Independence Contract Drilling Welcomes Mr. Daniel F. McNease to its Board of Directors

Independence Contract Drilling Welcomes Mr. Daniel F. McNease to its Board of                                   Directors  PR Newswire  HOUSTON, April 3, 2013  HOUSTON, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Independence Contract Drilling is pleased to announce that Daniel F. McNease has joined its Board of Directors.  Currently Mr. McNease serves as the Chairman of AXON EP, Inc. and as a Member of the Advisory Board at HitecVision AS. He has been a Director of Dockwise Ltd. since 2007.  From 2004 through 2008 Mr. McNease served as President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Rowan Companies plc, a $4.5 billion provider of land and offshore contract drilling services and a manufacturer of rigs and drilling equipment. In total, Mr. McNease spent 34 years at Rowan, serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2008, President from 2002 to 2008 and as Executive Vice President of Rowan Companies plc and President of its drilling subsidiaries from 1999 to 2002.  Tom Bates, Chairman of the Board of Independence noted, "Danny has spent his entire working life in the global drilling industry, both on land and offshore, and has worked tirelessly to advance the industry. The entire board is very pleased to welcome Danny and looks forward to his guidance, industry knowledge and leadership as we move Independence toward a public listing."  Mr. McNease is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Columbia University Executive Program. He is a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), and the American Petroleum Institute (API).  Independence Contract Drilling, Inc. provides contract drilling services to the North American E&P industry utilizing its custom designed ShaleDriller™ series of fast moving, dual fuel, AC programmable rigs designed and manufactured at its API Certified facilities and corporate headquarters located in Houston, Texas.  Media Contact Philip Choyce (281) 598-1230  SOURCE Independence Contract Drilling  Website: http://www.icdrilling.com