West Hawk Development Corp.
TSX VENTURE : WHD

West Hawk Development Corp.

April 20, 2009 17:41 ET

West Hawk Announces New CFO

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - West Hawk Development Corp. (TSX VENTURE:WHD) (the "West Hawk" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Lonny L. Haugen as CFO of the Company effective April 20, 2009. Mr. Haugen has 30 years of experience in business and financial management activities and is currently a registered Certified Public Accountant in Colorado and North Dakota.

Mr. Haugen was employed by US-WEST Inc. / Qwest Communications International, Inc. ("Qwest"), for 22 years. He held a variety of positions with Qwest, including positions in its Strategic Planning, Human Resources Management, IT Systems Improvement and Network Operations departments and a variety of financial and accounting positions. Prior to working for Qwest, Mr. Haugen served as State Auditor in North Dakota for two years. Mr. Haugen currently owns his own accounting firm, which specializes in providing financial expertise in order to facilitate effective business operations.

Mr. Haugen obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from The University of North Dakota in 1972 where he also completed two years of post-graduate accounting studies in 1977. Mr. Haugen obtained his Certified Public Accountant License in 1978.

"All of us here at West Hawk are very please to have Mr. Haugen as a member of our team. His financial expertise will be of great service to the Company today and into the future," said Gonzalo Torres-Macchiavello, President & CEO.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Gonzalo Torres Macchiavello, President and Chief Executive Officer

About the Company: West Hawk Development Corp. is focused on providing valuable, high-demand energy products from a variety of sources. Assets include the Figure Four natural gas property located in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, which is being developed under a drilling and development agreement, and the Groundhog coal property located in northwestern British Columbia.

Cautionary Note: This news release contains forward-looking statements, particularly those regarding cash flow, capital expenditures and investment plans. Resource estimates, unless specially noted, are considered speculative. The Company has filed a National Instrument 51-101 Report for the Figure Four natural gas property. The Company has also filed a National Instrument 43-101 Report for the Groundhog coal property located in northwestern British Columbia. Any and all other resource or reserve estimates are historical in nature, and should not be relied upon. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on factors that will or may occur in the future. Actual results may vary depending upon exploration and development activities, industry production, commodity demand and pricing, currency exchange rates, and, but not limited to, general economic factors. Cautionary note to U.S. investors: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission specifically prohibits the use of certain terms, such as "reserves" unless such figures are based upon actual production or formation tests and can be shown to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions.

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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