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Geo Group Inc (GEO.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

George Zoley

69 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Brian Evans

51 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Joe Negron

57 2019 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

J. David Donahue

59 2017 Senior Vice President, President, U.S. Corrections & Detention, and International Operations

Richard Long

55 2017 Senior Vice President - Project Development

Ann Schlarb

54 2014 Senior Vice President, President, GEO Care

David Venturella

52 2014 Senior Vice President - Business Development

Ronald Brack

57 2009 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller

Shayn March

53 2009 Vice President - Finance, Treasurer

Richard Glanton

72 2011 Lead Independent Director

Scott Kernan

58 2018 Director

Norman Carlson

81 2015 Director Emeritus

Anne Foreman

71 2002 Independent Director

Guido Van Hauwermeiren

57 2018 Independent Director

Christopher Wheeler

72 2010 Independent Director

Julie Wood

49 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

George Zoley

Dr. George C. Zoley, Ph.D. is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Founder of Geo Group Inc. He served as GEO’s Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from January 1997 to May of 2002. Mr. Zoley has served as GEO’s Chief Executive Officer since the company went public in 1994. Prior to 1994, Mr. Zoley served as President and Director since GEO’s incorporation in 1988. Mr. Zoley founded GEO in 1984 and continues to be a major factor in GEO’s development of new business opportunities in the areas of correctional and detention management, community reentry, electronic monitoring, offender rehabilitation, and other diversified government services. Mr. Zoley also serves as a director of several business subsidiaries through which The GEO Group, Inc. conducts its operations worldwide. Mr. Zoley has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). For seven years, Mr. Zoley served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Zoley was born in Florina, Greece and was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2002. As GEO’s founder, his knowledge, experience, and leadership are invaluable to the operation and development of the company. His more than 35 years with the company make him uniquely qualified to be GEO’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Brian Evans

Mr. Brian R. Evans is the Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Geo Group Inc. Mr. Evans joined GEO in 2000 and has over 20 years of business management experience. Since joining the company, Mr. Evans has served in increasingly senior business management positions including as Vice President of Finance, Chief Accounting Officer, and Controller and was named GEO’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2009. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Evans is responsible for the overall financial management of GEO and its subsidiaries and the Company’s acquisition and growth initiatives. Since joining the Company, Mr. Evans has overseen significant financial growth and shareholder value creation. During his tenure at GEO, Mr. Evans has been instrumental in successfully executing the Company’s strategy for three secondary public offerings of equity; the execution of multiple financing transactions; and the successful completion of major business transactions including the acquisitions of Correctional Services Corporation in 2005, CentraCore Properties Trust in 2007, Cornell Companies in 2010, BI Incorporated in 2011, LCS Corrections in 2014 and Community Education Centers in 2017. Mr. Evans was also instrumental in GEO’s highly successful conversion to a Real Estate Investment Trust in 2013. Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Evans worked for Arthur Andersen LLP as a Manager in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Group from 1994 until joining GEO. During his tenure at Arthur Andersen, Mr. Evans supervised the financial statement audits of both public and private companies and city and county governments. From 1990 until 1994, Mr. Evans served as an Officer in the Supply Corps of the United States Navy and was assigned to the USS Monterey in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Evans graduated in 1990 from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Mr. Evans is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Joe Negron

Mr. Joe Negron serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the company. Mr. Negron joined GEO in December 2018 and became the GEO’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary effective General Counsel January 1, 2019. Mr. Negron worked with GEO’s prior Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, John Bulfin, throughout the month of December 2018 to ensure a smooth transition. Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Negron has had 30 years of experience in business law and complex corporate and commercial litigation. Mr. Negron has worked for several prestigious Florida law firms throughout his career, most recently in the litigation practice at Akerman LLP. Mr. Negron also served in the Florida Legislature for fifteen years, including service as both House and Senate Appropriations Chair, as well as President of the Florida Senate in his final term. Mr. Negron received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University, his Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

