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Vector Group Ltd (VGR.N)

VGR.N on New York Stock Exchange

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Bennett LeBow

80 2008 Independent Chairman of the Board

Howard Lorber

69 2006 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

J. Bryant Kirkland

52 2006 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Treasurer

Ronald Bernstein

64 2004 President and Chief Executive Officer of Liggett Group LLC and Liggett Vector Brands LLC; Director

Richard Lampen

64 1996 Executive Vice President

Marc Bell

57 2016 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Stanley Arkin

80 2011 Independent Director

Henry Beinstein

75 2004 Independent Director

Paul Carlucci

70 2018 Independent Director

Jeffrey Podell

77 1993 Independent Director

Jean Sharpe

71 1998 Independent Director

Barry Watkins

53 2018 Independent Director

Columbia Clancy

2018 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Bennett LeBow

Mr. Bennett S. LeBow is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. LeBow is the Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors and has been a director of the Company since October 1986. Mr. LeBow, currently a private investor, served as the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from June 1990 to December 2005 and Executive Chairman from January 2006 until his retirement on December 30, 2008. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Signal Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: SGNL) from January 2010 to February 2017, when it was acquired by Miragen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGEN). Mr. LeBow served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Borders Group Inc. from May 2010 until January 2012 and, from June 2010 until January 2012, as Chief Executive Officer of Borders Group Inc., which filed for protection under Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in February 2011. Mr. LeBow was Chairman of the Board of New Valley Corporation (“New Valley”) from January 1988 to December 2005 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from November 1994 to December 2005. New Valley was a majority-owned subsidiary of the Company until December 2005, when the Company acquired the remaining minority interest, became engaged in the real estate business and began seeking to acquire additional operating companies and real estate properties. Mr. LeBow’s pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes and skills include his decades of experience as an investor and the knowledge and experience in the cigarette industry he has attained through his service as the Company's Chief Executive Officer from 1990 to 2005 and as Chairman of the Board since 1990.

Howard Lorber

Mr. Howard M. Lorber is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from January 2001 to December 2005 and has served as a director of the Company since January 2001. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1987 and Chief Executive Officer from November 1993 to December 2006 of Nathan’s Famous, Inc. (NASDAQ: NATH), a chain of fast food restaurants; Chairman of the Board of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services (NYSE American: LTS) from May 2001 to July 2006 and Vice Chairman since July 2006; and as a director of Clipper Realty Inc. (NYSE: CLPR) since July 2015. Mr. Lorber was a member of the Board of Directors of Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) from March 2015 until November 2016 and served as Chairman from May 2015 to November 2016. From November 1994 to December 2005, Mr. Lorber served as President and Chief Operating Officer of New Valley, where he also served as a director. Mr. Lorber was Chairman of the Board of Hallman & Lorber Assoc., Inc., consultants and actuaries of qualified pension and profit sharing plans, and various of its affiliates from 1975 to December 2004 and has been a consultant to these entities since January 2005. He is also a trustee of Long Island University. Mr. Lorber's pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes and skills include the knowledge and experience in the real estate and cigarette industry he has attained through his service as our President and a member of our Board of Directors since 2001 as well as his service as a director of other publicly-traded corporations.

J. Bryant Kirkland

Mr. J. Bryant Kirkland, III, is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Treasurer of the Company. Mr. Kirkland served as a Vice President of ours from January 2001 to April 2016 and served as New Valley’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 1998 to December 2005. He has served since July 1992 in various financial capacities with us, Liggett and New Valley. Mr. Kirkland served as a director of SG Blocks Inc. from November 1998 to September 2015. Mr. Kirkland has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Multi Soft II, Inc. and Multi Solutions II, Inc. since July 2012.

Ronald Bernstein

Mr. Ronald J. Bernstein is Director of the Company. Mr. Bernstein has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Liggett Group LLC, an indirect subsidiary of the Company, since September 1, 2000 and of Liggett Vector Brands LLC, an indirect subsidiary of the Company, since March 2002 and has been a director of the Company since March 2004. From July 1996 to December 1999, Mr. Bernstein served as General Director and, from December 1999 to September 2000, as Chairman of Liggett-Ducat Ltd., the Company’s former Russian tobacco business sold in 2000. Prior to that time, Mr. Bernstein served in various positions with Liggett commencing in 1991, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bernstein’s pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes and skills include the knowledge and experience in the cigarette industry, which is the primary contributor to the Company's earnings, he has attained through his employment by our tobacco and real estate subsidiaries since 1991.

Richard Lampen

Mr. Richard J. Lampen is Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Kirkland served as a Vice President of ours from January 2001 to April 2016 and served as New Valley’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 1998 to December 2005. He has served since July 1992 in various financial capacities with us, Liggett and New Valley. Mr. Kirkland served as a director of SG Blocks Inc. from November 1998 to September 2015. Mr. Kirkland has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Multi Soft II, Inc. and Multi Solutions II, Inc. since July 2012.

Marc Bell

Mr. Marc N. Bell is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. Mr. Bell served as a Vice President of ours from January 1998 to April 2016. From November 1994 to December 2005, Mr. Bell served as Associate General Counsel and Secretary of New Valley and from February 1998 to December 2005, as a Vice President of New Valley. Mr. Bell previously served as Liggett’s General Counsel and currently serves as an officer, director or manager for many of Vector’s or New Valley’s subsidiaries. Mr. Bell served as a member of the Board of Directors of SG Blocks Inc. from March 2014 to September 2015.

