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Liberty Tax Inc (TAX.OQ)

TAX.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Hewitt

2017 Chairman of the Board

Edward Brunot

53 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer

James Wheaton

55 2015 Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel

Richard Artese

47 2014 Chief Information Officer, Vice President

Michael Piper

2014 Vice President of Financial Products

Vanessa Szajnoga

2015 Vice President - Legal

Ellen McDowell

55 2010 Director

Nicole Ossenfort

2017 Director

John Seal

2017 Director

Gordon D'Angelo

62 2011 Independent Director

John Garel

56 2003 Independent Director

Steven Ibbotson

53 1999 Independent Director

Ross Longfield

74 2001 Independent Director

Kathleen Donovan

55 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Biographies

Name Description

John Hewitt

Mr. John T. Hewitt is Chairman of the Board of Liberty Tax, Inc. Mr. Hewitt has served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President since October 1996. Mr. Hewitt is a pioneer in the tax preparation industry with a career in the industry spanning over 40 years. From August 1982 until June 1996, Mr. Hewitt was the Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Jackson Hewitt Inc., in Virginia Beach, Virginia. From December 1969 until June 1981, Mr. Hewitt held the varying positions of Tax Preparer, Assistant District Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director with H&R Block in Buffalo and Elmira, New York and Moorestown, New Jersey. Mr. Hewitt is the brother of Ellen M. McDowell, one of our directors. In serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hewitt is effectively able to integrate the operating and business strategies of the company, which is an invaluable asset to the Board in formulating our overall strategic direction.

Edward Brunot

Mr. Edward L. Brunot is President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer of the company. He has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Company since June 1, 2017. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President and President of MDV at SpartanNash Company, a publicly-traded food distributor and grocery retailer. Prior to the merger between Spartan Stores and Nash Finch in 2013, he served with Nash Finch as Executive Vice President and President and Chief Operating Officer of MDV from 2012 to 2013 and as Senior Vice President and President and Chief Operating Officer of MDV from February 2009 to March 2012. Mr. Brunot joined Nash Finch in July 2006 as Senior Vice President, Military. Mr. Brunot previously served as Senior Vice President and Vice President of Operations of two privately held temperature controlled warehousing and transportation companies, AmeriCold Logistics, LLC from December 2002 to May 2006, and CS Integrated from 1999 to 2002.

James Wheaton

Mr. James J. Wheaton is Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel of the Company. He was Vice President - Legal and Governmental Affairs, General Counsel of Liberty Tax, Inc. Mr. Wheaton has served as our General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Governmental Affairs since February 2011. Mr. Wheaton was previously a partner at the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP, where he practiced at the firm's Virginia Beach, Virginia office from 2001 until joining us in February 2011, and served as the practice group leader for the firm's mergers and acquisitions group. From September 1986 until May 2001, Mr. Wheaton was associated with the law firm of Willcox & Savage, P.C. in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was a shareholder from 1991 until 2001.

Richard Artese

Mr. Richard G. Artese has served as our Chief Information Officer, Vice President of the Liberty Tax, Inc., since May 1, 2014. Mr. Artese previously served as our Vice President of Information Technology from April 2013 until April 2014. Mr. Artese served as President of Geeks on Call from 2010 until April 2013. From 2008 until 2010, Mr. Artese served as EVP-COO-CIO of Geeks on Call.

Michael Piper

Mr. Michael S. Piper is Vice President of Financial Products of the company since December 2014. Since August 2004, Mr. Piper has served us in other roles including Director of Finance and Director of Financial Products. From July 2002 to August 2004. Mr. Piper served as Associate Vice President of Finance for Amerigroup Corporation.

Vanessa Szajnoga

Ms. Vanessa Mercurio Szajnoga is Vice President - Legal of the Company. Ms. Szajnoga currently serves as the Assistant Vice President, Legal for Liberty Tax Service, a position she has held since January 2015. She also serves on the American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Franchising, Corporate Counsel Committee. Ms. Szajnoga began her career at Liberty in 2005, as litigation counsel, representing the Company and managing litigation matters in federal and local courts throughout the United States and Canada. She became the leader of the Transactional Legal Department in 2012. Along with her legal work, Ms. Szajnoga has played a role in the company's Culture Committee, which is tasked with creating a welcoming and nurturing work environment. The committee's work has helped Liberty's corporate office gain recognition in 2014 as one of the Best Places to Work in Virginia. Ms. Szajnoga holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wagner College and J.D. from The College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe Law School.

Ellen McDowell

Ms. Ellen M. McDowell is Director of Liberty Tax, Inc. Ms. McDowell has served as a Director since June 2010. From January 1998 until the present, Ms. McDowell has also served as an Attorney and Managing Shareholder at McDowell-Riga-Posternock, P.C., in Maple Shade, New Jersey. Ms. McDowell is the sister of John Hewitt, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Her experience as an attorney provides an important legal perspective for our Board as it considers various operating and business strategies.