J. David Donahue

Mr. J. David Donahue is the Senior Vice President and President, U.S. Corrections & Detention, and International Operations of Geo Group Inc. Mr. Donahue joined GEO as the Eastern Region Vice President in 2009 after a distinguished career in corrections with the States of Indiana and Kentucky as well as the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In his previous role as the Eastern Regional Vice President, he was responsible for the operational oversight of over 24 correctional facilities encompassing over 31,000 beds. Mr. Donahue was promoted to Senior Vice President and President, GEO Corrections and Detention in January 2016. Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Donahue served as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction. As Commissioner, he led a workforce of over 9,000 employees, supervising nearly 39,000 offenders in addition to 3,000 Juvenile Offenders and those individuals placed on community supervision. During his tenure with Indiana, Mr. Donahue worked diligently to instill best correctional practices. He employed his leadership skills to provide better protection to the public through an improved sex-offender registry system, enhanced facility security with the addition of state-of-the-art equipment and protocols, consolidated services to increase departmental efficiency and effectiveness, and prepared offenders for reentry using model case management practices. Prior to leading the Indiana Department of Correction, Mr. Donahue served as Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. In this position, he provided administrative policy direction to all departmental divisions. He was responsible for the planning and supervision of duties for the Directors of the Division of Administrative Services, the Division of the Corrections Training, the Division of Correctional Industries, and the Branch Managers of Offender Information and Information and Technology. Mr. Donahue began his corrections career as a Correctional Officer.

Richard Long

Mr. Richard K. Long is the Senior Vice President - Project Development of Geo Group Inc. Mr. Long joined GEO in 2017 after a distinguished career working for Balfour Beatty Construction for the last 30 years. Mr. Long has developed extensive expertise with commercial and federal government construction as well as engineering projects using design-build and construction management at risk delivery methods for both public and private sector clients, with a combined construction value in excess of $5.0 billion. During his 30-year career at Balfour Beatty Construction, Mr. Long has held positions of Civil Engineer, Project Engineer, Chief Estimator, Assistant Project Manager, Vice President of Preconstruction, Senior Vice President of Business Acquisition, and Senior Vice President & South Florida Business Unit Leader responsible for leading Balfour Beatty $600 million annual South Florida business. With 32 years of construction experience, Mr. Long also finds time for industry service. He is a long-time member and past-chairman of Florida’s largest chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (“ABC”). Additionally, as founding member and past-president of the Society of American Military Engineers (“SAME”) South Florida chapter, Mr. Long accepted multiple accolades at the association’s 2012 National Joint Engineer Training Conference. Mr. Long received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Ann Schlarb

Dr. Ann M. Schlarb, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President, President, GEO Care of Geo Group Inc. Dr. Schlarb joined GEO in 2011 as Vice President of Intensive Supervision and Appearance Program (“ISAP”) Services as a result of GEO’s acquisition of B.I. Incorporated, (“B.I.”). Dr. Schlarb joined BI Incorporated in 1995 and was involved in the development, implementation, and operations of two different national programs, one providing supervision and treatment services to offenders in the Criminal Justice System, and the other overseeing field operations for the immigration services division of BI. Dr. Schlarb left BI briefly to complete her doctoral degree in 2009 in Organizational Psychology, during which she remained a consultant. Dr. Schlarb was named Divisional Vice President in May 2012 and managed the BI location monitoring and immigration services division within GEO Care. Promoted to Senior Vice President and President of GEO Care in July 2014, Dr. Schlarb is now responsible for the GEO Care division of The GEO Group, which encompasses the ‘GEO Continuum of Care’ organization, intensive residential and non-residential programming, youth services, electronic monitoring equipment and services, and community-based immigration services. Dr. Schlarb began her Criminal Justice career in 1986 working as a detention and probation officer, and later as Assistant Director of Operations and Treatment for a Probation Violators facility in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Management and holds several criminal justice certifications.

David Venturella

Mr. David J. Venturella is the Senior Vice President - Business Development of Geo Group Inc. Mr. Venturella joined GEO in 2012 as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. In 2014, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Venturella is responsible for leading GEO’s business and proposal development efforts. Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Venturella served in various leadership positions including as the Director for the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations for ICE from February 2011 to June 2012. In addition to his 22-year career with ICE, Mr. Venturella has worked in the private sector in business development and strategic planning. From May 2004 to September 2007, he served as Vice President of the Homeland Security Business Unit for USIS in Falls Church, Virginia, where he was credited with increasing annual revenues by an average of 15 percent during his tenure. He also served as Director of Business Development for USIS in the company’s Professional Services Division and served as Director of Business Development for the Global Security and Engineering Services Unit with L-3 Communications in Chantilly, Virginia from September 2007 to May 2008. David Venturella has more than 26 years experience in federal law enforcement operations and business development. His expertise includes strategic planning, organizational management, project development and program execution.

