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Two New Directors Elected to Newfield Board

HOUSTON, May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) today announced that two new independent directors were elected to the Company's board of directors at its annual meeting of stockholders, held earlier today in Houston. With the election, 11 of Newfield's 13 directors are independent as defined under New York Stock Exchange guidelines.

The newly elected directors are:

Pamela J. Gardner

Gardner is President of Business Operations of Houston McLane Company d/b/a Houston Astros Baseball Club. She has served in variety of leadership positions with the Astros organization since joining the club in 1989. Gardner was named President of Business Operations in August 2001 and now oversees all revenue areas, customer service, building and financial operations, sponsorship and ticket sales, as well as community and marketing outreach programs.

Gardner serves on the boards of the Astros in Action Foundation, the Houston Area Women's Center and the board and executive committee of Central Houston, Inc.

Prior to joining the Astros, she spent 10 years with an advertising and public relations agency, serving the last five years as vice president of the entertainment division. Gardner is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Stout.

Gardner was appointed to two committees on Newfield's Board -- Nominating and Corporate Governance and Audit.

Juanita F. Romans

Romans is Senior Vice President of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Hospital. She has served in these roles since January 2003. Romans has nearly 20 years of healthcare leadership experience from a managed care environment, with an extensive background in clinical, financial and administrative services.

Romans serves on the boards of The Children's Assessment Center, South Main Center Association and Save Our ERs. She is also a member of the Voluntary Hospital Association, Texas Hospital Association, Texas Association of Public and Non-profit Hospitals, Greater Houston Partnership and Texas Executive Women.

Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Romans served as an executive vice president with Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston, Illinois. Romans holds a Masters of Science in nursing from Wayne State and is an associate in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Romans was appointed to two committees on Newfield's Board -- Nominating and Corporate Governance and Audit.

Newfield Exploration Company is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company relies on a proven growth strategy that includes balancing acquisitions with drill bit opportunities. Newfield's areas of operation include the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. onshore Gulf Coast, the Anadarko and Arkoma Basins of the Mid-Continent, the Uinta Basin of the Rocky Mountains and select international ventures.

     Newfield Exploration Company                  For information, contact:
     363 N. Sam Houston Parkway East, Ste. 2020    Steve Campbell
     Houston, TX 77060                             (281) 847-6081
     http://www.newfld.com                         info@newfld.com
SOURCE  Newfield Exploration Company
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    /CONTACT:  Steve Campbell of Newfield Exploration Company,
+1-281-847-6081, or info@newfld.com /
    /Web site:  http://www.newfld.com /
    (NFX)

CO:  Newfield Exploration Company
ST:  Texas
IN:  OIL
SU:  PER

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