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Athene Holding Ltd (ATH.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Belardi

59 2009 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer

William Wheeler

55 2015 President

Frank Gillis

65 Founder

Martin Klein

57 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Grant Kvalheim

60 2015 Chief Executive Officer – Athene USA

Randall Epright

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

John Rhodes

44 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Michael Downing

Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary

John Golden

Executive Vice President - Legal

Kristi Burma

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Julian King

Senior Vice President - Internal Audit

Kristin Southey

Senior Vice President - Investor Relations

Mark Suter

Chief Integration Officer

Gernot Lohr

47 2009 Director

Matthew Michelini

35 Director

Manfred Puffer

53 2012 Director

Marc Rowan

54 2009 Director

Marc Beilinson

58 2013 Independent Director

Robert Borden

54 Independent Director

Brian Leach

57 2016 Independent Director

H. Carl McCall

81 2016 Independent Director

Lawrence Ruisi

68 2013 Independent Director

Hope Taitz

53 Independent Director

Arthur Wrubel

51 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Belardi

Mr. James (Jim) R. Belardi is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer of the company since May 2009. In addition, Mr. Belardi is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of AAM, our investment manager. He is a member of our executive committee. Mr. Belardi is responsible for our overall strategic direction and management in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the day-to-day management of our investment portfolio in his capacity as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to founding our company and AAM, Mr. Belardi was President of SunAmerica Life Insurance Company and was also Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of AIG Retirement Services, Inc., where he had responsibility for an invested-asset portfolio of $250 billion. Mr. Belardi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently serves on the board of directors of Paulist Productions, where he chairs the investment committee, Aris Mortgage Holding Company LLC (“Aris Holdco”) and Southern California Aquatics. Mr. Belardi was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his demonstrated track record in and deep knowledge of the financial services business, including having founded both our company and AAM, and his extensive experience in the insurance industry.

William Wheeler

Mr. William J. Wheeler is President of the company since September 2015. Together with Mr. Belardi, Mr. Wheeler is responsible for our overall strategic direction. In particular, Mr. Wheeler oversees all of our business units, which includes our retail, reinsurance and German operations, and also our corporate development and risk activities. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Wheeler was President of the Americas group for MetLife Inc. (“MetLife”) where he oversaw the insurance and retirement business in the United States and Latin America. During his seventeen-year tenure at MetLife, Mr. Wheeler assumed various executive positions, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In addition, Mr. Wheeler served as Treasurer for MetLife, playing a key role in preparing MetLife to become a public company. Prior to joining MetLife, Mr. Wheeler was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Wheeler has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wabash College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the board of Evercore Partners Inc.

Frank Gillis

Mr. Frank L. Gillis is Founder of the company. He has served on our board of directors from May 2009 to February 2014. Chip has served as Chief Executive Officer of ALRe since June 2009 and serves as a director of ALRe. Chip is responsible for our growth through our reinsurance channel and is responsible for the oversight of ALRe. Prior to founding our company, Chip was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. (“Bear Stearns”) and was the head of the Bear Stearns Insurance Solutions Group. In this position, he led Bear Stearns’ entry into the funding agreement-backed note business and created the turn-key Premium Asset Trust Series. Prior to Bear Stearns, Chip spent over three years at GenRe Financial Products providing ALM hedging solutions to U.S. life insurance companies.

Martin Klein

Mr. Martin P. Klein is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the company since November 2015. Mr. Klein also serves as a director of AADE. Mr. Klein is responsible for overseeing our financial management, including our enterprise finance, tax, actuarial and internal audit functions. He also helps to develop and execute strategic operating decisions across our company. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Klein served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Genworth Financial, Inc. (“Genworth”) from February 2013 to October 2015. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President—Chief Financial Officer of Genworth from May 2011 to February 2013, and from May 2012 through December 2012, he also served as Genworth’s Acting President & Acting Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Genworth, Mr. Klein served as a Managing Director and Senior Relationship Manager of Barclays, after its acquisition of the U.S. operations of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (“Lehman Brothers”) in 2008. At Lehman Brothers, Mr. Klein served as a Managing Director and from 1998 to 2008 was the head of the Insurance Solutions Groups, and also founded and ran the Pension Solutions Group. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Mr. Klein had been with Zurich Insurance Group from 1994 to 1998 and was a Managing Director of Zurich Investment Management. Prior to Zurich, Mr. Klein served in finance and actuarial roles in other insurance organizations. Mr. Klein is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and business administration from Hope College and a Master of Science in statistical and actuarial sciences from University of Iowa.

