In this newly created executive position, Mr Whitsitt will be responsible for the governmental relations, public relations and communications efforts for the company.

Mr Whitsitt has been engaged in consulting practice in Washington DC, since 1997, providing public affairs and policy advice; as well as representing a broad range of clients on management, public and governmental affairs.

Mr Whitsitt is the president of the American Exploration & Production Council, a trade association representing independent oil and gas producers in the US.

John Richels, president of Devon Energy, said: We are delighted that Bill Whitsitt has chosen to join Devon and its executive management team. At no time in our history has it been more important for Devon to clearly communicate our messages to the public and to our representatives in government.