Ventana Gold Corp.

Ventana Gold Corp.

July 22, 2009 14:00 ET

Ventana Appoints Stephen Orr as President and CEO

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) – Ventana Gold Corp. (TSX:VEN) ("Ventana" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Orr to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2009.

Mr. Orr has 30 years of experience in the gold mining industry including international commercial experience at both executive and operational levels. Most recently, Mr. Orr was Chief Executive Officer of OceanaGold Limited, a position he held for four years. Prior to that time Mr. Orr was Vice President of North American Operations, then Managing Director of Australia and Africa for Barrick Gold Corporation. Before joining Barrick he spent 20 years with Homestake Mining Company in a number of increasingly senior positions, including President and Chief Executive Officer for Homestake Canada Inc.

Ventana Chairman Richard Warke said: "Stephen brings a wealth of experience to Ventana and his leadership skills will be an asset to the Company as we move the La Bodega project through advanced exploration and into mine development. His vision and expertise are aligned with the Board's objective to build Ventana into a leading precious metals company, and his appointment will lead Ventana through this next stage of growth."

Mr. Orr holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Business Administration from St. Mary's College in California. He will be relocating from Melbourne to Vancouver.

About Ventana
Ventana is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration and development company with mineral rights to 4,573 hectares of exploration property in northeastern Colombia. Ventana is currently drilling at the La Bodega property with a focus on expanding the high-grade La Mascota zone. The Company's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VEN.

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