Grant Kvalheim

Mr. Grant Kvalheim is Chief Executive Officer – Athene USA of the company. He has served as our President from January 2011 until September 2015, served as the Chief Financial Officer from January 2011 until April 2013 and served as a director from January 2012 until February 2014. Mr. Kvalheim is responsible for the oversight of our U.S. operating companies with a focus on our retail annuity channel, including growth initiatives and new product development. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Kvalheim was a senior executive of Barclays Capital (“Barclays”) from early 2001 to the end of 2007, becoming Co-President in September 2005. During his time at Barclays he converted a European cash investment grade business into a leading global cash and derivatives business across both securitized and non-securitized credit products, and significantly expanded Barclays’ investment banking platform. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Kvalheim held senior executive positions in the investment banks of Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Kvalheim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Chicago. He served on the board of directors of the Permal Silk Road Fund from June 2008 to November 2012. He currently serves on the advisory board of Independence Equity.

Randall Epright

Mr. Randall Epright is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the company. He has 28 years insurance and financial services operations and technology experience. Prior to joining Athene, Randy was the Global Business Information Officer of Consumer Businesses at American International Group, Inc. (AIG). After eight years of delivering innovative technology solutions for Travelers Insurance, Randy joined AIG in 1995 where he held numerous operations and technology leadership positions, including Divisional Vice President of Foreign General Insurance, where he led global strategic development for personal lines, commercial lines, accident and health, and claims. As Vice President, AIG Data Center, Randy led the global architecture and deployment strategy for AIG’s strategic contact centers. In roles spanning Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AIG Retirement Services, Chief Operating Officer AIG Advisor Group, and Chief Information Officer of AIG Life and Retirement, Randy drove operations and technology modernization, innovative product delivery, and digitalization of distribution for life, individual annuities, group retirement, mutual funds, and brokerage/investment advisory businesses. Randy has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Providence College in Rhode Island and an Master of Business Administration in Information Systems from Denver University in Colorado. He holds a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7 designation and previously served as a board member and audit committee Chairman of AIG Global Services enterprise group.

John Rhodes

Mr. John Rhodes is Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of the company since August 2016. Mr. Rhodes is responsible for overseeing our enterprise risk management functions, as well as providing key support in connection with strategic operating decisions across our company. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Rhodes was the Chief Risk Officer of Allstate from 2015 to 2016. Prior to joining Allstate, Mr. Rhodes was the Chief Risk Officer of Lincoln Financial Group from 2012 to 2015. Prior to that he served as the Head of Equity Risk Management at Lincoln Financial Group from 2009 to 2012. Prior to joining Lincoln Financial Group, Mr. Rhodes was the Head of Hedging Operations and Performance Management at ING US Financial Services from 2006 to 2009. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Rhodes served in a variety of roles at JPMorgan Chase and GE Capital focusing primarily on market risk and valuation. Mr. Rhodes also served in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer. Mr. Rhodes received a Bachelor of Science degree in oceanography from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from New York University, Leonard Stern School of Business.

Michael Downing

Mr. Michael Downing is Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary of the company. Prior to joining Athene, Mike had a seven-year stint at The Allstate Corporation, leading the turnaround of the annuity business in his role as the Vice President of Inforce and Risk Management. As a result of his success, Mike was promoted to Senior Vice President for Product and Actuarial Services. Before joining Allstate, Mike was a Managing Principal at Aon Hewitt, leading the International Consulting practice following overseas assignments in the UK and Switzerland. A founding member of the Pension Risk Services consulting practice, Mike advised large multinational clients on global benefits strategy, governance and pension risk management. Mike’s career in business spans more than 21 years, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), an Enrolled Actuary (EA) and a Certified Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA).

John Golden

Mr. John Golden is Executive Vice President - Legal of the company. Prior to joining Athene, John was an attorney at Sidley Austin LLP. At Sidley, John represented a variety of financial institutions in connection with all aspects of their businesses such as corporate transactions, securities offerings, regulatory and compliance, enforcement matters and employment matters. Prior to Sidley, John worked for Fisher Investments and IBM Corporation. John received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was second in his class, and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management/Information Systems from Santa Clara University. John is admitted to the State Bar of California.

Kristi Burma

Ms. Kristi Kaye Burma is Senior Vice President of Human Resources of the company. Prior to assuming her current role, Kristi served as Vice President of Human Resources at Aviva USA, until the acquisition of the business by Athene. During her time at Aviva, she held the title of Business Manager to CEO of Aviva USA, and served in the role of Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner, supporting the North American region as well as local insurance operations and information technology divisions. Prior to joining Aviva, Kristi held various leadership positions in human resources, and managed an Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa, and serves on the Board for Iowa College Foundation. She also is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Connection.

