Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s Doug Lawler

Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s Doug Lawler

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Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s Doug Lawler’s ambition is to amass foreign fields and transform Chesapeake from a U.S. shale driller into a global oil explorer in the mold of his former employer Anadarko Petroleum Corp., where he oversaw oil projects around the world.