John T. Nesser III Elected to Layne Christensen's Board of Directors

Layne Christensen Company

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Aug. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq:LAYN) ("Layne" or the "Company") today announced that on August 23, 2013 the Board of Directors elected John T. Nesser III as an independent director, effective September 5, 2013. Mr. Nesser will fill the vacancy created by the retirement from the Board of Jeffrey J. Reynolds on June 6, 2013.

Mr. Nesser, 64, brings 40 years of executive, corporate, and legal experience to Layne, including a proven record of success in the international oil & gas, engineering & construction, and maritime industries. Beginning in 1998 through his retirement in July 2011, Mr. Nesser held positions of increasing responsibility at McDermott International, a NYSE–listed international engineering and construction company, including Chief Operating Officer responsible for all worldwide operations, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer and General Counsel. During his tenure at McDermott, Mr. Nesser directed efforts to improve project capture and backlog enhancement, project execution, financial performance, safety, and shareholder return. Prior to joining McDermott, Mr. Nesser spent seven years as a partner, and then 13 years as a co-founding partner, of two major law firms.

Mr. Nesser holds a BS from Louisiana State University, and a JD from the Louisiana State University Law Center. He is a member of the Louisiana and Texas bar associations, the Board of Directors of Thermon Group Holdings, Inc., the Louisiana State University Law Center Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Country of Houston.

Rene Robichaud, Chief Executive Officer of Layne, said, "John brings an impressive level of experience, skills and a proven record of achievement to Layne. We welcome him to the Board and look forward to his counsel and 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 281-475-2694 Jenny Caulk Director of Communications 913-677-6852 The Equity Group Inc. Devin Sullivan Sr. Vice President 212-836-9608 Thomas Mei Associate 212-836-9614

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