Taia Lion Resources Appoints SVP Exploration to Direct Work in Sierra Leone

Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:33pm EDT

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  NEW YORK, NY, Jul 11 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Taia Lion Resources ("Taia," "TLR" or the "Company") is pleased to
announce the appointment of Mr. Gavin Cooper to the position of Senior
Vice President Exploration. The appointment is a major milestone for Taia
in the development of its Sierra Leone interests and is key to
strengthening its executive team as the Company prepares for a more
advanced exploration program.

    As SVP Exploration, Mr. Cooper will steer the Company's geological work
relating to the development of the Lake Sonfon and the Gori Hills/Sandaru
gold concessions in Sierra Leone as well as other potential interests of

    Mr. Cooper, a geologist, has over 25 years' experience in the mining
industry in project management and development pertaining to exploration.
He has worked on metals and diamond operations throughout Africa in such
countries as South Africa, Mali, Guinea, Rwanda, Nigeria, Namibia,
Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. His expertise includes
senior level geological positions, primarily in the gold and diamond
sectors. He has been integral in the technical and financial planning,
strategic planning and ongoing mine management for many successful
projects, having worked in various capacities on AngloGold Ashanti's
Siguiri mine in Guinea and their highly productive Sadiola and Yatela
mines in western Mali. Mr. Cooper also worked for the world's leading
marine diamond exploration and mining company De Beers Marine. Most
recently, Mr. Cooper was Africa Manager at CGA Mining, where he was
responsible for advancing their three principle African projects,
including an advanced copper project in Zambia, an advanced gold project
in Nigeria and a green fields program in Ghana. 

    Ari Untracht, President & CEO of Taia Lion Resources, comments on the
appointment: "Gavin's extensive experience in managing and coordinating
mid and large-scale projects in Africa is an asset to Taia and the
development of our exploration program. Gavin possesses a rare
combination of functional expertise and cultural competence that
brilliantly complements the Company's approach to business relationships
in Sierra Leone. As he takes leadership in assessing the potential of the
Company's holdings, Gavin's experience in mine management will be crucial
to achieving our goal of creating value for both international investors
and the local community alike."

    Gavin Cooper, Taia's newly appointed SVP Exploration, comments, "Taia has
exciting gold resource potential and has acquired significant holdings in
some of Sierra Leone's traditional gold bearing regions. To be able to
take these properties (and future acquisitions) through to advanced
projects using modern exploration and resource development techniques
will be exciting. Having good geological potential in a rapidly
stabilising country, coupled with significant experience and
infrastructure on the ground, and a real commitment to CSR/development is
a model that differentiates TLR from other exploration or mining models."

    About Taia Lion Resources
 Taia Lion Resources (TLR) Inc. is an Alberta,
Canada registered company established to identify, acquire, explore and
develop precious metal and mineral deposits in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
The primary mission of TLR is to achieve the highest sustainable profits
and shareholder value through the implementation of a sustainable and
commercially viable mining model that promotes long-term economic growth
for both company and community alike. TLR is currently focused on
quantifying its gold properties (in Lake Sonfon and Gori Hills/Sandaru),
and plans to expand and pursue the exploration of other natural resources
in due course. TLR is committed to conducting partnered and empowered
operations in a sustainable manner, whilst demonstrating the highest
tangible efforts toward social and economic development.


Taia Lion Resources Inc. 
(718) 643-0208 

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