Ronald Brack

Mr. Ronald A. Brack is the Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller of Geo Group Inc. Mr. Brack was GEO’s Vice President and Controller from January 2008 to August 2009 and Controller from April 2007 to January 2008. Mr. Brack joined GEO in May 2005 as Assistant Controller. From 2000 until joining GEO, Mr. Brack was with Fort Lauderdale, Florida based NationsRent, Inc. where his most recent position was Assistant Controller. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Brack was with the Fort Lauderdale office of Arthur Andersen, LLP where his most recent position was Senior Auditor in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Group. Prior to that time, Mr. Brack spent over ten years in the fleet management business with World Omni Leasing, Inc. and GE Capital Fleet Services. Mr. Brack attended Florida Atlantic University and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Brack is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Shayn March

Mr. Shayn P. March is the Vice President - Finance, Treasurer of Geo Group Inc. Mr. March joined GEO as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer in March 2009. Prior to joining GEO, Mr. March served as a Managing Director for the Corporate Investment Banking group at BNP Paribas, where he worked for eleven years in increasing capacities. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. March was employed at Sanwa Bank in the Corporate Finance Department. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. March was employed at UJB Financial in the Finance and Credit Audit Departments. Mr. March earned his Masters in Business Administration in Financial Management from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Rutgers University.

Richard Glanton

Mr. Richard H. Glanton is the Lead Independent Director of Geo Group Inc. Richard H. Glanton Mr. Glanton has served as a director of GEO since 1998. Mr. Glanton is the Founder and has served as Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Electedface Inc., a website that connects voters to the elected and appointed officials who represent them in political districts where they serve. Mr. Glanton was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Exelon Corporation from 2003-2008. From 1983 to 2003, he was a Partner at Wolf Block LLP (1983-86) and at Reed Smith LLP (1986-2003). From 1990 to 1998, he served as President of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, a foundation established to promote education and the appreciation of fine arts and horticulture. Mr. Glanton is a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Mistras Group, Inc., a publicly traded company providing technology-enabled asset protection solutions used to evaluate the structural integrity of energy, industrial and public infrastructure. Mr. Glanton served as a director of Aqua America, Inc., the second-largest publicly traded water utility based in the U.S., from 1995 to 2018, including as Lead Independent Director and a member of the Executive Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. On July 13, 2017, Mr. Glanton filed for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Glanton filed a proposed reorganization plan on December 5, 2017. On March 8, 2018, Mr. Glanton filed a motion for the voluntary dismissal of the bankruptcy case and an order granting such motion was entered on April 27, 2018.

Scott Kernan

Mr. Scott Michael Kernan is Director of the Company. Mr. Kernan served as the Agency Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”) from January 2016 until August 2018. Prior to that time, Mr. Kernan was appointed the Undersecretary of Operations of CDCR beginning in September 2008 and served in that position until retiring in October 2011. In March of 2015, Mr. Kernan returned to the Undersecretary position from his retirement at the request of California Governor Jerry Brown and worked in that capacity until January 2016. From October 2011 until March 2015, Mr. Kernan owned his own independent consulting firm that specialized in corrections and criminal justice. From March 2007 to September 2008, Mr. Kernan served as the Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Operations of CDCR. Prior to that time, Mr. Kernan served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Adult Institutions of CDCR from May 2006 to March 2007. From November 2004 to May 2006, Mr. Kernan served as the Warden of the California State Prison, Sacramento, a Level IV maximum-security institution. From October 2003 to November 2004, Mr. Kernan served as the Warden of the Mule Creek State Prison, a Level III/IV institution. From March 1983 to October 2003, Mr. Kernan held various correctional positions with CDCR. Mr. Kernan’s invaluable expertise with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will strengthen the Board’s collective knowledge, capabilities and experience.

Norman Carlson

Mr. Norman A. Carlson is the Director Emeritus of Geo Group Inc. Mr. Carlson is the Director of Geo Group Inc. In connection with Mr. Carlson’s retirement from the board of directors and in recognition of Mr. Carlson’s 20 years of distinguished service, his invaluable expertise in the corrections industry and his extensive knowledge of GEO and its operations, the board of directors appointed Mr. Carlson to the position of Director Emeritus of GEO effective January 1, 2015. As Director Emeritus, Mr. Carlson will consult with GEO and the Board and may attend, but not vote at, meetings of the Board. Article VI, Section 8 of GEO’s bylaws expressly provide that the board of directors may appoint persons to serve as Director Emeritus. Mr. Carlson’s status as Director Emeritus will be reviewed annually by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Board

