TORONTO, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX: AUQ) (NYSE: AUQ) ("AuRico Gold" or the "Company") today announced the appointment of Mr. Alan Edwards as non-executive Chairman of the Board effective July 1, 2013. Mr. Edwards was appointed as an independent director on May 13, 2010 and has served as Chair of the Sustainability Committee. Mr. Edwards has over 30 years of international mining experience, including as President and CEO of Copper One Inc., President and CEO of Frontera Copper Corporation, and Executive VP and COO of Apex Silver Mines Corporation. He is currently Director and CEO of Oracle Mining Corporation. Mr. Edwards is also the Chairman of AQM Copper Inc., and a director of Entrée Gold Inc. and U.S. Silver & Gold Inc. "Alan has been an active director since joining the Board in 2010, and since that time the Company has benefitted from Alan's extensive operational and board experience," stated Ron Smith, Interim Chairman of the Board. "We are confident that under Alan's leadership, we will continue to work as a highly productive and effective Board that will serve the interests of the Company and its shareholders, particularly during this period of significant growth at the Young- Davidson mine." About AuRico GoldAuRico Gold is a leading Canadian gold producer with mines and projects in North America that have solid production growth and exploration potential. The Company is focused on its core operations including the Young- Davidson gold mine in northern Ontario and the El Chanate mine in Sonora State, Mexico and its project pipeline also includes advanced development opportunities in Canada and Mexico. AuRico Gold's head office is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Cautionary Statement Certain information included in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements, including any information as to our projects, plans and future financial and operating performance, and the implementation and continued availability of the dividend reinvestment plan. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "will", "intend", "estimate", "forecast", "budget", "schedule" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.