Julian King

Mr. Julian King is Senior Vice President - Internal Audit of the company. Before Athene, Jay led Aviva’s U.S. and Canadian audit function from 2011 until the acquisition of Aviva’s U.S. business by Athene. Previously, Jay was head of Genworth’s global internal audit function, a position he held since 2005. From 2001 to 2005, Jay worked in enterprise risk management and internal audit at Capital One Financial, and prior to that, with Spark Capital, a finance consulting firm helping technology companies with venture capital funding. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jay received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from James Madison University, and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

Kristin Southey

Ms. Kristin Southey is Senior Vice President - Investor Relations of the company. She brings more than 25 years of investor relations, treasury and finance experience to Athene. She joined the company from Activision Blizzard, Inc., an entertainment company with a market capitalization of $26 billion, where she most recently served as SVP of Investor Relations and Treasurer. Prior to Activision, Kristin advanced through various finance positions at Philip Morris Companies and American International Group. She has an MBA in Investments and Portfolio Management from Pace University School of Business in New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Alabama.

Mark Suter

Mr. Mark Suter is Chief Integration Officer of the company. Prior to joining Athene, Mark was the Chief Operating Officer of an Apollo portfolio company charged with developing a commercial bank in the United States and evaluating banking opportunities in the European Union. From 2000 to 2007, Mark co-founded and was a senior executive for Countrywide Bank, N.A., a national bank that grew assets from $100 million to $95 billion. He also managed a $1 billion distressed residential mortgage portfolio for an affiliate of Blackrock from 2008 to 2009 and was a management consultant to the banking industry from 1995 to 2000. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Gernot Lohr

Mr. Gernot Lohr is Director of the company since 2009. Mr. Lohr has served as a director of AAM, our investment manager, since 2009. Mr. Lohr is a Senior Partner at Apollo, which he joined in May 2007. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Lohr was a founding partner at Infinity Point LLC, Apollo’s joint venture partner for the financial services industry since 2005. Before that time, Mr. Lohr spent eight years in financial services investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and also worked at McKinsey & Company and B. Metzler Corporate Finance in Frankfurt. Currently, Mr. Lohr serves on the board of directors of the general partner of AAA, AAA MIP Limited, Amissima Assicurazioni (formerly Carige Assicurazioni), Bremer Kreditbank Aktiengesellschaft, Catalina Holdings, Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor, KBS Banka and Tranquilidade. Mr. Lohr has a joint Master’s Degree in economics and engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and received a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Lohr was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his extensive experience in the financial services sector.

Matthew Michelini

Mr. Matthew R. Michelini is Director of the company. He has served as a director of our company and certain of our subsidiaries since 2010, and is a member of our executive, nominating and corporate governance and risk committees. Mr. Michelini serves as a director of AAM, our investment manager. Mr. Michelini is a Partner at Apollo. He joined Apollo in 2006. Mr. Michelini serves on the board of directors of Aleris Corporation and Warrior Met Coal and previously served on the boards of Metals USA Holdings (formerly NYSE listed under “MUSA”) and Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (formerly NYSE listed under “NOR”). At Apollo, Mr. Michelini has executed deals across the world including in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Michelini was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Lazard Frères & Co., from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Michelini is actively involved in various charities dedicated to helping underprivileged children in New York City. Mr. Michelini graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Certificate in Finance and received his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. Mr. Michelini was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his extensive experience in the financial services sector.

Manfred Puffer

Dr. Manfred Puffer is Director of the company since 2012, He is the chair of our risk committee. Dr. Puffer has served as a Senior Advisor to Apollo since October 2008. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Puffer was a senior managing director in the Financial Institutions Group of Bear Stearns International, Head of Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe and a Member of the European Executive Committee. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Puffer was a member of the managing board of WestLB AG and Head of the Investment Bank, Fixed Income, Equities and Structured Finance. Currently, Dr. Puffer is a member of the supervisory board of Infineon Technologies AG. Dr. Puffer holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Vienna. Dr. Puffer was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his extensive experience in the financial services sector.

