expertise as we embark on the next phase of the Company's growth." Mr. Moore, formerly interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. In connection with this promotion, Mr. Moore has also been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Moore joined Gulfport in July 2000 as its Chief Financial Officer and was appointed President of the Company in August 2013. Mr. Kirtley, formerly Chief Operating Officer for the Company's Ohio activities, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kirtley joined Gulfport in May 2013 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Company's Ohio activities in September 2013.