TORONTO, Canada – Aura Gold Inc. (“Aura Gold”) (TSX:ORA) is pleased to announce that Tony George has joined Aura Gold Inc., effective June 8, 2007, as Chief Operating Officer. Tony is a mining engineer with over 25 years experience in operations, design and construction. Tony replaces Carlos Bertoni who will remain as President and CEO of Aura Gold’s Brazilian subsidiary, Aura Gold Mineração Ltda.
Tony commenced his career with DeBeers in South Africa and Namibia, where he was mine manager of the open-pit Auchas mine prior to moving to Canada to take up a senior position with Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) in Labrador. Tony then moved into consulting where he was project manager for several international projects with Rescan Engineering and MRDI(AMEC). Tony rejoined DeBeers in 2003 where he was mine manager on the team that brought the Victor open pit diamond project through feasibility, engineering and construction.
Commenting on this recent appointment, Patrick Downey, President and CEO, stated “ We are extremely pleased to be able to attract someone of Tony’s experience and background to Aura. His background in operations, design and construction, in particular in the Iron Ore sector, will be a major asset to the team as we advance our Arapiraca project.”
About Aura Gold Inc.
Aura Gold Inc. (TSX:ORA) is a Canadian exploration and development company focused on the acquisition and development of mineral deposits in Brazil and South America. The planned acquisition and development of the Arapiraca gold/copper/iron ore project is part of an ongoing strategy to build Aura Gold into a mid-tier producer in the near term. Aura Gold’s current exploration projects are the Cumaru, the Inaja Greenstone Belt and the North Carajas Claims, which total approximately 600,000 hectares in the Carajas Metallogenic Province of north-central Brazil.
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