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Kirkland Lake Gold makes management roster moves

Mid-tier gold producer adds experience at key positions
Kirkland Lake Gold's Macassa Mine

Kirkland Lake Gold is reshuffling its management team.

Eric Kallio is the new senior vice-president of exploration and David Soares has been appointed chief financial officer. Both appointments are effective immediately. Kallio replaces Doug Cater, who retires on Jan.1.

Kallio is a geologist with more than 30 years of experience working on exploration, underground and open-pit mine planning, scoping, and feasibility studies.

He’s been vice-president of exploration for Tahoe Resources in Timmins since April; 2016,and served in the same role for Lake Shore Gold with prior stints at Placer Dome, Kinross Gold, Patricia Mining Corporation, Centerra Gold and Detour Gold.

Soares brings more than15 years of finance and management experience with stops at Baffinland Iron Mines, Xstrata, Glencore and Barrick. He has international governance experience having served as a director of national level organizations representing industry and the private sector. There is also been some internal management shuffling.

John Landmark, the current vice-president of exploration in Australia, taking on the role of vice-president of human resources, starting in January. He replaces Christina Ouellette, who’s retiring in early 2019.

Pierre Rocque, vice-president of Canadian operations, is the new vice-president of technical services.

Duncan King, general manager of Canadian operations, is new vice-president of mining in Kirkland Lake.

In a Nov.18 statement, Kirkland Lake Gold president-CEO Tony Makuch welcomed the new additions aboard.

“They are both highly seasoned professionals that we expect will make significant contributions to our progress as we work to achieve our goal of a million ounces of annual gold production. With their appointment, as well as the other changes announced today, we are moving forward with a strong management team, one that is focused on operational excellence and value creation.

"I also want to extend a very special thanks to Tina and Doug for their significant contributions to Kirkland Lake Gold. We wish them all the best in their retirement and are pleased that we will continue to benefit from their wisdom and experience on a consulting basis.”

Kirkland Lake Gold is a mid-tier international gold producer with operations in northeastern Ontario – anchored by the Macassa Mine in Kirkland Lake – and in Australia.