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Gentherm Inc (THRM.OQ)

THRM.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Francois Castaing

72 2017 Lead Independent Chairman of the Board

Phillip Eyler

46 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Barry Steele

47 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance, Treasurer

Frithjof Oldorff

51 2013 President - Automotive business

Darren Schumacher

50 2016 President - Gentherm Technologies

Erin Ascher

54 2015 Chief Human Resource Officer, Vice President - Talent Development

James Paloyan

2018 Senior Vice President and General Manager - Medical Business

Yijing Brentano

2018 Senior Vice President - Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Kenneth Phillips

44 2012 Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Charles Kummeth

57 2018 Director

John Stacey

52 2018 Director

Sophie Desormiere

51 2012 Independent Director

Maurice Gunderson

66 2007 Independent Director

Yvonne Hao

43 2016 Independent Director

Ronald Hundzinski

59 2016 Independent Director

Byron Shaw

50 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Francois Castaing

Mr. Francois J. Castaing is Lead Independent Chairman of the Board of the company. He has served as a director of the Company since 2001, as Chairman of the Board since 2017 and as Lead Independent Director of the Board from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Castaing retired in 2000 as technical advisor to the Chairman of Chrysler Corporation. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Castaing spent 13 years with Chrysler Corporation, where he held various positions, including Vice-President of Vehicle Engineering from 1988 to 1996 and President of Chrysler International from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Castaing was Vice-President of Engineering and Group Vice-President Product and Quality of American Motors, from 1980 until Chrysler acquired that company in 1987. Mr. Castaing began his career with Renault as Technical Director for Renault Motorsport Programs. From 2004 to 2015, he served as a director of publicly-traded TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., where he was a member of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Castaing also serves on the board of FIRST in Michigan: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a not-for-profit foundation.

Phillip Eyler

Mr. Phillip Eyler has been appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of the Company., He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since December 2017, and as a director of the Company since December 2017. From 2015 until 2017, Mr. Eyler served as President of the $3 billion Connected Car division at Harman Industries International, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung. The Connected Car Division focused on developing highly integrated connected car systems encompassing infotainment, telematics, connected safety and cyber security solutions, among others. Mr. Eyler joined Harman in 1997, and held a number of positions during his tenure, including Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Harman’s Global Automotive Audio business from 2011 to 2015. He also led Harman’s North American Automotive business and the North American and Asian Manufacturing group. Mr. Eyler began his career at Siemens AG in the electromechanical components division. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University Manufacturing group.

Barry Steele

Mr. Barry G. Steele is no longer Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance, Treasurer of the Company effective January 1, 2019. Mr. Steele was appointed Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2004 and Treasurer in 2005. Prior to joining Gentherm, Mr. Steele worked since 1997 in a number of senior financial management positions, including Chief Financial Officer for Advanced Accessory Systems, LLC, a global supplier of specialty accessories to the automotive industry. Prior to 1997, Mr. Steele worked for PriceWaterhouse LLP. Mr. Steele received a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Frithjof Oldorff

Mr. Frithjof R. Oldorff is President - Automotive business of the Company. He was appointed President of the Automotive business unit in July, 2013. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Oldorff served as the Chief Operating Officer of Gentherm GmbH since 2008. He previously was a Director of Operations for Freudenberg from 2005 to 2007 and held various positions at Faurecia from 1995 to 2005. Mr. Oldorff received a master’s degree from Darmstadt Technical University (Germany) in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering.

Darren Schumacher

Mr. Darren Schumacher, Ph.D. is President - Gentherm Technologies of the Company. He was appointed President of Gentherm Technologies in July, 2016 after serving as the Company’s Vice-President of Product Development since 2013. Prior to joining Gentherm, Dr. Schumacher worked since 2009 at Bosch as Business Segment Vice President of Engineering. Prior to 2009, Dr. Schumacher worked at Eaton Corporation where he had a series of executive management roles including Director of Product Engineering. Dr. Schumacher graduated with a Ph.D., MSE and BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Regis University.

