Apco Oil and Gas International Inc. (NASDAQ:APAGF) today announced that Ralph A. Hill will step down as chairman, board member and chief executive officer effective Dec. 31, 2013.

The move coincides with Hill’s departure from WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX), where he also served as the CEO. WPX owns a 69 percent controlling ownership interest in Apco.

Apco’s board has named James J. Bender as chairman and board member, effective Dec. 31, 2013. Bender is an experienced executive who served as the general counsel for both WPX and Williams (NYSE:WMB). Bender will serve as the interim CEO at WPX effective Dec. 31, 2013, as well.

Additionally, Apco’s board has named Bryan K. Guderian as chief executive officer, also effective Dec. 31, 2013. Guderian has more than 30 years of experience in oil and gas, has been on Apco’s board since 2002 and currently serves as the senior vice president of operations for WPX, where he has responsibility for the company’s international interests. Guderian will remain on the Apco board.

Michael Kyle will continue to serve as Apco’s president and chief operating officer, along with the remainder of the existing management team.

Keith E. Bailey, an independent director for Apco, commented, “Apco is in good hands, having recently completed another orderly transition with Michael Kyle succeeding Thomas Bueno as president. Our board is very familiar with Jim and Bryan, whom we have known for many years.”

About Apco Oil and Gas International Inc. (NASDAQ: APAGF)

Apco Oil and Gas International Inc. is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with interests in nine oil and gas concessions and two exploration permits in Argentina, and three exploration and production contracts in Colombia. More information is available at www.apcooilandgas.com. Go to http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=1671&to=ea&s=0 to join our e-mail list.

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  • Development of alternative energy sources;
  • The impact of operational and development hazards;
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  • Political conditions in Argentina, Colombia and other parts of the world;
  • The failure to renew participation in hydrocarbon concessions granted by the Argentine government on reasonable terms;
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  • Risks associated with future weather conditions, volcanic activity and earthquakes;
  • Acts of terrorism; and
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In addition to causing our actual results to differ, the factors listed above may cause our intentions to change from those statements of intention set forth in this announcement. Such changes in our intentions may also cause our results to differ. We may change our intentions, at any time and without notice, based upon changes in such factors, our assumptions, or otherwise.

Investors are urged to closely consider the disclosures and risk factors in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q available from our offices or from our website at www.apcooilandgas.com .

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