TORONTO, May 25, 2021 - Superior Gold Inc. ("Superior Gold" or the "Company") (TSXV: SGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Jordaan as President, Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and Director, effective July 1, 2021. Ms. Tamara Brown will step down as Interim CEO but remain on Superior Gold's Board of Directors (the "Board").
Mr. Jordaan is an accomplished mining executive with 30 years of international processing and mining experience; building, managing and optimizing large-scale mining operations as well as leading large teams in his previous CEO role. Mr. Jordaan holds a Masters degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, and has an extensive career operating underground and open-pit mining operations and leading business transformation across Australia, PNG and South Africa.
"We are excited to have an individual of Chris's caliber joining the team to lead the future growth and development of Superior Gold from Perth, Western Australia," commented Mark Wellings, Chairman. "It is a testament to the opportunities and upside potential at Plutonic. Chris has a proven track record of operational transformations and has the ideal experience necessary to execute on the strategy we have laid out to create significant shareholder value. We would also like to thank Tamara Brown for stepping in, articulating our growth strategy and working with the team to start the turnaround at our operations."
Chris Jordaan stated: "I am thrilled to be joining Superior Gold, working closely with the Board and leading the Superior Gold team as we continue the transformation progress made to date at the Plutonic Gold Operations. Together, we will be focused on achieving the Company's strategic goals of sustainably growing our gold production from both underground and open pit operations, combined with the opportunity for belt consolidation in one of the world's most prolific gold mining camps located in the Yilgarn goldfields of Western Australia."
The appointment of Mr. Jordaan as President and CEO is the conclusion of Superior Gold's review of strategic alternatives previously announced by the Company.1 The Board believes that the execution of the Company's business plan under Mr. Jordaan's leadership is the best path forward to maximize value for shareholders.
Chris Jordaan Biography
Mr. Jordaan brings 30 years of international processing and mining industry experience. He has extensive management and operations expertise at global senior and mid-tier mining companies. Mr. Jordaan was most recently with Newcrest Mining Ltd., Australia's largest gold miner, as Programme Director for transformation of PNG operations, General Manager of Lihir Gold Mine, one of the worlds largest gold mines and Chief Performance Officer. Prior to that, he was the CEO of International Ferro Metals Limited, an LSE listed chrome mining and smelting company, with over R2 billion rand in revenue and more than 1,600 employees.
1 Refer to the Company's News Release on July 30, 2020 for additional information.
About Superior Gold
Superior Gold is a Canadian based gold producer that owns 100% of the Plutonic Gold Operations located in Western Australia. The Plutonic Gold Operations include the Plutonic underground gold mine and central mill, numerous open pit projects including the Plutonic Main Pit push-back project, the Hermes open pit projects and an interest in the Bryah Basin joint venture. Superior Gold is focused on expanding production at the Plutonic Gold Operations and building an intermediate gold producer with superior returns for shareholders.
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