People: Gabelli Equity Trust Inc (GAB)

GAB on New York Consolidated

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22 Aug 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Mario Gabelli

71 2012 Chairman of the Board, Chief Investment Officer

Bruce Alpert

62 2011 President, Acting Chief Compliance Officer

Carter Austin

47 2000 Vice President

Molly Marion

60 2009 Vice President and Ombudsman

Agnes Mullady

55 2010 Treasurer, Secretary

James Conn

76 2010 Lead Independent Director

Anthony Colavita

78 1999 Independent Director

Frank Fahrenkopf

74 1998 Independent Director

Arthur Ferrara

83 2001 Independent Director

William Heitmann

64 2012 Independent Director

Anthony Pustorino

88 1986 Independent Director

Salvatore Zizza

68 1986 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Mario Gabelli

Mr. Mario J. Gabell, FCA, is Chairman of the Board, Chief Investment Officer of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. He also currently serves as Chairman of the boards of other funds in the Fund Complex. Mr. Gabelli is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer-Value Portfolios of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (“GBL”), a NYSE-listed investment advisory firm. He is also the Chief Investment Officer of Value Portfolios of Gabelli Funds, LLC and GAMCO Asset Management, Inc., each of which are asset management subsidiaries of GBL. In addition, Mr. Gabelli is Chief Executive Officer and a director and the controlling shareholder of GGCP, Inc., an investment holding company that holds a majority interest in GBL. Mr. Gabelli also sits on the boards of other publicly traded companies and private firms and various charitable foundations and educational institutions, including as a Trustee of Boston College and Roger Williams University and the Board of Overseers of Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Gabelli received his Bachelors degree from Fordham University and his Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Bruce Alpert

Mr. Bruce N. Alpert, CPA., is President, Acting Chief Compliance Officer of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Gabelli Funds, LLC since 1988; Director and President of Gabelli Advisers, Inc. since 1998; Officer of all registered investment companies in the Gabelli Funds complex. Chairman Gabelli Advisers, Inc.) since 2008 and Director and President from 1998-2008.

Carter Austin

Mr. Carter W. Austin is Vice President Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. He is Vice President of The Gabelli Dividend & Income Trust since 2003 and The Gabelli Global Gold, Natural Resources & Income Trust since 2005; Vice President of Gabelli Funds, LLC since 1996.

Molly Marion

Ms. Molly A.F. Marion is Vice President and Ombudsman of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. She is Vice President and/or Ombudsman of closed-end funds with the Gabelli/GAMCO Funds Complex; Assistant Vice President of GAMCO Investors, Inc. since 2006.

Agnes Mullady

Ms. Agnes Mullady is Treasurer, Secretary of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. She is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Open-End Fund Division of Gabelli Funds, LLC since 2010; Senior Vice President of GAMCO Investors, Inc. since 2009; Vice President of Gabelli Funds, LLC since 2007; Officer of all of the registered investment companies in the Gabelli/GAMCO Funds Complex.

James Conn

Mr. James P. Conn is Lead Independent Director of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. Mr. Conn, is lead independent Director of the Fund, is a member of the Fund's Proxy Voting Committee and also serves on comparable or other board committees for other funds in the Fund Complex on whose boards he sits. He was a senior business executive of an insurance holding company for much of his career, including service as Chief Investment Officer, and has been a director of several public companies in banking and other industries, for some of which he was lead Director and/or Chair of various committees. Mr. Conn received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Anthony Colavita

Mr. Anthony J. Colavita, Esq., is Independent Director of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. Mr. Colavita is a practicing attorney with over 49 years of experience, including the area of business law. He is the Chair of the Fund's Nominating Committee and is a member of the Fund's Audit Committee. Mr. Colavita also serves on comparable or other board committees with respect to other funds in the Fund Complex on whose boards he sits. Mr. Colavita also serves as a Trustee of a charitable remainder unitrust. He formerly served as a Commissioner of the New York State Thruway Authority and as a Commissioner of the New York State Bridge Authority. He served for ten years as the elected Supervisor of the Town of Eastchester, New York, responsible for ten annual municipal budgets of approximately eight million dollars per year. Mr. Colavita formerly served as special counsel to the New York State Assembly for five years and as a Senior Attorney with the New York State Insurance Department. He was also formerly Chairman of the Westchester County Republican Party and the New York State Republican Party. Mr. Colavita received his Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University and his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

