When Encana’s longtime CEO, Randy Eresman, retired unexpectedly this past January, the company found itself at a crossroads. Lacking a leader and faced with ongoing operational challenges related to the persistently low price of natural gas, the company faced questions about its future and whether it even had one. It turned to Clayton Woitas to find the answers. Woitas joined the company’s board in 2008 and was elevated to the role of interim CEO after Eresman’s retirement. He then went out and recruited Doug Suttles, a veteran of BP’s exploration and production unit, to be the new CEO, but it’s safe to assume Woitas will still wield plenty of clout when it comes time to decide how to move the company forward.