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DHX Media Ltd (DHX.TO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael Donovan

64 2018 Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Josh Scherba

2018 President

Donald Wright

70 2017 Non-Executive Independent Vice Chairman of the Board, Lead Director

Douglas Lamb

2018 Chief Financial Officer

Aaron Ames

2018 Chief Operating Officer

Mark Gosine

50 2010 Executive Vice President - Legal Affairs, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Joseph Tedesco

2017 Executive Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television

Peter Byrne

2017 Chief Executive Officer of CPLG, and Executive Vice President, DHX Brands

Roz Nowicki

2018 Executive Vice President - Peanuts Worldwide

David Regan

48 2016 Executive Vice President - Strategy & Corporate Development

Tara Talbot

2017 Executive Vice President - Global Talent

Anne Loi

2018 Chief Commercial Officer

Deborah Drisdell

55 2015 Non-Executive Director

Jonathan Whitcher

2018 Non-Executive Director

Elizabeth Beale

66 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

David Colville

72 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Alan Hibben

64 2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

D. Geoffrey Machum

57 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Robert Sobey

51 2010 Non-Executive Independent Director

Nancy Chan-Palmateer

2016 Director - Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Michael Donovan

Mr. Michael Patrick Donovan serves as Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Donovan has been recognized with numerous awards for his work in the television and film industry, including an Academy Award for the feature documentary, Bowling for Columbine. Mr. Donovan was Chief Executive Officer of DHX Media from the time of the Company’s founding, in 2006, until August 2014, and resumed that role in February 2018. He co-founded and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salter Street Films, which was purchased by Alliance Atlantis in 2001. Mr. Donovan is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). Mr. Donovan is one of the creators of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, one of Canada’s longest-running television comedy series; and he was producer and one of the creators of the multiple award-winning feature film, Shake Hands With the Devil. Mr. Donovan holds B.A. (1974), LL.B. (1977) and LL.D. (Hon) (2004) degrees from Dalhousie University.

Josh Scherba

Mr. Josh Scherba is President of the Company. He oversees the talented teams at DHX Media who are responsible for creating winning kids’ and family content and placing it on screens globally. Mr. Scherba has been with the company since its founding in 2006, coming over with DECODE Entertainment when it merged with Halifax Film to form DHX Media. Since that time, Mr. Scherba’s passion for kids’ and family content has been key to driving the growth of DHX Media’s business into a leading international producer and supplier of television programming. As President, Mr Scherba leads the creative and business teams behind the development and production of series, as well as content distribution sales. He also oversees DHX Media’s leading YouTube-based kids’ network, WildBrain.

Donald Wright

Mr. Donald Arthur Wright is Non-Executive Independent Vice Chairman of the Board, Lead Director of DHX Media Ltd. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Winnington Capital Group Inc. He is an active investor in both the private and public equity markets. Mr. Wright’s career has spanned more than 30 years in the investment industry. He has held a number of leadership positions, including President of Merrill Lynch Canada; Executive Vice President, Director and member of the Executive Committee of Burns Fry Ltd.; Chair and Chief Executive Officer of TD Securities Inc. and Deputy Chair of TD Bank Financial Group. Mr. Wright serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of GMP Capital Inc.; Jaguar Resources Inc. and Mettrum Health Corp. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of Richards Packaging Income Fund. He actively supports numerous charitable organizations. He is a member of the Royal Ontario Museum Governors’ Finance Committee, and a member of the Campaign Cabinet of Eva’s Phoenix. He is also a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children, and past Chair of the Board of Directors of VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Douglas Lamb

Mr. Douglas Lamb is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Lamb is is a veteran Canadian media executive, who joined the Company in February 2018. Prior to working for DHX Media, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Postmedia, from July 2010 until February 2017. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Canwest LP since 2005. Mr. Lamb also served as Vice President of Corporate Development of Metroland, the community publishing business of Torstar Corporation. Prior to his employment with Torstar Corporation, he held a variety of financial roles at Hollinger International Inc. and Southam Inc. Mr. Lamb holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (high distinction), from Carleton University.

