Current SME president named vice president of operations for Pershing Gold

January 4, 2017

Tim Arnold, 2016 SME President, has been named vice president of operations for Pershing Gold Corp., an emerging Nevada gold producer.

"We are extremely excited to have Tim Arnold join our operating team. He joins our strong operating group which includes chief operating officer, Tim Janke, senior vice president, Debbie Struhsacker, vice president and general manager, Dan Moore and the company's other veteran team members. Arnold will add to our robust operations team of mining veterans with decades of experience in Nevada," commented Stephen D. Alfers , Pershing Gold CEO and executive chairman. "In his role as vice president of Operations for Pershing Gold, Arnold will take a leadership position at the company, and his many years of industry experience at all levels will be invaluable as we progress toward the reopening of the Relief Canyon Mine in Pershing County, NV.”

Arnold is currently the President of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), with his term ending in February 2017. He has more than 35 years mining experience with 10 years as a general manager of safe mines. Arnold has worked at all levels of mining operations including; laborer, contract miner, shift boss through mine superintendent, as well as junior engineer through chief. He has held multiple leadership roles in his career including senior mining consultant at Barr Engineering, Inc., vice president operations at Nevada Copper Corp, executive VP and COO at Geovic Mining Corp., general manager at the Mt. Hope and Liberty Mines for General Moly, Inc. and vice president and general manager for the Kensington Gold Mine project and the Rochester project for Coeur d' Alene Mines Corp. Arnold has a history of building strong management teams that work well together toward common goals.

Arnold holds an Executive MBA certification from Northwestern University's Kellogg Management Institute and a B.S. in mining engineering from the University of Idaho. He has published several professional articles, has received multiple awards and honors, is a Professional Engineer in Arizona and Nevada, and a Qualified Person in Canada and the United States. Additionally, Arnold served on the Board of Directors for the Nevada Mining Association and the Resource Development Council for Alaska and is currently a member of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and the Advisory Board for the Mackay School of Mines.



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