Marathon Oil creates new position to oversee upstream activities

Michael J. Stover has been named vice president of operations services at Marathon Oil Corp.

Stover, who had been manager of the company’s mid-continent production operations, will assume the newly created position Friday.

He will be responsible for Marathon’s upstream development, technology, global procurement, land and commercial services and drilling and completions activities. He will be based in Houston, where the company is headquartered, and will report to company chairman, president and CEO Clarence P. Cazalot Jr.

Cazalot said the new position will help the company operate more efficiently.

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“Mike possesses a strong blend of operations, technical and planning experience and expertise that will play an important role in our ability to further optimize the contributions of these key services,” he said in a statement.

The move comes as Marathon makes a big push into the Eagle Ford shale this year, pouring more than one-third of its capital budget into South Texas.

Stover joined Marathon in 1986 after earning a degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University. After working as a roustabout and operations and reservoir engineer in West Texas, he moved to the company’s international group in Houston, working on assignments in Ireland, Tunisia and Norway.

He has worked in Alaska and Aberdeen, Scotland, among other assignments.

Stover also was a member of the planning group that coordinated the company’s 2011 split from its refining division into a standalone exploration and production company.