TORONTO (CP) -- The hiring comes a day after the company announced the appointment of four new directors and the resignation of four others.
The four new directors include Kinross Gold founder Robert Buchan, Northgate Minerals chairman Terrence Lyons, corporate lawyer Stephen Polakoff and Quest Capital co-chairman Murray Sinclair.
Last month, the company said a plan that would have seen a Russian conglomerate take a nearly one-third stake in the Canadian gold miner had been cancelled due to market conditions.
The transaction would have given the Alfa Group Consortium, one of Russia's largest privately-owned financial and industrial companies, a 32% in Toronto-based High River.
High River is an unhedged gold company with producing mines, development projects and advanced exploration projects in Burkina Faso in West Africa and Russia.
In July, the company signed a deal to acquire the remaining 50% interest in the Prognoz silver project in Russia in a share swap and debt deal valued at more than $C70 million.
High River Gold shares closed up five cents or about nine per cent at 60 cents on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.
(c) Canadian Press