Aaron Ames

Mr. Aaron Ames is Chief Operating Officer of the Company. He has had a long career in management roles for public and private companies. He was Chief Integration Officer for DHX Media following the Company’s acquisition of Cookie Jar Entertainment, where he was Chief Financial Officer. A Certified Professional Accountant (Ontario & Ohio) and specialist in business improvement, M&A integration and synergies, Aaron subsequently assisted DHX Media as a consultant on numerous projects, including the integration of various corporate acquisitions. Prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer for DHX Media, he held senior roles with Atlas Cold Storage (TSX: FZR), Centenario Copper (TSX: CCT), Coretec (TSX: CYY) and TSC Stores LP. Aaron graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1993 with a Master's of Accountancy and worked for Ernst & Young in Cleveland and Toronto until 2001.

Mark Gosine

Mr. Mark Gregory Gosine is Executive Vice President - Legal Affairs, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of DHX Media Ltd. He is responsible for all of the legal and regulatory affairs for DHX and its subsidiaries. His principal areas of focus are financings, mergers, acquisitions, securities, intellectual property, governance and compliance. Mr. Gosine has more than 18 years legal experience both in private practice and in-house, and has more than 20 years experience in the entertainment industry. Mr. Gosine plays a key role in the company’s growth strategy in the acquisition and subsequent integration of such acquisitions. In his entertainment work, he oversees all legal and business aspects of the company’s development, production and distribution. He commenced his career as a performer after completing the jazz program at St. Francis Xavier University. Mr. Gosine went on to complete a B.A. Honors degree at Saint Mary’s University and earned an LL.B. at Dalhousie University. He is member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. Mr. Gosine currently serves on the boards of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia and Symphony Nova Scotia, and is part time faculty at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

Joseph Tedesco

Mr. Joseph Tedesco is Executive Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television of the Company. He is responsible for the overall development and growth of DHX Media’s broadcast assets. Mr. Tedesco joined Family Channel in 2001 as Vice President and General Manager of the network and during his tenure he has overseen the launch of three additional youth networks while managing the day-to-day operations, strategic development and overall financial performance of four premium channels. Prior to joining DHX Television, Mr. Tedesco held the position of Senior Vice President, Finance & Business Affairs with Astral Television Networks. In this role, he was responsible for the financial, legal and IT functions for the division. He also managed key supplier and customer relationships, including negotiating long-term supply and distribution agreements with major Hollywood studios and distributors. Mr. Tedesco currently serves as Board Chair of Accessible Media Inc., a not-for-profit media company that operates television channels dedicated to providing entertainment for the visually and hearing impaired. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto.

Peter Byrne

Mr. Peter Byrne is Chief Executive Officer of CPLG, and Executive Vice President, DHX Brands of the Company. He is responsible for overseeing all of the worldwide Consumer Products business for the company, for both third-party brands, as well as DHX Media's wholly-owned properties, such as Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Yo Gabba Gabba! and Slugterra. Mr. Byrne established DHX Brands in 2014 having joined the company as CEO of CPLG, one of the industry's leading licensing agencies across entertainment, sports and lifestyle properties in 2013. He came to DHX Media with more than 30 years worldwide experience in building both privately and publicly held blue-chip Consumer Goods companies, specializing in start-up, fast moving businesses. Prior to DHX Media he has been a leading player in the global licensing landscape with significant tenures at Hit Entertainment, as EVP Worldwide Consumer Products, in charge of iconic brands such as Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder and Barney, and before that as EVP of 20th Century Fox Licensing Worldwide, where he spearheaded the global expansion of The Simpsons, Ice Age and Family Guy amongst other renowned properties in the Fox portfolio.

Roz Nowicki

Ms. Roz Nowicki is Executive Vice President - Peanuts Worldwide of the Company. She has a proven track record in global marketing, brand licensing, product development, and retail experience in the entertainment space. She oversees a robust global consumer products program for the Peanuts brand, as well as such high-profile projects as the Peanuts Global Artist Collective. Ms. Nowicki previously served as the Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Retail at 20th Century Fox, where she oversaw the consumer products strategy for TV properties such as The Simpsons and Empire and films including Ice Age. For over a decade, she also served as Executive Vice President at 4Kids Entertainment, where she oversaw the reinvigoration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cabbage Patch Kids, and the launch of Yu-Gi-Oh! Other prior experience includes overseeing soft lines for Universal Studios, as well as licensing such classic and beloved brands as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast for The Walt Disney Company.

