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Rick George, president and CEO of Suncor Energy, addresses shareholders during the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Tuesday, May 4, 2010.
Rick George, president and CEO of Suncor Energy, addresses shareholders during the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Tuesday, May 4, 2010.
(Jeff McIntosh/Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Penn West names former Suncor CEO Rick George as chairman

Struggling Penn West Petroleum Ltd. hopes some Calgary heavyweights can help turn the company around.

Capping off a tumultuous year that included some serious management turnover, the oil and gas explorer has named former Suncor Energy Inc. chief executive officer Rick George as its new chairman.

Allan Markin, the former long-time chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has also been named vice-chairman, adding another venerable named to the board of directors.