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Appointment of CFO and CEO

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SolGold PLC
20 March 2023

20 March 2023

SolGold plc

("SolGold" or the "Company")

Appointment of CFO and CEO


The Board of Directors of SolGold (LSE & TSX: SOLG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Stackhouse as Chief Financial Officer of the Company ("CFO"), effective 17 April 2023. ‎

Mr. Stackhouse is an accomplished finance professional with over 20 years of experience successfully managing development stage assets through operations with extensive experience living and working in South America.

Mr. Stackhouse spent seven years with Guyana Goldfields Inc. (acquired by Zijin Mining Group), holding various senior finance roles, including interim CFO. He was instrumental in the development and operation of the Aurora Gold Mine, including the finalization of the feasibility study and project financing. Mr. Stackhouse obtained his CPA, CA, as an Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked and lived for three years in Chile, South America. More recently, Mr. Stackhouse has served as CFO of Rockcliff Metals (CSE: RCLF) and VP Finance for Generation Mining (TSX: GENM). He holds a CPA, CA, and Honours Business Administration BBA degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Mr. Keith Pollocks will continue as interim CFO until Mr. Stackhouse's appointment. The Board would like to thank Mr. Pollocks for his work in the role on an interim basis. Mr. Pollocks will remain with the business for a period of time to ensure an orderly handover.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Stackhouse said, "It is a privilege to join SolGold at this important time for the Company. Cascabel is a world-class asset, and I am excited to work alongside Scott, the Board, and the team in Ecuador, as we strive to deliver optimal outcomes for SolGold's stakeholders. I will be focused on supporting the optimization of the organization and ensuring a fiscally responsible approach to maximizing shareholder value."

SolGold is also pleased to announce that Mr. Scott Caldwell, who has been serving as Interim CEO, has been appointed as the Company's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Caldwell's extensive mining industry experience and his proven leadership skills make him the ideal choice to lead SolGold into the future. As part of his new role, Mr. Caldwell will also assume the position of President of SolGold Ecuador. This move underscores the Company's commitment to its operations in Ecuador and its focus on sustainable growth and development in the region.

Scott Caldwell, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am honoured to have been chosen to lead such a talented team and work towards achieving our shared goals at SolGold. As we continue to move forward, I am excited to lead the company into a successful future. We are thrilled to welcome Chris Stackhouse to our team as our new CFO. With his exceptional background in finance, operations, project development, expertise in the mining sector and Spanish language skills, he brings invaluable experience to our team. Together, we will work towards delivering on our strategic initiatives."

To secure his appointment and for retention purposes, Mr. Caldwell has been granted an exceptional award of 30,000,000 options over ordinary shares in the Company at an exercise price of £0.17 per share that are tied to specific performance criteria which will be assessed at the end of the vesting period. SolGold is committed to ensuring executive compensation is aligned with the best interests of all shareholders. In line with this objective, the Board of Directors plans to seek shareholder approval at an appropriate time to amend the Director Remuneration Policy and to amend certain provisions of the award of options to Mr. Caldwell.  In addition, to facilitate these amendments, the Company will seek shareholder approval to make certain amendments to the Company's existing Long Term Incentive Plan or may adopt a new incentive plan. The proposed new Remuneration Policy and Long Term Incentive Plan will offer incentives consistent with industry standards, reflect the Company's performance, and aim to drive success for all stakeholders.  


This announcement was approved for release by Ryan Wilson - Company Secretary.

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information.



Scott Caldwell

Chief Executive Officer



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Grant of options over 30,000,000 Ordinary Shares of £0.01 in the Company


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17 March 2023


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SolGold is a leading resources company focused on the discovery, definition and development of world-class copper and gold deposits and continues to strive to deliver objectives efficiently and in the interests of shareholders. SolGold is exploring the length and breadth of the highly prospective and gold-rich section of the Andean Copper Belt, which is currently responsible for 40% of global mined copper production.

The Company operates with transparency and in accordance with international best practices. SolGold is committed to delivering value to its shareholders while simultaneously providing economic and social benefits to impacted communities, fostering a healthy and safe workplace, and minimizing the environmental impact.

SolGold is listed on the London Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange (LSE/TSX: SOLG).

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