Erin Ascher

Ms. Erin Erwine Ascher is Chief Human Resource Officer, Vice President - Talent Development of the Company. She was appointed Vice-President Talent Development and Chief Human Resources Officer in February, 2015. Prior to joining Gentherm, Ms. Ascher worked since 2012 as Chief Human Resources Officer at the University of Cincinnati. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Ascher was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Omnicare Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides pharmaceutical services to patients and providers across the U.S. Prior to Omnicare, from 1998 to 2007, Ms. Ascher was Vice President Human Resources, Latin America and Asia Pacific for Ecolab, a publicly-owned developer and provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. Ms. Ascher received a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio and a master’s degree in Personnel and Employee Relations from Georgia State University.

James Paloyan

Mr. James Paloyan is Senior Vice President and General Manager - Medical Business of the Company. Mr. Jim Paloyan is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gentherm’s medical business reporting to Phil Eyler. Jim leads the medical business where he is responsible to grow revenue and profitability as part of the company’s focused growth strategy. Jim most recently served as Vice President and Global Platform Leader for BD, a global medical technology company. In this role he was responsible for managing a portfolio of infusion products. Prior to that he held leadership positions at CareFusion, including Vice President of Infusion Disposable Sales & Marketing for the Americas, and Vice President of Strategy & Innovation. Before CareFusion, he held multiple assignments at Cardinal Health, a global healthcare services and products company, including Vice President of Innovation, Vice President of Marketing, Director of Marketing, and Senior Marketing Manager. He has also held management roles at Capgemini Consulting and Abbott Laboratories. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Yijing Brentano

Ms. Yijing H. Brentano is Senior Vice President - Investor Relations and Corporate Communications of the Company. Brentano most recently served as Founder and Managing Partner of Green Tree Advisory, a consultancy that aids start-up companies with strategic and financial planning and connects them with suppliers, business partners and consumers in China. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations at Harman International, a Samsung Company. Before joining Harman, she spent 17 years at telecommunications company Sprint Corporation in multiple leadership assignments, including Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Mobile Health, General Manager of International Wholesale, Vice President of Investor Relations and business unit CFO roles. Before Sprint, Brentano served as a senior consultant for Ernst & Young. Brentano has been recognized as a top-ranked Investor Relations professional by Institutional Investor magazine and received the CMO Asia Women Leadership Award in 2013. She was also named to Ingram’s 40 Under Forty and recognized as one of Kansas City’s 50 most influential women by KC Business Magazine. She is a Certified Treasury Professional, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Kenneth Phillips

Mr. Kenneth J. Phillips is Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. Prior to joining Gentherm, Mr. was appointed Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary in June, 2012. Prior to joining Gentherm, Mr. Phillips was a Partner in the Detroit, Michigan office of the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Mr. Phillips graduated with a J.D. from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Oakland University. Mr. Phillips is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Charles Kummeth

Mr. Charles R. Kummeth is Director of the Company. Kummeth is President and CEO of Bio-Techne Corporation, which is a leading developer and manufacturer of high quality purified proteins, antibodies, immunoassays, and instruments for biomedical researchers and clinical research laboratories. Prior to joining Bio-Techne, Kummeth served as President of Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography at Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and was President of the Laboratory Consumables Division from 2009 to September 2011. Prior to joining Thermo Fisher, he served in various roles during his 24-year career at 3M Corporation, most recently as the Vice President of the company's Medical Division from 2006 to 2008. Kummeth received a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

John Stacey

Mr. John G. Stacey is Director of the Company. Stacey is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Harman, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung, a position he has held since 2008. At Harman, he is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function globally, including people continuity and development, target setting, employee relations, compensation, benefit management, and recruitment. Previously, he served in various senior human resources positions with Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV from 1990 to 2008, including, most recently, as Vice President, People for InBev North America, InBev Central and Eastern Europe from 2005 through January 2008. Stacey received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Sophie Desormiere

