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KEMET Corp (KEM.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Frank Brandenberg

70 2003 Independent Chairman of the Board

Per-Olof Loof

65 2005 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Stefano Vetralla

53 2014 Chief Human Resource Officer, Vice President of Human Resources

Charles Meeks

54 2013 Executive Vice President - Solid Capacitor Business Group

Philip Lessner

58 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Susan Barkal

54 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer

R. James Assaf

57 2014 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Claudio Lollini

37 2015 Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing

Andreas Meier

49 2016 Senior Vice President, Film and Electrolytic Business Group

Michael Raynor

51 2012 Vice President & Corporate Controller

Robert Willoughby

56 2013 Vice President - Film and Electrolytic Business Group

Wilfried Backes

74 2008 Independent Director

Gurminder Bedi

70 2006 Independent Director

Joseph Borruso

77 2008 Independent Director

Jacob Kotzubei

48 2011 Independent Director

E. Erwin Maddrey

76 1992 Independent Director

Yasuko Matsumoto

53 2017 Independent Director

Robert Paul

75 2006 Independent Director

Richard Vatinelle

53 2015 Vice President & Treasurer and Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Frank Brandenberg

Mr. Frank G. Brandenberg serves as an Independent Chairman of the Board of KEMET Corp. Before his retirement in 2003, Mr. Brandenberg was a Corporate Vice President and Sector President of Northrop Grumman Corporation from July 2001 to December 2003. Prior to joining Northrop, he previously spent 28 years at Unisys where his last position was Corporate Vice President and President, Client/Server Systems, and then later served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of EA Industries, Inc. Mr. Brandenberg served as Senior Vice President and Group Executive with Litton Industries, Inc. from November 1999 until its acquisition by Northrop in April 2001. Mr. Brandenberg served as a director of American Mold Guard, Inc. from April 2006 to April 2008. Mr. Brandenberg serves on the board of directors of Auto-Lab LLC, a private company and franchiser of automotive repair and maintenance facilities, and is a Partner in Trident Auto Services, LLC, a private company which owns and operates automotive repair and maintenance facilities. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Operations Research from Wayne State University and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. The Corporation's Board of Directors believes that it benefits from Mr. Brandenberg's experience in high-tech component businesses as well with leading companies in the military/aerospace and computer-related industries, significant market segments into which the Corporation sells its products. The Corporation also benefits from Mr. Brandenberg's previous public company board experience.

Per-Olof Loof

Mr. Per-Olof Loof serves as a Chief Executive Officer, Director of KEMET Corp. Mr. Lööf was previously the Managing Partner of QuanStar Group, LLC, a management consulting firm and had served in such capacity since December 2003. Prior thereto, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Sensormatic Electronics Corporation and in various management roles with Andersen Consulting, Digital Equipment Corporation, AT&T and NCR. Mr. Lööf serves as a board member of Global Options, Inc. Mr. Lööf also serves on several charity boards including Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. He received a "civilekonom examen" degree in economics and business administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Stefano Vetralla

Mr. Stefano Vetralla is a Vice President - Global HR and Chief Human Resources Officer, of KEMET Corp. since May 2014. He joined KEMET in May 2008 as Director - HR, Film and Electrolytic Business Group. Mr. Vetralla was appointed Director - HR, Global Sales and Film and Electrolytic Business Group in January 2011; Senior Director HR, Global Sales and Film and Electrolytic Business Group in January 2012; Senior Director - HR, Field in September 2012; and Vice President - Global HR Operations in September 2013 prior to his current appointment. Prior to KEMET, he held Human Resources positions of increasing responsibility in international corporations including Hewlett-Packard Company, 3Com Corporation and Telindus /Belgacom. Mr. Vetralla holds a Law Degree from the State University of Milan and is a 2011 graduate of the KEMET Leadership Forum.

