Devon Energy Names William F. Whitsitt Senior Vice President, Public Affairs


OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug 07, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN) announced today that William F. Whitsitt has been appointed to the position of senior vice president, public affairs. In this newly created executive position, Mr. Whitsitt will be responsible for the governmental relations, public relations and communications efforts for the company.

"We are delighted that Bill Whitsitt has chosen to join Devon and its executive management team," said president, John Richels. "At no time in our history has it been more important for Devon to clearly communicate our messages to the public and to our representatives in government. Bill has effectively represented Devon and other energy industry clients in Washington for many years. His combined industry experience and knowledge of the workings of government uniquely qualify him for this important new senior management position."

Mr. Whitsitt has been engaged in his own consulting practice in Washington, D.C. since 1997, providing public affairs and policy advice, issue management and public and governmental affairs representation to a broad range of clients. Prior to forming his consulting business, he was director, governmental affairs for one of the world's largest law firms.

Mr. Whitsitt has also held the position of vice president of worldwide marketing and public affairs for Oryx Energy Company and has served as chief of staff to a U.S. Senator and as a legislative assistant in the Senate and House of Representatives. Mr. Whitsitt holds a doctoral degree in Public Administration from George Washington University.

Mr. Whitsitt is president of the American Exploration & Production Council, a trade association representing the largest U.S. independent oil and gas producers. AXPC is currently undertaking a search for a new president.

Devon Energy Corporation is an Oklahoma City-based independent energy company engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. Devon is the largest U.S.-based independent oil and gas producer and is included in the S&P 500 Index. For additional information, visit

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