Cairn India Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Cairn India has further strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Rick Bott as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, effective 15 June 2008.

Rick, who is 48, brings extensive global exploration and production experience with more than 20 years in the industry leading integrated organisations, developing new business and focusing on cross-cultural leadership development. Throughout his career he has worked and travelled extensively and has been involved in evaluations and operations in more than 50 countries.

Rick joins Cairn India from Devon Energy's International division where he was vice president responsible for developing and implementing business growth and exploration strategy for assets in 12 countries outside of North America focusing on the deepwater, West Africa, South America and the Middle East/Asia.

Previously he served as President of Ocean Egypt Companies and as President of Ocean Yemen Corporation. He also served in a number of international management and technical positions with British Gas and Tenneco.

Rick has a master of science in geology and a bachelor of science in marine sciences from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the Houston Geological Society, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Association of International Petroleum negotiators and has written numerous technical and business publications for the international energy industry and taught seminars on developing and operating international business ventures. He has further experience in social development projects that ensure the needs of the community and company are closely aligned wherever operations take place.

Rahul Dhir, Managing Director and Chief Executive Offcer of Cain India said, "We are entering an exciting period of growth for Cairn in India. I am delighted that Rick is joining our senior leadership team as the company gears up for the first production from Rajasthan and looks to future growth opportunities both in India and beyond."

Rick Bott said, "Joining Cairn India and moving to Delhi is a wonderful opportunity. The company is in a hugely exciting period which provides significant opportunities to grow and develop the business. This is a transformational period for Cairn India as it looks to substantially increase its production which will be fundamental to the future of the company and its shareholders. I'm delighted that I will get the chance to play a key part in that growth."