Charles Meeks

Mr. Charles C. Meeks, Jr., serves as an Executive Vice President, Solid Capacitor Business Group, was named such in May 2013. He joined KEMET in December 1983 in the position of Process Engineer, and has held various positions of increased responsibility including the positions of Plant Manager and Director of Operations, Ceramic Business Group. He was named Vice President, Ceramic Business Group in June 2005, Senior Vice President, Ceramic Business Group in October 2007, Senior Vice President, Ceramic and Film and Electrolytic Business Group in March 2010 and Executive Vice President Ceramic and Film and Electrolytic Business Group in May 2011 prior to his appointment to his current position. In addition, since January 2000, Mr. Meeks has served as President of Top Notch Inc., a private company that offers stress management therapy services. Mr. Meeks received a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University.

Philip Lessner

Dr. Philip Michael Lessner, serves as a Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, of Kemet Corp and was named such in November 2012. He joined KEMET in March 1996 as a Technical Associate in the Tantalum Technology Group. He has held several positions of increased responsibility in the Technology and Product Management areas including Senior Technical Associate, Director Tantalum Technology, Director Technical Marketing Services and Vice President Tantalum Technology. Dr. Lessner was named Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist in December 2006, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist in May 2011 and Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Marketing Officer in November 2012 prior to his appointment to his current position. Dr. Lessner received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union.

Susan Barkal

Ms. Susan Berish Barkal serves as a Senior Vice President Quality, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief of Staff of KEMET Corp. Ms. Barkal joined KEMET in November 1999, and has served as Quality Manager for the Tantalum Business Group (now a part of Solid Capacitors), Technical Product Manager for all Tantalum product lines and Director of Tantalum Product Management. Ms. Barkal was appointed Vice President of Quality and Chief Compliance Officer in December 2008 prior to her appointment to her current position. Ms. Barkal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University.

R. James Assaf

Mr. R. James Assaf serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of KEMET Corp. and was named such in February 2014. Mr. Assaf joined KEMET as Vice President, General Counsel in March 2008, and was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in July 2008 prior to his appointment to his current position. Before joining KEMET, Mr. Assaf served as General Manager for InkSure Inc., a start-up seller of product authentication solutions. He had also previously held several positions with Sensormatic Electronics Corporation, including Associate General Counsel and Director of Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to Sensormatic, Mr. Assaf served as an Associate Attorney with the international law firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Mr. Assaf received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College and his Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Claudio Lollini

Mr. Claudio Lollini serves as a Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing of the Company. Mr. Lollini joined Arcotronics Italia S.p.A. in 2005 as a Sales Manager in Taiwan and became part of KEMET during its acquisition of Arcotronics in 2007. Since that time, he has been an integral part of the KEMET Asia Team and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Sales and Product Management. His most recent position was Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific . Mr. Lollini graduated with a degree in Engineering Management from the University of Bologna.

Andreas Meier

Mr. Andreas Meier serves as a Senior Vice President-Film of the company. Mr. Meier joined KEMET in January 1998 and has held several positions of increasing responsibility in the Sales and Product Management areas. Mr. Meier was named Vice President - Product Management, Film and Electrolytic Business Group in January, 2010 and Vice President, Sales - EMEA in December, 2012 prior to his appointment to his current position.

Michael Raynor

Mr. Michael L. Raynor is the Vice President and Corporate Controller of KEMET Corp. and was named such in November 2012. Mr. Raynor joined the Company in July 2007 as the Assistant Corporate Controller; in November of 2008 Mr. Raynor was named Director of Financial Planning & Analysis prior to his appointment to his current position. Prior to joining KEMET, Mr. Raynor held various controller level positions with distribution and manufacturing companies. Mr. Raynor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Masters of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of North Carolina.

Robert Willoughby

Mr. Robert S. Willoughby, serves as a Vice President—Film and Electrolytic Business Group, was named such in May 2013. He joined KEMET in December 1985 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Diagnostic, Quality, New Product and Process Engineering. Mr. Willoughby served as Director - Ceramic Operations from July 2007 until March 2010 and served as Vice President of Operations - Film and Paper Business Unit from March 2010 until May 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and is a 2007 graduate of the KEMET Leadership Forum.

