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Message: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Names Dave Anthony Vice President,

Senior Project Director, of Its Canadian Chromite Operations


CLEVELAND, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) today announced Dave Anthony will join the organization as vice president, senior project director, of Cliffs' Canadian chromite operations, effective January 2011. In this position, Mr. Anthony will lead the technical development of Cliffs' chromite deposits in Northern Ontario, Canada, overseeing project scope, execution plans, schedules and budgets to successfully design, procure, construct and begin production. He will report to William Boor, senior vice president, president ? Ferroalloys.

Earlier this year, Cliffs purchased two large chromite deposits and the controlling interest in a third deposit in the Ring of Fire area of Northern Ontario. Cliffs subsequently announced its intent to develop the mining operation in the Ring of Fire and a ferrochrome processing operation at a site to be determined in Ontario. Prefeasibility studies are underway, with projected start-up in 2015.

Mr. Anthony has more than 30 years of engineering and environmental experience in the mining industry. Most recently, he worked with Barrick Gold Corp. as chief operating officer, responsible for African Barrick Gold (ABG) Mines & Capital Projects. He also has held general management positions with Barrick's gold and copper operations in Tanzania, directing the design, commissioning and operating of greenfield projects. Mr. Anthony also completed designs for mining companies across the globe while a senior metallurgist for SNC-Lavalin Engineers & Constructors LTD, a leading Toronto-based engineering and construction group. In addition, Mr. Anthony held engineering and environmental roles with major Canadian-based mining operators for more than 20 years.

"As Cliffs establishes its presence in the ferroalloys industry, Dave's ability to bring large, complex mining projects to fruition, and his experience in Canada, will be instrumental to future success," Mr. Boor commented. "A demonstrated leader, Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and global mining experience that will be crucial for the development of this greenfield project."

Mr. Anthony received his B.Sc. Mining Engineering (Mineral Processing) from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He is a member of the Association of Professional Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, and Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


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