Stanley Arkin

Mr. Stanley S. Arkin is Independent Director of the company. Mr. Arkin is the founding member and the senior partner of the law firm of Arkin Solbakken LLP and is Chairman of The Arkin Group, a private intelligence agency. Mr. Arkin was a member of the Board of Directors of Authentic Fitness Corp, a fitness apparel company that ceased to be publicly traded in 1999, from 1995 to 1998. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served on or chaired numerous committees in other professional organizations, such as the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Judicial Conference of the State of New York, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers Association. Mr. Arkin’s pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes and skills include his managerial experience, financial literacy and the knowledge and experience he has attained through his career in the legal profession as well as his service as a director of a publicly-traded corporation.

Henry Beinstein

Mr. Henry C. Beinstein is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Beinstein has been a partner of Gagnon Securities LLC, a broker-dealer and FINRA member firm, and has been a money manager and registered representative at such firm since August 2002. He retired in August 2002 as the Executive Director of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, a New York-based law firm, a position he had held since August 1997. Before that, Mr. Beinstein had served as the Managing Director of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, a New York-based law firm, commencing November 1995. Mr. Beinstein was the Executive Director of Proskauer Rose LLP, a New York-based law firm, from April 1985 through October 1995. Mr. Beinstein is a certified public accountant in New York and prior to joining Proskauer was a partner and National Director of Finance and Administration at Coopers & Lybrand. He also holds the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Beinstein also serves as a director of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE American: LTS) and Castle Brands Inc. (NYSE American: ROX) (“Castle”). Mr. Beinstein has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York since 1968. Mr. Beinstein’s pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes and skills include financial literacy and expertise, managerial experience through his years at Coopers & Lybrand, Proskauer Rose LLP, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, and the knowledge and experience he has attained through his service as a director of the Company and other publicly-traded corporations.

Paul Carlucci

Mr. Paul V. Carlucci is Independent Director of the Company. Since March 2018 and was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News America Marketing, a subsidiary of News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWSA) and a single-source provider of consumer advertising and promotional services, from October 1997 until his retirement in June 2014. He also served as publisher of the New York Post from September 2005 to September 2012 and was a member of the Executive Committee of News Corporation from October 1996 until his retirement in June 2014. He continued to consult to News Corporation until June 2017. He was also President and CEO of News America Publishing, Inc. (the parent company of TV Guide, Weekly Standard and News America New Media), and has held executive positions in Caldor, Inc., a 175-store general merchandise chain, RH Macy’s and the New York Daily News. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of Herald Media, Inc., the American Jewish Committee, the Children’s Miracle Network and the Guardian Angels. Mr. Carlucci holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Fordham University. Mr. Carlucci’s pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes and skills include managerial experience and the knowledge and experience he has attained through his service as an executive officer of large media corporations and his expertise in marketing and communications involving various industries, including the U.S. tobacco industry and the New York metropolitan area real estate market.

Jeffrey Podell

Mr. Jeffrey S. Podell is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Podell also serves as a director of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE American: LTS). Mr. Podell was a member of the New York State Bar Association from 1965 until March 2010. Mr. Podell’s pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes and skills include managerial experience and the knowledge and experience he has attained through his service as a director of the Company and other publicly-traded corporations.

Jean Sharpe

Ms. Jean E. Sharpe is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Sharpe is a private investor and has engaged in various philanthropic activities since her retirement in September 1993 as Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Company and as an officer of various of its subsidiaries. Ms. Sharpe previously served as a director of the Company from July 1990 until September 1993. Ms. Sharpe has been a member of the New York State Bar Association since 1979. Ms. Sharpe’s pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes and skills include the knowledge and managerial experience she has attained as serving as our general counsel from 1988 until 1993 and her service as a director of the Company.

Barry Watkins

Mr. Barry Watkins is Independent Director of the Company. He also serves as a senior advisor to the Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE: MSG). From 1997 to November 2017, Mr. Watkins was head of communications for Madison Square Garden L.P., Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks Inc. (NYSE: MSGN) and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer from 2010 until November 2017. In his role, Mr. Watkins oversaw MSG's communications and government relations activities, as well as its extensive philanthropic efforts, and, from 2010 to 2014, the human resources department of the MSG companies. Since 2014, Mr. Watkins has also served as Chairman of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with the MSG companies to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. Mr. Watkins is a graduate of St. John’s University. The pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes and skills of Mr. Watkins include his managerial experience as well as the knowledge and experience in communications, government relations and human resources that he attained through his service as an executive officer of publicly-traded corporations.

Columbia Clancy

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Bennett LeBow

113,234

Howard Lorber

10,633,900

J. Bryant Kirkland

1,187,860

Ronald Bernstein

2,288,840

Richard Lampen

2,552,380

Marc Bell

1,201,850

Stanley Arkin

66,312

Henry Beinstein

71,997

Paul Carlucci

--

Jeffrey Podell

72,947

Jean Sharpe

143,064

Barry Watkins

--

Columbia Clancy

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As Of  30 Dec 2017