THE WOODLANDS, Texas, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) today announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The new appointments follow the May 2013 retirements of long-time Newfield directors, Philip J. Burguieres and J. Michael Lacey. The number of Newfield directors remains the same with a total of 12 directors, 11 of whom are independent. Steven W. Nance – Mr. Nance, 56, has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He currently serves as the President and Manager of Steele Creek Energy, LLC, a private oil and gas company. Mr. Nance also has served as president and sole director of Steele Creek Investment Company, the predecessor entity that held Mr. Nance's oil and gas ownership, since 1997. Since 2007, Steele Creek Investment Company and Mr. Nance have, from time to time, provided consulting services on matters such as oil and gas investments, succession planning, coaching and leadership development. Mr. Nance began his career in 1978 with The Superior Oil Company where he held various engineering assignments until the company was acquired by Mobil Oil. After a short stint with Mobil, Mr. Nance joined Meridian Oil, Inc., the predecessor company to Burlington Resources, Inc., in 1985 where he held positions of increasing responsibility until his departure in 1997 as Vice President of Burlington'sGulf Coast division. From 1997 to 1999, he was with XPLOR Energy and its predecessor company, acting as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in 1999 when XPLOR Energy was acquired by Harken Energy Corporation. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Nance served as President of Peoples Energy Production Company until it was acquired by El Paso Corporation. He is a director for The Williams Companies, Inc., where he is a member of its compensation committee and nominating and governance committee and also a director for Cloud Peak Energy, Inc., chairing its health, safety, environment and communities committee and serving as a member of its audit committee.