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W. R. Berkley Corp (WRB)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

William Berkley

70 2015 Executive Chairman of the Board

W. Robert Berkley

43 2016 President, Director

Shasi Gangadharan

2016 Chief Executive Officer

Richard Baio

47 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Treasurer

Aaron Yip

2016 Chief Operating Officer

Eugene Ballard

63 2016 Executive Vice President - Finance

Ira Lederman

62 2015 Executive Vice President, Secretary

James Shiel

56 2015 Executive Vice President - Investments

Richard Lowery

2016 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Matthew Ricciardi

48 2015 Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Jared Abbey

2016 Senior Vice President - Corporate Strategy and Development.

Kathleen Tierney

47 2016 Senior Vice President

Andrea Kanefsky

2016 Vice President, Corporate Controller

Christopher Augostini

51 2012 Independent Director

Ronald Blaylock

56 2001 Independent Director

Mark Brockbank

64 2001 Independent Director

George Daly

75 1998 Independent Director

Mary Farrell

66 2006 Independent Director

Jack Nusbaum

75 1967 Independent Director

Mark Shapiro

72 1974 Independent Director

Karen Horvath

Vice President - External Financial Communications

Biographies

Name Description

William Berkley

Mr. William R. Berkley has been appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company., effective October 31, 2015. He was Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of W. R. Berkley Corporation. He is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since its formation in 1967. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer from March 2000 to November 2009 and held such positions at various times from 1967 to 1995. Mr. Wm. Berkley also served as a director of The First Marblehead Corporation (until June 2012).

W. Robert Berkley

Mr. W. Robert Berkley, Jr., is President, Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation., effective October 31, 2015. He has been Vice Chairman and President of Berkley International, LLC since May 2002 and April 2008, respectively. Mr. Rob Berkley served previously as Executive Vice President of the Company from August 2005 to November 2009, Senior Vice President — Specialty Operations of the Company from January 2003 to August 2005, Senior Vice President of the Company from January 2002 to January 2003, Vice President of the Company from May 2000 to January 2002, President of Berkley International, LLC from January 2001 to May 2002 and Executive Vice President of Berkley International, LLC from March 2000 to January 2001. He joined the Company in September 1997. From July 1995 to August 1997, Mr. Rob Berkley was employed in the Corporate Finance Department of Merrill Lynch Investment Company.

Shasi Gangadharan

Mr. Shasi Gangadharan is Chief Executive Officer of the company. He has over 25 years of experience in the property casualty insurance industry, predominately focused in financial and casualty lines, in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. He most recently served as the chief executive officer for the Southeast Asia Region of a major property casualty insurance company.

Richard Baio

Mr. Richard Mark Baio is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Treasurer of W.R. Berkley Corporation. Mr. Baio has served as the Company’s Vice President and Treasurer since he joined the Company in May 2009. Mr. Baio has over 25 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, having served prior to joining the Company as a director in Merrill Lynch & Co.'s financial institutions investment banking group and as a partner in Ernst & Young's insurance practice. Mr. Baio earned a B.S. in accounting from Clarkson University and an M.S. in taxation from University of Hartford.

Aaron Yip

Mr. Aaron Yip is Chief Operating Officer of the company. He has more than 20 years of experience in the specialty commercial property casualty insurance industry. Prior to joining the Company, he served as the chief executive officer for the Greater China Region at a major property casualty insurance company.

Eugene Ballard

Mr. Eugene G. Ballard is Executive Vice President - Finance of the Company. Mr. Ballard has been with the Company since 1999, serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He has over 40 years of experience in the accounting and finance profession, including more than 25 years in the property and casualty insurance industry. Mr. Ballard graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Ira Lederman

Mr. Ira S. Lederman has been Executive Vice President, Secretary of the Company. Mr. Lederman joined the Company in 1983, and has served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary since 2001. He received a B.A. from Queens College, a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. He has over 35 years of legal experience, more than 30 of which has been with the Company. His new responsibilities will include oversight of the Company’s legal, compliance, claims and other administrative functions.

James Shiel

Mr. James G. Shiel has been promoted as Executive Vice President - Investments of the Company. Mr. Shiel has been with the Company since 1987, serving most recently as senior vice president - investments. He has over 30 years of experience in investing and will continue to oversee the investment activities of the Company and its subsidiaries. Mr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Masters in Business Administration from New York University

Richard Lowery

Mr. Richard M. Lowery has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Mr. Lowery has nearly 30 years of experience in information technology and most recently served in senior roles at Risk Solutions International and Marsh & McLennan Companies, management consulting firms focused on creating strategies to enable business with technology. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Marquette University.

