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Bristow Group Inc (BRS.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Thomas Knudson

71 2006 Independent Chairman of the Board

Jonathan Baliff

54 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

L. Don Miller

54 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Alan Corbett

60 2018 Senior Vice President - Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia (EAMEA)

Robert Phillips

50 2018 Senior Vice President - Americas

Brian Allman

44 2016 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President

Steve Predmore

56 2013 Vice President, Chief Safety Officer

Mary Wersebe

41 2016 Vice President - Human Resources

Gaurdie Banister

60 2017 Director

Thomas Amonett

73 2006 Independent Director

Lori Gobillot

55 2012 Independent Director

Ian Godden

63 2010 Independent Director

Andrew Higgins

59 2016 Independent Director

Stephen King

56 2011 Independent Director

Biggs Porter

63 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Thomas Knudson

Mr. Thomas C. Knudson serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Knudson has served as the Chairman of our Board since 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He served as a naval aviator, flying combat missions in Vietnam. His education, military service, and experience on the boards of MDU Resources Group Inc., Natco Group Inc., Williams Partners L.P. and Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. provide additional perspectives to our Board. His prior service on the management committee at ConocoPhillips provides our Board with significant insight into the way customers in the energy industry operate. Finally, his service as a member of the NACD Tri-Cities Chapter Board and his expertise in corporate governance, as reflected by his being honored as a NACD Board Leadership Fellow, make him well suited to continue to serve as Chairman of our Board.

Jonathan Baliff

Mr. Jonathan E. Baliff serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He joined Bristow as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2010. At Bristow, as part of the Senior Management Team, he led teams that created and executed the successful "Bristow Value Added" implementation throughout the company, a transformation of the company's capital allocation strategy. Mr. Baliff was also part of the team that led the successful effort to win the ten bases, £1.5 billion UK Search and Rescue contract. At NRG Energy Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President, Strategy, Mr. Baliff led the development and implementation of NRG's corporate strategy as well as its efforts to drive top-line growth through acquisitions and business alliances. Before joining NRG in 2008, he spent 12 years with Credit Suisse, most recently as Managing Director for the Global Energy Group. Mr. Baliff began his career serving on active duty as an aviator in the U.S. Air Force for eight years from 1985 to 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

L. Don Miller

Mr. L. Don Miller serves as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Bristow Group Inc. He previously served as our Senior Vice President, Mergers, Acquisitions and Integration from June 2015 to August 2015. Before that he served as our Vice President, Mergers, Acquisitions and Integration from November 2014 to June 2015 and our Vice President, Strategy and Structured Transactions from 2010 to 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Miller worked as an independent consultant from 2008 to 2010 assisting companies in capital markets and in a financial advisory capacity. He was previously the post-petition President and Chief Executive Officer for Enron North America Corp. and Enron Power Marketing, Inc. from 2001 to 2007 and also served in senior financial positions with Enron, including Director – Finance and Vice President, Asset Marketing Group from 1998 to 2001. His career also includes seven years in senior financial positions with Citicorp Securities, Inc. and four years as an account executive with Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. Mr. Miller is a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) charterholder.

Alan Corbett

Mr. Alan Corbett serves as Senior Vice President - Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia (EAMEA) of the Company. He previously served as Vice President, EAMEA from June 2017 to June 2018. Before that, he served as Region Director of the Europe Caspian Region from April 2015 to June 2017 and Region Director of the Europe Business Unit (EBU) from August 2014 to March 2015, in which capacities he had commercial and operational oversight of the region, including the successful transition to a fully Bristow-operated U.K. search and rescue service. Prior to joining the Company in August 2014, Mr. Corbett worked since 1985 in a number of management positions with Baker Hughes Incorporated, including vice president positions in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa, most recently serving as Vice President, Sub Sahara Africa from 2011 to 2014.

