Harvest Natural Resources Appoints New Director

The Board of Directors of Harvest Natural Resources has elected J. Michael Stinson to serve as a Director on the Company's Board of Directors.

Mr. Stinson most recently served with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) as Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Oil. He was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, and advised the CPA, Iraqi authorities, and the U.S. government on petroleum policy and administered oil industry investment programs during the period of reconstruction and restoration in 2004.

Mr. Stinson had 37 years experience at Conoco and ConocoPhillips from 1965 to 2003 in a number of assignments in operations and management. His last position at ConocoPhillips was as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs in which he was responsible for government relations with particular emphasis on developing and facilitating international business development opportunities in various countries. Previous positions included Senior Vice President - Business Development, Vice President - Exploration and Production, Chairman and Managing Director of Conoco (UK) Limited, Vice President/General Manager of International Production for Europe, Africa and the Far East, and President and Managing Director of Conoco Norway Inc.

Harvest's Chairman of the Board, Stephen D. Chesebro', said, "The Harvest Board is delighted to welcome Mike as its newest Director. His relationships, expertise and broad global experience will be invaluable assets as we build a more diverse asset portfolio."

Mr. Stinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University. He is a fellow of the Institute of Petroleum and a member of the American Petroleum Institute, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Mr. Stinson was a past Chairman of the American Heart Association's Houston Division.