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Endeavour Silver appoints COO

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Endeavour Silver Corp. has announced the appointment of Donald Gray, B.Sc, MSE, MBA as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective 15 September 2020. Godfrey Walton, COO since the founding of the company, will retire at year-end and retains the role of President until then to facilitate the COO transition period.

Gray brings to Endeavour his 40 years of experience in the mining industry, having worked for senior mining companies such as Exxon, Hecla, Newmont, Coeur throughout much of Latin America, as well as Spain and the US. Most recently, as COO of Continental Gold Inc., he steered the successful completion of mine development and mill construction at their Buritica gold mine in Colombia, culminating in the company being purchased by Zijin Mining Group earlier in 2020. Prior to that, he was with Tahoe Resources, initially as General Manager/Vice President and then as President/Country Manager, where he oversaw the successful design, construction and startup of the Escobal silver mine in Guatemala.

He holds a B.Sc. degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho, an MSE Civil Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Auburn University.

Gray brings to Endeavour his knowledge and experience in all aspects of mine engineering and operations, including strategic planning and budget oversight, economic evaluations and corporate development. He has been responsible for designing, financing, constructing and operating large precious metal mines along with all related sustainability programmes including health, safety, environmental, community, security and labour, and corporate responsibilities with stakeholders.

Bradford Cooke, CEO and Director, commented: “I would like to welcome Don to our senior management team as he takes on this key role in helping to build a bigger and better Endeavour Silver. Don’s experience, expertise and leadership should help us extract more value from our current and future assets for the benefit of all stakeholders. While we still have 3 months to say goodbye with Godfrey Walton, I would like to thank him for his 17 years of dedicated service to the company.”

The company has also announced it has awarded the feasibility study for the Terronera project to Wood plc. Wood is an international engineering firm with a mining group who provide project-specific services across the entire life cycle of mining and minerals projects from early-stage concepts and evaluations to turn-key projects and asset solutions.

The feasibility study is estimated to take about 9 months at a cost of approximately US$1.5 million.

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