WesternZagros Announces Appointment of Vice President

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WesternZagros Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:WZR) ("WesternZagros" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Mary Benassi to the position of Vice President, Human Resources. In this role, Ms. Benassi will report to the CEO and be responsible for WesternZagros's overall Human Resources function. Specific focus will include the development of a strategy that builds human resource and organizational capacity to effectively and efficiently engage employees in business priorities both in Canada and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

"Mary's appointment comes at a key time for WesternZagros. In conjunction with our expanded drilling programs, we have seen a significant increase in the number of personnel. Human Resources lie at the heart of our corporate and economic success," said Simon Hatfield, WesternZagros Chief Executive Officer. "Mary has significant experience in our industry and a strong international profile. Her objective will be to define, develop and implement our HR policy in line with the Company's strategic objectives. I wish her every success in this new position."

Ms. Benassi's extensive background encompasses more than 30 years of progressive human resource leadership roles in a number of oil and gas, power, mining, agriculture and retail businesses. Her most recent position was Director, Talent Management for Sherritt International. Prior to this role, Mary completed an expatriate assignment in Africa for Sherritt International, as Director of Human Resources, where her focus was developing a significant mine site and operation where she was instrumental in the recruitment and development of the human resources for that project. Ms. Benassi is accredited as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and holds a Business Marketing Diploma from Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario.

About WesternZagros Resources Ltd.

WesternZagros is an international natural resources company focused on acquiring properties and exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas in Iraq. WesternZagros, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, holds a 40 percent working interest in two Production Sharing Contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. WesternZagros's shares trade in Canada on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "WZR".

WESTERNZAGROS RESOURCES WAS RECOGNIZED AS A TSX VENTURE 50® COMPANY IN 2012 AND 2013. TSX VENTURE 50 IS A TRADE-MARK OF TSX INC. AND IS USED UNDER LICENSE.

Contact:
WesternZagros Resources Ltd.
Greg Stevenson
Chief Financial Officer
(403) 693-7007

WesternZagros Resources Ltd.
Tony Kraljic
VP Business Development
(403) 693-7011

WesternZagros Resources Ltd.
Lisa Harriman
Manager of Investor Relations
(403) 693-7017
investorrelations@westernzagros.com
www.westernzagros.com

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