David Regan

Mr. David Andrew Regan serves as Executive Vice President - Strategy & Corporate Development of the Company. He is responsible for the Company’s strategic initiatives and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to working with DHX, Mr. Regan held positions with VI Associates, A.T. Kearney’s New York Financial Institutions Group and Export Development Corporation. In these positions he worked with clients in the entertainment and financial services industries throughout North America, Europe and Asia to provide financing, corporate development and business strategy advisory services. Mr. Regan holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and a BBA Honours degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Mr. Regan serves on the board of directors of Watts Wind Energy Inc. and Katalyst Wind Inc. and is the Atlantic Canada chapter chair of the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards.

Tara Talbot

Ms. Tara Talbot is Executive Vice President - Global Talent of the Company. Ms. Talbot joined DHX Media in 2016 bringing more than 20 years of progressively senior experience in Human Resources and Communications across numerous industries such as technology, healthcare and entertainment. Previously, Ms. Talbot held the role of Vice President, Human Resources & Communications at Workopolis, where she was responsible for establishing and driving employee acquisition and retention strategies, as well as establishing the employee engagement “best-practices” for Canada's leading online career management resource. She was also the public-relations spokesperson for Workopolis with the media. Prior to that role, Ms. Talbot was the Vice President, Human Resources at TeraGo Networks. Concurrently, Ms. Talbot was a Professor in the School of Business at Georgian College. Ms. Talbot holds an MBA, a post graduate certificate in Human Resources Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Anne Loi

Ms. Anne Loi is Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. She works closely with senior management and the Company’s talented content teams to help drive DHX Media’s leading slate of kids’ and family shows. She oversees content production and financing, key external partnerships, and business analytics. Ms. Loi has been a core member of DHX Media’s leadership team since the Company’s founding in 2006, coming over with DECODE Entertainment when it merged with Halifax Film to form DHX Media. Prior to joining DHX Media, Ms. Loi was Vice President of Financial Strategy at Extend Media and before that, she held various management positions at IMG Group (now Lavalife), Proctor & Gamble and Deloitte. Ms. Loi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Deborah Drisdell

Ms. Deborah Ann Drisdell is Non-Executive Director of the Company. She is currently President of Drisdell Consulting and is a veteran of over 25 years in the Canadian film and television industry. Previously, Ms. Drisdell held the positions of Director General, Accessibility & Digital Enterprises (from 2006 to 2015) and Director, Strategic Planning & Government Relations with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) during which time she was responsible for advancing the NFB into the digital era of content distribution with its award winning NFB.ca platform and mobile expansion. Prior to her engagement with the NFB Ms. Drisdell was President of Drisdell Consulting, providing strategic advice to public and private sector clients in Canada and internationally. She has also held various other senior positions with media organizations, including Sextant Entertainment Group and Telefilm Canada.

Jonathan Whitcher

Mr. Jonathan Whitcher is Non-Executive Director of the Company. He has been with Fine Capital since inception in 2004 and currently serves as Chief Investment Officer. Fine Capital is a New York-based fund, predominantly managing U.S. equity assets for endowments and foundations. Fine Capital adheres to a strict value investing style with a focus on out-of-favor companies that exhibit a large disparity between their market value and their intrinsic value. Fine Capital looks for companies that have a path to significantly improved earnings and cash flow. Before joining Fine Capital, Mr. Whitcher was an Equity Research Analyst at Citigroup Asset Management. He received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Elizabeth Beale

