Layne Christensen appoints Brown as president and CEO

Layne Christensen Co.

Layne Christensen Co.’s (Nasdaq:LAYN) board of directors and Rene J. Robichaud have decided upon a transition in leadership. Accordingly, Robichaud has resigned as the company's president and CEO, and David A.B. Brown, Layne's non-executive chairman of the board, has been appointed to serve in the additional capacities of president and CEO. The board will engage an executive search firm to identify Robichaud's successor.

Brown has been a director of Layne since 2003, and has served as non-executive chairman of the board since 2005. He served as chairman of the board of directors of Pride International Inc. from 2005 until Pride's acquisition by Ensco Plc in 2011, at which time he became a member of the board of directors of Ensco Plc. He is also on the board of directors of EMCOR Group Inc., and, from 1984 to 2005, he was president of the Windsor Group, a consulting firm that focused on strategic issues facing oilfield services and engineering companies. Brown is a chartered accountant and CPA, and has over 40 years of energy-related experience.

Layne is a global water management, construction, and drilling company, providing solutions to the world of essential natural resources -- water, mineral, and energy.

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