VANCOUVER, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - New Gold Inc. ("New Gold") (TSX and NYSE MKT:NGD) is pleased to announce that Randall Oliphant, New Gold's Executive Chairman, has been elected Chairman of the World Gold Council, succeeding Ian Telfer, Chairman of Goldcorp Inc.
"I am taking on the role at a time when gold has a wider significance than ever before across the world. From investments and capital markets, to the rise of the eastern consumer, gold is at the heart of many societies as they seek to store and protect their wealth. The World Gold Council has been in the vanguard of developing innovative uses for gold, and it is a privilege to accept this role," stated Mr. Oliphant.
The World Gold Council is the market development organization for the gold industry. Significant initiatives spearheaded by the World Gold Council include the publication of the Conflict-Free Gold Standard and the guidance notes on All-In Costs.
Aram Shishmanian, Chief Executive Officer, World Gold Council, commented, "I am looking forward to working with Mr. Oliphant. Gold has been central to the preservation of global wealth in recent years, and as the west rebuilds following the financial crisis and the emerging economies of the world grow, gold will continue to play a central role in protecting the wealth and mitigating the financial risk of both nations and individuals."
"I'm extremely proud of the industry and the work of the World Gold Council," added Mr. Oliphant. "I look forward to working with our members to continue building awareness and understanding of the contribution gold makes to society."
The entire New Gold team and Board of Directors congratulate Mr. Oliphant on his election.
About New Gold Inc.
New Gold is an intermediate gold mining company. The company has a portfolio of four producing assets and three significant development projects. The New Afton Mine in Canada, the Cerro San Pedro Mine in Mexico, the Mesquite Mine in the United States and the Peak Mines in Australia provide the company with its production base and solid foundation. In addition, New Gold owns 100% of the Blackwater project and 97% of the Rainy River project, both in Canada, as well as 30% of the El Morro project located in Chile. New Gold's objective is to continue to establish itself as a leading intermediate producer, focused on the environment, sustainability and generating peer-leading shareholder returns. For further information on the company, please visit www.newgold.com.
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