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Hemisphere Media Group Inc (HMTV.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Peter Kern

49 2017 Chairman of the Board, Managing Partner

Alan Sokol

58 2013 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Craig Fischer

47 2013 Chief Financial Officer

Jose Ramos

69 President and General Manager of WAPA-TV

Alex Tolston

36 2016 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Vicky Bathija

32 2015 Executive Vice President - Corporate Development and Investor Relations

Lucia Ballas-Traynor

52 2015 Executive Vice President - Client Partnerships

Karen Maloney

60 2014 Controller

Leo Hindery

69 2013 Director

James McNamara

63 Director

Ernesto Vargas Guajardo

2013 Director

Eric Zinterhofer

45 2016 Director

John Engelman

61 2013 Independent Director

Andrew Frey

42 2016 Independent Director

Eric Neuman

72 2005 Independent Director

Vincent Sadusky

52 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Peter Kern

Mr. Peter M. Kern is Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Media Company and has served as a member of the company's board of directors since his appointment in October 2016. Prior to joining InterMedia, Mr. Kern was a Senior Managing Director and Principal of Alpine Capital LLC ("Alpine"), a media investment and advisory firm. Mr. Kern joined Alpine when he merged his own firm, Gemini Associates, Inc., with Alpine in the summer of 2001. Gemini Associates was founded as a large-cap M&A and strategic advisory firm in 1996, and Mr. Kern served as its President. From 1996 until its sale, Mr. Kern also served as a partner of InterMedia Partners, LLC. At both Gemini and Alpine, Mr. Kern has counted among his advisory clients Liberty Media, Sony, Viacom, InterMedia Partners, Tele-Communications, Inc., TCI International, USA Networks, Cablevision Systems, and Telewest. At Alpine, Mr. Kern also was responsible for direct investing in media companies. During his tenure, Alpine Equity made several successful investments in cable television including Sit-Up, Gospel Music Channel, LLC, ProSeibenSat.1 Media AG, and Money Mailer, Inc. Prior to the founding of Gemini Associates, Mr. Kern was the senior financial and chief administrative officer of Home Shopping Network. Before joining Home Shopping Network, Mr. Kern was Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and Strategic Development for Whittle Communications, a publishing and television company. Mr. Kern began his career at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. Mr. Kern has served on the board of directors of Expedia, Inc. since 2005 and currently serves as a member of the supervisory board of trivago N.V. He also sits on the board of directors of InterMedia Español, Inc. and WAPA America, Inc., each indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company. Mr. Kern holds a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alan Sokol

Mr. Alan J. Sokol, J.D. is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He has served as one of our directors and President since January 2013. Mr. Sokol was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer in April 2013. Mr. Sokol has over 20 years of experience in the television and motion picture industries as an operator, advisor and investor. Prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer, he served as a Senior Partner at InterMedia Partners, L.P., where he was the architect of the firm's Hispanic strategy, including the acquisitions of Cine Latino, Inc. ("Cinelatino") and WAPA. Prior to joining InterMedia Partners, L.P., Mr. Sokol was President and CEO of Planeta Media Group, LLC, where headvised numerous media companies on strategies and new business launches, particularly within the United States Hispanic market. His clients included Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., IDT Corp., Council Tree Communications, Inc. andCaracol Television Inc. From 1998 through May 2003, Mr. Sokol was Chief Operating Officer of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc., where he was responsible for all business divisions of this United States Spanish-language television network. While at Telemundo, Mr. Sokol established the first bilingual cable network in the United States andcreated strategic alliances with TV Globo, Caracol Television and Discovery Networks. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Sokol wasSenior Vice President, Corporate Development at Sony Pictures. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Craig Fischer

Mr. Craig D. Fischer is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. From January 2013 through April 2013, Mr. Fischer served as our Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Previously, from 2005 through 2012, Mr. Fischer was a Partner at InterMedia, and was responsible for the acquisitions and oversight of Cinelatino and WAPA, prior to the formation of Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. Prior to joining InterMedia Partners, L.P., Mr. Fischer was Executive Vice President of Business Development and Affiliate Relations at the YES Network where he was one of the founding senior managers and was responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, managing relationships with major cable and satellite operators and negotiating programming agreements. Prior to YES, Mr. Fischer was Vice President of Business Development at Exodus Communications, Inc., and Vice President of Finance at Global Center Inc. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Fischer was at Goldman Sachs & Co. as a banker in the Media and Communications group. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Fischer was a senior accountant and CPA with Ernst & Young, LLP. Mr. Fischer holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Jose Ramos

Mr. Jose E. Ramos is President and General Manager of Wapa-Tv of Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. He has over 31 years of television experience. Mr. Ramos is the most experienced television executive in Puerto Rico. Mr. Ramos has been the President and General Manager of WAPA-TV, a division of WAPA for the last 18 years. Prior to that, Mr. Ramos spent 13 years at Telemundo Communications Group, Inc., serving in various senior positions including Senior Vice President, General Manager and President.

