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LGL (LIHR) Appoints New CEO

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — (Marketwire) — 03/31/10 — Leading gold miner Lihir Gold Ltd (LGL) (TSX: LGG)(ASX: LGL)(NASDAQ: LIHR) has appointed former BHP senior executive Graeme Hunt as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

LGL Chairman Ross Garnaut said Mr Hunt was the ideal candidate for the CEO role, possessing strong leadership skills, wide mining industry knowledge and extensive experience in strategic development.

A metallurgist by training, Mr Hunt, 53, previously spent 34 years with BHP Billiton. Starting as a metallurgical trainee in 1975 at the Port Kembla Steelworks, he advanced his career through a variety of roles, eventually becoming President of the global Iron Ore division from 1999 to 2006, and then President of the global Aluminium division in 2006 and 2007. His final role at BHP was as President of Uranium, including responsibility for the Olympic Dam Expansion. He left BHP in March last year.

As President of Iron Ore, Graeme presided over a major programme of building and utilizing strategic options for increasing value through expanding production from a huge resource, which continues today.

Mr Hunt will relocate to Brisbane from Melbourne, and will take up his position immediately.

“We are delighted to have an executive of Graeme’s calibre in place to lead LGL to the next stage of its development,” said Dr Garnaut.

“LGL is well placed to deliver increasing returns to shareholders in the next few years, with major growth projects well advanced in Papua New Guinea and in West Africa.

“Graeme possesses all of the qualities and experience the Board was looking for to ensure that the company delivers on its commitments and builds on its strong asset base to create value for shareholders.”

Mr Hunt said he was looking forward to the opportunity to lead LGL into the next stage of its growth strategy.

“LGL has great assets in three countries, a talented management team in place, and significant untapped potential,” Mr Hunt said.

“I believe the company has an exciting future ahead of it and I am delighted to be a part of that growth and development,” he said.

Dr Garnaut also paid tribute to LGL’s Chief Financial Officer, Phil Baker, who stepped into the CEO role on a temporary basis in January.

“Phil has done an excellent job in the interim, and was seen in the market as an outstanding leader of the company. We are very fortunate to have him on the senior executive team, and we look forward to his continued contribution,” he said.

Mr Hunt’s contract is available on the company’s web site, at, along with a detailed career history.

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