Alderon Iron Ore Corp. (TSX: ADV) (OTCQX: ALDFF) (“Alderon”) is pleased to announce the intended appointment of Bernard Potvin as Executive Vice President, Project Execution, effective as of November 14, 2011 and Keith Santorelli as Chief Financial Officer, effective as of November 28, 2011. Upon the effective date of appointment of Mr. Santorelli as Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Sonya Atwal will resign as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Potvin has over 37 years of experience in mining and processing operations and brings with him substantial expertise in engineering, maintenance, project development and construction. Throughout his career Mr. Potvin has held senior roles at Quebec Cartier Mining, Reynolds Metals, Alcoa and the Iron Ore Company of Canada (“IOC”), a Rio Tinto subsidiary. During his tenure at IOC, Mr. Potvin held the role of General Manager of Expansion Projects, successfully managing green and brown field expansion projects in Labrador City and Sept Îles. Mr. Potvin has extensive project management experience in iron ore and aluminum, and has executed a number of successful projects in excess of $1 billion. Mr. Potvin holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Laval University.
Mr. Santorelli is a Certified Public Accountant with over 16 years of experience, including working for a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company for the past three years as Vice President, Finance. He has a wide range of expertise in various areas of complex US GAAP and IFRS accounting in both publicly traded and private companies in the United States, Canada and internationally. Keith also has experience in group structuring and financing, IFRS conversion and training, financial management, external reporting and employee professional development. Mr. Santorelli holds a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from the University of Massachusetts, as well as an MA from McGill University, and speaks four languages.
Tayfun Eldem, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alderon states, “I am thrilled with the additions of Keith and Bernard to the Alderon team. They will be based in Alderon’s growing Montreal office and their expertise and contributions will be invaluable in the continued development of the Kami Project.”
Alderon further announces the resignation of Brian Penney as Chief Operating Officer in order to accept a Chief Executive Officer role with another iron ore development company in the Forbes & Manhattan group. Mr. Penney will continue his involvement with Alderon on a consulting basis.
Alderon is a leading iron ore development company in Canada with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and St. John’s. The 100% owned Kami Project is located within Canada’s premier iron ore district and is surrounded by four producing iron ore mines. The Alderon team is comprised of skilled professionals with significant iron ore expertise to advance Kami towards production.
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ALDERON IRON ORE CORP.
On behalf of the Board
"Mark J Morabito"
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