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Argo Group International Holdings Ltd (AGII.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gary Woods

72 2015 Independent Chairman of the Board

Mark Watson

51 2000 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jay Bullock

51 2008 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Craig Landi

2016 President - Argo Pro U.S.

Kevin Rehnberg

52 2013 President, U.S. Operations

Susan Bernstein

47 2013 Senior Vice President - Investor Relations

Alex Hindson

2015 Chief Risk Officer

Robert Katzman

2016 Chief Actuary Officer

Axel Schmidt

59 2014 Group Chief Underwriting Officer

F. Sedgwick Browne

73 2007 Independent Director

Harvey Cash

73 2005 Independent Director

Hector De Leon

69 2003 Independent Director

Mural Josephson

67 2004 Independent Director

Kathleen Nealon

63 2011 Independent Director

John Power

60 2000 Independent Director

John Tonelli

51 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gary Woods

Mr. Gary V. Woods is an Independent Chairman of the Board of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. Mr. Woods has been President of McCombs Enterprises since 1979. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Southwest Research Institute, the Cancer Therapy and Research Center Foundation and BioBridge Global. Mr. Woods brings to the Board an entrepreneurial background with experience in overseeing complex business organizations. As President of McCombs Enterprises, Mr. Woods has successfully funded and promoted numerous growth companies in a diverse array of industries, both domestically and internationally, providing him with the necessary skills and qualifications to serve as the Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mark Watson

Mr. Mark Edmund Watson, III., is a President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He has been an investor in the Company since 1998; he became a director in 1999 and has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 2000. He has been a principal of Aquila Capital Partners, a San Antonio, Texas-based investment firm since 1998. He served from 1992 to 1997 as a director and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Titan Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded property and casualty insurance holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Watson was an attorney with the New York based law firm Kroll & Tract from 1989 to 1992 where he represented international insurance and reinsurance companies. Mr. Watson is currently a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of governors of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and a member of the board of directors of the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers. Mr. Watson previously served as a member of the board of directors of Houston International Insurance Group, Ltd. from December 2010 to July 2014 and as chairman of its Audit Committee from November 2011 to May 2013. Due to his lengthy tenure in the industry, having previously held several executive positions at Titan Holdings, Inc., and his investment knowledge, Mr. Watson brings to the Board a wealth of experience in the specialty property and casualty insurance sector and insight into the Company’s investment strategies. In his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr. Watson also brings to the Board critical insight into the Company’s operating environment and growth strategy.

Jay Bullock

Mr. Jay S. Bullock is a Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He joined Argo Group from Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. where he was a Senior Managing Director and Head of Bear Stearns’ Insurance Investment Banking Group. While at Bear Stearns, Mr. Bullock focused on the insurance sector. In this role, he advised on company acquisitions, mergers and sales as well as all forms of public and private financings and restructurings. During this period, he was also an advisor to Argo Group on a number of transactions. Prior to joining Bear Stearns in 2000, Mr. Bullock was a Managing Director at First Union Securities. He is an honors graduate of Southern Methodist University and received his MBA from The McColl School of Business, Queen’s College, Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Bullock also holds the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Craig Landi

Mr. Craig Landi is a President - Argo Pro U.S. of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He joins Argo Group from Freedom Specialty Insurance where he was president and chief operating officer. Prior to that he held senior leadership roles at Arch Insurance Group, ACE Insurance Company, CNA Insurance Company and American International Group where he started his career in professional lines underwriting. He has a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Kevin Rehnberg

Mr. Kevin J. Rehnberg is a President, U.S. Operations of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., Mr. Rehnberg oversees all activities of Argo Group’s US-based business segments. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Rehnberg served as executive vice president for specialty lines at OneBeacon Insurance where he oversaw specialty business. Mr. Rehnberg began his career at Chubb in 1986 and he held a number of roles with increasing responsibility at Chubb Atlantic, Liberty, St. Paul and St. Paul Travelers through 2005. More recently, he served as CEO of Consultants in Laboratory Medicine of Greater Toledo, Inc. Mr. Rehnberg has a bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University.

Susan Bernstein

Ms. Susan Spivak Bernstein is a Senior Vice President - Investor Relations of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., with effect from June 03, 2013. Prior to joining Argo Group, Ms. Spivak Bernstein led the investor relations function at Alterra Capital. She was previously an equities analyst focused on the property and casualty insurance industry at Wachovia Securities, ABN AMRO, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Ms. Spivak Bernstein holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Alex Hindson

Mr. Alex Hindson is a Chief Risk Officer of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. Mr. Hindson joins Argo Group from Amlin AG where he served as chief risk officer for the company’s Bermuda and Zurich operations. Previously, Mr. Hindson held a number of key leadership roles in risk management at Amlin plc, Aon Global Risk Consulting and AstraZeneca. He has a master’s honors degree in chemical engineering from University of Nottingham and a master’s degree in integrated environmental management from University of Bath. Mr. Hindson is also a Fellow at the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), where he served as chair in 2010-2011.

