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W. R. Berkley Corp (WRB)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

William Berkley

71 2015 Executive Chairman of the Board

W. Robert Berkley

44 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Richard Baio

48 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Eugene Ballard

64 2016 Executive Vice President - Finance

Ira Lederman

63 2015 Executive Vice President, Secretary

James Shiel

57 2015 Executive Vice President - Investments

Matthew Ricciardi

49 2015 Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Melissa Emmendorfer

2017 Senior Vice President - Insurance Risk Management

Mir Mazhar

2017 Senior Vice President - Chief Project Officer

Jonathan Schriber

2017 Senior Vice President - Underwriting

Maria Ferre

53 2017 Director

Christopher Augostini

52 2012 Independent Director

Ronald Blaylock

57 2001 Independent Director

Mark Brockbank

65 2001 Independent Director

Mary Farrell

67 2006 Independent Director

Jack Nusbaum

76 1967 Independent Director

Mark Shapiro

72 1974 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

William Berkley

Mr. William R. Berkley has been appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company., effective October 31, 2015. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from March 2000 to November 2009 and held such positions at various times from 1967 to 1995. Mr. Wm. Berkley also served as a director of The First Marblehead Corporation (until June 2012). Mr. Wm. Berkley is the father of Mr. Rob Berkley.

W. Robert Berkley

Mr. W. Robert Berkley, Jr., is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation., effective October 31, 2015. He has been Vice Chairman and President of Berkley International, LLC since May 2002 and April 2008, respectively. Mr. Rob Berkley served previously as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from November 2009 to October 2015, Executive Vice President from August 2005 to November 2009, Senior Vice President — Specialty Operations of the Company from January 2003 to August 2005, and a variety of positions of increasing responsibility since September 1997. From July 1995 to August 1997, Mr. Rob Berkley was employed in the Corporate Finance Department of Merrill Lynch Investment Company. Mr. Rob Berkley is the son of Mr. William R. Berkley.

Richard Baio

Mr. Richard Mark Baio is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer of W.R. Berkley Corporation. Previously he was Vice President and Treasurer since joining the Company in May 2009. He has over 25 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, having served prior to joining the Company as a director in Merrill Lynch & Co.’s financial institutions investment banking group and as a partner in Ernst & Young’s insurance practice.

Eugene Ballard

Mr. Eugene G. Ballard is Executive Vice President - Finance of the Company. Mr. Ballard served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company from June 1999 to May 2016, as a Senior Vice President from June 1999 to June 2015 and as an Executive Vice President since June 2015. He was also Treasurer from June 1999 to May 2009. He has over 40 years of experience in the accounting and finance profession, including more than 25 years in the property casualty insurance industry.

Ira Lederman

Mr. Ira S. Lederman has been Executive Vice President, Secretary of the Company. Mr. Lederman has served as Corporate Secretary since November 2001, as a Senior Vice President from January 1997 to June 2015 and as an Executive Vice President since June 2015. He was also General Counsel from November 2001 to May 2015. He joined the Company in 1983.

James Shiel

Mr. James G. Shiel has been promoted as Executive Vice President - Investments of the Company. Mr. Shiel has served as Executive Vice President — Investments of the Company since June 2015. Previously, he was Senior Vice President — Investments from January 1997 to June 2015 and Vice President — Investments from January 1992. Since February 1994, Mr. Shiel has been President of Berkley Dean & Company, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, which he joined in 1987.

Matthew Ricciardi

Mr. Matthew M. Ricciardi has been appointed as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of the Company. Previously, he served as Chief Counsel, General Corporate from 2013 to 2015, and as Chief Counsel, Public Company & Corporate Law from 2008 to 2013, of MetLife, Inc. From 1995 to 2008, Mr. Ricciardi was with the New York office of the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf and its predecessor firm, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, where he was a partner from 2001 to 2008.

Melissa Emmendorfer

Ms. Melissa M. Emmendorfer is Senior Vice President - Insurance Risk Management of the Company. Ms. Emmendorfer most recently served as vice president - insurance risk management of W. R. Berkley Corporation, having joined its reinsurance operating unit Berkley Re America as senior vice president in 2009. She has more than 25 years of experience in the property and casualty reinsurance industry and is a graduate of Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics.

