Vancouver, BC – Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX: TMM, NYSE.MKT: TGD) (“Timmins Gold” or the “Company”) announced today the nomination of four new, highly-qualified mining industry professionals to stand for election as part of an independent seven-person Board of Directors.
“The four new nominees will work alongside three incumbent directors to build value for all shareholders,” said Paula Rogers, chair of the Special Committee of independent directors. “This enhanced, independent Board will collectively have more than 170 years of relevant experience. If elected, we will continue to execute on and evaluate Timmins Gold’s proven business strategy, which has delivered superior performance and shareholder return.”
Board Renewal Process
The Special Committee was formed to oversee the Company’s response to a dissident campaign by Sentry Investments Inc. Through a rigorous Board renewal process the Special Committee identified and recruited the four new independent nominees.
As part of the Board renewal process, the Special Committee:
“The Board and the new nominees believe that the Board renewal process achieves many of the objectives sought by the dissident that are also of benefit to all shareholders” said Ms. Rogers. “Moreover, the Board renewal will preserve the knowledge and experience of Timmins Gold’s operational and corporate management if the Timmins Gold Nominees are elected. This knowledge and experience will be lost if a dissident board is elected.”
New Independent Director Nominees
All four new nominees are proven leaders with successful track records. They will bring unequalled technical, operational, financial and market expertise to our Board. Set out below is a brief biography of each of the new nominees:
Incumbent Director Nominees and Retiring Directors
Only one of the three incumbent directors nominated for election is a member of the management team —Chief Executive Officer Bruce Bragagnolo. The other two incumbent directors nominated for election are independent. As a result, if all seven Timmins Gold Nominees are elected, 86% of the Timmins Gold Board (6 of 7) will be independent.
As CEO, Mr. Bragagnolo oversees the strategic vision, administration and finance of the Company. He is 57 and has more than 27 years of experience in the natural resource sector both as a lawyer and a director. He has been responsible for structuring and raising over $100 million in equity and debt for Timmins Gold and overseeing the growth of the Company as it transitioned from junior developer to gold producer. As CEO he has guided the Company to industry-leading financial metrics.
Mr. Bragagnolo is a co-founder of Timmins Gold, along with Arturo Bonillas, President of Timmins Gold. Their leadership is largely responsible for the success of Timmins Gold and its outperformance when compared with peers. Messrs. Bragagnolo and Bonillas are among Timmins Gold’s top ten shareholders, with a significant combined ownership of 3.3% of the issued and outstanding shares. Their interests, and the interests of the management team as a whole, are strongly aligned with the interests of shareholders and their decisions are made with a view to building long term shareholder value.
Below are brief biographies of the two independent incumbent directors:
Mr. Bonillas and four other long-serving directors, Frank Cordova, Barry Fraser, Eugene Hodgson and Miguel Soto, will not be standing for re-election. The Company thanks each of them for their many years of dedicated service as directors and for their many contributions to the development of the Company, and its evolution into the sustainable producing mine operator it is today.
Mr. Bonillas will continue to serve as President of the Company with overall responsibility for the Company’s operations. Mr. Soto will continue to serve as VP Exploration. Mr. Cordova has agreed to serve as a special advisor to the Board with respect to local matters.
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