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Penn Virginia President & CEO Retires; Successor Named

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   |    Monday,August 17,2020

Penn Virginia Corp. has announced the retirement of President & CEO John A. Brooks.

The company also announced the appointment of Darrin J. Henke as President, CEO and Director of the Company, effective immediately.

About Henke

Prior to joining Penn Virginia, Mr. Henke served nearly five years as the Chief Executive Officer of Gary Petroleum Partners and Gary Permian LLC, a private oil and gas acquisition and development company.  He was previously employed by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. for eleven years, most recently as Vice President & General Manager for Southern Operations overseeing, among others, Encana’s entrance into the Eagle Ford and Permian Basins.   With thirty years of experience in the oil and gas business, Mr. Henke was also employed by Tom Brown Inc., Venoco Inc. and Burlington Resources.  Mr. Henke graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and also completed Duke’s Advanced Management Program. He was the recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s 2013 Power Book Award for outstanding business leadership, currently sits on the board of Colorado’s State Chamber of Commerce, and is a registered Professional Petroleum Engineer.

On August 17, 2020, each of the Compensation and Benefits Committee and the Board of Directors of Penn Virginia approved the issuance to Mr. Henke of an initial inducement equity compensation award of 115,000 restricted stock units, comprised of 50% time-based restricted stock units and 50% performance-based restricted stock units. The RSUs vest over three years from Mr. Henke’s date of hire, and the PSUs vest according to the Company’s achievement of certain performance factors based on a 2021-2023 performance period, subject in each case to Mr. Henke’s continued employment through the applicable vesting date. Such inducement award will be in lieu of any equity grant to Mr. Henke for fiscal 2021, and there are no additional awards being granted at this time.

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