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S&W Seed Co (SANW.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Mark Harvey

61 2014 Chairman of the Board

Mark Wong

68 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, principal executive officer

Matthew Szot

42 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, Treasurer

Dennis Jury

56 2013 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Danielson Gardner

50 2016 Chief Marketing and Chief Technology Officer

Glen Bornt

58 2012 Director

Consuelo Madere

56 2017 Director

David Fischhoff

63 2016 Independent Director

Alexander Matina

40 2016 Independent Director

Charles Seidler

39 2010 Independent Director

Grover Wickersham

67 2016 Independent Director

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Biographies

Name Description

Mark Harvey

Mr. Mark James Harvey is Chairman of the Board of S&W Seed Company. Mr. Harvey was appointed Chairman of Board of Directors of our company, after having served as Vice Chairman since April 2013. In addition to his duties as Chairman, he actively supports our sales and marketing efforts. Mr. Harvey has more than 35 years of experience in production processing and marketing of seed to many parts of the world, particularly branded alfalfa and clover. Mr. Harvey managed a 10,000-acre family farm producing seed, wheat and pulse crops, along with wool and beef, from 1976 until 1996 when the company he founded, Paramount Seeds, was sold to Elders Ltd. While with Elders, he was manager of their national and international seed business from 1996 until 2001. In 2002, he was a founding partner of Seed Genetics International, where he focused primarily on marketing and distribution. Mr. Harvey was educated at Cunderdin Agricultural College in West Australia.

Mark Wong

Mr. Mark W. Wong is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, principal executive officer of the Company. He has more than 35 years of experience in agribusiness, with particular expertise in technology integration and commercialization. Mr. Wong was a founder and, since 2009, has been a partner of Colorado Financial Holdings (CFH), a private venture investment and investment bank that specializes in the agricultural, energy and biotechnology sectors. Since January 2012, Mr. Wong has served as Chairman of American Dairyco, Ponte Vedra, Florida, the owner and operator of dairies in Florida and Georgia, which is a venture jointly owned by CFH. Between 2008 and December 2015, he served either as Chairman of the Board or chief executive officer of Agrivida, a private company that is developing and commercializing high-performance products that incorporate novel, regulated proteins precisely engineered for specific applications in a variety of markets, including animal nutrition, bio-based fuels and chemicals and industrial enzymes. From January 2016 to February 2016, Mr. Wong served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., a publicly-traded agricultural biotechnology trait company for which he also served on the board from May 2006 until February 2016. Mr. Wong was the Chief Executive Officer of Renewable Agricultural Energy Corporation, a private ethanol production company, from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Wong received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew Szot

Mr. Matthew K. Szot is Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer of S&W Seed Company. Mr. Szot he was designated our Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, after having held the title of Senior Vice President prior thereto. Mr. Szot also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of our wholly owned subsidiaries, S&W Seed Australia Pty Ltd and Seed Genetics International Pty Ltd. Mr. Szot is also currently a Director and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committees of SenesTech, a life science company focused on animal health. From February 2007 until October 2011, Mr. Szot served as the Chief Financial Officer for Cardiff Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting company that provided executive financial services to various publicly traded and privately held companies. From 2003 to December 2006, Mr. Szot served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Rip Curl, Inc., a market leader in wetsuit and action sports apparel products. From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Szot was a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG and served as an Audit Manager for various publicly traded companies. Mr. Szot has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics/Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.

Dennis Jury

Mr. Dennis C. Jury is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of S&W Seed Company. Mr. Jury has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since April 2013. He also serves as Chief Executive and General Manager of our subsidiary, Seed Genetics International Pty Ltd ("SGI"). Mr. Jury served as SGI's Managing Director from July 2009 April 2013. He is a veteran of the agricultural industry, having worked for ICI Crop Care, Schering Ag, and South Australian Seedgrowers Cooperative in various roles including territory sales, territory manager, and product and market development manager, before joining SGI in August 2003 as Business Manager. Mr. Jury studied Agricultural Science at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute in Urbrae, South Australia with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, and received his MBA from the University of Adelaide Graduate School of Management.

Danielson Gardner

Mr. Danielson B. Gardner is Chief Marketing and Chief Technology Officer of S&W Seed Company. joined our Company in October 2012 as Vice President of Breeding and Genetics. In August 2016, he was promoted to the newly-created executive office position of Chief Marketing and Technology Officer. For 18 years prior to joining S&W, he served in various positions in breeding and international sales at Dairyland Seed Co., a Dow AgroSciences subsidiary. His most recent position at Dairyland, which he held from June 2008 until his departure in October 2012, was International Distribution Manager. He also served as Alfalfa Breeder for Dairyland from March 1994 until October 2012. Mr. Gardner has a B.S. degree in Genetics from the University of California at Davis and later graduated from the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy. He currently sits on the board of the California Seed Association.

Glen Bornt

Mr. Glen D. Bornt is elected to Board S&W Seed Company in December 2012. Mr. Bornt is being nominated to begin service as a member of our board following the Annual Meeting. Since 1987, he has been the President of Imperial Valley Milling Co., where he serves as chief executive officer and on-site manager. Concurrently, since September 2007, he also has served as Vice President of Imperial Valley Seeds, Inc. Mr. Bornt earned a BS degree in Agriculture Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The Nominating and Governance Committee and the Board of Directors believe that Mr. Bornt should be elected by the stockholders because his 25 years of experience in the agriculture seed industry specializing in alfalfa seed will bring invaluable expertise to our boardroom as we continue to expand our seed business geographically and with new varieties.

