Shale pioneer and founder of Continental Resources Inc. Harold Hamm is stepping down as the oil and gas company's chief executive officer, Continental said late Wednesday. Hamm will serve as the company's executive chairman, the company said. William Berry has been appointed CEO and President Jack Stark will assume the additional role of chief operating officer, Continental said. Hamm said he was "going anywhere" but remain involved with the company. "I'm an oil finder and geologist at heart. Working together, Bill and I will help the company cultivate new strategic opportunities," Hamm said in a statement. Shares of Continental rose 0.6% in the extended session, after ending the regular trading day up 0.8%.
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