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NovaGold Resources Inc (NG.TO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Thomas Kaplan

56 2011 Chairman of the Board

Gregory Lang

64 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

David Ottewell

58 2012 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Anthony Walsh

67 2018 Lead Independent Director

Sharon Dowdall

66 2012 Independent Director

Diane Garrett

59 2018 Independent Director

Igor Levental

63 2010 Independent Director

Kalidas Madhavpeddi

63 2007 Independent Director

Clynton Nauman

70 1999 Independent Director

Ethan Schutt

45 2019 Independent Director

Melanie Hennessey

2014 Vice President, Corporate Communications

Biographies

Name Description

Thomas Kaplan

Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan Ph.D. is Chairman of the Board of NovaGold Resources Inc. Dr. Kaplan is Chairman of the Board of the Company and is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Electrum Group, a privately-held global natural resources investment management company which manages the portfolio of Electrum. Electrum and its affiliates are collectively the largest Shareholder of the Company. Dr. Kaplan is an entrepreneur and investor with a track record of both creating and unlocking shareholder value in public and private companies. Dr. Kaplan served as Chairman of Leor Exploration & Production LLC, a natural gas exploration and development company founded by Dr. Kaplan in 2003. In 2007, Leor’s natural gas assets were sold to EnCana Oil & Gas USA Inc., a subsidiary of Encana Corporation, for $2.55 billion. Dr. Kaplan holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degrees in History from Oxford University. The Board has determined that Dr. Kaplan should serve as the Director and Chairman to gain from his experience as a developer of and investor in mining and oil and gas companies, as well as his significant beneficial ownership in the Company. Dr. Kaplan’s principal occupation during the last five years has been Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of The Electrum Group. In January 2018, Dr. Kaplan became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Electrum Group. Dr. Kaplan also served on the board of Trilogy Metals Inc. until June 2015.

Gregory Lang

Mr. Gregory A. Lang serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of NovaGold Resources Inc. Mr. Lang is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Lang has over 35 years of diverse experience in mine operations, project development and evaluation, including time as President of Barrick Gold North America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation (“Barrick”). Mr. Lang held progressively responsible operating and project development positions over his 10-year tenure with Barrick and, prior to that, with Homestake Mining Company and International Corona Corporation, both of which are now part of Barrick. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is a Graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program. The Board has determined that Mr. Lang should continue to serve as a Director to gain his insight as an experienced mine engineer, as well as his expertise in permitting, developing and operating large-scale assets, and as a successful senior executive of other large gold-mining companies. Mr. Lang served as the President of Barrick Gold North America until December 2011 and has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2012. During the most recent five years, Mr. Lang has served, and continues to serve, as a director of Trilogy Metals Inc. He served as a director of Sunward Resources Limited until June 2015.

David Ottewell

Mr. David Ottewell is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of NovaGold Resources Inc. Mr. Ottewell joined the Company on November 13, 2012, as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Ottewell is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s financial management. Mr. Ottewell is a highly accomplished financial executive, with 30 years of mining industry experience. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Vice President and Controller for Newmont Mining Corporation where he was employed since 2005, and prior to that, had a 16-year career with Echo Bay Mines Ltd., a prominent precious metals mining company with multiple operations in the Americas. Mr. Ottewell holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

Anthony Walsh

Mr. Anthony Peter Walsh is Lead Independent Director of NovaGold Resources Inc. Mr. Walsh has over 20 years of international experience in the field of exploration, mining and development and was the President and CEO of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (“Sabina”) (2008-2011). Prior to joining Sabina, Mr. Walsh was President and CEO of Miramar Mining Corporation (1999-2007), Vice-President and CFO of Miramar Mining Corporation (1995-1999), the Senior Vice-President and CFO of a computer leasing company (1993-1995), and the CFO and Senior Vice-President, Finance of International Corona Mines Ltd., a major North American gold producer (1989-1992). From 1985 to 1989 he was Vice-President, Finance of International Corona Mines Ltd., and from 1973 to 1985 Mr. Walsh held various positions at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, a firm of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Walsh graduated from Queen's University (Canada) in 1973 and became a member of The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1976. Mr. Walsh joined the Board on March 19, 2012. The Board has determined that Mr. Walsh should serve as a Director to benefit from his experience as a senior executive in a variety of global mining companies and international accounting firms. Mr. Walsh lends the Board his expertise in finance, international accounting, corporate leadership and corporate governance.