Matthew Ricciardi

Mr. Matthew M. Ricciardi has been appointed as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of the Company. In this role, he will be responsible for the legal affairs of the Company. Mr. Ricciardi has nearly 20 years of legal experience in the insurance industry and most recently served as chief counsel, general corporate for MetLife, Inc. Prior to joining MetLife, he was a partner in a major New York law firm, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities and capital markets transactions and general corporate governance issues. He graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in history from Princeton University and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jared Abbey

Mr. Jared E. Abbey is Senior Vice President - Corporate Strategy and Development of the Company. Mr. Abbey has nearly 20 years of experience as an investment banker focused on the insurance sector, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, strategic transactions, corporate restructuring and capital-raising. He most recently served as managing director and co-head of North American insurance investment banking at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Abbey earned a B.A. in mathematics and economics From Dartmoth College.

Kathleen Tierney

Ms. Kathleen M. Tierney is Senior Vice President of the company. She has over 25 years of cross-functional experience in the property casualty insurance industry, including underwriting, marketing, finance, strategic development and field leadership positions. Most recently, she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of a similar division at another leading insurance group. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Business.

Andrea Kanefsky

Ms. Andrea C. Kanefsky is Vice President, Corporate Controller of the Company. Ms. Kanefsky joined the Company's operating unit, Clermont Specialty Managers, as senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2013, having previously served as the chief financial officer of a specialty property casualty insurance company. In her new role as the Company's corporate controller, she is responsible for financial reporting and related accounting activities. She has over 30 years of experience in the property casualty insurance industry and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business management from Bucknell University.

Christopher Augostini

Mr. Christopher L. Augostini is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation. He is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Georgetown University, where he has served in various positions, including as Chief Financial Officer, since joining Georgetown University in 2000. Previously, from 1995 to 2000, Mr. Augostini worked for New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration in various capacities, including chief of staff to the deputy mayor for operations, director of intergovernmental affairs, and deputy budget director. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Augostini served as an analyst for the New York State General Assembly’s Higher Education Committee and its Ways and Means Committee. He began his career conducting workforce and economic development research at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy arm of the State University of New York higher education system.

Ronald Blaylock

Mr. Ronald E. Blaylock is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation. He is Founder and Managing Partner of GenNx360 Capital Partners, a private equity buy out firm, since 2006. Mr. Blaylock was the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blaylock & Company, Inc., an investment banking firm, and held senior management positions with PaineWebber Group and Citicorp before launching Blaylock & Company, Inc. in 1993. Mr. Blaylock is also a director of CarMax, Inc. and Radio One, Inc.

Mark Brockbank

Mr. Mark E. Brockbank is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation. Mr. Brockbank retired from active employment in November 2000. He served from 1995 to 2000 as Chief Executive of XL Brockbank Ltd., an underwriting management agency at Lloyd’s of London. Mr. Brockbank was a founder of the predecessor firm of XL Brockbank Ltd. and was a director of XL Brockbank Ltd. from 1983 to 2000. Mr. Brockbank’s service as Chief Executive of XL Brockbank Ltd., an underwriting management agency at Lloyd’s of London, provides him with valuable entrepreneurial business, leadership and management experience, and particular knowledge of the insurance industry

George Daly

Dr. George G. Daly, Ph.D., is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation, since 1998. He is Professor at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, where he served as Dean from 2005 to 2011. From 2002 to October 2005, Dr. Daly was Fingerhut Professor and Dean Emeritus, Stern School of Business, New York University, and previously was Dean, Stern School of Business, and Dean Richard R. West Professor of Business, New York University, for more than five years. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Daly served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Office of Energy Research and Development in 1974. He is also a director of The First Marblehead Corporation.

Mary Farrell

Ms. Mary C. Farrell is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation, since 2006. She is President of the Howard Gilman Foundation since September 2009, consultant to the financial services industry since 2005 and a Director of Fidelity Strategic Advisor Funds since 2013. Retired in July 2005 from UBS, where she served as a Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist for UBS Wealth Management USA and Co-Head of UBS Wealth Management Investment Strategy & Research Group.

Jack Nusbaum

Mr. Jack H. Nusbaum is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation, since 1967. He is Senior Partner in the New York law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he has been a partner for more than the last five years and had been Chairman of the firm from 1987 through 2009. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is outside counsel to the Company. Mr. Nusbaum is also a director of Cowen Group, Inc.

Mark Shapiro

Mr. Mark L. Shapiro is an Independent Director of W. R. Berkley Corporation, since 1974. Since September 1998, Mr. Shapiro has been a private investor. From July 1997 through August 1998, Mr. Shapiro was a Senior Consultant to the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Prior thereto, he was a Managing Director in the investment banking firm of Schroder & Co. Inc. He is also a director of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP.

Karen Horvath