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Seaspan Corp (SSW.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Sokol

53 2017 Chairman of the Board

Kyle Washington

45 2017 Chairman Emeritus

Bing Chen

2018 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Peter Shaerf

60 2011 Deputy Independent Chair of the Board

Ryan Courson

2018 Chief Financial Officer

Rob Grool

57 2012 President - Fleet Management of Seaspan Ship Management Ltd.,(SSML)

Mark Chu

47 2018 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Peter Curtis

59 2018 Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial and Technical Officer

Harald Ludwig

61 Director

David Lyall

58 2012 Director

Lawrence Simkins

2017 Director

John Hsu

51 2008 Independent Director

George Juetten

67 2009 Independent Director

Nicholas Pitts-Tucker

63 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

David Sokol

Mr. David L. Sokol has been re-appointed as Chairman of the Board of the Company, with effective December 31, 2017. Mr. Sokol has founded three companies in his career to date, taken three companies public and, as Chairman and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, he sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. in 2000. Mr. Sokol continued with Berkshire Hathaway until he retired in March 2011 in order to manage his family business investments. Mr. Sokol currently sits on two corporate boards and is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. Over Mr. Sokol's 38-year career, he has chaired five corporate boards and over a dozen charitable or community boards.

Kyle Washington

Mr. Kyle R. Washington serves Chairman Emeritus of Seaspan Corporation. From 2005 to 2011 he served as chairman of our Manager, Seaspan Marine Services Ltd., and certain of our Manager’s operating subsidiaries. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Washington was a director and executive chairman of Seaspan ULC (formerly Washington Marine Group), a marine transportation company that is involved in shipdocking, barging and shipyard enterprises. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Washington was a general partner in CopperLion Capital, a private equity fund. In 2009, Mr. Washington returned as a director and executive chairman of Seaspan ULC and was appointed as a director of Envirocon, Inc., Modern Machinery Co., Inc., Montana Rail Link, Inc., Montana Resources, Inc. and Southern Railway of British Columbia, Ltd., all of which are within the Washington Companies. Mr. Washington was an ambassador to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and is an active supporter of many charitable organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in business administration.

Bing Chen

Mr. Bing Chen has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company., effective January, 2018. Over his twenty five year career Mr. Chen has held executive positions inChina,Europeandthe United States. Most recently, Mr. Chen served as CEO of BNP Paribas (China) Ltd. where he led the bank's growth strategy inChina. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Chen was the General Manager for Trafigura's Chinese business operations, where he maintained full P&L responsibility for domestic and international commodities trading in the country. Between 2009 and 2011 Mr. Chen was responsible for building the greaterChinainvestment banking practice ofHoulihan Lokey, Inc. as the Managing Director and Head of Asia Financial Advisory. Between 2001 and 2009 Mr. Chen held various leadership roles inEurope, including as CEO, CFO, and Managing Director of leasing and aircraft chartering businesses. Between 1999 and 2001 Mr. Chen worked as a Director, Business Strategy at Deutsche Bank in New York. Mr. Chen received a B.S., Accountancy (Magna Cum Laude) (Honours) from Bernard Baruch College and an MBA (Honours) from Columbia Business School.

Peter Shaerf

Mr. Peter S. Shaerf is Deputy Independent Chair of the Board of Seaspan Corporation. Mr. Shaerf resigned as chair of the compensation committee upon his appointment as deputy chair of our board of directors in February 2011. Since 2002, Mr. Shaerf has been a Managing Director and partner at AMA Capital Partners, an investment bank and private equity firm specializing in the maritime industry. From 1998 until April 2002, Mr. Shaerf was a managing director of Poseidon Capital Corp., an independent maritime consulting and investment company that works extensively in the investment community. From 1980 to 2002, he was a partner of The Commonwealth Group, a brokerage and consulting company that specialized in the dry cargo and container markets. From 1977 to 1980, he was a director of Common Brothers U.S.A. Ltd., a shipbroking subsidiary of a British shipowner of dry cargo and tanker tonnage. He has served as a director of four publicly listed shipping companies. Currently Mr. Shaerf is a director of Interlink Maritime Corp., a Bermuda based owner of handysize bulkcarriers, and of Ocean Protection Services, a United Kingdom based maritime security company. He is the chairman emeritus and past chairman of New York Maritime Inc. (NYMAR), a leading global trade association that promotes New York as a maritime center, he is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and a member of the finance subcommittee of the U.S. government sponsored Marine National Advisory Council. Mr. Shaerf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international business law from the London Metropolitan University.

