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William Lyon Homes (WLH.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

William Lyon

41 2016 Executive Chairman of the Board

William Lyon

92 2016 Chairman Emeritus

Matthew Zaist

40 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Colin Severn

44 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Richard Robinson

68 Senior Vice President - Finance and Acquisition

Douglas Ammerman

64 2007 Independent Director

Michael Barr

45 2012 Independent Director

Thomas Harrison

2016 Independent Director

Gary Hunt

66 2005 Lead Independent Director

Matthew Niemann

51 2012 Independent Director

Lynn Schell

54 2012 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

William Lyon

Mr. William H. Lyon is Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has served as Chief Executive Officer, Director of William Lyon Homes. Mr. Lyon, the Company’s current Chief Executive Officer, worked full time with the former William Lyon Homes from November 1997 through November 1999 as an assistant project manager, has been employed by the Company since November 1999 and has been a member of the Board since January 25, 2000. Since joining the Company as assistant project manager, Mr. Lyon has served as a Project Manager, the Director of Corporate Development (beginning in 2002), the Director of Corporate Affairs (from February 2003 to February 2005), Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (from February 2005 to March 2007), and Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (from March 2007 to March 2009). Mr. Lyon also actively served as the President of William Lyon Financial Services from June 2008 to April 2009. Effective on March 18, 2009, Mr. Lyon was appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. In his current role as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lyon is responsible for the overall strategic leadership of the Company working closely with the Executive Chairman and executive leaders to establish implement and direct the long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies of the Company. Mr. Lyon is Chairman of the Company’s Management Development and Risk Management Committee and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. Mr. Lyon is also a member of the Company’s Land Committee. Mr. Lyon is a member of the Board of Directors of Commercial Bank of California, Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine, CA and The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA. Mr. Lyon holds a dual B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Product Design from Stanford University.

William Lyon

Gen. William Lyon is Chairman Emeritus of the Company. General Lyon was elected director and Chairman of the Board of The Presley Companies, the predecessor of the Company, in 1987 and has served in that capacity in addition to his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company since November 1999. General Lyon also served as the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the former William Lyon Homes, which sold substantially all of its assets to the Company in 1999 and subsequently changed its name to Corporate Enterprises, Inc. In his current role as Executive Chairman, General Lyon works with the top executives of the Company to set the leadership and strategic direction for the organization. General Lyon is also Chairman of the Company’s Executive Committee and is a member of the Company’s Land Committee. In recognition of his distinguished career in real estate development, General Lyon was elected to the California Building Industry Foundation Hall of Fame in 1985. General Lyon is a retired USAF Major General and was Chief of the Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979. General Lyon is a director of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. and Woodside Credit LLC, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Commercial Bank of California. Since 2005, General Lyon has served on the Board of Leaders of USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Matthew Zaist

Mr. Matthew R. Zaist is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Zaist first joined the Company in 2000, and was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2016. Since joining the Company, Mr. Zaist has served in a number of corporate operational roles, including President and Co-Chief Executive Officer from July 2015 to March 2016, President and Chief Operating Officer from March 2013 to July 2015, Executive Vice President from January 2010 to March 2013 and previously, Corporate Vice President — Business Development & Operations from April 2009 to January 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Zaist served as Project Manager and Director of Land Acquisition for the Company’s Southern California Region. In his previous role as Executive Vice President, Mr. Zaist oversaw and managed the Company’s restructuring efforts and successful recapitalization, and as President and Chief Operating Officer managed and oversaw the Company’s initial public offering in 2013 in addition to being responsible for the overall management of the Company’s operations. Mr. Zaist is a member of the Executive Committee for the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zaist was a principal with American Management Systems (now CGI) in their State & Local Government practice. Mr. Zaist holds a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Colin Severn

Mr. Colin T. Severn is a Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of William Lyon Homes. He Vice President and Chief Financial Officer , joined the Company in December 2003, and served in the role of Financial Controller until April 3, 2009. From April 3, 2009, Mr. Severn served as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Corporate Secretary until his promotion to Chief Financial Officer by approval of the board of directors of the Company on August 11, 2009. Mr. Severn continued to serve as the Company's Corporate Secretary until November 2013. Mr. Severn oversees the Company’s accounting and finance, treasury, and investor relations functions. Mr. Severn is a member of the Company’s Land Committee. Mr. Severn is a CPA (inactive) and has more than 16 years of experience in real estate accounting and finance, including positions with an international accounting firm, and other real estate and homebuilding companies. Mr. Severn holds a B.A. in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from California State University, Fullerton.

Richard Robinson

Mr. Richard S. Robinson is a Senior Vice President - Finance and Acquisition of William Lyon Homes. He joined the Company in 1999 when it acquired substantially all of the assets of the former William Lyon Homes, where Mr. Robinson had served since May 1997 as Senior Vice President, and as Vice President — Treasurer and other administrative positions at The William Lyon Company or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates since his hire in June 1979. His experience in residential real estate development and homebuilding finance totals more than 30 years.

