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Newcastle Investment Corp (NCT)

NCT on New York Consolidated

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Wesley Edens

54 2007 Chairman of the Board

Sarah Watterson

29 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer

Lawrence Goodfield

37 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Treasurer

Sara Yakin

30 2016 Chief Operating Officer

Kenneth Riis

55 2016 Director

Kevin Finnerty

61 2005 Independent Director

Stuart McFarland

69 2002 Independent Director

David McKown

78 2002 Independent Director

Clifford Press

63 2016 Independent Director

Alan Tyson

59 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Wesley Edens

Mr. Wesley Robert Edens is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Newcastle Investment Corp. Mr. Edens is a principal and a Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fortress, an affiliate of our manager. Mr. Edens has been a principal and a member of the Management Committee of Fortress since co-founding Fortress in May 1998. Mr. Edens is responsible for the private equity and publicly traded alternative investment businesses of Fortress. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of each of New Senior Investment Group Inc., New Residential Investment Corp., Florida East Coast Railway Corp., New Media Investment Group Inc., Mapeley Limited and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. and he is a director of Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc., Springleaf Finance Corporation, Springleaf Holdings Inc. and Springleaf Finance Inc. Mr. Edens also previously served on the boards of the following publicly traded companies and registered investment companies: Brookdale Senior Living Inc. from September 2005 to June 2014; GAGFAH S.A. from September 2006 to June 2014; Penn National Gaming Inc. from October 2008 to November 2013; Gatehouse Media Inc. from June 2005 to November 2013; Aircastle Limited from August 2006 to August 2012; Rail America Inc. from November 2006 to October 2012; Eurocastle Investment Limited, from August 2003 to November 2011; Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc., from October 2012 to November 2012; Fortress Investment Trust II, from July 2002 (deregistered with the SEC in January 2011); Fortress Registered Investment Trust, from December 1999 (deregistered with the SEC in September 2011); and FRIT PINN LLC, from November 2001 (deregistered with the SEC in September 2011).

Sarah Watterson

Ms. Sarah L. Watterson serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. Ms. Watterson is a Managing Director in the Private Equity group of the Company’s manager, FIG LLC (the “Manager”), which is an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC (“Fortress”). Ms. Watterson joined Fortress in 2011. Ms. Watterson currently oversees Newcastle’s golf business and other leisure investments, and works with a number of Fortress-managed businesses. Ms. Watterson has meaningful experience in the Lodging, Gaming and Leisure industry. Prior to joining Fortress, Ms. Watterson worked at Goldman Sachs where she was a member of the global securities team. Ms. Watterson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management.

Lawrence Goodfield

Mr. Lawrence A. Goodfield, Jr. serves as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer of the Company. Mr. Goodfield, joined Fortress’s Private Equity group on September 26, 2016 as a Managing Director. Mr. Goodfield served as Senior Vice President and Controller at W.P. Carey Inc., a leading global net-lease REIT that provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing solutions to companies worldwide, from January 2016 through September 2016, where he was responsible for directing accounting, financial reporting, and internal controls. From 2001 through 2015, Mr. Goodfield served in both audit and advisory practices and specialized in real estate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Goodfield received a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Sara Yakin

Ms. Sara A. Yakin serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Ms. Yakin has served in various capacities within Fortress since joining Fortress’s Private Equity group in 2013. Ms. Yakin is actively involved with Newcastle’s golf business and other leisure investments. Over the past three years, Ms. Yakin has worked with a number of operating businesses owned or managed by Fortress, including New Media Investment Group Inc. (NYSE:NEWM). Prior to joining Fortress, Ms. Yakin worked at Barclays Bank PLC in its sales and trading division from 2008 to 2013. Ms. Yakin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science from the Department of Communication.

Kenneth Riis

Mr. Kenneth M. Riis serves as Director of Newcastle Investment Corp. He was President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Riis was appointed Chief Executive Officer by our Board of Directors on February 21, 2007. On that date, Mr. Riis was also unanimously elected as one of our directors. Mr. Riis has been our President since our inception and a Managing Director of our manager, an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, since December 2001. Mr. Riis is also the President of Newcastle Investment Holdings LLC (the predecessor of Newcastle). From November 1996 to December 2001, Mr. Riis was an independent consultant for our manager as well as other financial companies. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Riis was a Principal and Managing Director of the real estate finance group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Riis’s knowledge, skill, expertise and experience as described above, as well as his deep familiarity with our Company, led our Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Riis should be elected to serve as a director.

