DENVER, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) today announced that Francis B. Barron has joined the company as Senior Vice President – General Counsel. "Francis's industry experience and proven advisory skills dovetail nicely with our team," said Tom Jorden, Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased to have Francis join Cimarex Energy." Mr. Barron comes to Cimarex from Bill Barrett Corporation where he has served as Executive Vice President—General Counsel since February 2009 and as Secretary since March 2004. He served as their Senior Vice President—General Counsel from March 2004 until February 2009 and as Chief Financial Officer from November 2006 until March 2007. Previously, Mr. Barron was a partner at the Denver, Colorado office of the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP as well as a partner at Bearman Talesnick & Clowdus Professional Corporation. Mr. Barron's practice included corporate, securities and business law for publicly traded oil and gas companies. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Denver and attained his J.D. from the University of Colorado. In addition, Cimarex announced the retirement of Thomas A. Richardson, who has served as Vice President - General Counsel for the company since August 2008. Mr. Richardson has been associated with Cimarex for over fifteen years as both a valued employee and as outside counsel while partner at the Denver-based law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen (now Bryan Cave HRO). About Cimarex Energy Denver-based Cimarex Energy Co. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with principal operations in the Mid-Continent, Permian Basin and Gulf Coast areas of the U.S. This communication contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are more fully described in SEC reports filed by Cimarex. While Cimarex makes these forward-looking statements in good faith, management cannot guarantee that anticipated future results will be achieved. Cimarex assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update the information contained herein except as required by law. SOURCE Cimarex Energy Co.