Ridgemont Iron Ore Corp.

Ridgemont Iron Ore Corp.

July 30, 2012 08:30 ET

Ridgemont Strengthens Its Board and Management Team

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 30, 2012) - Ridgemont Iron Ore Corp. (TSX VENTURE:RDG)(OTCQX: RIOOF) ("Ridgemont" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Tayfun Eldem, P. Eng., and Mr. Adrian Bray, P. Geo., to its Board of Directors and Ms. Evelyn Cox as Vice President Corporate Development, effective immediately.

Mr. Eldem currently serves as the President and CEO of Alderon Iron Ore Corp. and brings significant iron ore expertise to the Board. Mr. Eldem worked for the Iron Ore Company of Canada ("IOC"), a Rio Tinto subsidiary, for more than 20 years, including three years as a Director on the joint-venture Board. During this period, Mr. Eldem held many senior roles including Vice President, Expansion Projects & Engineering and Vice President, Operations & Engineering. Mr. Eldem was accountable for the development and delivery of a nearly $2.0 billion program of green and brown fields expansion projects. Prior to his Projects role, Mr. Eldem was responsible for all of IOC's Operations including the mine, process plants, rail and port facilities. Mr. Eldem led a team of about 2,000 to deliver two consecutive years of record annual material movement at the mine and record ore processing through the concentrator. Mr. Eldem holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Dalhousie University along with Operations & Strategic Management Certificates from Richard Ivey School of Business and London Business School.

Mr. Bray, P. Geo., Q.M.C., is Executive Vice President and Senior Geologist for Forbes West Management Corp. Mr. Bray has 25 years of experience on national and international projects including grass roots through to advanced exploration and mining, due diligence, project evaluation and the implementation of quality systems and monitoring of quality control. He has worked for numerous public companies such as Lac Minerals Ltd., where he was involved in the discovery and advancement to pre-feasibility of the Red Mountain structurally controlled gold deposit. Mr. Bray was also involved in the initial drilling of the Kemess North porphyry Cu-Au deposit discovery for Northgate Minerals Corp. His memberships include the Geological Association of Canada, B.C. & Yukon Chamber of Mines, and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

Messrs. Eldem and Bray will replace Board members Mr. Rene Bharti and Mr. Aaron Wolfe, effective immediately. Ridgemont would like to thank Mr. Bharti and Mr. Wolfe for their efforts and continued support for Ridgemont.

Ms. Cox, B.Sc., is currently Executive Vice President Corporate Development for Forbes West Management Corp, overseeing all facets of corporate communications and corporate development for a number of companies within the Forbes West portfolio. With over 10 years of corporate experience in the mineral exploration sector, Ms. Cox is also active on several boards of junior exploration companies. Ms. Cox holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Geology and a minor in German from the University of British Columbia and has also completed the Economic Guidelines for Mineral Exploration Course at Queen's University.

In connection with these appointments, Ridgemont has granted certain directors and officers, under the terms of its stock option plan, options to purchase up to 3,595,000 common shares at a price of C$0.38 per share. The options are subject to a vesting period of two years and have an expiry date of July 27, 2017.

About Ridgemont

Ridgemont is a Canadian exploration company looking to acquire, explore and develop iron ore mineral properties. Ridgemont, through its 100% owned subsidiary IronOne Inc., has an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Lac Virot Iron Project located in the southern Labrador Trough and holds a 100% interest in the Maguse River Iron Project located in Nunavut. Ridgemont continues to hold an option to acquire up to 75% interest in the Redford iron ore property, comprised of 26 claims covering 10,821 hectares and located 22 kilometres northeast of Ucluelet, in the Alberni Mining Division, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


On behalf of the Board

Mark J. Morabito, Executive Chairman

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