TORONTO, ONTARIO, Feb. 23, 2010 (Marketwire) -- Minera Andes Inc. (the "Corporation" or "Minera Andes") (TSX:MAI)(OTCBB:MNEAF) announces that Henry John, Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation will retire effective April 5, 2010; and, that Perry Ing has been appointed Vice President, Finance and will be appointed interim Chief Financial Officer once vacated. Mr. John will continue working with Minera Andes as a consultant to ensure a smooth accounting and finance team transition.
Perry Ing holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant in Ontario, Certified Public Accountant in the US and Chartered Financial Analyst. He brings extensive financial management and reporting experience in the mining sector having served as Chief Financial Officer of US Gold Corporation since March 2008. He previously served as Corporate Controller for Goldcorp Inc. and as a consultant to Barrick Gold Corp. Perry also spent six years at the mining practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where his responsibilities included managing the audits of large international mining companies as well as a variety of junior mining companies. Perry will retain his role at US Gold Corporation concurrent with his appointment to Minera Andes.
Since becoming a Chartered Accountant in 1974 Henry John has had a long and successful career in public accounting and financial management. The Corporation thanks Mr. John for his service to Minera Andes over the years and wishes him all the best as he embarks on this new chapter of his life.
This news release has been submitted by Nils Engelstad, Vice President - Corporate Affairs.
Minera Andes is an exploration company exploring for gold, silver and copper in Argentina with three significant assets: a 49% interest in Minera Santa Cruz SA which owns the San Jose Mine - a large primary silver producer which produced 4,998,000 million oz silver and 77,070 oz gold in 2009; 100% ownership of the Los Azules copper deposit; and, a portfolio of exploration properties in the highly prospective Deseado Massif region of Santa Cruz Province in southern Argentina. Minera Andes continues to be well funded and have no bank debt. The Corporation had $20.9 Million USD in cash as at September 30, 2009.
For further information, please contact: Nils Engelstad or visit our Web site: www.minandes.com.
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