Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Wesley R. Edens
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Edens has been our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of our board of directors since August 2018. He is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Fortress and has been a member of the board of directors of Fortress since November 2006. Mr. Edens has been a member of the Management Committee of Fortress since co-founding Fortress in May 1998. Fortress Equity Partners (A) LP, a private equity fund managed by an affiliate of Fortress, currently owns a substantial majority of the equity of New Fortress Energy Holdings. Mr. Edens is responsible for oversight of Fortress’ private equity and publicly traded alternative investment businesses. He is the Chairman of the board of directors of New Media Investment Group Inc. (a publisher of print and online media) and Drive Shack Inc. (an owner and operator of golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses). He is a director of Mapeley Limited (a large full service real estate outsourcing and investment company in the United Kingdom).

Mr. Edens previously served on the board of the following publicly traded companies and registered investment companies: OneMain Holdings, Inc. (a leading consumer finance company) from November 2010 to June 2018, Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (which owns and acquires high quality infrastructure and equipment essential for the transportation of goods and people globally) from May 2015 to May 2016; Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc. (a resort and adventure company) from January 2014 to July 2017; Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (an owner and operator in the gaming and racing industry) from October 2013 to October 2016; Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. (a residential mortgage loan originator and servicer) from 2012 to July 2016; New Residential Investment Corp. (a real estate investment trust primarily focused on investing in residential real estate related assets) from April 2013 to May 2016; Brookdale Senior Living Inc., from September 2005 to June 2014; GAGFAH S.A. from September 2006 to June 2014; PENN National Gaming Inc. from October 2008 to November 2013; GateHouse Media Inc. from June 2005 to November 2013; Aircastle Ltd. from August 2006 to August 2012; RailAmerica Inc. from November 2006 to October 2012; Eurocastle Investment Ltd., from August 2003 to November 2011; Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc., from October 2010 to November 2012; Fortress Registered Investment Trust, from December 1999 until it deregistered with the SEC in September 2011; FRIT PINN LLC, from November 2001 until it deregistered with the SEC in September 2011; and New Senior Investment Group Inc. (a real estate investment trust with a diversified portfolio of senior housing properties located across the United States) from November 2014 to January 2019.

Prior to co-founding Fortress, Mr. Edens was a partner and managing director of BlackRock Financial Management Inc. (an investment management firm), where he headed BlackRock Asset Investors, a private equity fund. In addition, Mr. Edens was formerly a partner and managing director of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Mr. Edens’ extensive credit, private equity finance and management expertise, extensive experience as an officer and director of public companies and his deep familiarity with our Company led the Board to conclude that Mr. Edens should serve as a director.

