Black Iron Inc.

Black Iron Inc.

April 10, 2012 19:00 ET

Black Iron Strengthens Management Team With Addition of Igor Buchatskiy as Vice President Strategy

- Mr. Igor Buchatskiy is a Former Director of Smart-Holding a Ukraine Private Investment Company, General Manager for Arcelormittal S.A. and Mckinsey & Company Consultant

- The VP Strategy Will Focus on Finalizing the Infrastructure and Other Project Development Contracts, as Well as Increasing the Company's Profile in European and Euro-Asian Markets

- Mr. Buchatskiy Will Be Based in Kyiv

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 10, 2012) - Black Iron Inc. ("Black Iron" or the "Company") (TSX:BKI)(FRANKFURT:BIN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Igor Buchatskiy as its Vice President, Strategy, based in the Company's Kyiv office. Mr. Buchatskiy is presently a member of Black Iron's Ukraine Advisory Board and brings a wealth of knowledge on mining operations in Ukraine. Mr. Buchatskiy's credentials also include significant time spent operating and consulting to the iron ore sector through previous roles held with Arcelor S.A. (now ArcelorMittal S.A.) and McKinsey & Company.

Matt Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Black Iron, commented, "We are very excited to have Igor Buchatskiy join the Black Iron team on a full-time basis to help augment our profile and business dealings throughout Ukraine. Igor will add to our senior presence on the ground in Ukraine and will play an important role in helping increase our presence throughout the nearby European and Euro-Asian markets. His extensive background in strategic planning and analysis, coupled with direct experience in the Ukraine iron ore market, will be invaluable to the Company as we work to finalize our infrastructure and other project development contracts."

Mr. Buchatskiy holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Odessa State Academy of Low Temperatures and an International Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He started his career in the engineering field before joining the international management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company in 2001. Throughout five years with McKinsey, Mr. Buchatskiy advised several clients in Brazil and Ukraine with a significant amount of time spend advising to the steel and iron ore sectors. In October 2005, Mr. Buchatskiy joined Acrelor S.A. (now ArcelorMittal S.A.) as General Manager, International Business Development, where he spent a year evaluating acquisition opportunities across the geographies of the former Soviet Union. Mr. Buchatskiy then spent two years with Smart-Holding, a leading Ukraine-focused private investment group, as Director, Business Development. Smart-Holding's largest investment is a 25% stake in Metinvest Group, but also holds interest in many shipyards and ports. In late 2008, Mr. Buchatskiy joined Smart-Holding's agricultural company SARGO LLC as CEO. Mr. Buchatskiy has been a member of Black Iron's Ukraine Advisory Board since August 2011.

About Black Iron

Black Iron is an iron ore exploration and development company advancing its 100%-owned Shymanivske project located in Kryviy Rih, Ukraine. This project contains a NI 43-101 compliant resource with 373 Mt measured and indicated resources grading 31.3% iron and 480 Mt of inferred resources grading 30.2% iron. The project is surrounded by five other operating mines including ArcelorMittal's iron ore complex. The Company believes that existing infrastructure, including access to power, rail and port facilities, will allow for a quick development timeline to production. Further, the Company holds an exploration permit for the adjacent Zelenivske project which it intends to further explore to determine its potential. Please visit the Company's website at or write us at for more information.

Regulatory Notes

The technical contents of this press release have been prepared under the supervision of and has been reviewed and approved by Farshid Ghazanfari, P.Geo., Chief Geologist, who is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. For further information, please see the technical report of the Company, which is available on SEDAR at

This press release contains "forward-looking information" which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the effect of the appointment on the Company's development potential and the development of its projects, the timing and amount of future exploration and development of the project, resolution of land issues at the project, and the future financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or by the use of words or phrases that state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.

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