Consuelo Madere

Ms. Consuelo E. Madere is Director of the Company. Ms. Madere served in a number of key leadership positions at Monsanto Company, a global provider of agricultural solutions, from 1982 toApril 2013, including President of the vegetable seeds division from 2008 to 2009, General Manager of the Europe/ Africadivision from 2005 to 2008, President of the dairy business from 2003 to 2005 and, most recently, as an executive officer of global vegetables and Asiacommercial businesses. Ms. Madere currently serves as president and founder of Proven Leader Advisory LLC, a management consulting and executive coaching firm, since March 2014. Since May 2014, she has served on the board of directors of Potash Corp, a publicly traded fertilizer company listed on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Ms. Madere received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa. Since November 2013, Ms. Madere has served on the Dean's Advisory Council of the Louisiana State University Honors College.

David Fischhoff

Dr. David A. Fischhoff Ph.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. He has 33 years of experience in agricultural research and development ("R&D") across a broad range of technologies, product development and business development in areas including biotechnology, plant breeding, genomics, precision agriculture and data science. In addition to R&D leadership, he has expertise in new technology identification, assessment and acquisition; technology licensing; establishment and management of research collaborations; and intellectual property management and defense. Dr. Fischhoff recently retired after a 33-year career with Monsanto Company and currently serves as an independent consultant and advisor. With Monsanto, he most recently served from 2014 to 2016 as Chief Scientist of The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto that develops and provides digital agriculture products and services for farmers. At The Climate Corporation, he led R&D teams in data science, field research and new measurement technologies. Prior to this, from 2002 to 2014, he was Vice President for Technology Strategy and Development at Monsanto with responsibilities for scientific strategy, identification of new growth opportunities, assessment and acquisition of new technologies, and oversight of Monsanto's research portfolio.

Alexander Matina

Mr. Alexander C. Matina is an Independent Director of S&W Seed Company. Mr. Matina has served on the Board of Directors since May 2015. Since November 2007, he has held the office of Vice President, Investments for MFP Investors, LLC, the family office of Michael F. Price, which has a value-investing focus across public and private markets. From October 2005 to August 2007, Mr. Matina served in various roles at Balance Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund, and from June 2004 to September 2005, as a senior associate at Altus Capital Partners, a middle market private equity fund. Prior thereto, he was a principal at 747 Capital, a private equity fund-of-funds, and a financial analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in the financial sponsors group of the investment banking division. Since April 2013, he has served on the board of directors of Trinity Place Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded real estate company and as its Chairman of the Board since November 2013. Since August 2007, Mr. Matina has also served as an adjunct professor of finance at Fordham University.

Charles Seidler

Mr. Charles B. Seidler is an Independent Director of S&W Seed Company. Mr. Seidler was elected to our Board in June 2010. Mr. Seidler joined Nomura Securities as an executive director and senior member of a proprietary trading group in New York, New York in June 2010. Prior thereto, from January 2007 through June 2010, Mr. Seidler held various senior positions at Deutsche Bank AG in Tokyo, Japan, including Head of JPY/UST International Sales (from March 2009 until his departure in June 2010), JPY Flow Trader (from September 2008 to March 2009) and Rates Proprietary Trader from January 2007 to September 2008. Between March 2003 and January 2007, Mr. Seidler was Co-Portfolio Manager of Caxton Associates, L.L.C., the macro hedge fund, New York, New York, where he focused on macro and relative value trading with a particular focus on the Japanese markets. He currently and during the last five years has served on numerous corporate boards of directors, however, none of them are companies with a class of equity securities registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Mr. Seidler has a Masters of Arts Degree from Colgate University.

Grover Wickersham

Mr. Grover T. Wickersham is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Wickersham is a founder of the Company and served as Chairman of the Board from incorporation in October 2009 until December 2014, when he stepped down to become our Vice Chairman. Since 1996, Mr. Wickersham has been a director and portfolio advisor of Glenbrook Capital Management, the general partner of a limited partnership that invests primarily in public and private securities. Mr. Wickersham also serves, (i) since July 2016, as Chairman of the Board of Eastside Distilling, Inc., an OTCQB-traded producer and "micro" distiller of spirits; (ii) since December 2015, as the Vice Chairman of the Board of SenesTech, Inc., a private company that has developed proprietary technology for managing animal pest populations through fertility control; and (iii) since May 2015, as Vice Chairman of Arbor Vita Corporation, a private company that has developed a test for detecting certain types of cancer. From 1996 until its voluntary liquidation and dissolution in 2016, Mr. Wickersham served as the chairman of the board of trustees of The Purisima Funds, a trust that operated two series of mutual funds advised by Fisher Investments of Woodside, California. In addition to the chairmanships noted above, Mr. Wickersham also serves on the board of directors of Verseon Corporation, a London AIM-listed pharmaceutical development company Mr. Wickersham is admitted to practice by the California State Bar and has specialized in securities law. From 1976 to 1981, Mr. Wickersham served as a staff attorney, and then as a branch chief, of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He holds an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from University of California (Hastings College of Law).

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