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IAMGOLD board members change in wake of challenge by Resource Capital Fund

Feb 14, 2022

IAMGOLD Corporation and Resource Capital Fund VII L.P., a fund managed by RCF Management L.L.C. today announced a collaboration agreement. 

Pursuant to the agreement, Maryse Bélanger, David Smith and Ian Ashby have been appointed to the Board of Directors of IAMGOLD as independent directors, and Ms. Bélanger has been appointed Chair, effective immediately. 

Richard Hall has stepped down from the Board, effective immediately and Ronald Gagel will resign from the Board following the announcement of the Company's 2021 year-end results. Tim Snider has advised that he will not stand for re-election at the Company's 2022 annual shareholders' meeting. A committee of the Board comprised of the current Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Company and the three new appointees to the Board will recommend one additional director to replace Mr. Gagel taking into consideration an optimal mix of skills and expertise and as part of a continuing renewal process. Following the 2022 annual shareholders' meeting, the refreshed Board will consist of no more than eight independent directors, plus one executive director, once the permanent CEO is appointed. 

In addition, one of the new directors will be appointed to each standing committee of the Board. Mr. Smith will become Chair of the Audit Committee upon Mr. Gagel's departure. The CEO Search Committee will consist of Maryse Bélanger, David Smith and Kevin O'Kane. This committee will oversee the search process already commenced earlier in January to identify qualified candidates to assume the role of permanent CEO.

Full details of the settlement are included in the Agreement, which will be filed with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities and made available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Biography of Maryse Bélanger

Maryse Bélanger brings over 35 years of experience with gold companies globally with proven strengths in operational excellence and efficiency, technical studies, and services. She has provided oversight and project management support through some of the mining industry's key strategic acquisitions. From July 2016 to July 2019, Ms. Bélanger was President, COO and Director of Atlantic Gold Corporation, where she successfully guided the company in taking its Touquoy Mine in Nova Scotia from construction to commissioning, ramp up and full production, through its eventual acquisition by St. Barbara for C$722 million.

Ms. Bélanger is currently a director of Pure Gold Inc, as well as an active Board Member of Equinox Gold and Sherritt International. She was recognized twice by the Women in Mining UK "WIM (UK)" 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project as one the most inspirational Global Women in Mining. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, a graduate certificate in Geostatistics, ICD.D designation and she is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Biography of David Smith 

David Smith is a Corporate Director who has had a career on both the finance and the supply sides of business within the mining sector, with extensive international exposure. He brings more than 35 years of financial and executive leadership experience to the Board. Mr. Smith served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finning International Inc. from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining Finning, Mr. Smith served as Chief Financial Officer and a Vice President of Ballard Power Systems, Inc. from 2002 to 2009. Previously, he spent 16 years with Placer Dome Inc. in various senior positions and 4 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. 

Mr. Smith currently is also a director of Hudbay Minerals Inc. and Pretivm Resources Inc. He has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors course, Directors Education Program (ICD.D). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance. 

Biography of Ian Ashby 

Ian Ashby served as President of Iron Ore for BHP Billiton between 2006 and 2012, when he retired from the company. During his 25-year tenure with BHP Billiton, Ian held numerous roles in its iron ore, base metals and gold businesses in Australia, the USA, and Chile, as well as projects roles in the corporate office.

Mr. Ashby began his career as an underground miner at the Mount Isa Mines base metals operations in Queensland, Australia. He has served as a non-executive director of New World Resources PLC and Genco Shipping & Trading, and has served in an advisory capacity with Apollo Global Management and Temasek. Mr. Ashby holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Mr. Ashby is also a director of Anglo American plc and previously served as chairman of Petropavlovsk plc, and a non-executive director of Alderon Iron Ore Corp., Nevsun Resources Ltd., New World Resources PLC and Genco Shipping & Trading, and in an advisory capacity with Apollo Global Management and Temasek.

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