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Samsonite International SA (1910.HK)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Timothy Parker

62 2014 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Kyle Gendreau

49 2018 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Reza Taleghani

46 2018 Chief Financial Officer

Lynne Berard

2016 President - North America

Subrata Dutta

54 2016 President - Asia Pacific and Middle East

Juan Guzman

52 2014 President - Latin America

Fabio Rugarli

50 2019 President - Europe

Marjorie Whitlock

56 2017 Senior Vice President - Global Human Resources

Andrew Wells

57 Chief Information Officer

John Livingston

50 Vice President, General Counsel, Joint Company Secretary

Robert Cooper

51 2016 General Manager - North America Tumi

Charles Cole

36 2017 Global e-Commerce Officer

Paul Melkebeke

2017 Chief Supply Officer

Yuk Yin Chow

2013 Joint Company Secretary

Thomas Korbas

66 2016 Non-Executive Director

Paul Etchells

67 2011 Independent Non-Executive Director

Jerome Griffith

61 2019 Non-Executive Independent Director

Keith Hamill

67 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Bruce McLain

65 2011 Non-Executive Independent Director

Ying Yeh

70 2011 Independent Non-Executive Director

Biographies

Name Description

Timothy Parker

Mr. Timothy Charles Parker has been re-designated as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Samsonite International SA., with effect from 1 October 2014. has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since the Company was incorporated in March 2011. As Chairman, he is responsible for leading the Board and ensuring that the Board functions effectively and acts in the best interests of the Company. He served as non-executive chairman of the consolidated group from November 2008 until January 2009, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the consolidated group from January 2009 through September 2014, and as non-executive chairman since October 1, 2014. Mr. Parker has a long history of managing large businesses. Prior to joining the Company, he was chief executive of: The Automobile Association (2004 to 2007), the car-repair firm Kwik-Fit (2002 to 2004), Clarks, the shoemaker (1997 to 2002) and Kenwood Appliances (1989 to 1995). Mr. Parker is currently a director of Archive Investments and is a member of the U.K. Advisors Board of CVC Capital Partners. Since November 2014, Mr. Parker has been Chairman of the National Trust, a U.K. charitable organization. Mr. Parker was appointed Chairman of Post Office Limited effective October 1, 2015. He has previously held non-executive directorships with Alliance Boots, Compass and Legal and General. Mr. Parker has also previously advised ministers and senior civil servants on nationalized industry policy in his capacity as an economist at the British Treasury (1977 to 1979). Mr. Parker holds a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, Oxford, the United Kingdom (1977) and a Master’s in Business Studies from London Graduate School of Business Studies, London, the United Kingdom (1981)

Kyle Gendreau

Mr. Kyle Francis Gendreau is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Samsonite International SA. He served as Chief Financial Officer from January 2009 until November 2018. Mr. Gendreau is responsible for managing all aspects of the Group’s finance and treasury matters. Mr. Gendreau joined the Company in June 2007 as Vice President of Corporate Finance and as Assistant Treasurer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gendreau held various positions including vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Zoots Corporation, a venture capital-backed start-up company (2000 to 2007), assistant vice president of finance and director of SEC reporting at Specialty Catalog Corporation, a listed catalog retailer (1997 to 2000) and a manager at Coopers & Lybrand in Boston (1991 to 1996). Mr. Gendreau holds a BS in Business Administration from Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts, USA (1991) and is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.

Reza Taleghani

Mr. Reza Taleghani has been Chief Financial Officer of the Company since November 26, 2018. He has over 20 years' banking and finance experience. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Taleghani acted as the president and chief financial officer of Brightstar Corp., responsible for the global financial operations as well as managing Brightstar Corp.'s financial services and device protection lines of business from 2015 to 2018. Prior to joining Brightstar Corp., Mr. Taleghani worked at J.P. Morgan, where he held various leadership roles in investment banking, commercial banking and asset management from 2009 to 2015. Beyond his banking experience, he also served as the president and chief executive officer of Sterling Airlines A/S in 2008. Mr. Taleghani holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, the United States (1994) and MBA from Villanova University, Pennsylvania, the United States (1997).

Lynne Berard

Ms. Lynne Berard has been appointed as President - North America of the Company effective April 1, 2016. Ms. Berard serves as the Company’s President, North America, and is responsible for the overall management and development of the Company’s business (excluding the Tumi brand) in the United States and Canada. Ms. Berard was promoted to her current role in April 2016. Before her promotion, she served as General Manager and Vice President, Sales and Marketing for U.S. Wholesale beginning in 2008, and as Vice President, Marketing (2002 to 2008) and Senior Director, Marketing (2000 to 2002). Prior to 2000, Ms. Berard served in several sales and marketing roles with the Group’s U.S. business. She began her career in 1993 with American Tourister, Inc., which was acquired by the Group in 1993. Ms. Berard holds a BS in Business Management from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, USA (1993).

