Cairn Welcomes New Board Members

Cairn announced the appointment of Jackie Sheppard, Q.C. and Alexander Berger as independent non-executive directors with effect from the close of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Company to be held on May 20, 2010.

Appointment of Mary Jacqueline (Jackie) Sheppard, Q.C. as a Non-Executive Director

Jackie Sheppard was previously Executive Vice-President, Corporate and Legal at Talisman Energy Inc, a post she held for 15 years (1993-2008). Jackie played a key role in Talisman's growth from a Canadian domestic only producer to an international producer. During her career to date Jackie has been the recipient of many national awards as one of Canada's top business women and corporate counsel. Jackie is a director of Emera and NWest Energy and she is Chair of the Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, a Crown Corporation.

Jackie Sheppard holds a BA from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, BA and MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University (where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar) and LLB from McGill University. She was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta Canada in 1982 and was appointed Queen's Counsel for the Province of Alberta in 2008.

Jackie will be appointed as a member of the Company's audit committee.

Appointment of Alexander Berger as a Non-Executive Director

Alexander Berger is currently CEO of Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V., a private Dutch exploration and production company based in Amsterdam, where his key responsibility is to grow the portfolio through the acquisition of development and production assets. Prior to his appointment to this role in 2009, Alexander was Managing Director of Dyas Exploration and Production BV in Utrecht from 2007-2009 and was also a non-executive director of Capricorn during this period. Alexander started his industry career with Shell where he held various technical and commercial positions.

Alexander Berger holds a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from Delft University and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.

Neither Jackie Sheppard nor Alexander Berger currently hold any Cairn shares and no further information in connection with their appointment is required to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 6.9.13R.

Hamish Grossart and Mark Tyndall

As previously announced, both Hamish Grossart and Mark Tyndall have decided not to seek re-election at the AGM on 20 May 2010 and as a result will cease to be non-executive directors of the Company following that meeting.

Norman Murray, Chairman of Cairn Energy PLC, said:

"I am delighted that Jackie Sheppard and Alexander Berger have agreed to join the Cairn board as non-executive directors. Their extensive combined experience across the globe within the oil and gas industry will be of great benefit to the board at an important time in Cairn's growth.

We are also enormously grateful to Hamish Grossart and Mark Tyndall for their invaluable contribution as non-executive directors over a number of years."