TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Xtierra Inc. (TSXV - XAG) ("Xtierra"), is
pleased to announce the filling of two key senior management positions.
Chief Operating Officer - Gerald J. Gauthier
Mr. Gauthier is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and has
over 37 years international experience in the mining industry building and
operating open pit and underground mines in Canada, USA, Mexico, Central
America and West Africa. Mr. Gauthier was previously Chief Operating Officer
at Nevsun Resources Ltd. and previously Vice-President Operations at
Glencairn Gold Corp. He is a graduate of Queen's University in Mining
Engineering. He is currently a director of Labrador Iron Mines Holdings
Limited, Conquest Resources Limited and Gold World Resources Ltd. Mr. Gauthier
was formerly General Manager of the Page-Williams gold mine at Hemlo, Ontario
and Senior Vice President North American Operations for Lac Minerals Ltd.
Manager of Operations (Mexico) - Luis De La Fuente
Sr. De La Fuente has 35 years experience in the mining industry with mine
development and operation of open pit mines and processing facilities and has
held senior administrative, planning and operations positions with Canadian,
US and Mexican companies, including Compania Minera de Cananea, Minera Real de
Angeles, Hecla Mining Co. and Santa Cruz Gold Inc. For the past eight years,
Sr. De La Fuente has provided administrative and engineering consulting
services to a number of Canadian and Mexican companies. He is a graduate
engineer from the University of Guanajuato, and holds a diploma in
Administration from the University of Aguascalientes. He was formerly
President of the Mining Association of Mexico.
Existing Management in Mexico includes:
Manager Administration & Finance (Mexico) - Alejandro Alaniz
Mr. Alaniz is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters degree in
Business Administration from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac, Mexico and
a Diploma in Industrial Chemistry from the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.
He has 20 years experience in financial administration of Mexican public and
private companies. Prior to 2005, Mr. Alaniz was Finance & Administrative
Director of Industrias Nigua C. por A. based in the Dominican Republic. He has
been responsible for the administration and financial control of the Orca
group of companies (now Xtierra subsidiaries) in Mexico for the past three
Chief Geologist - Anthony C. Gallon
Dr. Anthony Gallon is a professional geologist with B.Sc., M.Sc. and
Ph.D. degrees in various geological and geochemical disciplines from the
Universities of Nottingham and Leeds. He is a Member of the Institution of
Mining and Metallurgy (UK) and a Chartered Engineer. Tony has worked in the
minerals industry for forty years with several companies including
Roan Selection Trust, Anglo American Corporation, Robertson Research
International and Oxus Gold. He has been Chief Geologist of Minera Orca S.A.
de C.V. and other Mexican operating subsidiaries of Xtierra for the past three
years and has overall responsibility for exploration drilling and resource and
reserve development at Bilbao.
Commenting on the appointments, Mr. Terence N. McKillen, President & CEO
said "We are pleased that Xtierra has been able to fill these senior
appointments with very experienced engineers and managers whose skill sets
will be complementary. Xtierra now has excellent management in place to ensure
the optimum advancement of its two main development projects within the
Central Mexican Silver Belt. Xtierra has commenced the initial stages of a
feasibility study on the Bilbao Silver-Zinc-Lead-Copper deposit, Zacatecas
which is scheduled for completion within the first quarter of 2009 as well as
optimising an earlier bankable feasibility study on its Laguna
silver-gold-mercury tailings retreatment project."
About Xtierra Inc.
Xtierra Inc. is a Toronto based exploration and development company
listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Xtierra's shares trade under the symbol
"XAG". Xtierra has recently completed $8.8 million in private placement
financings and has 49,862,003 shares issued and outstanding. Xtierra's
objective is to become a mid-tier producer of silver and base metals through
the development of its Bilbao and Laguna projects, both located in the Central
Mexican Silver Belt in the State of Zacatecas, as well as through organic
growth and M & A opportunities.
This press release may contain "forward-looking information" within the
meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation.
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For further information:
For further information: www.xtierra.ca or contact: Terence McKillen:
President & Chief Executive, (416) 362-8243; Tim Gallagher: Director, (416)
925-0090; Alejandro Alaniz: Director Finance & Administration (Mexico), +52