Ryan Courson

Mr. Ryan Courson has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company., effective from lMay 5, 2018. Mr. Courson joined Seaspan inMarch 2018as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. He played a significant role in Seaspan's recent acquisition of GCI, working closely with Mr. Chen, Mr. Spivak and other senior executives at Seaspan on all aspects of the transaction. Prior to joining Seaspan, Mr. Courson spent three years at Falcon Edge Capital, a diversified investment firm with over$3 billionin assets under management, where he focused on researching and investing in capital-intensive industrial companies inNorth AmericaandAsia. Before that, Mr. Courson worked at Teton Capital, a private family office, as an investment professional and as acting CFO of Teton's largest investment, Davos Brands. While serving as acting CFO ofDavos, Mr. Courson managed all aspects of financial planning and analysis, and worked closely with the company's executive team and Board of Directors to help guide strategy, organizational structure, strategic partnerships and other matters. Mr. Courson began his career working at Berkshire Hathaway, where he performed financial analysis and helped structure joint ventures with certain Berkshire portfolio companies and Asian counterparties. Mr. Courson, who is fluent in Mandarin, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis, where he currently serves as a visiting professor.

Rob Grool

Mr. Rob Grool is President - Fleet Management of Seaspan Ship Management Ltd.,(SSML), subsidiary of Seaspan Corporation., since February 2012. Mr. Grool started his career with shipowners Vroon in Breskens, Holland, and built, operated and chartered livestock carriers for Saudi Livestock Transport & Trading in Saudi Arabia between 1982 and 1987. He was subsequently appointed fleet manager at Van Nievelt Goudriaan & Co in Rotterdam. In 1991, Mr. Grool joined third-party ship manager and managing owners Hanseatic Shipping Co. (part of the Schulte Group) in Cyprus as the technical director, and was later appointed a joint managing director. In 2002, he joined the Wallem Group Ltd. in Hong Kong, where he was group managing director until December 2011, overseeing a fleet of approximately 350 ships, including tankers, bulkers, containerships, car carriers and reefer ships. Mr. Grool obtained a Master’s degree in marine engineering and maritime economy from Delft University of Technology in Holland.

Mark Chu

Mr. Mark Chu is no longer Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel of the Company effective August 31 st , 2018 . He was Director - Corporate Finance, General Counsel of Seaspan Corporation., since March 1, 2012. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Chu was a partner in the law firm Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. From 2004 to 2009 he was a tax partner at KPMG LLP. His practice encompassed all areas of Canadian taxation, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, initial public offerings, corporate reorganizations and dispute resolution. Mr. Chu is both a chartered accountant, admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1993, and a barrister and solicitor, called to the British Columbia bar in 1997. Mr. Chu obtained his business and law degrees from the University of British Columbia.

Peter Curtis

Mr. Peter Curtis serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial and Technical Officer of the Company. He is responsible for ship building programs, overall operations and commercial management of the vessels managed by our Manager, including our vessels. From 2001 to 2012, Mr. Curtis was vice president of SSML. From 1981 to 1989, Mr. Curtis served in the South African Navy, where he attained the rank of Lt. Commander in charge of the submarine maintenance facility and design office. From 1989 to 1991, he was an associate with a firm of engineering consultants in Cape Town, working on offshore and naval architectural projects, such as offshore oil and gas as well as other marine projects. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Curtis was with Safmarine Container Lines, where he was responsible for the operations of a mixed fleet of containerships, handy-size and cape-size bulkcarriers and also oversaw a number of new building programs. Prior to joining SSML in 2001, Mr. Curtis was based in Cyprus for two years with Columbia Ship Management as technical director. Mr. Curtis has served on the board of directors of The North England P&I Association Ltd. since 2012. In 1981, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in. Mechanical Engineering degree at Natal University in Durban, South Africa. Mr. Curtis also obtained his Master’s degree in Naval Architecture from University College in London, England and his Bachelor of Science in business from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Harald Ludwig

Mr. Harald Horst Ludwig serves as Director of Seaspan Corp. Mr. Ludwig has over 30 years of extensive business and investment experience, including as president of Macluan Capital Corporation (a diversified private equity investment company), as a director and former co-chairman of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., and as a director of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. Mr. Ludwig is also a founding partner or private equity investor in a number of North American and international private equity firms, hedge funds, mezzanine lenders, growth capital providers, distressed investment firms and real estate investment vehicles. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC and a governor of the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Foundation. Mr. Ludwig graduated from Simon Fraser University and holds an L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

