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Chesapeake Energy Corp., the U.S. energy explorer battered by collapsing natural-gas prices and growing investor mistrust, will replace almost half its board under pressure from billionaire investor Carl Icahn.

Four of the company’s eight non-executive directors will be replaced with nominees of the largest shareholders, Southeastern Asset Management Inc. and Icahn, Chesapeake said in a statement today. Icahn triggered the overhaul by acquiring a 7.6 percent stake last month to rein in what he saw as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon’s risk-taking and overspending that led to a $22 billion cash crunch and has eroded the share price by nearly 30 percent this year.

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