J. Adam Abram - Mr. Abram has served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board since November 2020. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board from August 2019 through November 2020 and from September 2014 through December 2017. Mr. Abram was Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from January 2018 to August 2019 and from October 2012 through September 2014. Mr. Abram was a founder of James River Group, Inc., our principal subsidiary, and 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. From 2002 through 2007, and from March 2008 until October 2012, Mr. Abram also periodically served in different roles at various operating units. Mr. Abram served as lead independent director of the Yadkin Financial Corporation (“Yadkin”), a bank holding company, 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, from the time 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 on our Board of Directors since October 2021. Mr. Brown retired in 2019 as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RLI Corp (“RLI”), a NYSE listed 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers 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 Old National Bancorp, a Nasdaq listed company, and served on the board of First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. from 2017 until its acquisition by Old National Bancorp in February 2022. 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 on our Board of Directors since May 2016. Ms. Cowell serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dix Park Conservancy in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Cowell served as Treasurer of the State of North Carolina from 2009 through 2016 and Chief Executive Officer of Girls Who Invest from 2018 through 2020. Before that, Ms. Cowell served as a member of the North Carolina State Senate from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that, she served as a member of the Raleigh City Council from 2001 to 2005, and before that she worked as a business consultant with Sibson & Co. and a securities analyst with HSBC Bank and Lehman Brothers. Ms. Cowell has served as a director of ChannelAdvisor Corporation, an e-commerce cloud platform company, since 2016. Ms. Cowell has served as the independent chair of IFM’s Global Infrastructure Fund Investor Advisor Committee since January 2019. She has served as lead independent director for New Republic Partners, a multi-family office and bank based in Charlotte, NC since 2021. 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 on our Board of 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. From 2005-2011, Ms. Gould 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 Remuneration Committees. She is also 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.
Michael T. Oakes- Mr. Oakes has served on our Board of 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 on our Board of Directors since July 2019. 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 General Reinsurance Corporation (“GenRe”). Ms. Roberts began working at GenRe in 1977 and held positions with increasing levels of responsibility. Ms. Roberts served on the Navigators Group Inc. (“Navigators”) 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 on our Board of 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 Tower Watson’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.
Sundar Srinivasan - Mr. Srinivasan has served on our Board of Directors since November 2018, and previously served on our Board from 2007 to 2012. Since 2016, Mr. Srinivasan has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Emerald Lake Safety, a pharmaceutical research company which he founded. Mr. Srinivasan also served from 2013 to 2016 as the managing partner of Brookline Advisors LLC, an investment advisory firm advising major institutional investors. From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Srinivasan served as a portfolio manager at Elliott Associates, a multi-strategy investment fund, and prior to that, as a Vice President of Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley, where he specialized in financial institutions. Mr. Srinivasan also previously served as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Srinivasan served as Chairman of the Board of the general partner of Blue Knight Energy Partners (formerly known as Semgroup Energy Partners, L.P.), a company providing support services for companies engaged in the production, distribution and marketing of crude oil and asphalt product. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Srinivasan served as Chairman of the Board of Dice, Inc., a company engaged in online technology recruiting and career development. From 2005 to 2008, he was also the Chairman of the Board of Answer Financial, a large personal lines insurance agency.