Robert Katzman

Mr. Robert Katzman is a Chief Actuary Officer Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He joins Argo Group from American International Group, Inc. (AIG) where he served as the head of global casualty pricing and analytics. Leading a team of more than 100 actuaries, Katzman was actively involved with AIG's initiative to transform casualty pricing operations and establish benchmark pricing, including work to incorporate predictive analytics and refine pricing models. Prior to joining AIG in 2013, Katzman served in several senior roles with Travelers, Crum & Forster and Reliance National Insurance Company. He has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and psychology from Union College.

Axel Schmidt

Mr. Axel Schmidt is a Group Chief Underwriting Officer of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He came to Argo Group from Aviva where he served as Chief Underwriting Officer for the company’s UK/Ireland business across personal, commercial and corporate/specialty lines and also as Aviva’s global practice leader for underwriting, products, pricing and claims. Prior to joining Aviva, Mr. Schmidt spent 20 years at Zurich in their international business where he held a number of senior underwriting and management positions including Deputy Chief Executive Officer/CUO for their corporate business in Europe/UK and Underwriting Director for their global corporate business. He also served as a member of Zurich’s Group Underwriting and Group Reinsurance Board. Prior to joining Zurich, Mr. Schmidt spent 2 years at Gerling Global Re as an underwriter. Mr. Schmidt graduated from Westphalian Wilhelms University in Munster, Germany with a degree in Law Studies. He also earned a Juris Doctorate from the State Supreme Court in Dusseldorf, Germany.

F. Sedgwick Browne

Mr. F. Sedgwick Browne is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He became a director in 1999 and also served as Vice-Chairman of the board of directors from 2003 until 2007. He retired as counsel at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP (now known as Sidley Austin LLP), a law firm, in 2004. Mr. Browne previously was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and prior thereto at Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith, where he specialized in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Mr. Browne is also a past trustee and director of the Swiss Reinsurance US Group and of the Winterthur Swiss Insurance US Group. In addition to his historical knowledge of the Company’s operations, Mr. Browne brings to the Board a corporate transactional background that is specific to the Company’s operations in the insurance sector. Mr. Browne also possesses financial reporting expertise and the legal experience and qualifications necessary to guide the Company through many of the regulatory requirements currently imposed on publicly traded companies.

Harvey Cash

Mr. Harvey Berry Cash is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. Mr. Cash was a general partner of InterWest Partners, a venture capital fund, from 1985 through 2014. Mr. Cash has also served on the board of directors of Ciena Corporation since April 1994, Silicon Laboratories Inc. since December 1997, and First Acceptance Corporation since November 1996. Mr. Cash previously served as a director of i2 Technologies, Inc. from January 1996 until April of 2009. In addition to his capital raising experience, Mr. Cash brings to the Board a strong background in information technology, which plays an integral role in the Company’s operations. Due to his experience in the venture capital sector, Mr. Cash also brings perspectives to the Board associated with the capitalization and management of organizations through the corporate life cycle.

Hector De Leon

Mr. Hector De Leon is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. Mr. De Leon is the chairman of the board of directors of De Leon & Washburn, P.C., a law firm based in Austin, Texas, which he founded in 1977. Prior to 1977, Mr. De Leon was the General Counsel of the Texas State Insurance Board. From February 1985 to November 1997, Mr. De Leon served as a director of Titan Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded property and casualty insurance holding company. Mr. De Leon brings to the Board experience and skills relating to the insurance regulatory environment in which the Company operates combined with a corporate legal background. In addition, Mr. De Leon’s experience includes prior service as a director of a publicly traded, growth oriented, specialty property and casualty insurance holding company.

