People: AmTrust Financial Services Inc (AFSI.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael Karfunkel

72 1998 Chairman of the Board

Barry Zyskind

43 1998 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Ronald Pipoly

48 2005 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Max Caviet

62 2010 President of AmTrust International Insurance, Ltd. (AII); Chief Executive Officer of AmTrust Europe, Ltd. (AEL)

Michael Saxon

56 2005 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Christopher Longo

41 2006 Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

David Saks

48 Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Harry Schlachter

58 2007 Senior Vice President - Finance, Treasurer

Stephen Ungar

52 2005 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Adam Karkowsky

40 Senior Vice President - Strategic Development and Mergers & Acquisitions

George Karfunkel

66 1998 Director

Donald DeCarlo

76 2006 Independent Director

Susan Fisch

70 2010 Independent Director

Abraham Gulkowitz

66 2006 Independent Director

Jay Miller

82 1998 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Michael Karfunkel

Mr. Michael Karfunkel is Chairman of the Board of Amtrust Financial Services, Inc., since 1998. He is a businessman with significant interests in the financial services industry, including insurance, banking and real estate. He is currently Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of National General Holdings Corp. (“NGHC”), an insurance holding company. He has held this position since NGHC was formed in 2009 (see “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions”). Mr. Karfunkel’s real estate holdings include major office buildings in New York, Chicago and several other cities, which he holds through entities he controls with his brother, George Karfunkel. The Karfunkels also are co-owners of Worldwide TechServices, LLC, a computer maintenance and services company. Mr. Karfunkel was a director, the former President and co-owner, with George Karfunkel, of American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, a stock transfer company, which he founded in 1971 with George Karfunkel, and sold in 2008. Mr. Karfunkel is Mr. Zyskind’s father-in-law.

Barry Zyskind

Mr. Barry D. Zyskind is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Amtrust Financial Services Inc. He has held senior management positions with the Company since 1998 and currently serves as our Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Zyskind also serves as an officer and director of many of our wholly-owned subsidiaries. Mr. Zyskind currently serves as non-executive chairman of the board of Maiden Holdings, Ltd., an insurance holding company (see “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions”) and is a member of NGHC’s board of directors. Prior to joining us, Mr. Zyskind was an investment banker at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC in New York.

Ronald Pipoly

Mr. Ronald E. Pipoly Jr., is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Amtrust Financial Services Inc. He joined the Company in 2001 and has been Chief Financial Officer since 2005. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Pipoly served as Financial Analyst, Assistant Controller, and ultimately Controller at PRS Group, Inc., a property and casualty insurance holding company in Beachwood, Ohio. Mr. Pipoly began his career at Coopers and Lybrand, an accounting firm, where he worked from 1988 through 1993.

Max Caviet

Mr. Max G. Caviet is President of AmTrust International Insurance, Ltd. (AII); Chief Executive Officer of AmTrust Europe, Ltd. (AEL)., subsidiaries of Amtrust Financial Services Inc. Mr. Caviet joined the Company in January 2003 and has been President of AIIL since 2003 and Chief Executive Officer of AEL since 2010. Mr. Caviet also serves as an officer and director of several of our subsidiaries. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Caviet was Engineering and Underwriting Manager with Trenwick International Limited. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Caviet was with Crowe Underwriting Agency Ltd. as its Engineering and Extended Warranty Underwriter. In 1982, Mr. Caviet joined CIGNA Insurance Company of North America (UK) Ltd. as a Senior Underwriter for Special Risks and was promoted to Engineering and Underwriting Manager. Between 1972 and 1982, Mr. Caviet was an underwriter and team leader, specializing in engineering risks, at British Engine Insurance Company.

Michael Saxon

Mr. Michael J. Saxon is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Amtrust Financial Services Inc. He joined the Company in 2001 and has been Chief Operating Officer since 2005. Prior to joining the Company, he was Chief Claims Officer for Credit General Insurance Company, a property and casualty insurer. In 1984, Mr. Saxon began his career at Liberty Mutual, an insurance company. Thereafter, Mr. Saxon joined Progressive Insurance Company, where he held successively more responsible management positions in the Claims Department over an eight-year period.

Christopher Longo

Mr. Christopher M. Longo is Chief Information Officer of Amtrust Financial Services Inc. He joined the Company in 2001 and has been Chief Information Officer since 2006. Previous to his employment with the Company, Mr. Longo performed a number of functions with Credit General Insurance Company including as a commercial lines underwriter, actuarial analyst and regulatory compliance officer.

David Saks

Mr. David H. Saks is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer of Amtrust Financial Services Inc. He joined the Company in May 2009. From April 1999 to May 2009, Mr. Saks held a number of positions at American International Group, Inc., an insurance company. His responsibilities included overseeing the legal aspects of all of AIG’s domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investments. In addition, Mr. Saks was responsible for overseeing the legal aspects of AIG’s operations and systems, e-commerce, sourcing and real estate leasing. Mr. Saks began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he worked from December 1994 through March 1999.

Harry Schlachter

Mr. Harry C. Schlachter is Senior Vice President – Finance and Treasurer of Amtrust Financial Services, Inc. He joined the Company in 2001 and has been Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer since 2007. In addition to his position as our Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, Mr. Schlachter also serves as an officer and director of many of our subsidiaries. Mr. Schlachter began his career as Controller at Capri Optics Inc., and between 1982 and 1986 served as Tax Department Manager for Main Hurdman. From 1986 to 2000, he was at Saul N. Friedman & Co. where he held the position of Tax Partner. Mr. Schlachter is a Certified Public Accountant.