Douglas Ammerman

Mr. Douglas K. Ammerman is a Independent Director of William Lyon Homes., since February 27, 2007. Mr. Ammerman’s business career includes almost three decades of service with KPMG, independent public accountants, until his retirement in 2002. He was the Managing Partner of the Orange County office and was a National Partner in Charge — Tax. He is a certified public accountant (inactive). Since 2005, Mr. Ammerman has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Fidelity National Financial (a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange), where he also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Also, since 2005, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Quiksilver (a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange), where he also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee, a member of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of El Pollo Loco, where he also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Ammerman has served as a director of The Pacific Club for twelve years and is a past president. He also has served as a director of the UCI Foundation for fourteen years. Mr. Ammerman holds a B.A. in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton, and a master’s degree in Business Taxation from University of Southern California.

Michael Barr

Mr. Michael Barr is a Independent Director of William Lyon Homes. Mr. Barr is the Portfolio Manager for the Paulson Real Estate Funds, an affiliate of Paulson, where he is responsible for all aspects of the real estate private equity business. He also is a Partner in Paulson, which he joined in 2008.

Thomas Harrison

Mr. Thomas F. Harrison is an Independent Director of William Lyon Homes. Mr. Harrison is currently an Executive Director of Colony Capital, Inc., where he has served since 1992, and has demonstrated a strong record of executive leadership and success in opportunistic real estate private equity investing, business planning, investment analysis, underwriting and origination, asset and portfolio management, and business development.

Gary Hunt

Mr. Gary H. Hunt is a Lead Independent Director of William Lyon Homes., since October 17, 2005. He joined Board on October 17, 2005 with over 30 years of experience in real estate. He spent 25 years with The Irvine Company, one of the nation’s largest master planning and land development organizations, serving 10 years as its Executive Vice President and member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Mr. Hunt led the company’s major entitlement, regional infrastructure, planning, legal and strategic government relations, as well as media and community relations activities. As a founding Partner in 2001 and now the Vice Chairman of California Strategies, LLC, Mr. Hunt serves as a Senior Advisor to the largest master-planned community and real estate developers in the Western United States, including Tejon Ranch, DMB Pacific Ventures, Five Point Communities, Lennar, Kennecott Land Company, Lewis Group of Companies, Newhall Land, Strategic Hotels and Resorts REIT, Inland American 7 Trust REIT, to name a few. Mr. Hunt also works or has worked with major national financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley, Alvarez & Marsal Capital Group, LLC, and regional banks, to manage projects through the current real estate macro-economic restructuring and re-entitlement period. Mr. Hunt currently serves on the boards of Glenair Corporation, University of California, Irvine Foundation and is Chairman of CT Realty. He formerly was a member and lead independent director of Grubb & Ellis Corporation and for sixteen months served as interim President and CEO.

Matthew Niemann

Mr. Matthew R. Niemann is an Independent Director of William Lyon Homes., since February 25, 2012. Mr. Niemann is a Managing Director and head of Houlihan Lokey Capital’s West Coast Restructuring practice and previously was the Global Head of the Real Estate Investment Banking Group. He first joined Houlihan in 1999. Before rejoining Houlihan in 2008, Mr. Niemann spent three years with Cerberus Capital and served as senior managing director and chief strategic officer of GMAC ResCap (a Cerberus portfolio company) in charge of strategy for its $5.0 billion portfolio of builder and developer real estate investments. Mr. Niemann has been involved as a principal or advisor in a wide range of M&A, financing, restructuring and real estate transactions throughout his career, and is a frequent speaker and regularly testifies as an expert in these areas. Earlier in his career, Mr. Niemann was with PricewaterhouseCoopers and practiced law for several years in the Corporate, Banking & Real Estate practice of Bryan Cave in St. Louis. Mr. Niemann holds a law and finance degree from St. Louis University. He was a guest lecturer at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, a member of the Ph.D. Dissertation Committee at Webster University, and has also served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee (Treasurer) of the Ronald McDonald Houses of Greater St. Louis.

Lynn Schell

Ms. Lynn Carlson Schell is an Independent Director of William Lyon Homes., since February 25, 2012. Ms. Carlson Schell currently serves as the Managing Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Shelter Corporation and The Waters Senior Living, directing the firm’s strategic planning and long-term growth. Since founding Shelter Corporation in 1993, Ms. Carlson Schell has developed or acquired multi-family and senior housing consisting of over 15,000 units and comprising $800 million of real estate. Ms. Carlson Schell’s core accomplishments include her leadership role in driving Shelter Corporation’s development of affordable housing and spearheading its successful diversification into senior living communities with the 1998 formation of The Waters Senior Living. In 2009, Ms. Carlson Schell was honored as an Industry Leader by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Prior to founding Shelter Corporation, Ms. Carlson Schell spent nine years working as an associate and senior developer with Can-American Corporation. She was responsible for residential, condominium and apartment developments in the Midwest and Florida. Ms. Carlson Schell currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors at the Friends of the Hennepin County Library Foundation and previously served as the Treasurer of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Walker Art Center.

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