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Roots Corp (ROOT.TO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Erol Uzumeri

48 2015 Chairman of the Board

James Gabel

55 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Rudyk

2016 Chief Financial Officer

Almira Cuizon

44 2016 Vice President - Retail Operations

James Connell

42 2011 Vice President of e-Commerce and Marketing

Priscilla Shum

51 2016 Chief Merchandising Officer

Dale Lastman

60 Lead Independent Director

Eric Zinterhofer

46 2015 Director

Gregory David

49 Independent Director

Richard Mavrinac

63 Independent Director

Joel Teitelbaum

51 2017 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Erol Uzumeri

Mr. Erol E. Uzumeri is Chairman of the Board of the company. He is a Founding Partner of Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P., and is jointly responsible for overseeing the firm’s activities with the two other Founding Partners. Mr. Uzumeri has served on our Board since December 2015. Mr. Uzumeri is currently Chairman of the board of M&M Food Market. Prior to co-founding Searchlight in 2010, Mr. Uzumeri was the head of Private Equity for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Mr. Uzumeri serves on the board of the Sick Kids Hospital Foundation. Mr. Uzumeri graduated from the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Industrial Engineering and received a Master of Science degree in Finance from the London Business School.

James Gabel

Mr. James A. Gabel is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the company since February 2016. Effective upon closing the Offering, Mr. Gabel will also be appointed to the Board. Mr. Gabel has more than 25 years’ experience in the footwear and apparel industry. Prior to joining Roots, Mr. Gabel served as the president of The Performance Group and an officer of Wolverine World Wide from 2014 to 2016, where he oversaw the brands of Saucony, Merrell and Chaco and had global responsibility for U.S.$1 billion in revenue. Prior to that, Mr. Gabel held a number of senior executive roles at adidas Group from 2008 to 2014, including president of adidas Group Canada and president of Reebok North America. Mr. Gabel currently sits on the boards of directors of Keg Restaurants Ltd. and the Terry Fox Foundation. Mr. Gabel received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

James Rudyk

Mr. Jim Rudyk is Chief Financial Officer of the company since January 2016. Mr. Rudyk is an experienced and proven financial executive with more than 25 years of financial experience and a track record of supporting ambitious growth plans. Prior to joining Roots, Mr. Rudyk served as the chief financial officer of Shred-it International from 2009 to 2015, where he was instrumental in helping the company grow from approximately $200 million in revenue to more than $700 million in revenue, and expand to more than 17 countries around the world. He also served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Canada Cartage Systems Limited from 2004 to 2009. Mr. Rudyk received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. Mr. Rudyk is a certified chartered accountant and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Almira Cuizon

Ms. Almira Cuizon is Vice President - Retail Operations of the company since December 2016. Ms. Cuizon was recruited by Roots from the position of vice president, sales strategy and business development at Holt Renfrew & Co., Limited, a position she held from May 2016 to December 2016 and, prior to that, she worked at Guess Inc. from 2007 to 2016 where she held various positions, including director of stores for Guess and Marciano Canada. Ms. Cuizon has more than 25 years of experience in leading retail operations. Ms. Cuizon received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University.

James Connell

Mr. James Connell is Vice President of e-Commerce and Marketing of the company since 2011. In this role, Mr. Connell is responsible for leading the marketing and e-commerce efforts at Roots with a focus on partnerships, loyalty, and non-traditional and digital marketing. Mr. Connell joined Roots more than 15 years ago and has functioned in a number of roles within the organization, primarily focused in the areas of digital commerce, marketing and direct to consumer sales. Mr. Connell was instrumental in the launch of our e-commerce platform in 1999.

Priscilla Shum

Ms. Priscilla Shum is Chief Merchandising Officer of the company since April 2016. Ms. Shum has 25 years of merchandising and product development experience in the retail industry. Prior to joining Roots, Ms. Shum was the vice president of merchandising and product development at Joe Fresh from 2005 to 2015, and was a merchandising consultant with NY Brands from September 2015 to January 2016. Ms. Shum also spent over five years with Club Monaco in product development and has held various other senior roles in product development and merchandising in Canada. Ms. Shum received a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Ryerson University.

Dale Lastman

Mr. Dale H. Lastman is Lead Independent Director of the company. He is the chair and a partner at Goodmans LLP. He practices corporate, commercial and securities law and provides counsel in connection with public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and business restructurings. He is a director of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. and serves as an Alternate Governor for the NHL and NBA and a Governor of the Toronto Argonauts for the CFL. Mr. Lastman also sits on the boards of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and the CAMH Foundation. He has been awarded the rank of an Honorary Detective by the Toronto Police Service and was appointed by the Minister of National Defence as an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy in 2014. Mr. Lastman previously served on our Board from December 2015 to March 2017.

Eric Zinterhofer

Mr. Eric Louis Zinterhofer is Director of the company. He is a Founding Partner of Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P., and is jointly responsible for overseeing the firm’s activities with the two other Founding Partners. Mr. Zinterhofer has served on our Board since December 2015. Mr. Zinterhofer serves on the boards of One Sixty Over Ninety LLC, General Communications, Inc., Hemisphere Media Group, Inc., Liberty Cable Vision of Puerto Rico and TouchTunes Interactive Networks, Inc. In addition, Mr. Zinterhofer currently serves on the board of Charter Communications, Inc. as Lead Independent Director. Prior to co-founding Searchlight in 2010, Mr. Zinterhofer was a senior partner at Apollo Management, L.P. in New York. Mr. Zinterhofer graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Honours Economics and European History and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

Gregory David

Mr. Gregory David is Independent Director of the company. He is the chief executive officer of GRI Capital Inc., a private investment management firm, and has been with the company and its affiliates since 2003. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. David provided financial and strategic advisory services to private and public companies. Previously, he worked at Claridge Inc. from 1998 to 2000 and at McKinsey & Co. from 1996 to 1998. Mr. David also currently serves on the board of Dollarama Inc., a position he has held since 2004. Mr. David received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Common Law and a Bachelor of Civil law degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Richard Mavrinac

Mr. Richard P. Mavrinac is Independent Director of the company. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of George Weston Limited and Executive Vice President of Loblaw Companies Limited from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Mavrinac began his career with Loblaw Companies Limited in 1982 and held a variety of senior financial positions. In 1996, he assumed the role of Senior Vice President, Finance for George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited. Mr. Mavrinac is currently a member of the board of TerrAscend Corp. Mr. Mavrinac has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a chartered professional accountant.

Joel Teitelbaum

Mr. Joel Teitelbaum is Independent Director of the company. He is currently the chairman and chief executive officer of iStore Inc., a retail and wholesale licensor of personal electronics and tech accessories, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Teitelbaum was the president of La Senza International, now a subsidiary of L Brands Inc., from 1998 to 2010. In 1994, Mr. Teitelbaum launched the La Senza brand in the UK where he remained managing director until 1998. Earlier in his career, Mr. Teitelbaum held various senior management positions at Dylex Limited, including at their Club Monaco division. Mr. Teitelbaum has served on our Board since April 2017. Mr. Teitelbaum received a degree in general studies from Marianopolis College in Montreal, Quebec. He also studied for a B.A. in Economics at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

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