Nicole Ossenfort

Ms. Nicole Ossenfort is Director of the company. She is a Certified Public Accountant, operates her own accounting practice, which she founded in 2000. Ms. Ossenfort previously served as Vice President of the Company’s 360 Accounting Solutions business from April 2017 to October 2017. Ms. Ossenfort also has been a franchisee of Liberty Tax Service since 2002 with offices in South Dakota and Wyoming and as an Area Developer from 2004 to September 2017. Ms. Ossenfort previously worked in public accounting as an auditor at McGladrey & Pullen from 1994 to 1996. Ms. Ossenfort holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (1994) and CPA Certificate.

John Seal

Mr. John Seal is Director of the company. He has served as a Liberty Tax Area Developer for the south part of Houston, TX since 2012 and as President, Secretary and Director of JMS Tax Inc. Previously, he was a Liberty Tax franchisee in Hampton Roads, VA and Las Vegas, NV since 2000 and served as VP Finance of Liberty Tax Service, where he assisted in the purchase of U&R Tax Depot (Liberty Tax Canada) and development of Liberty Tax Service in the U.S. He joined the franchise tax preparation industry 28 years ago as a franchisee with Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and, after four tax seasons, joined Jackson Hewitt Corporation as Director of Field Operations. Prior to joining Jackson Hewitt, Mr. Seal spent eight years in operating-division financial management with General Foods Corp. Mr. Seal received his MBA degree from Indiana University.

Gordon D'Angelo

Mr. Gordon D'Angelo is Independent Director of Liberty Tax, Inc. Mr. D'Angelo has served as a Director since June 2011. Mr. D'Angelo is the co-founder and Chairman of NEXT Financial Group and related entities, an independent registered broker/dealer that provides financial services such as retirement planning, estate planning and investment management through 550 offices in 49 states. Prior to co-founding NEXT Financial in 1998, Mr. D'Angelo was a director of Jackson Hewitt. Mr. D'Angelo brings to the Board of Directors a wealth of experience in the financial services industry drawing upon his experience from his co-founding of NEXT Financial Group in 1998 where he strengthened his leadership capabilities and management advisory expertise. Mr. D'Angelo also has experience in the tax preparation industry, in that he previously worked for H&R Block before serving as a director of Jackson Hewitt.

John Garel

Mr. John R. Garel is no longer Independent Director of Liberty Tax, Inc., effective September 15, 2018. Mr. Garel has served as a Director since May 2003. From June 2000 until the present, Mr. Garel has served as a Senior Managing Director for Envest Holdings, a private equity management company. As a Senior Managing Director of Envest Holdings, which manages two funds that are among our largest stockholders, Mr. Garel has garnered expertise in analysis of investment opportunities and evaluation of business strategies. In his tenure at Envest, Mr. Garel has overseen the deployment of capital across a variety of industries.

Steven Ibbotson

Mr. Steven Ibbotson is Independent Director of Liberty Tax, Inc. Mr. Ibbotson has served as a Director since June 1999. Mr. Ibbotson has served as General Manager for Farm Business Consultants, Inc. ("FBC") in Calgary, Alberta since September 1997. From September 1995 until September 1997, he served as a General Manager-Western Canada for FBC, Inc. also in Calgary, Alberta. From September 1993 until September 1995 he served as Director of Marketing for FBC in London, Ontario. FBC is a tax preparation and consulting firm serving farmers and small business owners across Canada. Through his service as General Manager and various other positions at FBC, Mr. Ibbotson brings many years of tax preparation industry expertise to our Board. Mr. Ibbotson has developed significant managerial expertise through his career at FBC and is familiar with many of the operational challenges in the tax preparation industry, many of which confront our company. Mr. Ibbotson also serves as the Board of Directors' representative of our largest stockholder, DataTax Business Services Limited.

Ross Longfield

Mr. Ross N. Longfield is Independent Director of Liberty Tax, Inc. Mr. Longfield has served as a Director since December 2001. Mr. Longfield is managing partner of Longfield Consulting, a financial services firm located in Wyoming. From November 2002 through December 2004 Mr. Longfield served as Chairman of the Board of Incurrent Solutions in Parsippany, New Jersey. From June 1998 until December 2000, Mr. Longfield served as a Managing Director for Household International in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He was Chairman and CEO of Beneficial Bank USA from 1990 to 1998, was a pioneer of the RAL concept and has many years of experience in the tax preparation industry. Mr. Longfield brings highly valuable financial and managerial expertise to the Board through his service with Incurrent Solutions, Household International and other public and private companies. Mr. Longfield is highly experienced and knowledgeable in financial analysis, financial statements and risk management which qualifies him as one of our audit committee financial experts.

Kathleen Donovan

Ms. Kathleen E. Donovan has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Liberty Tax, Inc., effective JTH Holding, Inc. Since 2008, Ms. Donovan has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Catapult Learning, LLC, a privately held company. She has previously served as Chief Financial Officer of two publicly traded technology and service companies, MedQuist, Inc. from 2005 through 2008, and Dendrite International from 2002 through 2005.