AuRico Gold Appoints Robert J. Chausse as Chief Financial Officer

      AuRico Gold Appoints Robert J. Chausse as Chief Financial Officer

  PR Newswire

  TORONTO, December 13, 2012

TORONTO, December 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.

For further information: Please visit the AuRico Gold website at or contact:Scott Perry Chief Executive Officer
AuRico Gold Inc. +1-647-260-8880Anne Day Vice President, Investor Relations
and Communications AuRico Gold Inc. +1-647-260-8880
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