Alex Tolston

Mr. Alex J. Tolston is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of the Company. He served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since June 2013. Before joining the Company, Mr. Tolston was an attorney in the Corporate Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP from 2009 to 2013, representing issuers and underwriters in connection with initial public offerings, secondary offerings and Rule 144A debt offerings, issuers and their boards of directors with respect to reporting and other obligations under the U.S. securities laws and corporate governance and regulatory matters, and public and private equity clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and debt restructuring transactions. Mr. Tolston began his career at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. Mr. Tolston is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and Authorized House Counsel under Chapter 17, Rules Regulating the Florida Bar. Mr. Tolston holds a B.A. from Tulane University and a J.D. from New York Law School.

Vicky Bathija

Mr. Vicky Bathija is Executive Vice President - Corporate Development and Investor Relations of the Company. He Prior to joining the Company, from 2008 through 2015, Mr. Bathija was employed at InterMedia Partners, L.P., most recently as a Vice President and was responsible for all aspects of deal execution, oversight of existing portfolio companies and evaluating potential new investments. Prior to joining InterMedia Partners, Mr. Bathija was an Investment Banker in the Healthcare group at Banc of America Securities in New York, where he provided capital raising and advisory services to a broad range of public and private healthcare clients. Mr. Bathija holds a B.S. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and is a CFA charterholder.

Lucia Ballas-Traynor

Ms. Lucia Ballas-Traynor is Executive Vice President - Client Partnerships of the Company. She has more than 26 years of experience in the Hispanic media industry. In 2012, she co-founded CafeMom's MamásLatinas, a bilingual online destination dedicated to entertaining and empowering Latina moms, and served as Executive Vice President leveraging and aligning consumer insights and client objectives to develop innovative marketing solutions from 2012 through 2015. Prior to co-founding MamásLatinas, from 2008 through 2011, Ms. Ballas-Traynor served as publisher of People en Español, overseeing the company's brand strategy, ad sales, marketing, research and digital departments. Before taking the role of publisher of People en Español, she served as General Manager of MTV Tr3s, where she led the network's programming and rebranding from 2003 through 2008. Prior to MTV Tr3s, Ms. Ballas-Traynor served as General Manager of Univision's Galavision. She has been recognized as a "Media All Star" by Adweek and a top "Women in Music" by Billboard Magazine, was profiled by The Hollywood Reporter in its "Latino Power 50" list and named one of the "25 Most Powerful Hispanic Women in the Entertainment Industry." A native of Chile, Ms. Ballas-Traynor is a graduate from New York University and currently serves as Vice Chair on the board of the Hispanic Federation.

Karen Maloney

Ms. Karen A. Maloney is Controller of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, from December 2007 to January 2013, Ms. Maloney served in senior financial management roles for MTV Networks (Viacom). From December 2007 through June 2011, she served as the Senior Vice President Worldwide Controller for MTV Networks before taking on the role of Senior Vice President General Manager Global Shared Services from June 2011 to January 2013, leading the company's transition to a centralized shared service model for finance and legal operations. Prior to joining MTV Networks, she served in senior financial positions at Scholastic Corporation for 10 years from May 1997 to December 2007. From April 2004 to December 2007, she served as the Senior Vice President Corporate Finance, Chief Accounting Officer overseeing global finance and accounting. Prior to April 2004, she served as the Vice President Corporate Controller, Chief Accounting Officer. Prior experience includes Controllership roles in the apparel and paper industries, as well as earlier positions at the public accounting firm, KPMG, where she progressed to Supervising Senior Accountant. Ms. Maloney is a CPA as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant and earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting from The College of New Jersey. She is a member of the Board of Directors and has been the Finance Committee Chair and Co-Chair of the Audit Committee for the Girl Scouts of the USA, a national not-for-profit organization promoting leadership skills for girls. She has served in these roles and on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA for 9 years.

