Rob McEwen becomes Executive Chairman of Minera Andes - Two new directors appointed



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    NASD-OTCBB: MNEAF

    SPOKANE, WA, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Minera Andes Inc. (the "Corporation" or
"Minera Andes", TSX:MAI and US OTC:MNEAF) is pleased to announce that Robert
R. McEwen has been appointed as Executive Chairman of Minera Andes. Minera
Andes has also appointed two new directors, Messrs. Richard Brissenden and
Michael Stein. Minera Andes also announced that Dr. Arthur D. (Darryl)
Drummond has retired as a director of the Corporation after almost 13 years of
service.
    Mr. McEwen is the Chairman and CEO of U.S. Gold (TSX and AMEX:   UXG). He
is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor. A
leading Canadian mining industry entrepreneur, with active exploration
underway in Nevada and Mexico, Mr. McEwen was the founder, former chairman and
CEO of Goldcorp Inc., which he built from an investment company with a $50
million market capitalization to one of the largest gold-mining companies in
the world with an $8 billion market capitalization by the time he retired from
the company. His achievements in natural resources have been recognized with
such honors as The Northern Miner's Man of the Year Award; Ernst & Young's
Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year in the Energy Category; and the Developer of
the Year Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
    Mr. Richard Brissenden is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years
experience in the mining and exploration sector. He serves as a director on
several mining companies, including Canuc Resources Corporation, Excellon
Resources Inc., Corona Gold Corporation, Lexam Explorations and Valdez Gold.
He has previously served as a director of, amongst others, Metco Resources.,
which was purchased by Breakwater Resources Ltd. in 2008 and Hudbay Minerals
Inc. from June 2003 to 2006.
    Mr. Stein has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MPI Group
Inc., a company engaged in real estate investment and development, since 1994.
Mr. Stein has also held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of MICC Properties Inc., a company engaged in real estate investment and
development, since 1987. Mr. Stein is also currently the Chairman of Canadian
Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAP REIT). Between 1978 and
1987, Mr. Stein held progressively senior positions, ultimately holding the
position of Executive Vice President responsible for operations, with The
Mortgage Insurance Co. of Canada. Mr. Stein was a director of Moneysworth &
Best Shoe Care Inc. between 1997 and 2000. Mr. Stein was also a member of the
Board of Directors of Goldcorp Inc., a public natural resource company the
shares of which are listed on the TSX and New York Stock Exchange, between
2000 and 2006. Mr. Stein is a graduate engineer and holds a Master of Business
Administration in Finance and International Business from Columbia University
in New York.
    Messrs. Brissenden and Stein were nominated for appointment by Mr.
McEwen, pursuant to the rights he has in connection with the private placement
he recently completed with Minera Andes.
    Mr. Ambrose, President and Chief Executive Officer of Minera Andes said
"I look forward to the contributions of these new, highly experienced board
members as Minera Andes continues to grow and uses its ongoing income to
create new asset value and market awareness. We are also very pleased that Rob
McEwen has agreed to take on a more active executive role with the
Corporation."
    Dr. Drummond is a self-employed consulting geological engineer who lives
in Vancouver, British Columbia. On behalf of the Corporation, Mr. Ambrose
thanked Dr. Drummond for his many years of service to the Corporation. Mr.
Ambrose said "I am very grateful to Darryl for his long-time service on the
Board and his guidance, as Minera Andes has grown from an early-stage
exploration company to an emerging gold/silver production company with
excellent prospects for growth."
    The Board of Directors of the Corporation now consists of Robert R.
McEwen, Executive Chairman, Allen V. Ambrose, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Richard W. Brissenden, Victor Lazarovici, Allan J. Marter, Dr. Donald
Quick and Michael L. Stein.

    Minera Andes is a gold, silver and copper exploration company working in
Argentina. The Corporation holds approximately 304,000 acres of mineral
exploration land in Argentina. Minera Andes holds a 49% interest in the San
José Project, an operating gold and silver mine. Minera Andes is also
exploring the Los Azules copper project in San Juan province, where an
exploration program has defined a resource and a preliminary assessment has
been completed. Other exploration properties, primarily silver and gold, are
being evaluated in southern Argentina. The Corporation has 208,458,821 common
shares issued and outstanding.
    This news release is submitted by Allen V. Ambrose, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Minera Andes Inc.

    Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements:

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statement and
information. The forward-looking statements and information express, as at the
date of this press release, the Corporation's plans, estimates, forecasts,
projections, expectations or beliefs as to future events and results.
Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and
there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate.
Therefore, actual results and future events could differ materially from those
anticipated in such statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause
results or future events to differ materially from current expectations
expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include, but are not
limited to, factors associated with fluctuations in the market price of
precious metals, mining industry risks, risks associated with foreign
operations, the state of the capital markets, environmental risks and hazards,
uncertainty as to calculation of mineral reserves and other risks.





For further information:

For further information: Art Johnson at the Spokane office, or Krister
A. Kottmeier, investor relations - Canada, at the Vancouver office; Visit our
Web site: www.minandes.com; Spokane Office, 111 East Magnesium Road, Ste. A,
Spokane, WA, 99208, USA, Phone: (509) 921-7322, E-mail: info@minandes.com;
Vancouver Office, 911-470 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6C 1V5, Phone:
(604) 689-7017, (877) 689-7018, E-mail: ircanada@minandes.com

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