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Management Team

Mark A. Smith , , , President & CEO

Mr. Smith brings with him 34 year's previous experience operating, developing and financing mining projects in the Americas and abroad. Mr. Smith also serves as Executive Chairman to NioCorp Developments Inc. which is developing the only niobium deposit in the USA and was rated the top performing mining company on the TSX Venture Exchange in 2014. He formerly served as President and CEO of Molycorp, Inc. from 2008 to 2013, during which time he developed the company into the largest rare earth company int he world outside of China. Prior to Molycorp, Mr. Smith held various engineering, legal and executive positions for Chevron and Unocal.

Ernest Cleave , , , Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Cleave is a financial professional with over 25 years' experience in finance strategy, compliance, financial reporting, internal control and strategic planning. Mr. Cleave has previously served as Director, CFO, Corporate Controller and in senior finance positions for large, multi-national companies in the mining, manufacturing and retail sectors, including GoldCorp Inc., Falconbridge Limited and Cline Mining.

Kurt Menchen , , , Advisor

Mr. Menchen has over 37 years' of experience operating and managing mining projects, including over 20 years as General Manager at the Jacobina Gold project in Bahia State, Brazil where he successfully operated the underground project for Anglo American, Desert Sun Mining and eventually Yamana Gold, through low gold price environments. During his tenure at Jacobina, he developed valuable relationships with local and state governments in Bahia, which is the same state where Largo's Maracás Menchen Mine is located. His prior experience also includes Anglo American’s Vaal Reefs underground gold mine in South Africa and De Beers Goldfields in Angola. Mr. Menchen holds a degree in mining engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Robert Campbell , , , Vice President, Exploration

Mr. Campbell is an exploration geologist with over 35 years experience in mining and exploration industry through Canada, United States and Latin America. He has worked for a number of major mining companies, most notably Noranda and Lac Minerals. He became involved with Largo Resources at its inception in November 2003 as Vice President of Exploration. He has also held other senior management positions such as Vice President of Exploration for Apogee Minerals Ltd. and Largo Resources Ltd. and as a Director for Morumbi Oil & Gas Inc.

Luciano Chaves , , , Vice President of Finance and Administration, Brazil

Mr. Chaves has over 20 years of experience in Financial Management in a range of different industries. For the last 12 years he has lead the Finance department of multinational mining and services companies in Latin America. Since joining Largo in 2011, his understanding of both domestic and international business environment has brought a differentiated contribution to the Maracás Project. Luciano holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and Post-graduate degree in business administration.

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