Sharon Dowdall

Ms. Sharon E. Dowdall is an Independent Director of NovaGold Resources Inc. Ms. Dowdall, a Director of the Company, worked in the mining industry for over 30 years. Ms. Dowdall served in senior legal capacities for Franco-Nevada Corporation (“Franco-Nevada”), a major gold-focused royalty company, and Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world’s largest gold producers. During her 20-year tenure with Franco-Nevada, Ms. Dowdall served in various capacities, including Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary and Vice President, Special Projects. Ms. Dowdall was one of the principals who transformed Franco-Nevada from an industry pioneer into one of the most successful precious metals enterprises in the world. Prior to joining Franco-Nevada, she practiced law as a partner with Smith Lyons in Toronto, a major Canadian legal firm specializing in natural resources. Ms. Dowdall is the recipient of the 2011 Canadian General Counsel Award for Business Achievement. She currently serves on the boards of two Canadian exploration and development companies. Ms. Dowdall holds an Honours B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and an LLB, from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Diane Garrett

Dr. Diane Renee Garrett Ph.D. is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Garrett currently serves as the President and CEO of Nickel Creek Platinum Corp. (NCP), a mining exploration and development company. She has more than 20 years of senior management and financial expertise in the field of natural resources. Prior to joining NCP, she held the position of President and CEO of Romarco Minerals Inc. (“Romarco”), taking the multi-million-ounce Haile Gold Mine project from discovery to construction. Prior to that, she held numerous senior positions in public mining companies including VP of Corporate Development at Dayton Mining Corporation and VP of Corporate Development at Beartooth Platinum Corporation. Early in her career, Dr. Garrett was the Senior Mining Analyst and Portfolio Manager in the precious metals sector with US Global Investors. Dr. Garrett received her Ph.D. in Engineering and her Masters in Mineral Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Garrett currently serves as the President and CEO of NCP and has held that position since June 2016. She also currently serves as a director of NCP and Revival Gold. Dr. Garrett served as the President, CEO and as a director of Romarco from November 2002 until October 2015. Romarco was acquired by OceanaGold in 2015, at which time Dr. Garrett became a director and consultant to OceanaGold before joining NCP in June 2016.

Igor Levental

Mr. Igor Levental serves as an Independent Director of NovaGold Resources Inc. Mr. Levental, a Director of the Company, is President of The Electrum Group, a privately-held global natural resources investment management company which manages the portfolio of Electrum. Electrum and its affiliates are collectively the largest Shareholder of the Company. Mr. Levental has more than 30 years of international experience in the mining industry and has held senior positions with major mining companies including Homestake Mining Company and International Corona Corporation. Mr. Levental is a Professional Engineer with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Alberta. The Board has determined that Mr. Levental should serve as a Director for the Company to benefit from his extensive experience as an executive of large mining companies. Mr. Levental’s primary occupation during the last five years has been President of The Electrum Group. During the most recent five years, Mr. Levental served as a director of Sunward Resources Ltd. until June 2015, as a director of Gabriel Resources Limited until June 2016, as a director of Trilogy Metals Inc. until June 2016, and as a director of Taung Gold International Limited until September 2017.

