LINN Energy, LLC (LINE) (“LINN” or the “Company”) and LinnCo, LLC (LNCO) (“LinnCo”) announced today that David B. Rottino has been appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of both LINN and LinnCo, effective immediately. Mr. Rottino joined the Company in June 2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer and has served as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Chief Accounting Officer since January 2014. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Finance, Business Development and Chief Accounting Officer from July 2010 to January 2014. Mr. Rottino has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and has also held leadership positions with El Paso Corporation, ConocoPhillips and Burlington Resources. He holds a BBA from Texas Tech University and received his MBA from Texas Christian University. In his new role, Mr. Rottino will lead the Company’s existing finance and investor relations teams, along with his continued oversight of the accounting and business development functions at the Company.
“David has demonstrated tremendous leadership in the Company’s transformational initiatives over the past two years, which have resulted in a more stable asset base and an improved ability to weather this current challenging environment,” said Mark E. Ellis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe his extensive industry knowledge, as well as his significant finance and accounting experience, will serve us well as we navigate an uncertain period of low commodity prices and position the Company for the future.”
Kolja Rockov, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities. This mutually agreed departure is not related to any disagreement with the Company’s policies or practices.
Mr. Ellis commented, “We want to express our sincere appreciation to Kolja for his vision in leading the formation of our sector with LINN’s IPO in 2006. His enthusiasm and innovation were central to LINN’s growth from a small private company to one of the largest U.S. independent oil and natural gas producers over the last decade.”
ABOUT LINN ENERGY
LINN Energy’s mission is to acquire, develop and maximize cash flow from a growing portfolio of long-life oil and natural gas assets. LINN Energy is a top-20 U.S. independent oil and natural gas development company, with approximately 7.3 Tcfe of proved reserves in producing U.S. basins as of December 31, 2014. More information about LINN Energy is available at www.linnenergy.com.
LinnCo was created to enhance LINN Energy’s ability to raise additional equity capital to execute on its acquisition and growth strategy. LinnCo is a Delaware limited liability company that has elected to be taxed as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes, and accordingly its shareholders will receive a Form 1099 in respect of any dividends paid by LinnCo. More information about LinnCo is available at www.linnco.com.