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Starwood Property Trust Inc (STWD.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Barry Sternlicht

56 2009 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey DiModica

50 2014 President

Rina Paniry

43 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Treasurer, Principal Financial Officer

Andrew Sossen

40 2013 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, Secretary

Richard Bronson

71 2009 Lead Independent Director

Jeffrey Dishner

52 2009 Director

Camille Douglas

65 2010 Independent Director

Solomon Kumin

41 2014 Independent Director

Strauss Zelnick

59 2009 Independent Director

Zachary Tanenbaum

2015 Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Barry Sternlicht

Mr. Barry S. Sternlicht is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, since August 2009. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group, a privately-held global investment firm with approximately $52 billion in assets under management and an affiliate of the Company, since its formation in 1991. He is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group Management, L.L.C., a registered investment advisor and an affiliate of the Company. Over the past 26 years, Mr. Sternlicht has structured investment transactions with an aggregate asset value of approximately $84 billion. From 1995 to 2005, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a NYSE-listed hotel and leisure company that he founded. Mr. Sternlicht is the former Chairman of the Board of TRI Pointe Group, in which an affiliate of the Company is a stockholder, and the current Chairman of the Board of Baccarat S.A., a crystal maker. Mr. Sternlicht is also the co-Chairman of the Board of Colony Starwood Homes, in which an affiliate of the Company is a stockholder. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies, the Real Estate Roundtable and A.S. Roma, the professional Italian football club based in Rome, and previously served on the Board of Directors of Restoration Hardware. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Robin Hood Foundation (of which he is the former Chairman), the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center and the Executive Advisory Board of Americans for the Arts. He is a member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation Trustee Council, the World Presidents Organization and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Sternlicht received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, with honors from Brown University. He later earned a Master of Business Administration degree with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Jeffrey DiModica

Mr. Jeffrey F. DiModica, CFA., is President of Starwood Property Trust, Inc., effective September 18, 2014. He has also served as a Managing Director of an affiliate of the Manager since July 2014. Mr. DiModica served as a director of the Company from its inception in 2009 until July 2014. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. DiModica was a Managing Director and the Head of MBS/ABS/CMBS Sales and Strategy for the Royal Bank of Scotland (“RBS”), a global financial services firm. In that role, he was responsible for the distribution of mortgage-backed securities (“MBS”), asset-backed securities (“ABS”) and commercial mortgage-backed securities (“CMBS”) to institutional clients, including banks, hedge funds, insurance companies and money managers. Previously, from 2001 to 2007, Mr. DiModica headed the Boston sales office for RBS. Prior to joining RBS, from 1993 to 2001, Mr. DiModica sold derivative and MBS products to institutional clients for Merrill Lynch in Boston. Mr. DiModica began his career in the Merchant and Investment Banking Group of the Commercial Real Estate Department at Chemical Bank from 1989 to 1991. Mr. DiModica is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and serves on the Board of Virtual Enterprises International, a non-profit focused on teaching career and entrepreneurial skills to inner city high school students. Mr. DiModica is also the founding President of MitoAction, a non-profit organization that provides education, support and advocacy for patients and families affected by mitochondrial disease. Mr. DiModica received a Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Finance from Boston University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1995.

Rina Paniry

Ms. Rina Paniry is Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Principal Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of Starwood Property Trust, Inc. She has also served as an employee of Starwood Capital Operations, LLC since May 2014. Previously, Ms. Paniry served from 2013 to 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer and from 2006 to 2013 as the Chief Accounting Officer of LNR Property LLC (“LNR Property”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company that was acquired by the Company in 2013. Prior to joining LNR Property, she spent 11 years at Deloitte & Touche in various roles, principally in the real estate industry and in the functional areas of audit and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Paniry is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida. Ms. Paniry received a Bachelor of Accounting degree, a Bachelor of Management Information Systems degree and a Master of Accounting degree from Florida International University.

Andrew Sossen

Mr. Andrew Jay Sossen is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, Secretary of Starwood Property Trust Inc. Prior to joining the Company, he served from 2006 to 2009 as the General Counsel of KKR & Co.’s asset management business and of KKR Financial Holdings LLC, a publicly traded specialty finance company, where he was a member of senior management and was integrally involved in the policy and strategic decision-making, as well as the day-to-day operations, of the businesses. Mr. Sossen previously served as a trustee of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, a publicly traded REIT that subsequently merged with another party and became Colony Starwood Homes (“SWAY”). Mr. Sossen’s career began at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s corporate department, specializing in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Sossen received both a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Bronson

Mr. Richard D. Bronson is Lead Independent Director of the Comapany. Since 2000, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Bronson Companies, LLC, a real estate development company based in Beverly Hills, California. Mr. Bronson has been involved in the development of several shopping Since 2000, Mr. Bronson has been the Chairman of The Bronson Companies, LLC, a real estate development, investment and advisory company based in Beverly Hills, California. Mr. Bronson has been involved in the development of several shopping centers and office buildings throughout the United States. Mr. Bronson serves as a trustee of Colony Starwood Homes, a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) focused on the single-family residential business based in Scottsdale, Arizona, in which an affiliate of the Company is a stockholder (“Colony Starwood Homes”). Mr. Bronson previously was the President of New City Development, an affiliate of Mirage Resorts, where he oversaw the company’s new business initiatives and activities outside of Nevada. For over 30 years, Mr. Bronson has been involved in the development of myriad commercial properties throughout the United States. Mr. Bronson previously served as a director of Mirage Resorts and as a director of TRI Pointe Group, Inc., a homebuilding and design company based in Irvine, California, in which an affiliate of the Company is a stockholder and which, after a 2015 reorganization, became the successor issuer to TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. (“TRI Pointe Group”). Mr. Bronson is on the Advisory Board of the Neurosurgery Division at UCLA Medical Center and on the Board of Advisors of Dunbar Group. Mr. Bronson has also served as a Trustee and Vice President of the International Council of Shopping Centers, an association representing 70,000 industry professionals in more than 100 countries. .