Ms. Elizabeth Jane Beale is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. She is an economist who has served as an advisor to senior levels of government and industry throughout her career. She was President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council from 1996 to 2015. Prior to this, she worked for 10 years as a Consulting Economist and was APEC’s Chief Economist from 1981 to 1986. She continues to contribute to public policy as an advisor to the Premier of Prince Edward Island and as a Commissioner for Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Ms. Beale was an associate fellow and lecturer in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College from 1981 to 1991 and a governor of Dalhousie University from 2000 to 2009. She has a long-standing association from 1985 to 1999 as a director and chair of the Human Resource Development Association. She is currently a member of the National Statistics Council and a director of Wawanesa Insurance, Invest Nova Scotia and Compute Canada. Ms. Beale was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and has lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1975. She is a graduate of the universities of Toronto (B.A., 1973) and Dalhousie (M.A. Economics, 1978).

David Colville

Mr. David Colville, PEng, is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He is president of DC Communications Consulting Ltd., and a former Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”). Mr. Colville worked in the telecommunications industry from 1970 to 1980 with Bell Canada and Maritime Tel. & Tel. From 1980 to 1990 Mr. Colville was Senior Director Communications Policy with the Nova Scotia Dept. of Transportation and Communications. From 1990 to 2004, he was Commissioner and Vice Chairman (from 1995) of the CRTC, during which time he was responsible for opening the telecommunications market to competition and exempting internet programming from Broadcasting regulation. Mr. Colville was a founding member of both the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corp. and the Nova Scotia Educational Television Service.

Alan Hibben

Mr. Alan Roy Hibben is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He is a corporate director and advisor. Since December 2014, he has been the principal of Shakerhill Partners Ltd., a consulting firm providing strategic and financial advice, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, financing, corporate strategy, valuation, governance, as well as expert witness services. He is currently providing advice to the Province of Ontario on a number of files. Previously, Mr. Hibben was the Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at RBC Capital Markets from March 2011 to December 2014. Mr. Hibben has been a director of a number of Canadian public and private companies, both in financial services and as part of his responsibility for overseeing private equity and venture capital investments. Mr. Hibben is currently Chair of Hudbay Minerals Inc (a TSX and NYSE listed company), and a director of Extendicare Inc. (a TSX listed company) and Home Capital Group Inc. (a TSX listed company) and is also director of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation.

D. Geoffrey Machum

Mr. D. Geoffrey Machum, QC., ICD.D, is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He is a senior partner based in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey, a leading Atlantic Canadian Law Firm. He serves as Chair of the firms governing Partnership Board, and has served on its Human Resources and Governance Committee. He has also served as the firms Strategic Marketing Partner. He is recognized by national peer based legal publications as a leading practitioner in his chosen fields which include directors and officers liability and governance counsel. Mr. Machum has also served as Chair of the Halifax Port Authority, is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management’s Intensive Directors Education Program, University of Toronto, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has also been granted the Institute of Corporate Director’s ICD.D Designation in recognition of his commitment to excellence in corporate governance. Mr. Machum has been involved with several community organizations including as a member of the Board of Governors of the Halifax Grammar School and as a member of the board of directors of Symphony Nova Scotia where he was also chair of the Governance Committee.

Robert Sobey

Mr. Robert G. C. Sobey is Non-Executive Independent Director of DHX Media Ltd. He is past President and Chief Executive Officer of Lawtons Drugs, having worked for Sobeys Inc. for 25 years, the last eight years as leader of Lawtons. Mr. Sobey serves on the boards of Empire Company Ltd., Sobeys Inc., Norvista Capital and Seafort Capital. Mr. Sobey has served on numerous volunteer boards and foundations, including the boards of Queen’s University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Mr. Sobey is Chairman of the Sobey Art Foundation and its annual Sobey Art Award, as well as the D&R Sobey Scholarship Program. He sits on Britain’s Tate Museum’s American Patrons Committee, the Queen’s University School of Business Advisory Board, is Honourary Chair of Venture for Canada and a Fellow of the CDL-Atlantic. Appointed Honourary Colonel of the 1st Field Artillery Regiment of Halifax in 2011, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service. Mr. Sobey was selected Top CEO for Atlantic Canada in 2009 by Atlantic Business Magazine; he has an honours undergrad and an MBA.

Nancy Chan-Palmateer