Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Luke Russell to the position of Vice President – External Affairs, effective immediately.

Mr. Russell will be based in the Coeur d’Alene corporate office in Idaho and report to Mr. Phillips S. Baker, Jr., Hecla’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Luke is an accomplished leader in our sector and brings 30 years of U.S. and international experience in governmental, community engagement and environmental stewardship programs and initiatives,” said Mr. Baker. “I look forward to Luke contributing to our success.”

Prior to joining Hecla, Mr. Russell was at Coeur Mining where he most recently served as Senior Vice President Environment and Community. Prior to that, Mr. Russell worked in environmental leadership positions with Homestake Mining Company, Kennecott Utah Copper, and FMC Gold, among others. He also worked in government as the Coeur d’Alene Basin Project Manager for the State of Idaho – Department of Environmental Quality. Mr. Russell also served in leadership positions in industry trade associations including past president of the American Exploration and Mining Association (formerly Northwest Mining Association) and served on the board of the Idaho Mining Association.

About Hecla

Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska and Idaho, and is a growing gold producer with an operating mine in Quebec, Canada. The Company also has exploration and pre-development properties in five world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and an exploration office and investments in early-stage silver exploration projects in Canada.

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