Wilfried Backes

Dr. Wilfried Backes, Ph.D., serves as an Independent Director of KEMET Corp. Dr. Backes served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EPCOS AG, a major publicly traded passive electronic components company headquartered in Germany, from 2002 through his retirement in 2006. Dr. Backes previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Osram Sylvania, Inc. from 1992 to 2002. Prior to that time, Dr. Backes held various senior management positions with Siemens AG including the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Components, Inc. from 1989 to 1992. He received Diplom-Volkswirt and Dr. rer. pol. Degrees from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany. The Corporation's Board of Directors believes that it benefits from Dr. Backes' fifteen years of international experience within the electronic passive components industry, as well as his experience in the industrial/lighting industry, the Corporation's largest market segment into which it sells its products

Gurminder Bedi

Mr. Gurminder S. Bedi serves as an Independent Director of KEMET Corp. Mr. Bedi served as Vice President of Ford Motor Company from October 1998 through his retirement in December 2001. Mr. Bedi served in a variety of other managerial positions at Ford Motor Company for more than thirty years. He currently serves as Chairman of Compuware Corporation and is on the board of directors of Actuant Corporation, and is the Managing Partner of Compass Acquisitions, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in acquisitions of small and mid-sized automotive companies. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Detroit. The Corporation's Board of Directors believes that it benefits from Mr. Bedi's strong technical background, as well as his extensive experience with Ford Motor Company, a global leader in the automotive industry, a key market segment into which the Corporation sells its products.

Joseph Borruso

Mr. Joseph V. Borruso serves as an Independent Director of KEMET Corp. Mr. Borruso is currently the President of AOEM Consultants, LLC, a business consulting firm for automotive suppliers, and has served in such capacity since July 2005. Mr. Borruso also serves as a director of Gibbs Technologies Limited, a private company which designs and manufactures high speed amphibious vehicles for recreational and military use. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hella North America, a manufacturer of automotive lighting and electronics, from 1999 through his retirement in May 2005. Prior thereto, Mr. Borruso served in various senior management positions, most recently as Executive Vice President of Sales, for the Bosch Automotive Group N.A. from 1983 to 1999. The Corporation's Board of Directors believes that it benefits from Mr. Borruso's extensive experience in the automotive supplier industry, a key market segment into which the Corporation sells its products. In addition, Mr. Borruso's international experience while at Bosch Automotive Group N.A. and Hella North America provides value from a global business perspective.

Jacob Kotzubei

Mr. Jacob T. Kotzubei, J.D., serves as an Independent Director of KEMET Corp., since October 25, 2011. Mr. Kotzubei joined Platinum Equity Advisors, LLC ("Platinum Equity") in 2002 and is a Partner at the firm. Mr. Kotzubei serves as an officer and/or director of a number of Platinum Equity's portfolio companies. Prior to joining Platinum Equity in 2002, Mr. Kotzubei worked for 41/2 years for Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Division in New York City. Previously, he was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Kotzubei serves on the board of directors for Ryerson Holding Corporation and Ryerson Inc. Mr. Kotzubei also served as a director of PNA Group, Inc. from July 2006 to August 2008 and a director of PNA Intermediate Holding Corporation from January 2007 to August 2008. Mr. Kotzubei received a Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law where he was elected a member of the Columbia Law Review. Mr. Kotzubei's experience in executive management oversight, private equity, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and related transactional matters has led the Board to conclude that he has the varied expertise necessary to serve as a director of the Company.

