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AuRico Gold Appoints Robert J. Chausse as Chief Financial Officer



      AuRico Gold Appoints Robert J. Chausse as Chief Financial Officer

PR Newswire

TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2012

TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX: AUQ) (NYSE: AUQ),
("AuRico" or "the Company") announces the appointment of Robert J. Chausse as
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective January 21,
2013.

Mr. Chausse brings with  him more than 19  years of international finance  and 
mining experience.  Most  recently  he  was the  Vice  President  of  Finance, 
Operations and Projects for Kinross Gold Corporation, a position he held since
2009. Prior to that,  Mr. Chausse was Chief  Financial Officer for  Baffinland 
Iron Mines  Corporation  from  2006  to  2009  and  held  increasingly  senior 
positions with  Barrick Gold  from  1998 to  2006.  Mr. Chausse  received  his 
Chartered Accountant designation in 1990.

"We are  pleased  to  welcome Rob  to  the  AuRico team  where  his  extensive 
experience will further support our  strategic vision of delivering  reliable, 
stable and consistent performance from our two low-cost, long-life core assets
and our commitment to  shareholder-friendly initiatives," stated Scott  Perry, 
Chief Executive Officer. He continued, "Rob's proven track record of financial
leadership and  operations  experience will  be  valuable assets  during  this 
transformational period in the  Company's history and we  look forward to  his 
positive contributions."

About AuRico Gold

AuRico Gold is a  leading Canadian gold producer  with high quality mines  and 
projects  in  North  America  that  have  significant  production  growth  and 
exploration potential.  Following  the divestiture  of  the Ocampo  mine,  the 
Company will be focused  on its core  operations including the  Young-Davidson 
gold  mine  in  northern  Ontario  which  declared  commercial  production  on 
September 1^st, 2012 and the El Chanate mine in Sonora State. AuRico's  strong 
project pipeline also  includes advanced exploration  opportunities in  Mexico 
and British Columbia.  AuRico's head  office is located  in Toronto,  Ontario, 
Canada.

                             Cautionary Statement

Certain information included in this news release constitutes  forward-looking 
statements, including any  information as  to our projects,  plans and  future 
financial and operating performance. All statements, other than statements  of 
historical  fact,  are   forward-looking  statements.   The  words   "expect", 
"believe", "anticipate", "will",  "intend", "estimate", "forecast",  "budget", 
"schedule"  and  similar  expressions  identify  forward-looking   statements. 
Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors  and 
assumptions that, while  considered reasonable by  management, are  inherently 
subject to significant  business, economic and  competitive uncertainties  and 
contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to  differ 
materially from  those  projected  in  the  forward-looking  statements.  Such 
factors include,  but are  not limited  to: changes  to current  estimates  of 
mineral reserves and resources; fluctuations in the price of gold and  silver; 
changes in foreign exchange rates  (particularly the Canadian dollar,  Mexican 
peso and U.S. dollar); the impact of inflation; changes in our credit  rating; 
employee relations; litigation; disruptions affecting operations; availability
of and increased costs  associated with mining  inputs and labor;  development 
delays at the  Young-Davidson mine; technical  challenges associated with  the 
construction of  capital  projects;  operating or  technical  difficulties  in 
connection with mining  or development activities;  inherent risks  associated 
with mining and mineral  processing; the risk that  the Young-Davidson and  El 
Chanate mines and may not perform as planned; the ability to complete the sale
of the Ocampo mine; uncertainty with  the Company's ability to secure  capital 
to execute its business plans;  the speculative nature of mineral  exploration 
and development,  including  the risks  of  obtaining necessary  licenses  and 
permits; contests  over title  to properties;  changes in  national and  local 
government legislation in Canada, Mexico and other jurisdictions in which  the 
company does or  may carry  on business  in the future;  risk of  loss due  to 
sabotage  and  civil  disturbances;  risks  arising  from  holding  derivative 
instruments; business opportunities that may  be pursued by, the company;  and 
the ability of  the company  to successfully integrate  acquisitions. Many  of 
these uncertainties and contingencies can affect our actual results and  could 
cause actual results to differ materially  from those expressed or implied  in 
any forward-looking  statements made  by, or  on behalf  of, us.  Readers  are 
cautioned  that  forward-looking  statements  are  not  guarantees  of  future 
performance. All of the forward-looking statements made in this third  quarter 
report are qualified  by these  cautionary statements.  Specific reference  is 
made to the most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the SEC
and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a discussion  of 
some  of  the  factors  underlying  forward-looking  statements.  The  company 
disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any  forward-looking 
statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise,
except as required by applicable law.

SOURCE AuRico Gold Inc.

Contact:

Please visit the AuRico Gold website at http://www.auricogold.com or contact:

Scott Perry
Chief Executive Officer
AuRico Gold Inc.
1-647-260-8880 

Anne Day
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
AuRico Gold Inc.
1-647-260-8880
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