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Management

Peter C. Dougherty
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director

Mr. Dougherty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Argonaut Gold Inc. He served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Meridian Gold Inc. (“Meridian”) from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Dougherty has also served as: Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Meridian from 1997 to 2002; IBS Financial Manager of FMC Chemicals Group from 1994 to 1997; Group Financial Analyst of FMC Chemicals Group from 1993 to 1994 and the Controller of Paradise Peak Mine, FMC Gold from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Dougherty holds a B.S. in Accounting from Southern Oregon State College and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.

William Zisch
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Zisch brings more than 35 years of mining industry and professional experience to Argonaut Gold.  He previously held the role of President and CEO of Midway Gold.  Prior to Midway, Mr. Zisch was the Vice President of Operations at Royal Gold Inc.  Prior to joining Royal Gold, he spent 12 years with Newmont Mining Company in various international assignments serving as the Operations Manager at the Yanacocha mine in Peru and later as the Vice President of African Operations while based in Ghana.  Mr. Zisch served as Vice President of Planning during his last two years at Newmont where he was responsible for company-wide strategic, operational and capital planning.  Prior to his tenure at Newmont, Mr. Zisch spent 16 years with FMC Company, where he held several positions in coal and gold operations and strategic sourcing roles in the company’s Chemical Group.  Mr. Zisch holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

David A. Ponczoch
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Ponczoch is the Chief Financial Officer of Argonaut Gold. Mr. Ponczoch served as CFO at Twin Metals Minnesota. He has served as the Regional Finance Director for Yamana Gold and Controller of the El Penon gold mine in Chile. Mr. Ponczoch graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in business administration.

W. Robert Rose
Vice President of Technical Services

Mr. Rose is the Vice President of Technical Services for Argonaut Gold Inc. He served as the Chief Operating Officer for Andina Minerals Inc. from January 2012 until the sale of Andina in early 2013. Mr. Rose previously worked as a Project Manager for Kappes, Cassiday & Associates for over 24 years managing feasibility studies, engineering and construction of numerous projects throughout the world. With KCA, Mr. Rose was responsible for managing the design and construction of the Ocampo and Pinos Altos projects in northern Mexico. Mr. Rose graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a B.S in Mining Engineering.

Dan Symons
Vice President, Investor Relations

Mr. Symons previously held the position of Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations with Romarco Minerals Inc. In this role, Mr. Symons was a key member of the Romarco management team. Prior to Romarco, Mr. Symons was an Account Manager with Renmark Financial Communications, a leading North American IR firm. Mr. Symons has over a decade of experience in planning and directing all aspects of investor relations’ policies, objectives and initiatives. Mr. Symons holds an Honours B.A. from Concordia University in Montreal and is an active member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

Brian Arkell
Vice President, Exploration

Mr. Arkell has over 30 years of worldwide experience in exploration, resource development and mine operations. Mr. Arkell previously served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Caza Gold Corp. from 2014 to 2017. Prior to his role leading Caza Gold, he served as Senior Vice President of Exploration and Corporate Development for Rio Novo Gold Inc. from 2011 through 2013. Prior to this, he held a variety of senior positions at Newmont Mining Co., including Director of Geology Canada & Hope Bay, Director of Geology and Exploration, South America, Geology Manager at the Waihi Gold Project in New Zealand and Manager of Mine Geology for the Yanacocha Mine in Peru. He has also served as Chief Geologist at the Batu Hijau and Mesel Mines in Indonesisa, as well as held various positions in Nevada and the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Arkell studied geology and engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (M.S.) and at the University of Maryland (B.S.). He is a Registered Member of SME, Fellow of AusIMM, and Fellow of SEG. He is a Qualified Person (QP) under Canadian 43-101 Standards, as well as a Competent Person under Australian JORC Code.

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