Fortuna announces change in the Board of Directors and Management

Vancouver, December 8, 2016 - Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM) (TSX: FVI) Mr. Jorge A. Ganoza, President, CEO and Director of Fortuna, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Alfredo Sillau to the Board of Directors of the Company.

Mr. Sillau is Managing Partner, CEO and Director of Faro Capital, an investment management firm that manages private equity and real estate funds. Previously, Alfredo headed the business development in Peru for Compass Group, a regional investment management firm, until late 2011. As CEO of Compass, Mr. Sillau actively took part in the structuring, promoting and management of investment funds with approximately US$500 million in assets under management. Mr. Sillau is a Harvard graduate and board member of Cosapi S.A., the second largest engineering and construction firm in Peru, and of Pecsa S.A., a company that operates gas stations in Peru.

Mr. Ganoza also announces that the company has promoted Mr. Eric Chapman, Corporate Head of Technical Services of Fortuna, to the new position of Vice President of Technical Services effective January 1, 2017.

Mr. Chapman is a resource geologist with 15 years' experience in the mining industry who has provided technical guidance to Fortuna since 2011. Prior to joining the company, Eric was a Senior Consultant to Snowden Mining Industry Consultants working on a variety of mine and exploration projects in Africa and the Americas. Mr. Chapman has a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Southampton in the UK, and an M.Sc. in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines. Eric is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, being a Chartered Geologist (C.Geol) of the Geological Society of London and a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Simon Ridgway, Chairman of the Board of Fortuna, commented, "I want to extend a warm welcome to Alfredo and look forward to his contributions." Mr. Ridgway continued, "Exciting times for Fortuna as we continue diligently working towards a construction decision next year on the Lindero gold Project located in the Salta Province, Argentina."

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Fortuna is a growth oriented, precious and base metals producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. Our primary assets are the Caylloma silver Mine in southern Peru, the San Jose silver-gold Mine in Mexico and the Lindero gold Project in Argentina. The company is selectively pursuing acquisition opportunities throughout the Americas and in select other areas. For more information, please visit our website at


Jorge A. Ganoza
President, CEO and Director
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

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