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International Tower Hill Mines Appoints Tom Irwin Vice President, Alaska and Karl Hanneman as Alaska General Manager


Vancouver, B.C……..International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. (“ITH” or the “Company”) - (TSX: ITH, NYSE-A: THM, Frankfurt: IW9) announces that Thomas E. Irwin has been promoted to the positions of ITH Vice President, Alaska, and President, Tower Hill Mines, Inc., the U.S. operating subsidiary.   Effective immediately, Mr. Irwin will assume responsibility for management of all Alaska activities of the subsidiary for the Livengood Gold Project.  Most recently the Alaska General Manager for the Livengood Gold Project, Mr. Irwin has over 35 years’ experience in the natural resource industry constructing, optimizing, operating and permitting major mining projects in Alaska, Nevada and Colorado with companies such as Amax Gold Inc. and Kinross Gold Corporation.  He also served for six years as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

The Company has also appointed Karl Hanneman to the position of Alaska General Manager.  Mr. Hanneman has been with the Company since May 2010, during which time he was responsible for assembling the Alaska team and served as Project Manager.  Mr. Hanneman has more than 30 years of Alaska-based mining industry experience including a key role on the team that worked to successfully resolve the permit issues at the Red Dog Mine and was Alaska Regional Manager during development and permitting of the Pogo Gold Mine.

Tom Irwin, ITH VP Alaska, states “I am very excited and privileged to be working with the exceptional team we have at ITH.  The Livengood Gold Project is one of the most significant new mining projects in North America and we, as ITH, look forward to developing Alaska’s next great mining project.”

“The Board is extremely pleased to have Tom Irwin take this leadership role within the Company to advance the Livengood Gold Project”, said Don Ewigleben, Board Chairman.  “Tom, Karl, and the Alaska based team have an unparalleled track record of success in permitting and development of mines in Alaska.  This exceptional Alaskan team continues to rapidly advance our exciting world class Livengood Gold Project toward production.” 

About International Tower Hill Mines Ltd.

International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. controls a 100% interest in the world-class Livengood Gold Project accessible by paved highway 70 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska.  In 2012, ITH is focused on the rapid advancement of the Livengood project into a compelling potential development scenario.

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