Robert Phillips

Mr. Robert Phillips serves as Senior Vice President - Americas of the Company. He previously served as Vice President, Americas from June 2017 to June 2018 and as Vice President, Global Operations Services from April 2016 to June 2017. Before that, he served as Region Director of the Americas Region from July 2013 to April 2016, in which role he was responsible for operations and business development efforts in the region, and as Director of Flight Operations from April 2008 to July 2013. Since joining the Company in 2003, he has also served as Head of Flight Operations (Europe), Chief Pilot, Director of Training and Check Airman. Mr. Phillips has more than 10,000 total hours in flight time in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and holds certifications including Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII), Multi Engine Instructor (MEI), Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) and Air Transport Pilot (ATP). He began his flying career in the U.S. Army in 1988. He graduated from flight school in Fort Rucker, Alabama in 1989, and served five years on active duty and another five years in the Louisiana National Guard before transitioning to civilian helicopter services in the Gulf of Mexico.

Brian Allman

Mr. Brian J. Allman serves as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Bristow Group Inc. He previously served as our Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller from November 2010 to May 2016. He joined us as Director of Financial Reporting in March 2006. In August 2007 he was promoted to Corporate Controller and was subsequently elected Chief Accounting Officer in April 2009. From September 2002 to March 2006, Mr. Allman worked as Financial Reporting Manager for Nabors Industries Ltd., a drilling and well servicing company. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Allman previously worked in public accounting as an Audit Manager with KPMG after beginning his career with Arthur Andersen LLP.

Steve Predmore

Mr. Steve Predmore serves as Vice President, Chief Safety Officer of the company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Predmore served in senior leadership roles within the aviation industry, including from 2001 to 2012 with JetBlue Airways as Vice President and Chief Safety Officer, and from 1995 to 2001 with Delta Air Lines as Director Safety Performance and Quality. While at JetBlue, he helped the organization achieve industry-leading performance in lowest rates of injuries and aircraft damages. Most recently Predmore was Senior Vice President of safety for MV Transportation from 2012 to 2013, where he led the transition from a traditional HSE operating model to a robust safety management system. Mr. Predmore also has been active in the aviation industry, having served at one time as a Transportation Research Specialist and Special Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In 2011 he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to serve on the Management Advisory Committee to the FAA administrator, which followed successive leadership roles with three FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committees, the Air Transport Safety Council and the Global Aviation Information Network (GAIN). Mr. Predmore is an expert on human factors and has published papers on aviation safety and human factors. He has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Drake University.

Mary Wersebe

Ms. Mary Wersebe serves as Vice President - Human Resources of the Company. She previously served as the Company’s Interim Chief Administration Officer from June 2016 to August 2016. She joined the Company as Director, Human Resources Global Operations in May 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Wersebe was director human resources at Exterran from 2007 to 2014. Ms. Wersebe also served in human resources roles for Halliburton from 1999 to 2000 and 2001 to 2002, Aspen Technology from 2000 to 2001 and Ocean Energy from 2002 to 2003 after beginning her career with Browning Ferris Industries in 1997.

Gaurdie Banister

Mr. Gaurdie E. Banister, Jr. is appointed as Director of the company effective as of October 1, 2017. He retired as president and CEO of Aera Energy LLC (an oil and gas exploration and production company jointly owned by Shell Oil Company and ExxonMobil) in August 2015, having served in that position since 2007. Prior to Aera Energy, he served in executive level positions at Shell Oil, as technical vice president, Upstream Asia Pacific, from 2005 until 2007, and Upstream Americas from 2003 until 2005, overseeing drilling and development activities. From 2001 until 2003 he served as vice president of Business Development and Technology. He was president USA and executive vice president of Shell Services EP Gas and Power from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Banister joined Shell Oil in 1980 as an offshore facilities engineer. He holds a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and in 2007 the university awarded him an honorary doctorate degree. He also received an honorary doctorate degree in 2002 from Fort Valley State University.