Leo Hindery

Mr. Leo J. Hindery, Jr. is Director of the Company. He has served as one of our directors since April 2013. Currently, he is Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners, a series of media industry private equity funds he founded in 1988 and ran continuously until February 1997, when he was elected President and CEO of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) and Liberty Media, at the time the world's largest combined cable television system operator and programming entity. In March 1999 TCI merged into AT&T, and he became President and CEO of AT&T Broadband until he resigned in November 1999. In December 1999, Mr. Hindery was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GlobalCenter Inc., a major Internet services company, which in January 2001 merged into Exodus Communications, Inc. From 2001 until October 2004, he was Chairman and CEO of The YES Network which he founded to be the regional television home of the New York Yankees. In early 2005 he reconstituted InterMedia Partners. Mr. Hindery, formerly Chairman of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and of C-SPAN, has been recognized as International Cable Executive of the Year, NCTA's Distinguished Vanguard Award Recipient for Leadership, Cable Television Operator of the Year, one of the cable industry's "25 Most Influential Executives Over the Past 25 Years", one of the "30 Individuals with the Most Significant Impact on Cable's Early History", and a member of the Cable Hall of Fame. Mr. Hindery is a Director of the Paley Center for Media and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia School of Journalism. He has an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and was an undergraduate of Seattle University, and has received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Emerson College.

James McNamara

Mr. James Marvin McNamara is Director of the Company. He has served as the Vice Chairman of our Board of Directors since April 2013. In 2005, Mr. McNamara founded Panamax Films, LLC, a film production company that has an output deal with Lions Gate Films to produce films for the U.S. Latino and Greater Latin American film going audiences, and he is currently its chairman. In 2008, Mr. McNamara joined Cine Latino, Inc., where he currently serves as a consultant and in 2010, he joined as Non-Executive Chairman of Pantelion Films, a Latino Hollywood studio that is a partnership between Lions Gate Entertainment and Grupo Televisa, a Spanish language media company. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. McNamara served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc., the operator of Telemundo, a Spanish-language broadcast network. From April 1996 to June 1998, Mr. McNamara was the President of Universal Television Enterprises, or Universal, a television production company where his responsibilities included domestic syndication first-run programming and international sales. Mr. McNamara joined Universal from New World, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 1991 to 1995 and Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President and then President of New World International from 1986 to 1991. Mr. McNamara served as a Director of Jump TV, a leading IPTV company providing a comprehensive suite of technology and services to content owners and aggregators, from 2006 to 2008 as well as SBS from 1996 to 2005 and Film Roman, Inc., a producer of animated television programming from 1997 to 1999. Mr. McNamara is currently a director of Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp and is the Chairman of the Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Mr. McNamara received his Masters degree from the American Graduate School of International Management and undergraduate degree in business administration and political science from Rollins College.

Ernesto Vargas Guajardo

Mr. Ernesto Vargas Guajardo is Director of the Company. He has served as one of our directors since April 2013. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of MVS Comunicaciones S.A. de C.V. Mr. Vargas Guajardo also serves as President of MVS Multivision Digital S. de R.L. de C.V. Mr. Vargas Guajardo currently sits on the board of directors of Grupo Costamex, Finaccess México, S.A and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. He also serves on the board of directors of Cine Latino, Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Previously, Mr. Vargas Guajardo has held senior roles at DISH México. Mr. Vargas Guajardo received his BS degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Zinterhofer

Mr. Eric Zinterhofer is Director of the Company. He has served as one of our directors since October 2016. Mr. Zinterhofer currently serves as Founding Partner, Partner and Co-founder of Searchlight Capital Partners, LLC. and is jointly responsible for overseeing Searchlight's activities. Prior to founding Searchlight, from 1998 until May 2010, Mr. Zinterhofer was a Senior Partner and Co-Head of the Media and Telecommunication investment platform at Apollo Management, L.P. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Zinterhofer was a member of the Corporate Finance Department at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, from 1993 to 1994, he was a member of the Structured Equity Group at J.P. Morgan Investment Management. Mr. Zinterhofer currently serves on the board of directors of Charter Communications, Inc. as Lead Independent Director and is also a member of the board of directors of General Communication, Inc., Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, Dish TV India Ltd., Leo Cable, LLC, Touchtunes Interactive Networks, Inc. and Roots Corporation. Previously, Mr. Zinterhofer was a director of Central European Media Enterprises, Ltd., iPCS, Inc., Hunter Boot, Ltd., Unity Media SCA, Intera Telecom, Inc. and Affinion Group, Inc. Mr. Zinterhofer received B.A. degrees in Honors Economics and European History from the University of Pennsylvania and received a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Zinterhofer was selected by an affiliate of Searchlight as a designee to the Board pursuant to the Stockholders Agreement.