Subrata Dutta

Mr. Subrata Dutta serves as President - Asia Pacific and Middle East of SAMSONITE INTERNATIONAL S.A. He is is responsible for the overall management and development of the Company’s business in Asia. Mr. Dutta re-joined the Company in his current role in April 2016. From 2013 until 2016, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Fabindia Overseas Private Limited, an India-based company in the apparel, home furnishings, furniture, personal care and health foods business. Mr. Dutta previously served as Managing Director (2008 to 2012) and Chief Operating Officer (2007 to 2008) of Samsonite South Asia and Middle East, where he managed the Group’s business in India, the Middle East, the SAARC countries and East Africa. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Dutta worked as Business Head of Himalaya Herbal Healthcare (2005 to 2007), Vice President Sales and Marketing of Wimco Limited – Swedish Match Group (2002 to 2005), and in a variety of other sales and marketing management roles for companies including Elbee Limited (2001 to 2002), Pepsi Foods Limited (2000 to 2001) and Lakme Limited, Lakme Lever Limited and Hindustan Lever Limited (1990 to 2000). Mr. Dutta holds a BTech with honors in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (1986) and a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India (1990).

Juan Guzman

Mr. Juan Martinez Guzman (Roberto) serves as the President - Latin America of the company, and is responsible for the overall management and development of the Company’s business in Latin America. Mr. Guzmán joined the Company in July 2007 when the Group formed Samsonite Chile S.A. as a joint venture with Mr. Guzmán, following the acquisition by the Group of the Saxoline group of companies from Mr. Guzmán’s family. He was promoted to his current role in May 2014. From 2007 until his promotion in May 2014, Mr. Guzmán served as General Manager of Samsonite Chile S.A., and he continues to be responsible for the management of the Group’s business in Chile. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Guzmán served in various roles for the Saxoline group including General Manager (1998 to 2007), Deputy General Manager (1996 to 1998) and Finance and Administration Manager (1989 to 1996). From 1988 to 1989 he worked as Operations Manager for Salomon Brothers Chile. Mr. Guzmán holds a degree in business engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. He also attended the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School

Fabio Rugarli

Mr. Fabio Rugarli is President - Europe of Samsonite International SA. He is responsible for the overall management and development of the Group’s business in Europe. Mr. Rugarli joined the Company in 1989. His previous positions with the Company include General Manager for Samsonite Italy (2002 to 2009) and Marketing and Sales Director for the luggage division in Italy (1996 to 2001). Mr. Rugarli holds a degree in Business Administration from the University Bocconi, Milan, Italy (1988).

Marjorie Whitlock

Ms. Marjorie Whitlock (Marcie) serves as Vice President - Global Human Resources of SAMSONITE INTERNATIONAL S.A. Ms. Whitlock is responsible for global management compensation planning, senior leadership succession planning, hiring management talent and development of training programs to support the growth of the Group’s direct-to-consumer business. Ms. Whitlock was promoted to her current role in July 2017. From 2008 until her promotion in 2017, Ms. Whitlock served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for the Tumi business. Before joining the Tumi business, Ms. Whitlock worked as a regional manager for a number of fashion brands’ retail operations. Ms. Whitlock holds a BA in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, USA (1983).

Andrew Wells

Mr. Andrew David Wells is Chief Information Officer of Samsonite International SA. He is responsible for developing, structuring and implementing the Group’s global information technology strategy and outsourced IT shared services. Mr. Wells joined the Group in March 2009. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Wells was global chief information officer and senior vice president at Shire plc, a FTSE 100 pharmaceutical company (2000 to 2008), supply chain director for Bristol Myers Squibb Central & Eastern Europe Division (1996 to 1999) and manager of Information Services International at Mars (1986 to 1996). Mr. Wells holds a M. Eng. (Masters of Engineering) from Cambridge University, Cambridge, the United Kingdom (1994).

John Livingston

Mr. John Bayard Livingston is Vice President, General Counsel and Joint Company Secretary of Samsonite International SA. Mr. Livingston is responsible for all of the Company’s legal matters worldwide and provides counsel to senior management and the Directors on matters of corporate governance. Mr. Livingston joined the Group in July 2006 and was Vice President and General Counsel for the Group’s Americas division until September 2009 when he became Vice President and General Counsel of the Group. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Livingston was in-house counsel (2002 to 2006) at Reebok International Ltd. and was an associate in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray (1995 to 2002). Mr. Livingston holds a BA in Political Science from Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA (1989), and a J.D. from Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, USA (1994).

