Rusty Hutson, Jr.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Born and raised in West Virginia, Rusty Hutson, Jr. is the fourth generation in the Hutson family to immerse himself in the oil and gas industry, with family roots dating back to the early 1900s. Rusty spent many summers of his youth working with his father in the oil fields of West Virginia. The first in his family to pursue higher education, Rusty graduated from Fairmont State University (WV) with a degree in accounting. After college, Rusty spent 13 years steadily progressing into multiple leadership roles within the banking industry at well-known institutions such as Bank One and Compass Bank, prior to concluding his time within banking as CFO of Compass Financial Services.
Building upon his experiences in the oil & gas industry and the financial services sector, Rusty established Diversified Energy in 2001 as a cash flow model supported by mature, predictable long-life assets. After years of refining this strategy, Rusty and his team quietly took the company public in 2017 on the AIM growth market of the London Stock Exchange. Since going public, DEC has acquired approximately $2.7 billion in upstream and midstream assets with net daily production of approximately 150,000 barrels of oil equivalency. Since its public debut, the rapid growth of DEC’s asset portfolio led to a move up to the premium listing on the London Exchange and a FTSE250 inclusion. Rusty continues to lead his team and expand the Company’s footprint throughout the United States while remaining focused on operational excellence, financial discipline and shareholder value creation.