Ernest (“Ernie”) Mast was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on January 31, 2016 and was previously the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Mast is a metallurgical engineer and brings to Primero over 25 years of international mining experience. Mr. Mast previously held leadership positions including Vice President of Corporate Development at Copper Mountain Mining, owner of the 35,000 tonnes per day Copper Mountain mine in British Columbia, Vice President of Operations at New Gold Inc. where he was responsible for overseeing approximately 1,600 employees at 4 mines producing a combined 400,000 ounces per year of gold and substantial silver and copper by-products. Mr. Mast was also the President and CEO of Minera Panama, a subsidiary of Inmet Mining (now First Quantum), during the development of Cobre Panama, a 290,000 tonnes per year copper project. In addition, he was President and General Manager of the large-scale Falcondo ferronickel operations in the Dominican Republic, now owned by Glencore. In addition he was Technical Director for Noranda’s South American Operations based out of Chile. Mr. Mast has a Master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Henley College in the UK. He is a registered professional engineer and fluent in English, Spanish and French.