Kay Bailey Hutchison joins board of Cobalt International Energy

HOUSTON — Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has been named to the board of directors of Houston-based Cobalt International Energy, the company said Monday.

“We are extremely pleased and honored to welcome Senator Hutchison to Cobalt’s Board,” said Joseph H. Bryant, Cobalt’s chairman and CEO, in a written statement. “Her vast leadership experience in both the public and private sectors make her uniquely qualified to serve as a valuable member of Cobalt’s Board. Her track record of steadfast support of our industry, combined with her experience and acumen in the areas of appropriations, finance and law will be great assets in representing all of Cobalt’s shareholders as a member of our Board.”

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Cobalt is an independent exploration and production company active in the deep-water U.S. Gulf of Mexico and offshore Angola and Gabon. It was formed in 2005.

Currently, Hutchison serves as senior counsel in Bracewell & Giuliani’s Dallas office. From 1993 to 2013, she served as a U.S. Senator and was the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.