Anne Foreman

Ms. Anne N. Foreman is an Independent Director of Geo Group Inc. Ms. Foreman has been a court appointed trustee of the National Gypsum Company Bodily Injury Trust, a trust created for the purpose of resolving asbestos related bodily injury liabilities. Ms. Foreman served as Under Secretary of the United States Air Force from September 1989 until January 1993. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Foreman was General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force, a member of the Department’s Intelligence Oversight Board and the Department’s Chief Ethics Officer. She practiced law in the Washington office of Bracewell and Patterson and the London office of Boodle Hatfield, Co. from 1979 to 1985. Ms. Foreman is a former member of the U.S. Foreign Service, and served in Beirut, Lebanon; Tunis, Tunisia; and the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Ms. Foreman earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in history and French, and a master’s in history from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She holds her juris doctor, cum laude, from American University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Foreman also served on the Board of The Wackenhut Corporation, a then publicly-traded security and corrections corporation, for nine years. Ms. Foreman has served on the board of directors of Ultra Electronics Defense, Inc. (UEDI), a US holding company owned by the publicly-traded UK corporation, Ultra Electronics, Plc., a specialist electrical and electronics engineering company. Ms. Foreman brings extensive legal, government contracting and international experience to the board of directors. Her experience as a board member of other companies strengthens the board of directors’ collective knowledge, capabilities and experience.

Guido Van Hauwermeiren

Mr. Guido Van Hauwermeiren is the Independent Director of Geo Group Inc. Mr. Van Hauwermeiren is currently the Head of Coverage and Investment Banking – Americas for Societe Generale after joining in 2014. Prior to joining Societe Generale, Mr. Van Hauwermeiren served as the Head of Internal Coverage of BNP Paribas from 2006 to 2014 and a member of the Executive Board of BNP Paribas CIB Paris. Mr. Van Hauwermeiren was Co-Head of Emerging Markets and a member of the International Retail Management Committee of BNP Paribas from 2007 to 2009 and Head of Eurasia – North Africa Region and a member of the Executive Committee at the Cetelem consumer finance division of BNP Paribas from 2006 to 2007. Previously, Mr. Van Hauwermeiren worked for Credit Lyonnais and Calyon Americas from 1992 to 2006 during which time he led coverage teams with responsibility for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Milan, Mexico and Central America, the Midwest/Chicago region of the United States, and Western Europe, Israel and South Africa. Prior to that time, Mr. Van Hauwermeiren worked for Banco Provincial Saica Saca in Venezuela from 1987 to 1991 as Head of Coverage for large multinationals. Mr. Van Hauwermeiren earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and a Master of Business Administration from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr. Van Hauwermeiren’s global investment banking experience will strengthen the Board’s collective knowledge, capabilities and experience.

Christopher Wheeler

Mr. Christopher C. Wheeler is an Independent Director of Geo Group Inc. Mr. Wheeler retired from Proskauer Rose LLP in January 2010, where he served as a member of the Corporate Department and a partner in the firm’s Florida office for nearly 20 years. Mr. Wheeler has had extensive experience in real estate and corporate law, institutional lending, administrative law and industrial revenue bond financing. He has acted as counsel for developers, institutions and large property holders in connection with the purchase, sale, refinancing or operation of real estate properties. Mr. Wheeler is a graduate of Hamilton College and Cornell Law School and was a member of the managing Board of Editors of the Cornell Law Review. Active in professional, charitable and philanthropic matters and community affairs, Mr. Wheeler presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital and BRRH Corporation, the parent organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Pine Crest Preparatory School, the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, and the Board of Directors of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation. Mr. Wheeler also served as a member of the Grievance Committee for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Julie Wood

Ms. Julie Myers Wood is an Independent Director of Geo Group Inc. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Guidepost Solutions LLC (“Guidepost”), a company specializing in monitoring, compliance, international investigations and risk management solutions, after joining the organization in 2012 as president of its Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions division. Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Ms. Wood was the former founder and president of ICS Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in compliance, risk assessments, immigration and customs investigations from November 2008 until September 2012 when it was acquired by Guidepost. Ms. Wood regularly conducts government contracting, immigration and anti-corruption due diligence risk assessments, develops cross-functional compliance monitoring programs and conducts third-party regulatory audits. Ms. Wood also has significant experience as a government-appointed monitor. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Wood served as the Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) from January 2006 until November 2008 leading its largest investigative component and the second largest investigative agency in the federal government. Ms. Wood’s previous leadership positions in the federal government include Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce, Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice and Deputy Assistant Secretary (Money Laundering and Financial Crimes) at the Treasury Department. Ms. Wood served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to government service, Ms. Wood was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to serving as CEO, Ms. Wood sits on the Board of Directors of Guidepost Solutions LLC and its parent company, Solution Point International.

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