Chairman of the Board
Randal A. Nardone
Director
Mr. Nardone has been a member of our board of directors since August 2018. He has also been a member of the board of directors of Fortress since November 2006 and has been a member of the Management Committee of Fortress since he co-founded it in 1998. Mr. Nardone served as Fortress’s Chief Executive Officer from July 2013 through December 2017, after serving as its Interim Chief Executive Officer from December 2011 to July 2013. From June 2002 to September 2016, Mr. Nardone also served as Secretary for Drive Shack Inc., an owner and operator of golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses. Mr. Nardone is a director of Eurocastle Investment Limited. Mr. Nardone also previously served on the board of directors of Alea Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. from July 2007 to September 2014; GAGFAH S.A. from September 2006 to June 2014; and Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. from January 2011 to June 2014. Mr. Nardone was previously a managing director of UBS from May 1997 to May 1998. Prior to joining UBS in 1997, Mr. Nardone was a principal of BlackRock. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Nardone was a partner and a member of the executive committee at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood. Mr. Nardone received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Biology from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. We believe that Mr. Nardone’s leadership, management experience and experience with corporate and securities law bring valuable experience to our board of directors.
Desmond Iain Catterall
Director
Iain Catterall has been a member of our board of directors since January 2019. Mr. Catterall currently serves as a principal and Chief Executive Officer of Kirkham Capital, an investment business focused on seeding fund managers, a position he has held since founding the firm in January 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Catterall served as the head of equities at Rand Merchant Bank from January 2003 to December 2008 and was also a member of Rand Merchant Bank’s management board and investment committee. He was also a founding member of Thynk Capital, a private equity company, and, prior to that, a founding director of Cadiz Holdings Limited, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed financial services company. Mr. Catterall holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Natal (Durban). We believe that Mr. Catterall’s extensive experience in capital markets and financial services brings valuable expertise to our board of directors.
David J. Grain
Director
David Grain has been a member of our board of directors since January 2019. Mr. Grain currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Grain Management, LLC, a private equity firm focused on investments in the media and communications sectors, which he founded in 2006. Prior to founding Grain Management, LLC, from January 2003 to December 2005, Mr. Grain served as the President of Global Signal, Inc. (formerly NYSE: GSL), the largest communication tower owner/operator at the time and an affiliate of Fortress. Prior to joining Global Signal, Inc., from 2000 to 2003, he served as Senior Vice President at AT&T Broadband in New England, a provider of digital video, high speed Internet and digital phone services to more than two million customers in the region. Prior to leading AT&T Broadband’s New England operations, Mr. Grain spent more than a decade in the financial services industry, most recently at Morgan Stanley in New York from 1992 to 2000 where he focused primarily on telecommunications, media and technology companies. Mr. Grain serves on the board of directors of The Southern Company (NYSE: SO), a gas and electric utility company. Mr. Grain earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. We believe that Mr. Grain’s experience with publicly traded companies as an executive and as a member of the board of directors will bring valuable skills and leadership to our board of directors.
C. William Griffin
Director
Bill Griffin has been a member of our board of directors since January 2019. Mr. Griffin has more than 45 years of experience in financial services. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, Enterprise Strategy of ServiceLink, LLC, helping deliver end-to-end solutions to large financial institutions, a position he has held since January 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Griffin served in various capacities within Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (“Fidelity”) and its affiliates, including as Executive Vice President of Black Knight Financial Services from January 2014 to December 2016 and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Lender Processing Services from November 2011 to December 2013. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2003 when Lender Processing Services was acquired by Fidelity. Mr. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Georgia. We believe that Mr. Griffin’s leadership and extensive financial experience will bring significant value to our board of directors.
John J. Mack
Director
John Mack has been a member of our board of directors since January 2019. From March 2012 until his retirement in December 2014, Mr. Mack served as a Senior Advisor for Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., L.P. Prior to that, Mr. Mack served as Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley, a financial services company, from June 2005 to December 2011, and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley from June 2005 until December 2009, during which time he oversaw the firm’s conversion into a bank holding company. Mr. Mack was Co-Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Group from 2003 to 2004 and the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Credit Suisse First Boston from 2001 to 2004. He became the President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. in May 1997 and served in that position until 2001. Mr. Mack joined Morgan Stanley in May 1972 in the bond department and served as head of the Worldwide Taxable Fixed Income Division from 1985 to 1992, became a member of the board of directors in 1987, became Chairman of the Operating Committee in March 1992 and became President in June 1993. Mr. Mack is a senior advisor to Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and serves on the board of directors of Glencore plc and LendingClub Corporation. Mr. Mack holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Duke University. Mr. Mack was chosen to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience advising and managing banking and financial services companies. We believe that Mr. Mack’s strong business leadership experience brings important insight and skills to our board of directors.
Katherine E. Wanner
Director
Katherine Wanner has been a member of our board of directors since January 2019. From 1993 to 1997, Ms. Wanner served in various roles within the finance, communications and business development groups at Brinson Partners Inc. and UBS Global Asset Management, where she was responsible for the revenue cycle, statistical analysis and market research, and later joined the private equity group in 1998. In 2001, Ms. Wanner was a founding Partner at Adams Street Partners, LLC, a global private equity firm with over $30 billion in assets under its management and offices in six locations around the world, and the successor firm to Brinson Partners Inc. and UBS Global Asset Management. From 2007 until her retirement in 2015, Ms. Wanner managed Adams Street Partners’ US Primary investment team and served on the firm’s Global Primary Investment Committee, which was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and monitoring investments in private equity partnerships, implementing strategy and approving all primary fund investments. Post Ms. Wanner’s retirement from Adams Street Partners in 2015, Ms. Wanner has served as an Operating Partner at Abundant Venture Partners from 2016 to April 2018. Since April 2018 and currently, Ms. Wanner serves as an Advisor at Abundant Venture Partners. Since 1998, Ms. Wanner has served on many private equity and venture capital advisory boards and completed many primary investments across several sectors, and was responsible for managing relationships with several of the firm’s United States based venture, energy focused and special situation managers. Additionally, from 1989 to 1993, Ms. Wanner gained experience in statistical modeling, reporting, tracking and analysis as a Senior Financial Analyst at Frontier Risk Management, Range Wise, Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Company. Ms. Wanner received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Binghamton University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. We believe Ms. Wanner’s extensive financial experience in business investments and asset management will bring significant value to our board of directors.
Matthew Wilkinson
Director
Matthew Wilkinson has been a member of our board of directors since January 2019. Mr. Wilkinson currently serves as a director at ICG Advisors. Prior to that, Mr. Wilkinson served as vice president of strategy for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors from January 2017 to March 2018. Prior to joining Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, Mr. Wilkinson was with the State of Michigan Retirement Systems (“SMRS”) from July 2011 to January 2017, most recently serving as a senior portfolio manager in the short-term, absolute return and real return division from September 2014 to January 2017, where he built out and managed a real assets portfolio with $2 billion in commitments and a special situations portfolio with over $800 million in commitments for SMRS. Prior to SMRS, he founded and operated his own investment firm primarily focused on investing in small cap equities. Mr. Wilkinson holds an M.B.A. from Michigan State University and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Ohio State University. We believe that Mr. Wilkinson’s leadership, management experience and strong background in corporate finance, bring important and valuable skills to our board of directors.