Ms. Sophie Desormiere is Independent Director of the Company. She has served as a director of the Company since 2012. Ms. Desormiére has served as General Manager Marketing and Sales, Senior Executive Vice-President at Solvay, a Belgium-based company and a developer of specialty chemicals, since November 2010. Previously, Ms. Desormière spent 17 years in increasingly responsible positions at Valeo, an independent industrial group focused on the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the automotive industry, including Research & Development Product Line Director, Branch Marketing Innovation Director, Group Product Marketing Director and Comfort Enhancement Domain Director. Ms. Desormière was elected a member of the Supervisory Board of publicly traded Somfy S.A. (Euronext Paris: SO) in 2017. Ms. Desormière is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, the Institut de Formation du Caoutchouc and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Maurice Gunderson

Mr. Maurice E. P. Gunderson is Independent Director of the company. He has served as a director of the Company since 2007. Mr. Gunderson has served as Managing Director of the venture capital firm Autotech Ventures since 2017, and a Managing Member of the consulting firm Shingebiss, LLC since 1999. Previously, Mr. Gunderson spent 14 years as the co-founder and Managing Director of Nth Power, a venture capital firm specializing in the energy sector; four years as a Senior Partner at CMEA Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in energy and materials; and as a Managing Director of Runway Capital. He currently serves as an advisor to Starburst Ventures; as Director and President of Mt. Diablo Pilots Association; and Director and CFO of Herd It Through the Grapevine Herding Dog Rescue, all privately-held companies. Mr. Gunderson is also Chairman of the Contra Costa County (California) Aviation Advisory Committee. Mr. Gunderson received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in California, a Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Yvonne Hao

Ms. Yvonne Hao is Independent Director of the Company. She has served as a director of the Company since 2016. She is currently the COO and CFO of PillPack, a high-growth venture funded national e-commerce pharmacy startup. From 2008 to 2016, Ms. Hao held various positions at Bain Capital, including as an Operating Partner and as interim executive officer for various portfolio companies. At Bain, Ms. Hao was responsible for portfolio company performance, working closely with management of various Bain investment companies. She held the position of interim CEO or COO at several of these companies, including Gymboree and D&M Holdings. Prior to 2008, Ms. Hao worked at Honeywell in various positions starting in 2003 and at McKinsey & Company starting in 1997. Ms. Hao served as a director of publicly-traded Bombardier Recreational Products from 2011 until 2016. She has also served as a past director of privately-held companies, including Gymboree and Consolidated Container Company. Ms. Hao holds a B.A. from Williams College and a Masters of Philosophy in Development Economics from Cambridge University.

Ronald Hundzinski

Mr. Ronald T. Hundzinski is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of the Company since 2016. Since 2012, Mr. Hundzinski has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BorgWarner, Inc. (NYSE:BWA). From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Hundzinski served in BorgWarner’s finance department in positions of increasing responsibility, including as Controller from 2010 to 2011 and Treasurer from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Hundzinski holds a B.B.A. in finance from Western Michigan University and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. Mr. Hundzinski’s experience as the Chief Financial Officer of a large, global automotive supplier brings important practical experience to our Board of Directors. He understands the key operational, strategic and financial issues of the Company as an executive of a public company in the automotive industry, and he can provide unique, real-time advice on critical industry matters. Mr. Hundzinski also has significant finance and accounting expertise and the Board has determined this qualifies him as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules. His expertise and knowledge in our largest industry segment brings invaluable insight to our Board of Directors.

Byron Shaw

Dr. Byron T. Shaw, II is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of the Company since 2013. Dr. Shaw has been the President of Byron Shaw LLC, a consulting firm providing diligence, strategy and execution advisory services focusing on automotive technology and related services, since 2012. From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Shaw worked at General Motors in various positions, most recently as Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Office for General Motors and General Motors Ventures LLC. From 1998 to 2003, he worked at BMW in various positions, including Principal Technology Engineer and Manager of Advanced Technology. Dr. Shaw currently serves on the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of several privately-held companies, including Smalltech LLC, Project Renovo, Qualia Networks, Autotech Ventures, Up Shift Cars and Rotary Wing Engine. Dr. Shaw received Bachelor of Science degrees and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering/controls from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Shaw’s extensive experience in the automotive industry and in advanced technologies enables him to provide key insight with respect to improvements in our existing products. His technical expertise has also been critical to the Company’s development of new products for other markets.

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