June 11, 2013
AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX: AUQ) (NYSE: AUQ)
("AuRico Gold" or the "Company") today announced that Mr.
will tender his resignation for health reasons effective
July 1, 2013
. Mr. Benner has been on a leave of absence since
April 30, 2013
Mr. Benner has served as Chairman since
April 12, 2010
and Executive Chairman since
July 17, 2012
. During his tenure Mr. Benner played an integral role during a period of tremendous growth and transformation that has repositioned AuRico for continued success.
AuRico's Board of Directors has established a process to identify a new non-executive Chairman. In the interim, Mr.
, the Company's Lead Director, will continue to serve as non-executive Chairman. Mr. Smith has been a non-executive director of the Company since 2009 and is chair of the Audit Committee.
"On behalf of the Board and our employees, we thank Colin for his significant and lasting contributions. Colin's leadership and extensive mining experience have been invaluable to the Company," stated
, President and Chief Executive Officer. He continued, "We want to take this opportunity to wish Colin and his family our very best."
About AuRico Gold
is a leading Canadian gold producer with mines and projects in
that have solid production growth and exploration potential. The Company is focused on its core operations including the
gold mine in northern
and the El Chanate mine in Sonora State,
and its project pipeline also includes advanced development opportunities in
head office is located in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada