J. Adam Abram - Mr. Abram has served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board since November 2020, after having previously held the role from January 2018 to August 2019. Mr. Abram was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board from September 2014 through December 2017 and August 2019 through October 2020. Mr. Abram served as our Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from October 2012 through September 2014, and before that, Executive Chairman of the Board from December 2007 to September 2012. Mr. Abram also previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from December 2007 through March 2008. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of James River Group, Inc. from its inception in 2002 through 2007 and from March 2008 until October 2012 (during which time he periodically served in different roles at various operating units). Mr. Abram was also a founder of James River Group, Inc. Mr. Abram served as lead independent director of the Yadkin Financial Corporation, a bank holding company, ("Yadkin"), from July 2014 until its acquisition by F. N. B. Corporation in March 2017 and, prior to that, as the Chairman of the Board of VantageSouth Bancshares, Inc., a bank holding company, and its subsidiary bank, VantageSouth Bank, from November 2011 until its acquisition by Yadkin in July 2014. He also served as Chairman of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, Inc., a bank holding company, ("Piedmont"), since he co-founded it in 2009 until it was also acquired by Yadkin in July 2014. Mr. Abram received his B.A. from Harvard University.
Thomas L. Brown – Mr. Brown has served as one of our directors since October 2021. Mr. Brown retired in 2019 as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RLI Corp (“RLI”), a specialty insurer serving diverse niche property, casualty and surety markets. He previously served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at RLI from 2011 to 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was a partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, where he served for ten years as its Central Region Financial Services Leader and led teams responsible for the banking, insurance, capital markets, real estate and investment management business sectors. Mr. Brown currently serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. In 2020, Mr. Brown joined the board of directors of Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley, and he previously served on the board of Easter Seals Central Illinois. From 2004 to 2017, Mr. Brown served on the board of trustees of Illinois Wesleyan University. Mr. Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1979. He is a certified public accountant.
Janet Cowell - Ms. Cowell has served as one of our directors since May
2016. Ms. Cowell has served as a director of ChannelAdvisor Corporation,
an e-commerce cloud platform company, since 2016, and as the independent chair
of IFM’s Global Infrastructure Fund Investor Advisor Committee since January
2019. Ms. Cowell is also Chair of the Wharton Executive Education
Board. Previously, Ms. Cowell served as Treasurer of the state of North
Carolina from 2009 through 2016 and served as a member of the North Carolina
State Senate from 2004 to 2008. Prior to that, she served as a member of the
Raleigh City Council from 2001 to 2004, and before that she worked as an
independent business consultant with Sibson & Co. and a securities analyst
with HSBC Bank and Lehman Brothers. Ms. Cowell received a B.A. from the
University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an
M.A. from the Lauder Institute. Ms. Cowell is also a level 1 CFA.
Kirstin M. Gould – Ms. Gould has served as one of our directors since October 2021. Ms. Gould served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of XL Group Ltd (“XL”), a NYSE listed global insurance and reinsurance company, until XL was acquired by AXA, S.A. in 2018. Ms. Gould joined XL in 2000 and served in various leadership roles during her tenure including leading the marketing and communications function from 2007-2015 while concurrently serving as General Counsel from September 2007. Ms. Gould was a member of various executive management committees, including XL’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee, as well as a member of XL’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board. From 2005-2011, Ms. Gould also chaired the Policy Committee of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR), which is a trade association of international property and casualty insurers and reinsurers. Ms. Gould currently serves on the board of Pacific Life Re Global Limited where she is a member of the Risk, Audit and Renumeration Committees. She also is the founder of Harrington Advisors LLC, a consulting company focused on strategic advice including M&A, corporate governance and insurance regulatory matters. Ms. Gould began her career in private practice with the law firms Dewey Ballantine LLP in New York (1991-1995) and Clifford Chance LLP in New York and London (1996-2000). Ms. Gould received a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.
Jerry R. Masters- Mr. Masters has served as one of our directors since December 2014. Mr. Masters is a private investor. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Masters held various executive positions within the financial organization at Microsoft Corporation, last serving as Senior Director, in which role he was responsible for external and internal financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting. From 1980 to 1991, Mr. Masters worked in the audit department of Deloitte & Touche LLP. From 2005 until August 2014, Mr. Masters served on the board of directors of TransMontaigne Partners LP, a terminaling and transportation company, and has served on the board of directors of Sandhills State Bank since 2010. Mr. Masters holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Nebraska.
Michael T. Oakes- Mr. Oakes has served as one of our directors since December 2007. Mr. Oakes has served as the President of Conifer Group, Inc., a consulting company, since February 2011. Prior to this, Mr. Oakes served as Executive Vice President of the Company from June 2010 until his retirement in January 2011. From December 2007 through June 2010, Mr. Oakes served as our Chief Financial Officer, and from March 2008 through June 2010, he served as our Chief Executive Officer. From 2004 through 2007, he served as Chief Financial Officer of James River Group and from 1998 until 2004, Mr. Oakes was a Managing Director in the Insurance Investment Banking Group at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., an investment banking firm based in New York. Mr. Oakes received a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Patricia H. Roberts - Ms. Roberts has served as one of our directors since July 2019. Ms. Roberts built a 35-year career at General Reinsurance Corporation, joining in 1977 as an excess casualty underwriter, and rising through the ranks in various leadership roles. She retired in 2012 from her dual position as President and Chairman of General Star Management Company and President and Chairman of Genesis Management and Insurance Services Corporation, two wholly owned subsidiaries of GenRe. Ms. Roberts served on the Navigators Group Inc Board from 2014 until 2019 when Navigators was sold to Hartford Financial Services Group. Ms. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from George Mason University, and received her CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designation in 1985.
Ollie L. Sherman, Jr.- Mr. Sherman has served as one of our directors since May 2016. Mr. Sherman retired as a Managing Principal with Towers Watson in 2010. At Towers Watson, Mr. Sherman functioned as a consulting actuary and practice manager for the company’s property and casualty division for over 25 years. Prior to joining Towers Watson, Mr. Sherman was employed by the Travelers Insurance Company for ten years where he had overall responsibility for countrywide workers’ compensation pricing. Mr. Sherman graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in applied mathematics, and he is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Sundar Srinivasan - Mr. Srinivasan has served as one of our directors since November 2018. Mr. Srinivasan founded Emerald Lake Safety after a wide-ranging career in investments and business. He was formerly a Portfolio Manager at Elliott Management, a $35bn+ global investment fund where he worked extensively in both private equity and public securities. Mr. Srinivasan has extensive experience in investments and multiple areas of the financial services industry. Mr. Srinivasan has chaired or served on numerous public and private company boards, including Blue Knight Energy Partners (NDX: BKEP), DICE (NYSE: DHX), Answer Financial and James River. Prior to Elliott, Mr. Srinivasan was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley and a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman.