Aurizon Mines Appoints New President and CEO

Aurizon Mines (ARZ.TSX, AMEX: AZK) announced that effective today, George N. Paspalas has joined the Company as its new President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.  In addition, the Canadian-based gold producer confirmed that Mr. David Hall, who has retired from his positions as President and Chief Executive Officer, will continue to serve as Aurizon’s Chairman of the Board.


* Mr. Paspalas’ career includes 14 years in senior management positions, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer at Silver Standard Resources (SSRI).

* He previously held senior management positions with Placer Dome Inc., including Executive Vice-President and Senior Vice President Projects – Technical Development and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Placer Dome Africa.

* Mr. Hall has been with Aurizon Mines since its inception in 1988, and has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 1991.

David Hall, Chairman:

“We are delighted to welcome George to the Aurizon team.  His strong leadership skills, combined with a successful track record of value creation and team building will contribute greatly in building the Company’s growth profile, establishing new opportunities and capitalizing on other strategic initiatives.”