E. Erwin Maddrey

Mr. E. Erwin Maddrey, II, serves as an Independent Director of KEMET Corp. Mr. Maddrey is President of Maddrey and Associates, a personal investments vehicle, and has served in such capacity since July 2000. Mr. Maddrey was President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Delta Woodside Industries, a textile manufacturer, from 1984 through June 2000. Prior thereto, Mr. Maddrey served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Riegel Textile Corporation. Mr. Maddrey also serves on the board of directors for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina as well as several non-profit organizations including the Furman University Board of Trustees and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts Foundation. Mr. Maddrey retired as director of Delta Apparel, Inc. in November 2012. The Corporation's Board of Directors believes that it benefits from the broad expertise acquired by Mr. Maddrey as an officer and director in a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including extensive financial experience which allows Mr. Maddrey to serve effectively as the Chairman of the Corporation's Audit Committee. The Corporation also benefits from Mr. Maddrey's previous public company board experience.

Yasuko Matsumoto

Ms. Yasuko Matsumoto serves as an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Matsumoto is currently employed as the General Manager, Affiliated Company Department, Corporate Strategy Division of NEC Corporation (“NEC”). She joined NEC in 1986 and served in a variety of managerial positions with NEC and its subsidiaries, including Manager, Corporate Finance Division, of NEC Capital Solutions Limited. In April 2012 Ms. Matsumoto was appointed Senior Manager, Affiliate Company Department, Corporate Strategy Division; and in April 2013 she was named Department Manager, Energy Service Department, Smart Energy Business Unit prior to her appointment in February 2014 to her current position. Ms. Matsumoto currently serves on the board of directors of Nippon Avionics Co., Ltd. (listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange), Netcracker Technology Corporation and NEC Energy Devices, Ltd. Ms. Matsumoto served as a director of NEC TOKIN Corporation from 2006 until its acquisition by the Corporation on April 19, 2017. Ms. Matsumoto received a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sophia University and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program of the University of Tokyo. The Corporation's Board of Directors believes that it benefits from Ms. Matsumoto’s financial and mergers and acquisitions expertise, her experience with the automotive industry and with the Asian electronics components market, and her experience with, and access to, the Asian financial market.

Robert Paul

Mr. Robert G. Paul serves as an Independent Director of KEMET Corp., since July 26, 2006. Mr. Paul is the former President of the Base Station Subsystems Unit of Andrew Corporation, a global designer, manufacturer, and supplier of communications equipment, services, and systems, from which he retired in March 2004. From 1991 through July 2003, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Allen Telecom Inc. which was acquired by Andrew Corporation during 2003. Mr. Paul joined Allen Telecom in 1970 where he built a career holding various positions of increasing responsibility including Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Paul also serves on the board of directors and compensation and audit committees for Rogers Corporation and is a board member and chairman of the audit committee for Comtech Telecommunications Corp. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Stanford University. The Corporation's Board of Directors believes that it benefits from Mr. Paul's extensive experience in the communications industry, one of the primary market segments into which the Corporation sells its products. Mr. Paul's strong financial background adds accounting expertise to both the Corporation's Board of Directors and its Compensation Committee. In addition, Mr. Paul's experience running a public company with markets throughout the world and manufacturing plants in Europe, Asia and the Americas provides a strong fit with the Corporation's global markets and operations. The Corporation also benefits from Mr. Paul's previous public company board experience.

Richard Vatinelle

Mr. Richard J. Vatinelle serves as a Vice President and Treasurer of the company. Mr. Vatinelle joined the Company in November 2012 as Controller - Tantalum Business Group. Prior to joining KEMET, Mr. Vatinelle served for two years as Regional Controller - Latin America for Leo Pharma A/S, a global manufacturer of pharmaceutical products. From 2007 to 2009 he served as Director of Finance, Policies and Reporting, for Stiefel Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company specialized in dermatology. Mr. Vatinelle’s career in finance includes eight years with Conagra Foods Inc., where he held various international finance roles, and eleven years with Banque Sudameris, an international banking group where he began his career. Mr. Vatinelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and International Management from Georgetown University and is a 2015 graduate of the KEMET Leadership Forum