Mural Josephson

Mr. Mural R. Josephson is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. Mr. Josephson is a Registered Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. Mr. Josephson retired from Kemper Insurance Companies (“Kemper”) in 2002. During his 5-year tenure at Kemper, he held key management positions, including senior vice president and chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance. Prior to joining Kemper, Mr. Josephson held several senior level positions at KPMG, including 19 years as an audit partner. While at KPMG, he was a member of the National Insurance Practice Committee and a member of the Professional Practice Review Committee. Mr. Josephson has been a director of HealthMarkets, Inc., an insurance holding company, since May of 2003 and is currently chairman of its Audit Committee. He was also a director of SeaBright Holdings, Inc., an insurance holding company traded on the NYSE until February 2013, and its wholly owned subsidiary, SeaBright Insurance Company, from July 2004 until February 2013 and was serving as the chairman of its Audit Committee. In addition to his historical knowledge of the Company’s operations and his extensive background in the insurance sector, Mr. Josephson brings to the Board experience, qualifications and skills that are specific to the Company’s accounting, internal control and audit functions. Due to his background, Mr. Josephson also possesses financial reporting expertise and a level of financial sophistication that qualifies him as a financial expert in his role as a member of the Audit Committee.

Kathleen Nealon

Ms. Kathleen A. Nealon is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. In 2013, she also became a director of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Argo Managing Agency Limited, which underwrites insurance risks for the Company’s syndicate at Lloyd’s of London. Ms. Nealon’s international career includes significant experience with risk management, compliance and regulatory issues of global companies. Ms. Nealon was the group head of legal and compliance at Standard Chartered Plc in London from 2001 until her retirement in 2004 where she also held additional international legal and compliance positions from 1992 to 2001. Prior to Standard Chartered Plc, Ms. Nealon practiced international banking and regulatory law in New York for 14 years. Ms. Nealon is also the Co-Chair of the European Advisory Board of Georgetown Law School and served on the advisory council of the Institute of Business Ethics for many years. Ms. Nealon also served on the boards of directors of Shire Plc from 2006 to 2010 and Halifax Bank of Scotland Plc from 2004 to 2009 when it was merged into Lloyds Bank Plc. In addition, Ms. Nealon served on the board of directors of Cable and Wireless Communications Plc and its predecessor company, Cable and Wireless Plc, from 2005 until 2011. In 2012, Ms. Nealon was named to the board of Health Education England, an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department of Health that manages health education in England, where she currently holds the position of Deputy Chair. Ms. Nealon brings to the Board specialized expertise in the areas of corporate governance, compliance and risk management specific to the banking and financial services industry.

John Power

Mr. John R. Power, Jr., is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He is currently President of the Patrician Group, a private investment firm located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mr. Power has also served on the board of directors of certain financial subsidiaries of CNH Global, N.V. since January 1997. Mr. Power previously served as a director of America West Airlines and it’s advisory board from August of 1994 to April of 2001 and has also served as a director of several charitable organizations. Mr. Power brings to the Board senior management skills and insight derived from a real estate, finance and commercial and investment banking background. Due to his past and present years of service as a director of other publicly traded companies, Mr. Power has experience with the design and implementation of effective compensation strategies that benefit the Company in his role as a member of the Human Resources Committee. Mr. Power’s prior service on the audit and executive committees of other publicly traded companies has also provided him with experiences and skills that benefit the Company and compliment his current committee assignments on the Company’s board of directors.

John Tonelli

Mr. John H. Tonelli is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. Mr. Tonelli has been a Managing Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets & Syndication at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. since June of 2015. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Global Capital, a private investment-company, from 2009. He is also Chairman of Advanced Global Securities, a FINRA registered Broker-Dealer based in New York. Mr. Tonelli has over twenty years of experience in finance, working both as an investment banker and as an attorney. Mr. Tonelli has advised numerous companies and governments on direct investments, securities issuance, privatizations and infrastructure financings. He has been a director of Garnero Group Acquisition Company since May 2014 where he also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Tonelli was Chief Financial Officer of Corporacion America, S.A., a global transportation and infrastructure company. Mr. Tonelli continues to serve as a financial advisor to Corporacion America. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Tonelli was a Senior Managing Director with J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc. and Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. where he was Head of International Structured Finance. From 1999 to 2003, he was CEO of International Venture Partners, LLC, a NASD member broker-dealer specializing in emerging markets. From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Tonelli was an attorney with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft where he was head of the Latin American practice group. Mr. Tonelli brings to the Board specialized expertise in finance and emerging markets knowledge beneficial to the Company’s international operations.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Gary Woods

278,661

Mark Watson

7,363,720

Jay Bullock

1,872,350

Craig Landi

--

Kevin Rehnberg

2,403,690

Susan Bernstein

--

Alex Hindson

--

Robert Katzman

--

Axel Schmidt

1,529,010

F. Sedgwick Browne

210,177

Harvey Cash

215,568

Hector De Leon

206,309

Mural Josephson

217,315

Kathleen Nealon

195,881

John Power

227,843

John Tonelli

230,568
As Of  30 Dec 2015