Robert Cooper

Mr. Robert William Cooper serves as General Manager - North America Tumi of SAMSONITE INTERNATIONAL S.A. He is is responsible for the overall management and development of the Tumi brand’s business in North America. Mr. Cooper was promoted to his current role in August 2016. He previously served as the Group’s Vice President and General Manager, Direct-to-Consumer for the North America region (2008 to 2016), and as Vice President of Stores and Store Operations for North America (2006 to 2008). Between 1990 and 2005 he served in several retail management roles in the Group’s North America region. Mr. Cooper holds a BA in Economics from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA (1989)

Charles Cole

Mr. Charles Lorber Cole serves as Global e-Commerce Officer of SAMSONITE INTERNATIONAL S.A. Mr. Cole works with the Group’s management to enhance the Company’s e-Commerce capabilities and to grow the Group’s e-commerce business both through the Group’s direct-to-consumer e-commerce business and through third-party e-retailers. Mr. Cole was promoted to his current role in January 2017. From 2015 until his promotion in 2017, he served as Vice President, Chief Digital Officer of the Tumi business. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Cole served as Chief Executive Officer of The Line, an e-commerce retailer, from 2013 to 2015; Vice President of e-Commerce of Schiff Nutrition from 2012 to 2013; and Vice President of Digital Marketing at Lucky Brand Jeans from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Cole holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA (2004).

Paul Melkebeke

Mr. Paul Melkebeke serves as Chief Supply Officer of the SAMSONITE INTERNATIONAL S.A. He is responsible for the Group’s global supply chain strategies, including management of both the Group’s own manufacturing operations as well as its third party supply chain. Mr. Melkebeke was promoted to his current role in April 2017. From 2004 until his promotion in 2017 he served as Vice President Sourcing and Supply for the Asia region. Mr. Melkebeke served as the Group’s Director of Operations, International, from 1997 to 2004. Before 2004 Mr. Melkebeke held a number of positions primarily in the production and quality areas since he joined the Group in 1983. Mr. Melkebeke holds a M.Eng. from the State University Ghent, Belgium (1982) and an MBA – Master of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Vlerick School of Management, Belgium (1987).

Yuk Yin Chow

Ms. Chow Yuk Yin is the Joint Company Secretary of Samsonite International SA. Ms. Chow is currently a Senior Manager - Corporate Services of Tricor Services Limited. She is a Fellow Member of both the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators as well as an Ordinary Member of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute. Ms. Chow has 20 years of work experience in the field of corporate secretarial and regulatory compliance services.

Thomas Korbas

Mr. Thomas (Tom) Korbas has been re-designated as Non-Executive Director of Samsonite International SA effective April 1, 2016. Mr. Korbas has served as an Executive Director of the Company since June 2014. Mr. Korbas is the Company's President, North America and is responsible for the overall management and development of the Group's business in the United States and Canada. He has served as President, North America since April 2014 before which he served as President, Americas since 2004. Mr. Korbas joined the Company in 1997. His previous positions with the Company include: Vice President/General Manager of the Company's US wholesale business (2000 to 2004), Vice President of Sales and Operations (1998 to 2000) and Senior Vice President of Soft-Side and Casual Bags (1997 to 1998). Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Korbas was vice president of operations (1986 to 1997), director of manufacturing operations and engineering manager for American Tourister. Mr. Korbas holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (1973) and an MBA from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA (1976).

Paul Etchells

Mr. Paul Kenneth Etchells, CPA, has been Independent Non-Executive Director of Samsonite International SA, since May 26, 2011. He has served as an independent non-executive director of Swire Pacific Limited, which is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, since May 2017, as a non-executive director at ETAK International Limited since January 2017, and as an advisor to Cassia Investments Limited, a private equity firm, since November 2012. Previously, he was an independent non-executive director of Swire Properties Limited, a leading developer, owner and operator of mixed use, principally commercial properties in Hong Kong and the PRC, and of China Foods Limited, a company engaged in food and beverage processing and distribution, both of which are listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Mr. Etchells also served as a non-executive director and chairman of Twenty20 Limited, a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands which, through its subsidiary companies, is engaged in the manufacture and sale of eyewear products. Mr. Etchells has also held various positions at The Coca-Cola Company (1998 to 2010), including deputy president of Coca-Cola Pacific (2007 to 2010) and president of Coca-Cola China (2002 to 2007). Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Etchells held various positions at the Swire Group (1976 to 1998), including managing director of Swire Beverages (1995 to 1998), general manager of the Industries Division of Swire Pacific (1989 to 1995) and finance manager of the Industries Division of Swire Pacific (1981 to 1989). Mr. Etchells holds a BA in Political Studies from the University of Leeds, Leeds, the United Kingdom (1971) and a MA in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of Leeds (2013). He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Jerome Griffith

Mr. Jerome Squire Griffith serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He recently served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and director of Tumi Holdings, Inc., a company which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, from April 2009 to August 2016. He has served as a member of the supervisory board of Tom Tailor Holding AG, a company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, since June 2015. He has served as a director of Vince Holding Corp., a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, since November 2013. He has served on the board of Parsons School of Design since September 2013. From 2002 to February 2009, he was employed at Esprit Holdings Limited, a global fashion brand, where he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and appointed to the board in 2004. He was then promoted to President of Esprit North and South America in 2006. From 1999 to 2002, he worked as an executive vice president at Tommy Hilfiger, an apparel and retail company. From 1998 to 1999, he worked as the president of retail at the J. Peterman Company, a catalog-based apparel and retail company. From 1989 through 1998, he worked in various positions at Gap, Inc., a retailer of clothing, accessories, and personal care products. Mr. Griffith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA (1979).