Frank Fahrenkopf

Mr. Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., is Independent Director of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. Mr. Fahrenkopf is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Gaming Association ("AGA"), the trade group for the gaming industry. Additionally, he serves on certain board committees with respect to other Funds in the Fund Complex on whose board he sits. He presently is Co-Chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is responsible for the widely-viewed Presidential debates during the quadrennial election cycle. Additionally, he serves as a board member of the International Republican Institute (IRI), which he founded in 1984. He served for many years as Chairman of the Pacific Democrat Union and Vice Chairman of the International Democrat Union, a worldwide association of political parties from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Japan, Australia and 20 other nations. Prior to becoming the AGA's first chief executive in 1995, Mr. Fahrenkopf was a partner in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where he chaired the International Trade Practice Group and specialized in regulatory, legislative and corporate matters for multinational, foreign and domestic clients. He also served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee for six years during Ronald Reagan's presidency. He is the former Chairman and remains a member of the Finance Committee of the Culinary Institute of America. He additionally had over 20 years' experience as a member of the board of directors of a bank and still serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the bank. Mr. Fahrenkopf received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada.

Arthur Ferrara

Mr. Arthur V. Ferrara is Independent Director of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. Mr. Ferrara is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, and formerly served on the boards of The Guardian Insurance and Annuity Company and funds managed by Guardian Investor Services Corporation. He is a former Chairman of the Life Insurance Council of New York Inc. Mr. Ferrara serves as Chairman of the Fund’s ad hoc Pricing Committee (described below under “Directors — Leadership Structure and Oversight Responsibilities”). He is a member of the Fund’s Nominating and Proxy Voting Committees and is also a member of one of the multi-fund ad hoc Compensation Committees. He also serves on comparable or other board committees with respect to other funds in the Fund Complex on whose boards he sits. Mr. Ferrara received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of the Holy Cross.

William Heitmann

Mr. William F. Heitmann is Independent Director of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. Mr. Heitmann most recently served as Senior Vice President of Finance at Verizon Communications, Inc. As Senior Vice President of Finance, Mr. Heitmann was responsible for the Verizon Investment Management Corporation, for which he held the positions of President and Chief Investment Officer. During his career of over thirty-five years at Verizon Communications and its predecessor companies, he has served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Verizon Communications, Vice President of Asset Management and Treasurer of Bell Atlantic Corporation, and Vice President of Merger Implementation during the Bell Atlantic-NYNEX merger. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Board for Verizon Capital Corporation, the Company’s financial subsidiary. In his leadership roles outside Verizon, Mr. Heitmann was a Director of DRS Technologies and chair of its audit committee; a Director of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA); and a member of the Committee for the Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA) and the Financial Executives Institute, The Pension Manager’s Advisory Committee (PMAC) of the NYSE, and The Investment Committee of the Neurological Society. Mr. Heimann also serves on the board of other funds in the Fund Complex. Mr. Heitmann received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and his Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Anthony Pustorino

Mr. Anthony R. Pustorino, CPA., is Independent Director of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. Mr. Pustorino is a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) and Professor Emeritus of Pace University with fifty years of experience in public accounting. He is a member of both multi-fund ad hoc Compensation Committees. Mr. Pustorino also serves on comparable committees of other boards in the Fund Complex. Mr. Pustorino was a Director of The LGL Group, Inc., a diversified manufacturing company, and Chair of its Audit Committee. He was previously the President and shareholder of a CPA firm and a Professor of accounting at both Fordham University and Pace University. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York State Board for Public Accountancy and of the CPA Examination Review Board of the National Association of State Board of Accountancy. Mr. Pustorino was Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Society of CPAs, and was the Chair or member of many of its technical Committees. He was a member of the Council of the American Institute of CPAs. Mr. Pustorino is the recipient of numerous professional and teaching awards. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Fordham University and a Masters in Business Administration from New York University.

Salvatore Zizza

Mr. Salvatore J. Zizza is Independent Director of Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. Mr. Zizza is the Chairman of a consulting firm. He is a member of the Fund's Audit Committee, Nominating Committee, Pricing Committee, and both multi-fund ad hoc Compensation Committees. In addition, he serves on comparable or other board committees, including as lead independent director, with respect to other funds in the Fund Complex on whose boards he sits. Besides serving on the boards of many funds within the Fund Complex, he is currently a Director of two other public companies and has previously served on the boards of several other public companies. He also previously served as the Chief Executive of NYSE-listed construction company. Mr. Zizza received his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Business Administration from St. John's University, which also has awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Commercial Sciences.
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