TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2012) - Asia Now Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:NOW) (the "Company") today announced that financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 will be filed with Canadian securities regulators following today's close of trading on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company's audited annual consolidated financial statements together with the notes thereto and management's discussion and analysis of financial results will be available through the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or from the Company's website at www.asianow.ca.
The Company's board of directors also wishes to announce the appointment of Mr. Harold Roy Shipes as President & Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect. Mr. Shipes has thirty years of mining experience in senior positions in base and precious metals production, engineering and project development management around the world. He also has extensive experience in acquisition and development of projects in the United States, Canada, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Honduras, Bolivia, Ireland, Mexico and Venezuela. Mr. Shipes most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Precious Metals Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer of International Silver Inc.
As previously announced, the Company has established the first NI 43-101 resource estimates and continues to drill at Beiya and Habo, both in China. With his prior experiences, Mr. Shipes brings a set of management skills to the Company well suited for its current stage of growth and potential mine development.
Mr. Shipes replaces Dr. Kaihui Yang who has served as President & CEO since May 1, 2006 under the terms of a management services consulting agreement, which was to expire soon. It is currently anticipated that Mr. Yang will continue to serve as a director of the Company and may provide certain consulting services to the Company to ensure continuity and an orderly transition. The board wishes to express its sincere appreciation for Mr. Yang's past services and valuable contributions to the Company.
In addition to management changes, the Company's board of directors also wishes to announce the appointment of Chan Wing Kwong as Interim Chairman. The board of directors will undertake a search to identify a qualified Canadian independent director to replace former Chairman Gord McCreary, who at this time remains a director of the Company.
The foregoing board decisions were approved at a meeting of the board of directors held on Friday, April 27, 2012. The meeting was requisitioned by two directors in compliance with the Company's bylaws. Despite receiving the required notice of meeting, including notice that important matters would be considered, each of Messrs. Gord McCreary, Rick Brown and Kaihui Yang failed to attend the meeting in person or by phone. As such, in attendance at the meeting were five directors, representing a quorum: Messrs. David Ng Tai Chiu, Kelvin C.J. Lee, Chan Wing Kwong, and John Lee Luen Wai, each a director nominee of China Gold Pte. Ltd., the majority shareholder of the Company, and Mr. Alex Tjokrorahardojo, a director nominee of Prime Orient Investments Limited. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Shipes confirmed to the board of directors that he does not have a material relationship with China Gold Pte. Ltd. or Prime Orient Investments Limited. All decisions taken at the board meeting held were unanimous by the attendees.
Shareholders are advised that the Company's 2012 annual general meeting has been scheduled for June 21, 2012. The Company's board has fixed the close of business on May 11, 2012 as the record date for determining shareholders entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the annual general meeting and any adjournment or postponements thereof.
About Asia Now Resources:
Asia Now Resources Corp. is a mineral exploration company active in China since 2002. The Company has established offices, joint ventures and a significant network with Chinese partners. Current projects include lead, copper, gold and silver at two major projects, Beiya and Habo, both in China. For more information, please visit www.asianow.ca.
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