Marc Rowan

Mr. Marc J. Rowan is Director of the company since 2009. He is a member of our executive and compensation committees. Mr. Rowan has served as a director of AAM, our investment manager, since 2009. Mr. Rowan is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Apollo, a leading alternative asset manager focused on contrarian and value oriented investments across private equity, credit-oriented capital markets and real estate. Mr. Rowan currently serves on the boards of directors of, among others, Apollo, CEC and Caesars Acquisition Company. He has previously served on the boards of directors of, among others, the general partner of AAA, AMC Entertainment, Inc., Beats Music, CableCom Gmbh., Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., Countrywide PLC, Culligan Water Technologies, Inc., Furniture Brands International, Mobile Satellite Ventures, National Cinemedia, Inc., National Financial Partners, Inc., New World Communications, Inc., Norwegian Cruise Lines, Quality Distribution, Inc., Samsonite Corporation, SkyTerra Communications, Inc., Unity Media SCA, Vail Resorts, Inc., Wyndham International, Inc. and RCS Capital Corporation. Mr. Rowan is a founding member and Chairman of YRF-Darca, Vice Chair of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees. He serves on the boards of directors of Jerusalem Online and the New York City Police Foundation. Mr. Rowan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration in finance. Mr. Rowan was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his service on the boards of numerous public and private companies and his demonstrated track record of success and extensive experience in the financial services sector.

Marc Beilinson

Mr. Marc A. Beilinson is Independent Director of the company since 2013, He is a member of our compensation and conflicts committees. Since August 2011, Mr. Beilinson has been the Managing Partner of Beilinson Advisory Group, a financial restructuring and hospitality advisory group that specializes in assisting distressed companies. Mr. Beilinson previously served as Chief Restructuring Officer of Fisker Automotive and as Chief Restructuring Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Hospitality Properties Trust, Inc. and Innkeepers USA Trust. Mr. Beilinson currently serves on the boards of directors and audit committees of MFG Assurance Company Limited and Caesars Acquisition Company. Mr. Beilinson has previously served on the boards of directors and audit committees of a number of public and privately held companies, including Wyndham International, Inc., Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (“ARI”), Innkeepers USA Trust and JER/Jameson Properties LLC. Mr. Beilinson has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from the University of California Davis Law School. Mr. Beilinson was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of having over thirty years of service to the boards of both public and private companies, and his extensive knowledge of legal and compliance issues, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Robert Borden

Mr. Robert L. Borden is Independent Director of the company. He has served as a director of our company and our company’s subsidiary, ALRe, since 2010, and is a member of our risk and conflicts committees. Mr. Borden is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Delegate Advisors, LLC. From April 2006 to January 2012, Mr. Borden served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission (“SCRSIC”), which is responsible for investing and managing all assets of the South Carolina Retirement Systems. Prior to his role at SCRSIC, Mr. Borden served as the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System, where he was responsible for investment management, benefits administration, finance and operations. Mr. Borden has also served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Fund Evaluation Committee for the Louisiana Deferred Compensation Commission and as a member of the South Carolina Deferred Compensation Committee. Prior to that, Mr. Borden served as Treasurer and Senior Manager for Financial Services at the Texas Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund after serving as VP of Treasury and Interest Rate Risk Manager at Franklin Federal Bancorp. Mr. Borden has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and received a Master of Science degree in finance from Louisiana State University. Mr. Borden holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst professional designations. Mr. Borden was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his extensive experience in leadership positions, and in particular, his experiences as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at several companies.

Brian Leach

Mr. Brian Leach is Independent Director of the company since August 2016. He is a member of our risk and audit committees. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Leach served as Head of Franchise Risk & Strategy at Citigroup with responsibility for managing all of Citibank’s global risk, audit, compliance and strategy. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Leach served as the Chief Risk Officer of Citibank. In 2005, Mr. Leach, together with several former colleagues from Morgan Stanley, formed Old Lane and from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Leach served as Old Lane’s co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Leach worked his entire post-graduate career at Morgan Stanley encompassing running a successful proprietary trading business and culminating as the Risk Manager of the Institutional Securities Business reporting directly to its President. During his time with Morgan Stanley, Mr. Leach was seconded to Long-Term Capital Management (“LTCM”) for approximately one year. During that time, he was one of six managers selected by a consortium of 14 global financial institutions to manage the liquidation of LTCM. Mr. Leach has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Mr. Leach has been awarded Risk Manager of the Year on two separate occasions: the first by Risk Magazine for his work in restructuring the hedge fund LTCM and the second by the Global Association of Risk Professionals for his work in restructuring Citigroup after the global financial crisis. Mr. Leach was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his extensive experience in risk management.

