Appointment of Chief Operating Officer


Highland Gold Mining Limited ("Highland Gold" or the "Company", AIM: HGM) is pleased to announce that Mr Anton V. Kim has joined the company as First Deputy Chief Executive Officer of its Moscow-based management company, Russdragmet LLC. Mr Kim will serve as Highland Gold's chief operating officer and be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at the Company's production and development assets.

Anton Kim holds an honors degree in geology and a graduate diploma in engineering science fr om Lomonosov Moscow State University, as well as an executive MBA from the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management. Prior to joining the Company, he worked at Norilsk Nickel, wh ere he served as Group Mineral Resource Management Director. His previous employment includes several senior management positions at Kazakhmys Corporation.

Denis Alexandrov, Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are very pleased to welcome Anton to the management team at Highland Gold. His knowledge and extensive experience directing major exploration and capital projects at two of the world's largest mining companies will be invaluable as our company continues to grow."


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