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Highly experienced management team with proven record of operational experience.

Mark A. Smith, Chief Executive Officer & Director


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.

Paulo Misk, President & Chief Operating Officer


Mr. Misk is a mining engineer with over 28 years' experience in operational management at mining facilities for various large multi-national mining companies across a wide range of commodities, including: niobium, chromite, iron, tin, gold, lithium and a range of other industrial minerals. Most recently, Mr. Misk ran Anglo American's Catalão Project from 2011 to 2014 where he was promoted to Head of Niobium Operations after serving as Niobium General Manager for one year. During his tenure at the Catalão Project he was responsible for implementing innovative policies and fostering a high-performance culture that greatly improved production rates and recoveries, as well as dramatically reduced unit costs resulting in a doubling of Niobium EBITDA.

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.