Hecla Mining Company (“Hecla”)(NYSE:HL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mike Westerlund to the position of Vice President - Investor Relations, effective immediately. In this role, Mr. Westerlund will lead the investor relations and external communications functions for the company and will be the primary liaison between Hecla and its investors, analysts and the financial community globally. He will be based in Hecla’s office in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mr. Westerlund will report to Mr. Phillips S. Baker, Jr., Hecla’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Baker said, “Mike brings experience and energy to his new position at Hecla. We are looking forward to him playing an important role in the communication of our current operations and growth initiatives to broaden and add shareholder value.”
Mr. Westerlund has significant experience in the minerals industry. Prior to joining Hecla, he held a variety of senior investor relations and corporate communications positions with Peregrine Diamonds Ltd., Peregrine Metals Ltd., Polaris Minerals Corp., and Ashton Mining of Canada Ltd.
Established in 1891, Hecla Mining Company has distinguished itself as one of the largest and lowest cash cost silver producers in the U.S. The company has two operating mines and exploration properties in four world-class silver mining districts in the U.S. and Mexico.
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