Stephen Ungar

Mr. Stephen B. Ungar is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Amtrust Financial Services Inc. He joined the Company in 2001 and has been Secretary since 2005 and General Counsel since 2001. Mr. Ungar also serves as an officer and director of many of our subsidiaries. From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Ungar served as Special Counsel and Managing Attorney with the State of New York Insurance Department Liquidation Bureau. Between 1987 to 1990, Mr. Ungar was an associate at Hendler and Murray and Kroll and Tract in New York.

Adam Karkowsky

Mr. Adam Karkowsky is Senior Vice President - Strategic Development and Mergers & Acquisitions of Amtrust Financial Services Inc. He joined the Company in March 2011. Mr. Karkowsky also serves as an officer and director of several of our subsidiaries. From June 2009 to March 2011, Mr. Karkowsky was a mergers and acquisitions, insurance and business development consultant. From October 2005 to June 2009, Mr. Karkowsky served as President and Portfolio Manager for Hudson Equity Partners, a venture capital firm, and Chief Executive Officer of UPRS Group, LLC, an asset recovery company.

George Karfunkel

Mr. George Karfunkel is Director of Amtrust Financial Services Inc., since 1998. He is currently the Chairman of Sabr Group, a consulting company based in New York City. Mr. Karfunkel was a director, the former Senior Vice President and co-owner of American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, a stock transfer company, which he founded in 1971 with his brother, Michael Karfunkel, and sold in 2008. Mr. Karfunkel’s real estate holdings include major office buildings in New York, Chicago and several other cities, which he holds through entities he controls with Michael Karfunkel. The Karfunkels also are co-owners of Worldwide TechServices, LLC, a computer maintenance and services company. Mr. Karfunkel serves as vice chairman of The Upstate Bank, a nationally-chartered community bank, co-chairman of CheckAlt Payment Solutions, a provider of automated and electronic check transaction processing, a director of The Berkshire Bank, an independent bank based in New York, and a director of Eastman Kodak Company, a technology company focused on imaging for business.

Donald DeCarlo

Mr. Donald T. DeCarlo is an Independent Director of Amtrust Financial Services Inc., since 2006. He is an attorney in private practice. Mr. DeCarlo served as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the New York State Insurance Fund from 2011 until October 2012 and served as a Commissioner from 1997 through 2009. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. DeCarlo practiced in the New York offices of Lord, Bissell & Brook, LLP, a law firm, where he was managing partner prior to his departure. He is also a consultant to Fidelity National Indemnity Insurance Company (a Texas insurance company that services flood insurance for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)), a director of Jackson National Life Insurance Co. of New York, Greater New York Mutual Insurance Company (an insurer that primarily underwrites large property coverages) and its subsidiaries, Greater New York Custom Insurance Company, Insurance Company of Greater New York and Strathmore Insurance Company, WRM America Indemnity Company Inc. and several of our subsidiaries. He is also a member of National General Holdings Corp.’s Board of Directors. From 1987 to 1997, Mr. DeCarlo held a number of positions with the Travelers Group’s insurance companies, including serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of all of the companies from 1994 to 1997. From 1973 to 1986, Mr. DeCarlo was vice president and general counsel of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, a national association that collects, tabulates and provides data used in formulating rates for workers compensation insurance. Mr. DeCarlo has also written three books and numerous articles on workers’ compensation insurance.

Susan Fisch

Ms. Susan C. Fisch is an Independent Director of Amtrust Financial Services, Inc., since 2010. She has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry as a reinsurance broker specializing in workers’ compensation. From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Fisch was an executive at Willis Re, Inc., an insurance broker, where she created and directed the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group that was responsible for the creation of new products, placement of workers’ compensation programs, relationship coordination with reinsurers and new client prospecting. In addition, she provided guidance and strategic direction to Willis Re clients and prospects in all aspects of workers’ compensation. From 1992 through 2001, Ms. Fisch was a senior vice president and team leader specializing in workers’ compensation at Benfield Blanch. From 1987 through 1992, she was a reinsurance treaty broker focusing on workers’ compensation at Enan & Company. From 1978 through 1987, she was employed by Thomas A. Greene Company as a facultative broker and, ultimately, as head of the casualty facultative department in the company’s San Francisco office. She began her career with Towers Perrin, an actuarial company, in 1976.

Abraham Gulkowitz

Mr. Abraham Gulkowitz is an Independent Director of Amtrust Financial Service Inc., since 2006. is a co-founder and partner of Brookville Advisory, an investment fund specializing in credit analysis whose predecessor is Brookville Capital, which was started in 2002 and in late 2006 was sold to Morgan Stanley Alternative Assets. Mr. Gulkowitz worked for Brookville Capital from 2002 until Brookville Advisory became independent in 2011. From 1978 to 2002, Mr. Gulkowitz served in various positions, including as a Senior Managing Director and a member of the partners’ management group, at Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank, an investment bank. His responsibilities included the analysis of economic and business issues related to leveraged financing transactions as well as mergers and acquisitions, private equity and real estate investments. Mr. Gulkowitz joined Bankers Trust in 1978 from Chase Manhattan Bank where he was a financial market analyst. Prior to that, he was an economics research assistant to Alan Greenspan.

Jay Miller

Mr. Jay J. Miller is Independent Director of Amtrust Financial Services Inc., since 1998. He has practiced law specializing in securities matters and corporate transactions for more than 50 years. Mr. Miller served as our Secretary (without compensation) from 1998 to 2005. Mr. Miller also serves as a director of a number of our wholly-owned subsidiaries, and is Chairman of the Board of Gulf USA Corporation, a property and natural resource company. He is also a director of Newport Group Holdings, Inc., a privately-held provider of 401(k) and other retirement plan services, and its affiliated non-depository trust company, Verisight Trust Company. From March 2009 until February 2014, Mr. Miller was a director and member of the Audit Committee of One West Bank, a federally-chartered bank.

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