Thomas Amonett

Mr. Thomas N. Amonett serves as Independent Director of the Company. He joined Company's Board in February 2006. Mr. Amonett has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Champion Technologies, Inc. since 1999. Champion Technologies, Inc. is an international provider of specialty chemicals and related services primarily to the oilfield production sector. Mr. Amonett serves as a director of Hercules Offshore Inc., where he serves on the Corporate Governance and Special Governance Committees, and as a director of Orion Marine Group, where he serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. His previous directorships include TODCO from 2003 to July 2007 when TODCO was acquired by Hercules Offshore Inc. and Stelmar Shipping Ltd. from 2002 to 2005.

Lori Gobillot

Ms. Lori A. Gobillot serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Gobillot is an attorney by education with extensive management and legal experience within the aviation industry as well as experience in private practice representing a variety of clients. Her years of experience at a capital intensive airline with a similar focus on safety, regulatory compliance, customer service and employee satisfaction add a helpful perspective to our Board’s deliberations. Her aviation background and legal knowledge allow her to contribute significantly as a member of the Compensation Committee and benefit our Board’s decision making process. Her expertise in corporate governance, which has been recognized by her being honored as a NACD Board Leadership Fellow, makes her highly qualified to serve as a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Her experience with fixed wing airlines is of particular use for our Board in connection with the Company’s strategic investment in Eastern Airways International Ltd. in February 2014 and Capiteq Limited (d/b/a Airnorth) (“Airnorth”) in February 2015.

Ian Godden

Mr. Ian Adam Godden serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Godden received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Edinburgh University in Scotland and an MBA from Stanford University in California. He has extensive practical experience in the aviation industry, particularly in the areas of aviation safety, training, technology and logistics management which are each critical to the Company at this stage of its growth. His international experience gained from decades of serving in executive roles in oil and gas companies in the international oil and gas sector and his background in strategic consulting aids our Board in reviewing decisions and developing the global strategy for the Company. Finally, his expertise in corporate governance, which has been recognized by his being honored as a NACD Board Leadership Fellow, makes him well suited to continue to serve as Chairman of our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Andrew Higgins

Mr. Andrew William Higgins serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Higgins is an engineer by education who started his career as an advanced technologies engineer at Pratt & Whitney Company, Inc. His professional background provides our Board with additional perspective on talent development, international operations and global strategic development, lean manufacturing and continuous improvement processes, government relations, acquisitions, and the oil and gas, distribution and industrial markets. In addition, his experience at Honeywell International, AlliedSignal and Pratt & Whitney provide him with a strong background in the aerospace industry. His executive experience, financial acumen and prior service on public company boards make him highly qualified to continue to serve as a member of our Audit Committee.

Stephen King

Mr. Stephen Anthony King serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. King is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with significant international finance expertise. Mr. King has been the Finance Director at Caledonia Investments plc since December 2009. He began his career as an accountant for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) and then worked his way up through the finance department of several companies to become the Finance Director for Caledonia, one of the most respected investment houses in the United Kingdom. He also has extensive experience on boards of public companies in the United Kingdom that allow him to bring a different perspective to Board deliberations that ultimately benefits our Board’s decision making process. His expertise in corporate governance has been recognized by his being honored as a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Finally, his current experience as Senior Non-Executive Director and chairman of the audit committee of TT Electronics and former experience as chairman of the audit committee of The Weir Group plc, together with his financial and accounting expertise gained over almost two decades of serving as a finance director for various organizations, make him well suited to continue to serve as Chairman of our Audit Committee.

Biggs Porter

Mr. Biggs C. Porter serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Porter is an accountant by education with significant accounting and finance expertise. His experience as chief financial officer and controller in multiple public companies provides him with extensive knowledge of financial reporting, legal and audit compliance and risk management making him qualified to continue to serve as a member of the Audit Committee and our Board. His expertise in corporate governance has been recognized by his being honored as a NACD Governance Fellow. His aerospace, government contracting and energy sector background also benefits our Board’s decision making process and development of strategy.