Oriental Minerals Inc.

Oriental Minerals Inc.

February 11, 2010 14:47 ET

Oriental Minerals Inc.: Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2010) - Oriental Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OTL) ("Oriental") announces that effective February 9, 2010, Mark Gelmon, CA, was appointed Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") of Oriental. Mr. Gelmon is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. He has served as an auditor, director, chief financial officer, corporate controller and accountant for several public and private companies. As the CFO of the Company, Mr. Gelmon will be responsible for management of the finance department of Oriental in conjunction with the President and with outside accounting, tax, and auditing firms. His background as a C.A. provides Oriental with the necessary skills required for financial management and compliance with today's complex regulatory reporting requirements.

"Mr. Gelmon's role in the Company is critical as the CFO ensures that all checks and balances are in place for proper governance. Proper governance is extremely important in working across international borders and it encompasses a broader scope than accounting and finance as risk and environment are as important to the success of the Company and need to be managed on a formal basis. Oriental is in a rebuilding phase and the appointment of Mr. Gelmon brings a wealth of financial and managerial skills to the table," Brian Wesson, President and CEO of Oriental noted.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Brian Wesson, Chief Executive Officer

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors identified in the Company's periodic filings with Canadian Securities Regulators. These factors include the inherent risks involved in the exploration and development of mineral properties, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drill results and other exploration data, the potential for delays in exploration or development activities, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits, the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations, accidents, equipment breakdowns, title matters, labor disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in production and operations, fluctuating metal prices, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, regulatory restrictions, including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability, competition, loss of key employees, and other related risks and uncertainties. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information except as required by applicable law. Such forward-looking information represents management's best judgment based on information currently available. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may vary materially. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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