Mir Mazhar

Mr. Mir Mazhar is Senior Vice President - Chief Project Officer of the Company. Mr. Mazhar is an experienced technology executive, senior program manager and business transformation professional with 20 years of global experience at preeminent international consulting firms. He has a strong track record of delivering business efficiencies through technology modernization for large-scale transformational initiatives. He graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan, is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is both Oracle and SAP certified.

Jonathan Schriber

Mr. Jonathan A. Schriber is Senior Vice President - Underwriting of the Company. Mr. Schriber has been with W. R. Berkley Corporation for 10 years and most recently served as chief underwriting officer of the Reinsurance segment. He joined Berkley Re America in 2007 as executive vice president and chief administrative officer, was named its president in 2008, and was appointed its chairman in 2015. Mr. Schriber has more than 20 years of experience in the property and casualty reinsurance industry. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Science in quantitative business analysis from Pennsylvania State University.

Maria Ferre

Ms. Maria Luisa Ferre has been appointed as Director of the Company, with effect from May 16, 2017. Ms. Ferré is the President of the Ferré Rangel Group and Editor of GFR Media, where she oversees the operations of the Ferré Rangel Group and its portfolio of media companies. Since 2000, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of Popular, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPOP), the parent company of Banco Popular. She also serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Ponce Museum of Art and on the Board of Directors of the Caribbean and Latin America Fund of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In addition, she has been an active advocate of civic issues. Ms. Ferré graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in Amherst, MA, where she obtained a BA in history and Hispanic studies. She also holds a Master's degree in communications from Boston University in Boston, MA.

Christopher Augostini

Mr. Christopher L. Augostini is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation. He is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Georgetown University, where he has served in various positions, including as Chief Financial Officer, since joining Georgetown University in 2000. Previously, from 1995 to 2000, Mr. Augostini worked for New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration in various capacities, including chief of staff to the deputy mayor for operations, director of intergovernmental affairs, and deputy budget director. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Augostini served as an analyst for the New York State General Assembly’s Higher Education Committee and its Ways and Means Committee. He began his career conducting workforce and economic development research at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy arm of the State University of New York higher education system.

Ronald Blaylock

Mr. Ronald E. Blaylock is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation. He is Founder and Managing Partner of GenNx360 Capital Partners, a private equity buyout firm, since 2006. Mr. Blaylock was the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blaylock & Company, Inc., an investment banking firm, and held senior management positions with PaineWebber Group and Citicorp before launching Blaylock & Company, Inc. in 1993. Mr. Blaylock is also a director of Pfizer Inc., CarMax, Inc. and Radio One, Inc.

Mark Brockbank

Mr. Mark E. Brockbank is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation. Mr. Brockbank retired from active employment in November 2000. He served from 1995 to 2000 as Chief Executive of XL Brockbank Ltd., an underwriting management agency at Lloyd’s of London. Mr. Brockbank was a founder of the predecessor firm of XL Brockbank Ltd. and was a director of XL Brockbank Ltd. from 1983 to 2000.

Mary Farrell

Ms. Mary C. Farrell is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation, since 2006. She is President of the Howard Gilman Foundation since September 2009, consultant to the financial services industry since 2005 and a Director of Fidelity Strategic Advisor Funds since 2013. Retired in July 2005 from UBS, where she served as a Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist for UBS Wealth Management USA and Co-Head of UBS Wealth Management Investment Strategy & Research Group.

Jack Nusbaum

Mr. Jack H. Nusbaum is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation, since 1967. He is Senior Partner in the international law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he has been a partner for more than the last five years and was Chairman of the firm from 1987 through 2009. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is outside counsel to the Company. Mr. Nusbaum is also a director of Cowen Group, Inc.

Mark Shapiro

Mr. Mark L. Shapiro is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation. Mr. Shapiro has been a private investor. From July 1997 through August 1998, Mr. Shapiro was a Senior Consultant to the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Prior thereto, he was a Managing Director in the investment banking firm of Schroder & Co. Inc. He is also a director of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP.

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