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Directors & Officers

William C. (Bill) Howald
President, Chief Executive Officer, Director and Co-Founder
Mr. Howald is a co-founder of Rye Patch Gold. Prior to joining Rye Patch, he was General Manager of Exploration, United States and Latin America, for Placer Dome Inc. During his tenure at Placer Dome, Mr. Howald was an integral part of the teams that delivered over 80Mozs of gold resources to the Placer portfolio. A number of these resources are now being mined; these include Pipeline, Turquoise Ridge, and Bald Mountain Mines in Nevada, and Puren in Chile. Others, such as Pueblo Viejo in the Dominican Republic, Donlin Creek in Alaska and Cortez Hills in Nevada, are in the feasibility stage and are heading for production decisions. Mr. Howald has 22 years in the international gold exploration and mining industry gained primarily in Nevada, Mexico, and Central and South America.

Jonathan Challis
Chairman and Director
Mr. Challis has an honours degree in Mineral Exploitation from University College, Cardiff and an MBA degree from Cranfield University.  Mr. Challis has served as President and Director of Shore Gold Inc. (diamond exploration) from 1999 to December 2003; President, COO and Director of Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc. (gold exploration) from January 2004 to January 2005; President and Director of Solex Resources Corporation (uranium exploration) from January 2004 to May 2010.  Mr. Challlis is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the operation, management, financing and analysis of mining projects around the world.

Charles C. Russell
Mr. Russell has a Fellow Institution of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy (FIMMM) from Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, UK. Mr. Russell has been retired from June 1996 to present. He is also an independent Director of Golden Reign Resources Ltd. Mr. Russell has 50 years of experience in the mining industry including VP Mining & Technology for Ivanhoe Capital Corp., General Manager for Ashanti Gold Fields in Ghana and General Manager for National Iron Ore Co. in Liberia.

Timothy C. (Tim) Baker
Mr. Baker has over 35 years' experience with mining companies in management and operations, which he attained through his various management positions at globally focused mid-tier and senior mining companies. Mr. Baker is currently Chairman of the Board of Golden Star Resources, and a director on the Antofagasta PLC and Sherritt International boards. He was previously Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Kinross Gold Corp. Prior to joining Kinross in 2006, Mr. Baker was Executive General Manager of Placer Dome Chile. He has previously managed mining operations in Chile, Tanzania, Venezuela and the USA, and held production and geological roles in Kenya, Liberia and Canada. Mr. Baker has a B.Sc. in Geology from Edinburgh University and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Tony Wood
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Wood has held executive positions in finance and operations with publicly traded international resource and exploration companies for over 15 years. He has a proven success with strategic planning, organizational development and company transformations and has been instrumental in achieving performance and value growth across diverse commodities, countries and market conditions.

Bernard Poznanski
Corporate Secretary
Mr. Poznanski has been a partner of Koffman Kalef LLP, Business Lawyers, since its inception in April 1993. Mr. Poznanski has acted as counsel for a wide variety of companies listed on the TSX, the former Canadian Venture Exchange (now the TSX Venture Exchange), the American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. His practice areas are focused on advising mining and technology companies in connection with corporate finance and corporate/commercial matters and international projects.