H. Carl McCall

Mr. H. Carl McCall is Independent Director of the company since August 2016, He is a member of our nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees. Since October 2011, Mr. McCall has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York. From 2002 to 2015, Mr. McCall served as a board member or trustee of several organizations, including Ariel Investment, Tyco International, New Plan Realty Corporation and the New York Stock Exchange. From 2004, Mr. McCall served as a principal of Covenant Capital, LLC. From 1993 to 2002, Mr. McCall served as the Comptroller of the State of New York. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. McCall served as the President of the New York City Board of Education. From 1986 to 1991, Mr. McCall served as Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. From 1985 to 1993, Mr. McCall served as a Vice President of Citicorp, Inc. From 1975 to 1980, Mr. McCall served as a state senator of New York. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. McCall served as executive director of the Florence and John Schuman Foundation. Mr. McCall received a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Arts from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Mr. McCall was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his extensive leadership experience in various sectors, and his experience serving on the boards of a number public and private companies.

Lawrence Ruisi

Mr. Lawrence J. Ruisi is Independent Director of the company since 2013. He is the chair of our audit committee and is a member of our risk committee. As an operating executive, Mr. Ruisi has held various senior level positions in the entertainment business, including President & Chief Executive Officer of Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation, a movie theatre operator with 400 locations worldwide, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Columbia Pictures Entertainment. As a non-executive, Mr. Ruisi has served on numerous boards including Hughes Communications Inc., UST Inc., InnKeepers USA Trust, Wyndham International, Inc. and Adaptec, Inc. During his tenure on these boards, Mr. Ruisi has been Chairman of various audit committees, named designated financial expert and served on both compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees. Mr. Ruisi was Chairman of the Independent Committee of the board of InnKeepers, which oversaw its restructuring, and was Chairman of Special Committees at both Wyndham and Adaptec. Mr. Ruisi began his career at Price Waterhouse & Co., where he was a Senior Manager. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration in finance from St. John’s University. Mr. Ruisi is currently an adjunct professor of accounting at St. John’s University. Mr. Ruisi was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his extensive leadership experience in various sectors, his expertise in accounting and financial reporting matters and his experience serving on the boards of numerous public and private companies.

Hope Taitz

Ms. Hope Schefler Taitz is Independent Director of the company. She is the chair of our nominating and corporate governance committee and is a member of our audit and conflicts committees. Ms. Taitz also serves as an independent director of AADE. Ms. Taitz is also a director of Athene USA, AAIA, ALICNY and AANY, and also serves on the audit committee for AANY. Since 2004, Ms. Taitz has acted as a consultant focused on analyzing and investing in the consumer industry in both early and late stage. Ms. Taitz currently serves on the board of MidCap Holdings. From 1995 to 2003, Ms. Taitz was Managing Partner of Catalyst Partners, L.P., a money management firm. From 1990 to 1992, Ms. Taitz was a Vice President at The Argosy Group (now part of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM)) specializing in financial restructuring before becoming a Managing Director at Crystal Asset Management, from 1992 to 1995. From 1986 to 1990, Ms. Taitz was at Drexel Burnham Lambert, first as a mergers and acquisitions analyst and then as an associate in the leveraged buyout group. She is a founding executive member of Youth Renewal Fund, a current executive board member of Pencils of Promise and a member of the undergraduate executive board of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Taitz is a former board member of Girls Who Code and is now a board member of the New York City Foundation for Computer Science and also sits on the board of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Taitz graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Ms. Taitz was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of her extensive experience in the financial services sector as well as her experience serving on the governance committees of other public companies.

Arthur Wrubel

Mr. Arthur M. Wrubel is Independent Director of the company since August 2016. He is a member of our nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees. In 2001, Mr. Wrubel formed Wesley Capital Management, a long/short investment fund focused on real estate securities. Since its inception, Wesley Capital has been among the largest investment funds in the real estate securities sector. In 1993, Mr. Wrubel joined Dickstein & Co., a bankruptcy and event-driven investment fund as a partner. His focus was on real estate and asset backed securities. At Dickstein, Mr. Wrubel was involved in many high profile real estate corporate restructurings including Olympia & York, Cadillac Fairview, Rockefeller Center Properties, Bramalea, and Trizec. Mr. Wrubel began his career in 1987 at JMB Realty Corporation, where he was an associate in the acquisitions group. Mr. Wrubel currently serves as a member of the Wharton Undergraduate Board at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wrubel received a Bachelor of Science in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wrubel was selected to serve on our board of directors as a result of his extensive experience in the financial services sector.