John Engelman

Mr. John Engelman is Independent Director of the Company. From April 2011 through April 2013, he has served as one of our directors and a member of the Audit Committee since April 2013. From April 2011 through April 2013, he served as an independent director of Azteca Acquisition Corporation. Since December 2010, Mr. Engelman has also served as an independent director of Vringo, Inc., a patent licensing and software products company for mobile video. Mr. Engelman is co-founder of Classic Media, Inc., a global media company that specializes in family and children's entertainment. In mid-2012, Classic was acquired by DreamWorks Animation SKG where he co-heads its DreamWorks Classics division. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Engelman was co-CEO of Boomerang Media, Inc., an acquisition company controlled by GTCR Golder Rauner. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Engelman was an operating partner with Pegasus Capital Advisors, a U.S. based private equity fund manager focused on middle market companies, and a managing director of Brener International Group, LLC. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Engelman was President of Broadway Video, Inc., a producer of live television and motion pictures. He began his career at the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella, where he was a partner. Mr. Engelman has a JD from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Government from Harvard College.

Andrew Frey

Mr. Andrew S. Frey is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as one of our directors and a member of the Audit Committee since October 2016. Currently, Mr. Frey serves as a Partner of Searchlight Capital Partners, LLC, a global private equity firm. Mr. Frey has approximately 20 years of experience investing and advising in communications and media transactions in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Prior to joining Searchlight in 2011, Mr. Frey was a Managing Principal at Quadrangle Group where he primarily focused on telecommunications and technology investments. Previously, Mr. Frey held positions at TPG Capital in London and Blackstone in New York. Mr. Frey started his career at Lehman Brothers in New York in 1997 as an Analyst in the media and communications group. Mr. Frey serves on the board of directors of Uniti Group Inc. (formerly Communications Sales & Leasing, Inc.), Harbortouch Payments, LLC, Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, Electric Lightwave, Inc., and Bideawee, a not-for-profit and previously served on the board of Electric Lightwave, Inc., from December 2012 to March 2017. Mr. Frey received a B.S. in Finance and B.A.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Frey was selected by an affiliate of Searchlight II HMT, L.P. ("Searchlight") as a designee to the Board pursuant to the Stockholders Agreement (the "Stockholders Agreement"), dated as of September 6, 2016, as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated as of October 21, 2016, by and among the Company, Gato, InterMedia Hemisphere Roll-Over L.P. ("Rollover SVP"), InterMedia, Gemini Latin Holdings, LLC, Peter M. Kern and Searchlight.

Eric Neuman

Mr. Eric C. Neuman is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as one of our directors and the Chairman of the Audit Committee since April 2013. Since 2005, Mr. Neuman has been a managing director and partner of Hicks Equity Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm founded by Thomas O. Hicks. Previously, he had been a partner of Hicks, Muse & Co. Partners, L.P. ("HM") since December 2000 and an officer of HM Capital since 1993. At HM Capital, Mr. Neuman had been involved in the formation and development of many of the firm's media investments, including Chancellor Media and Capstar Broadcasting (which were merged into Clear Channel Communications), Lin TV, Sunrise Television and Marcus Cable, and in 2002, assumed responsibility for HM's Latin American business. Mr. Neuman currently serves on the board of directors of DirecPath, LLC, Just Brakes, LLC and Drilling Tools International. In addition, Mr. Neuman serves as a director of Intercable, an international provider of television, internet and telephone services and an HM Capital portfolio company. Mr. Neuman previously served as Chairman of the Board of Fox Pan American Sports, a leading provider of Spanish language sports television programming to U.S. and Latin American pay television operators, and Vice Chairman of Claxson, a publicly traded provider of programming and services to pay television providers. Mr. Neuman received a BA degree from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Vincent Sadusky

Mr. Vincent L. Sadusky is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as one of our directors and a member of the Audit Committee since April 2013. Mr. Sadusky has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Media General, Inc. since December 2014. Prior to his current role, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of LIN Media LLC until it merged with Media General, Inc. in 2014. Mr. Sadusky served as Vice President Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of LIN Media in 2004 until his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2006. From 1999 until August 2004, Mr. Sadusky was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc., where he worked for over ten years. Prior to joining Telemundo Communications, he performed attestation and consulting services for seven years with Ernst & Young, LLC. In addition to serving on the board of Hemisphere Media Group, Inc., Mr. Sadusky currently serves on the boards of Media General, Inc., International Game Technology, NBC affiliates board and National Association of Broadcasters. He formerly served as the President and a board member of the Open Mobile Video Coalition, as well as on the boards of JVB Financial Group, LLC,LIN Media LLC and Maximum Service Television Inc. Mr. Sadusky received his MBA degree from New York Institute of Technology and his BS in accounting from Penn State University, where he was a University Scholar.