Kalidas Madhavpeddi

Mr. Kalidas V. Madhavpeddi serves as an Independent Director of NovaGold Resources Inc. Mr. Madhavpeddi, a Director of the Company, has over 30 years of international experience in business development, corporate strategy, global mergers and acquisitions, exploration, government relations, marketing, trading and sales, and mining engineering and capital. He is President of Azteca Consulting LLC, an advisory firm to the metals and mining sector. His extensive career in the mining industry includes time at Phelps Dodge Corporation (“Phelps Dodge”) from 1980 to 2006, starting as a Systems Engineer and ultimately becoming Senior Vice President for Phelps Dodge, a Fortune 500 company, responsible for the company’s global business development, acquisitions and divestments, including joint ventures, as well as its global exploration programs. He was contemporaneously President of Phelps Dodge Wire and Cable, a copper and aluminum cable manufacturer with international operations in over ten countries, including Brazil and China. Mr. Madhavpeddi also served as CEO of China Molybdenum Co. Ltd., a privately-held company, for nearly ten years from 2008 to 2018. Mr. Madhavpeddi is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India; the University of Iowa and the Harvard Business School. The Board has determined that Mr. Madhavpeddi should serve as a Director to benefit from his long-term experience in the mining industry working as an executive in global corporate development, exploration, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and finance. Mr. Madhavpeddi’s principal occupation is serving as the President of Azteca Consulting LLC. Mr. Madhavpeddi served as the CEO of China Molybdenum Co. Ltd. from September 2008 until April 2018, as a director of Namibia Rare Earths from 2010 until November 30, 2016, and currently serves as a director of Capstone Mining and as a director of Trilogy Metals Inc., both since 2012.

Clynton Nauman

Mr. Clynton R. Nauman is an Independent Director of NovaGold Resources Inc. Mr. Nauman, a Director of the Company, is the Chief Executive Officer of Alexco Resource Corp. and Asset Liability Management Group ULC. He was formerly President of Viceroy Gold Corporation and Viceroy Minerals Corporation and a director of Viceroy Resource Corporation, positions he held from February 1998 until February 2003. Previously, Mr. Nauman was the General Manager of Kennecott Minerals from 1993 to 1998. Mr. Nauman has over 35 years of diversified experience in the mining industry ranging from exploration and business development to operations and business management in the precious metals, base metals and coal sectors. The Board has determined that Mr. Nauman should serve as a Director to gain from his significant experience as a senior mining executive working in the areas of environment, engineering and operations. Mr. Nauman’s principal occupation for the last five years has been CEO of Alexco Resource Corp. and of Asset Liability Management Group ULC. Mr. Nauman has served as a director of Alexco Resource Corp. since 2006 and served as a director of Trilogy Metals Inc. from 2011 until June 2015.

Ethan Schutt

Mr. Ethan G. Schutt is Independent Director of the company. Mr. Schutt, a nominee for Director of the Company, is the Chief of Staff of Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). ANTHC provides health services for Alaska Native people, as well as training, health education, disease and injury prevention, and rural water and sewer construction. In his current role, Mr. Schutt provides coordination and support to ensure proper prioritization and alignment of ANTHC resources. Prior to joining ANTHC, Mr. Schutt first served as General Counsel, and later became the Senior Vice President of Land and Energy Development, for Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI). CIRI is an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) corporation dedicated to the economic and social well-being of its Alaska Native shareholders with resources generated from its lands and businesses. As CIRI’s Senior Vice President of Land and Energy Development, he led a team of professionals that managed CIRI’s ANCSA lands including the exploration and leasing of those lands for oil and gas, mineral and other natural resource development. He also directed CIRI’s efforts in developing renewable and alternative energy projects. Mr. Schutt previously served as a member of the board of Doyon, Limited and served as General Counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference. Mr. Schutt is an expert on ANCSA lands and resources and currently teaches a class on the topic at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mr. Schutt holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in mathematics from Washington State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School. The Board has determined that Mr. Schutt should serve as a Director to gain from his experience working on Alaska Native health matters, his experience as a senior resource development executive, his legal, corporate governance and external communications expertise, and his expert understanding and knowledge of ANCSA and of Alaska generally.

Melanie Hennessey

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Thomas Kaplan

313,457

Gregory Lang

4,601,420

David Ottewell

1,750,950

Anthony Walsh

228,617

Sharon Dowdall

228,117

Diane Garrett

197,493

Igor Levental

227,707

Kalidas Madhavpeddi

215,907

Clynton Nauman

205,207

Ethan Schutt

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Melanie Hennessey

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As Of  29 Nov 2018