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Argo Group International Holdings Ltd (AGII.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gary Woods

71 2001 Chairman of the Board

Mark Watson

51 2000 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jay Bullock

50 2008 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Craig Landi

2016 President - Argo Pro U.S.

Kevin Rehnberg

51 2013 President, U.S. Operations

Alex Hindson

2015 Chief Risk Officer

Robert Katzman

2016 Chief Actuary Officer

Axel Schmidt

58 2014 Group Chief Underwriting Officer

F. Browne

72 2007 Independent Director

Harvey Cash

77 2005 Independent Director

Hector De Leon

68 2003 Independent Director

Mural Josephson

66 2004 Independent Director

Kathleen Nealon

62 2011 Independent Director

John Power

59 2000 Independent Director

John Tonelli

50 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gary Woods

Mr. Gary V. Woods is Chairman of the Board of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He became a director in 2000 and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2001. 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.

Mark Watson

Mr. Mark E. Watson, III., is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Argo Group since January 2000. A description of Mr. Watson’s business experience can be found beginning on page 11 where the biographical information for the three Class I directors whose terms expire this year is set forth.

Jay Bullock

Mr. Jay S. Bullock serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Argo Group on May 13, 2008. 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 received the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Craig Landi

Mr. Craig Landi is President - Argo Pro U.S. of the company. 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 serves as President, U.S. Operations of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., since March 2013. 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University.

Alex Hindson

Mr. Alex Hindson has been appointed as Chief Risk Officer of the Company. 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 Chief Actuary Officer of the company. 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 Group Chief Underwriting Officer of the Company. He joined Argo Group in August 2014 as Group Chief Underwriting Officer. 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.

F. 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. He became a director in 2005. 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.

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.

Mural Josephson

Mr. Mural R. Josephson is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. 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.

Kathleen Nealon

Ms. Kathleen A. Nealon is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings Ltd., since February 18, 2011. 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 with 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 serves on the advisory council of the Institute of Business Ethics. Ms. Nealon also served on the boards of directors of Shire Plc from 2006 to 2010, 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, a Special Health Authority that manages health education in England.

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 Lisle, Illinois. 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.

John Tonelli

Mr. John H. Tonelli is an Independent Director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., since 2010. Mr. Tonelli has been the Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Global Capital, a private investment-company, since 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, an 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.