Jeffrey Dishner

Mr. Jeffrey G. Dishner is Director of Starwood Property Trust, Inc., since 2009. He serves as an Executive Vice President of SPT Management, LLC, our manager and an affiliate of the Company (the “Manager”). He is also a Senior Managing Director and the Global Head of Real Estate Acquisitions of Starwood Capital Group Global, L.P., a privately-held global investment management firm and an affiliate of the Company (“Starwood Capital Group”). Mr. Dishner is additionally a member of the Executive and Investment Committees of Starwood Capital Group. Prior to joining Starwood Capital Group in 1994, Mr. Dishner worked in the Commercial Mortgage Finance Group of J.P. Morgan & Co., where he focused on whole-loan dispositions and securitizations for various thrift institutions from 1993 to 1994. Prior to J.P. Morgan & Co., Mr. Dishner was a member of the Acquisitions Group at JMB Realty Corporation from 1987 to 1991. He serves on the European Advisory Board of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Mr. Dishner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. We believe that Mr. Dishner should serve as a member of the Board of Directors because Mr. Dishner’s experience in the commercial real estate markets enables him to provide important perspectives on the Company’s investments and the current state of the global commercial real estate markets.

Camille Douglas

Ms. Camille J. Douglas is Independent Director of Starwood Property Trust Inc., since 2010. She is a Senior Managing Director, Acquisitions and Capital Markets, at LeFrak, a family owned real estate company which owns, develops and manages properties in the New York, Miami and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, among others. Ms. Douglas previously held positions as a Managing Director and Senior Advisor at LeFrak. Previously, Ms. Douglas was the Founder and Principal of Mainstreet Capital Partners, a private firm focusing on global real estate financial advisory services and transactions for clients in the U.S., the U.K., Brazil and India. From 1982 to 1994, Ms. Douglas was Senior Vice President, Finance, at Olympia & York (US), and from 1977 to 1982 she was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley & Co. Ms. Douglas is also currently an Adjunct Professor in Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and a Master in Urban Planning degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. We believe that Ms. Douglas should serve as a member of the Board of Directors because Ms. Douglas’ 40 years of experience in commercial real estate investment, development and finance enables her to provide important perspectives on the Company’s investments as well as potential financings for the Company’s investments.

Solomon Kumin

Mr. Solomon J. Kumin is an Independent Director of the Company, effective July 16, 2014. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Folger Hill Asset Management, an asset management firm. Prior to launching Folger Hill Asset Management in 2015, Mr. Kumin spent ten years with S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P., an asset management firm, most recently serving as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. in 2005, he was a Vice President, Institutional Sales at Sanford C. Bernstein, a subsidiary of AllianceBernstein L.P. Mr. Kumin started his career at Lazard Asset Management as a Marketing Associate in 1999. Mr. Kumin serves as a member of the Boards of Trustees of The Johns Hopkins University, St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, the Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Mr. Kumin serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the US Lacrosse Foundation and the Breeders’ Cup. He is also a member of the Trust Board of Boston Children’s Hospital. Mr. Kumin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

Strauss Zelnick

Mr. Strauss Zelnick is an Independent Director of Starwood Property Trust Inc., since August 2009. He is a founding partner of ZMC LP, a media enterprise which manages and holds interests in an array of businesses in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Prior to forming ZMC LP in 2001, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment, a music and entertainment company, from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Zelnick served as President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment’s North American business unit from 1995 to 1998. Before joining BMG Entertainment, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Dynamics, a producer and distributor of interactive entertainment software. Prior to that, he spent four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of 20th Century Fox, where he managed all aspects of Fox Inc.’s worldwide motion picture production and distribution business. Previously, he spent three years at Vestron Inc., two of which as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Zelnick also served as Vice President, International Television, at Columbia Pictures. Mr. Zelnick currently represents ZMC LP on the Boards of Alloy, L.L.C. and 9 Story Limited and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ITN Networks and as a director of Blockbuster, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Zachary Tanenbaum

Mr. Zachary Tanenbaum is Investor Relations of Starwood Property Trust Inc. Most recently, Mr. Tanenbaum was a Senior Analyst at Wesley Capital Management, where he focused on the real estate and specialty finance sectors. Mr. Tanenbaum previously served as a Vice President and Equity Research Analyst at MLV & Co. LLC, where he covered mortgage REITs and specialty finance. He began his career in equity research at FBR Capital Markets & Co. Mr. Tanenbaum covered Starwood Property Trust as part of his duties at both MLV and FBR.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Barry Sternlicht

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Jeffrey DiModica

2,600,000

Rina Paniry

2,085,340

Andrew Sossen

1,650,000

Richard Bronson

249,971

Jeffrey Dishner

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Camille Douglas

207,471

Solomon Kumin

206,471

Strauss Zelnick

228,971

Zachary Tanenbaum

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As Of  30 Dec 2016