Keith Hamill

Mr. Keith Hamill is the Non-Executive Independent Director of Samsonite International SA since June 2014, before which he served as a Non- Executive Director from May 2011 until June 2014. He has served as a nonexecutive director of the consolidated group from October 2009 until May 2011. Mr. Hamill has served as a non-executive director and as a non-executive chairman of Premier Foods plc, a British food manufacturer that is listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 1, 2017 and November 9, 2017, respectively. Mr. Hamill is currently the chairman of Horsforth Holdings Ltd., a privately held investment holding company for a number of leisure businesses (since 2009). Mr. Hamill’s prior experience includes being chairman of interdealer broker Tullett Prebon plc (2006 to 2013), stockbroker Collins Stewart plc (2000 to 2006) and software developer Alterian plc (2000 to 2011), and an independent non-executive director of the distribution group Electrocopments plc (1999 to 2008), Max Property Group plc (2010 to 2014) and the airline easyJet plc (2009 to 2017), all of which are or were listed on the London Stock Exchange. He was also an independent non-executive director of NASDAQ-listed publisher and printer Cadmus Communications Inc. (2002 to 2007). Mr. Hamill has also chaired the board of a number of UK privately owned companies which included Endell Group Holdings Limited (parent company of Travelodge Hotels Limited) (2003 to 2012), insurance broker HGL Holdings Limited (2005 to 2011) and construction business Avant Homes Limited (2013 to 2014). He was chief financial officer of hotel group Forte plc (1993 to 1996), retailer WH Smith plc (1996 to 2000) and United Distillers International Limited (1990 to 1993), and director of financial control at Guinness plc (1988 to 1991). Mr. Hamill was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (1986 to 1988). He was also chairman of the board of the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Bruce McLain

Mr. Bruce Hardy McLain (Hardy) is the Non-Executive Independent Director of Samsonite International SA. He served as a Non-Executive Director from May 2011 until June 2014. He served as a nonexecutive director of the consolidated group from October 2007 until May 2011. Mr. McLain is a co-founder, and serves on the board, of CVC Capital Partners (formerly a subsidiary of Citigroup known as Citicorp Venture Capital), from which he retired as managing partner in December 2012. Mr. McLain joined Citicorp Venture Capital in 1988, and in 1993 participated along with fellow managers in the acquisition of Citicorp Venture Capital from Citigroup and the founding of CVC Capital Partners. Since founding CVC Capital Partners he has been involved in and held directorships with a number of companies including Formula One (2013 to 2016), the Dorna Sports Group (1998 to 2006), Rapala VMC OYJ (1998 to 2005), Punch Taverns Plc (formerly known as Punch Group Limited) (1999 to 2002), Spirit Group Holdings Limited (formerly known as Spirit Amber Holdings) (2003 to 2006), Kappa Holding BV (1998 to 2000), Hayman Sports LLC (2013 to 2015) and Terressential Corp (2015 to 2016). He is currently a nonexecutive director of Everbright Ltd., Mount Street Group Limited and the Lecta Group. Prior to joining Citicorp Development Capital, Mr. McLain worked for Citicorp’s investment management (1986 to 1987) and mezzanine finance (1987 to 1988) groups. Mr. McLain holds a BA in Public Policy and Psychology from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, where he graduated in 1976, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA (1981). He serves on the Board of Visitors for both the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Ying Yeh

Ms. Ying Yeh has been Independent Non-Executive Director of Samsonite International SA since May 26, 2011. Ms. Yeh has extensive experience as an executive and a non-executive director of major international corporations. She was the chairman of Nalco Greater China Region until June 2011. Nalco is one of the world’s largest sustainability service companies. Ms. Yeh currently holds a nonexecutive directorship at ABB Ltd (a company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, the stock exchanges in Stockholm (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)). She was previously a non-executive director of AB Volvo (a company listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange, Stockholm) and InterContinental Hotels Group plc (a company listed on the main board of the London Stock Exchange). Prior to joining Nalco, Ms. Yeh worked in various Asian divisions of Eastman Kodak (1997 to 2009) and also held various positions with the United States Government, Foreign Service (1982 to 1997). Ms. Yeh holds a BA in Literature and International Relations from National Taiwan University, Taiwan (1967).