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Sotkamo Silver appoints new Director of the Silver Mine in Finland

Arto Suokas will join Sotkamo Silver in mid-July 2017

Arto brings a profound track-record and a long experience in open pit and underground mine production, development, project management and construction works of mines. As Mine Director, he will take over the responsibility of developing the mine organisation and construction of the Silver Mine until production stage, in close association with the management of Sotkamo Silver.

He has worked successfully for more than 30 years in base-metal mining on several continents. His duties have included mine management, operations, and planning, both in underground and open pit mines. He also has strong experience in developing mine safety procedures.

Arto has been a project manager or team member in several mining projects, including the development and production start of Talvivaara open pit nickel mine. His main projects abroad have been underground drift-and-fill mine startup at Anglo American’s Lisheen zinc-lead mine in Ireland and the conversion of Digger Rocks nickel mine from open pit to underground mine in Western Australia. Arto Suokas is currently Mine Superintendent of Boliden`s Kevitsa Mine; annual mine production is up to 38 Million tonnes from which ca eight million tonnes are ore mining.

He has an MSc (Mining Engineering) degree from Aalto University (School of Engineering) in 1986 and MBA (Technology Management) from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia in 2005.

He has experience for more than 30 years from mining projects and international mining companies. Arto is a member of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and Finnish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.

“We welcome Arto Suokas to the Company. His profound experience from development of mining projects and mine production strengthens the Company's management significantly.”, says Timo Lindborg, CEO.

Source: Sotkamo Silver AB

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