Kevin Finnerty

Mr. Kevin J. Finnerty is an Independent Director of Newcastle Investment Corp. Mr. Finnerty has been a member of our Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors since August 2005. Mr. Finnerty has been a director of Newcastle Investment Holdings LLC (the predecessor of Newcastle) since its inception in 1998. Mr. Finnerty is an employee of Mariner Investment Group and the Founding Partner of Galton Capital Group, a residential mortgage credit fund manager. Mr. Finnerty is a former founder and the Managing Partner of F.I. Capital Management, an investment company focused on agency-mortgage related strategies. Previously, Mr. Finnerty was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., where he headed the Residential Mortgage Securities Department. Mr. Finnerty joined Chase Securities Inc. in December of 1999. Prior to joining Chase Securities Inc., Mr. Finnerty worked at Union Bank of Switzerland from November 1996 until February 1998, where he headed the Mortgage Backed Securities Department, and at Freddie Mac from January 1999 until June 1999, where he was a Senior Vice President. Between 1986 and 1996, Mr. Finnerty was with Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., where he was a Senior Managing Director and ultimately headed the MBS Department and served as a member of the board of directors from 1993 until 1996. Mr. Finnerty was Co-Chair of the North American People Committee at JPMorganChase and Chairman of the Mortgage and Asset-Backed Division of the Bond Market Association for the year 2003.

Stuart McFarland

Mr. Stuart A. McFarland is an Independent Director of Newcastle Investment Corp. Mr. McFarland has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2002 and a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors since November 2002. Mr. McFarland was a director of Newcastle Investment Holdings LLC (the predecessor of Newcastle) from May 1998 until October 2002. Mr. McFarland is a Managing Partner of Federal City Capital Advisors, LLC, where he has worked since 1997. Mr. McFarland was Chairman of Federal City Bancorp, Inc. from 2005- 2007 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Pedestal Inc., an internet secondary mortgage market trading exchange, from 1997 - 2001. Mr. McFarland was Executive Vice President and General Manager of GE Capital Mortgage Services and President and CEO of GE Capital Asset Management Corporation from 1990 to 1995. Prior to GE Capital, Mr. McFarland was President and CEO of Skyline Financial Services Corp. from 1988 – 1990.

David McKown

Mr. David K. McKown is an Independent Director of Newcastle Investment Corp. Mr. McKown has been a member of our Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors since November 2002. Mr. McKown is a member of the board of directors for Global Partners LP, where he serves on the Conflicts Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee and is a member of Safety Insurance Group’s board of directors, where he serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee. Mr. McKown also serves as a director of Friends of Post Office Square and POWDR Corp. Mr. McKown has been a senior advisor to Eaton Vance Management, an investment fund manager located in Boston, Massachusetts, since May 2000. Mr. McKown retired from the BankBoston, N.A. in 2000 as a Group Executive. Mr. McKown was a trustee of Equity Office Properties Trust from July 1997 to May 2007 where he served on the Executive, Compensation and Option and Conflicts Committees.

Clifford Press

Mr. Clifford Press is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Press was appointed pursuant to an agreement with a stockholder group of the Company, including BLR Partners LP.. Mr. Clifford Press has been a Managing Member of Oliver Press Partners, LLC, an investment advisory firm, since March 2005. From 1986 to March 2003, Mr. Press served as a General Partner of Hyde Park Holdings, Inc., a private equity investment firm. He began his career as an M&A banker at Morgan Stanley & Co Inc.

Alan Tyson

Mr. Alan L. Tyson is an Independent Director of Newcastle Investment Corp. Mr. Tyson has been a member of our Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors since November 2011. He is also a member of the board of directors of New Residential Investment Group Inc. and is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and serves on the Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Tyson retired as Managing Director of Credit Suisse in October 2011, where he worked for 18 years in the Sales and Trading area of the Fixed Income Department of the Investment Bank. Mr. Tyson began his career at L. F. Rothschild, Unterberg Towbin and subsequently worked at Smith Barney and Lehman Brothers before joining Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in 1994, which was acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000. Mr. Tyson is a graduate of Muhlenberg College. Mr. Tyson’s knowledge, skill, expertise and experience as described above led our Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Tyson should be elected to serve as a director.

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