Layne Christensen Names Martha R. Vance Chief Accounting Officer

MISSION WOODS, Kan., July 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq:LAYN) ("Layne" or the "Company") today announced that Martha R. Vance, CPA, has been named Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, effective July 8, 2013. Ms. Vance will report to James R. Easter, Layne's Chief Financial Officer.

Ms. Vance brings nearly 20 years of accounting, analysis, and financial reporting experience to Layne. She most recently served as the Controller for the residential business of Direct Energy, one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers. Prior to that, Ms. Vance was Controller at Prospector Offshore Drilling S.A., a provider of high specification, harsh environment drilling rigs. From January 2010 through October 2011, Ms. Vance worked at Seahawk Drilling, Inc., a shallow-water contract oil & gas drilling company, first as Director of Corporate Accounting and then Vice President of Reporting. Ms. Vance also held positions of increasing responsibility at Fulcrum Power Services, Copano Energy, and Cleco Corporation.

Ms. Vance holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Northeast Louisiana University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jim Easter, CFO of Layne, said, "Martha brings a wealth of experience from the power and energy services industries. She is a welcome addition to Layne, and we look forward to her contributions."

Layne Christensen Company

Layne is a global water management, construction and drilling company, providing responsible solutions to the world of essential natural resources — water, mineral and energy. We offer innovative, sustainable products and services with an enduring commitment to safety, excellence, and integrity.

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CONTACT: Layne Christensen Company Jim Easter Chief Financial Officer 913-362-6984 Jenny Caulk Director of Communications 913-677-6852 The Equity Group Inc. Devin Sullivan Sr. Vice President 212-836-9608 Thomas Mei Account Executive 212-836-9614

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