David Lyall

Mr. David Lyall is Director of Seaspan Corp. Mr. Lyall has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and is currently the vice-chairman, a member of the board of directors and head of institutional sales at Haywood Securities Inc. Mr. Lyall began his career in 1979 as an investment advisor in Vancouver, British Columbia. From 1983 to 1998, he was vice-president and director in the institutional sales department at First Marathon Securities in Vancouver and was part of a team that developed First Marathon’s institutional sales department for Canada and the United States. In 1998, Mr. Lyall joined Haywood Securities Inc., a 100% employee-owned investment dealer with more than 300 employees in its Canadian offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, Canada, as well as in London, England. Haywood Securities Inc. is a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, the Montreal Exchange, the Canadian National Stock Exchange, the Canadian Investor Protection Fund, and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Haywood Securities has over $5 billion in assets under administration. Mr. Lyall graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1977.

Lawrence Simkins

Mr. Larry Simkins has been appointed as Director of the Company, with effect from May 2017. Mr. Simkins currently serves as President, CEO and Director of the Washington Companies, providing leadership and direction to the companies by serving as a member of the Board of Directors for each individual company. The Washington Companies are an international group of privately-owned companies transacting business in the areas of rail transportation, marine transportation, mining, environmental construction, heavy equipment sales, and aviation products. Mr. Simkins previously served as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

John Hsu

Mr. John C. Hsu is Independent Director of Seaspan Corporation., since April 26, 2008. Mr. Hsu’s family has been in the business of owning and operating bulkers, tankers, and specialized ships for generations through entities such as Sincere Navigation Corp. (Taiwan-listed) and Oak Maritime, Inc., for which he currently serves as a director. Since 1993, Mr. Hsu has been responsible for managing the Hsu family’s investment portfolio, consisting of publicly-listed securities, hedge funds, and private equity investments with their family office, OSS Capital. Also, he is currently a director of Isola Capital, based in Hong Kong which manages direct investments in Asian private equity. From 2008 to 2012, he was chairman of a Taiwanese private company, TSSI Inc. (a surveillance IC solutions provider). From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Hsu was partner of Ajia Partners, one of Asia’s largest privately-owned alternative investment firms. From 1998 to 2002, he was chief investment officer of Matrix Global Investments, a hedge fund in U.S.-listed technology companies. Mr. Hsu received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University, and is fluent in Japanese and Mandarin.

George Juetten

Mr. George H. Juetten is Independent Director of Seaspan Corporation., since July 25, 2009. On January 30, 2014, the date of conversion of all of the Series A preferred shares into our common shares and termination of the right of the Series A preferred shareholders to appoint Mr. Juetten to our board, the board of directors appointed Mr. Juetten as a Class I director to serve until the 2015 annual meeting of shareholders. Prior to Mr. Juetten serving on our board of directors, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Washington Group International (URS Corporation) from 2001 to 2008. Washington Group International was an integrated engineering, construction and management services company that was listed on NYSE. Prior to that, Mr. Juetten was with Dresser Industries, Inc. (Halliburton Company), a NYSE company that provided technology, products and services for developing energy and natural resources. He served as vice president controller from 1993 to 1996 and as executive vice president and chief financial officer from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Juetten was with Price Waterhouse from 1969 to 1993 and became an audit partner in 1980, serving in several jurisdictions including a three-year tour of duty in The Hague. He is a trustee of St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Centre and a director of the Boise State University Foundation. Mr. Juetten received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. .

Nicholas Pitts-Tucker

Mr. Nicholas Pitts-Tucker is Independent Director of Seaspan Corporation., since April 2010. Mr. Pitts-Tucker joined Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in 1997, following 14 years at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and over 10 years at Grindlays Bank Limited in Asia. At Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mr. Pitts-Tucker served for 13 years with particular emphasis on project shipping and aviation finance in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He also served on the board as an executive director of Sumitomo Masuí Banking Corporation Europe Limited, or SMBC Europe, and of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in Japan, or SMBC Japan. He retired from SMBC Europe and SMBC Japan in April 2010, and also retired as a non-executive director and as a member of the audit committee of SMBC Europe in April 2011. In December 2010, Mr. Pitts-Tucker was appointed as a director of Black Rock Frontier Investment Trust PLC, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is a member of the audit committee. Mr. Pitts-Tucker is a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, which was founded in 1901 to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Central Asia and countries from the Middle East to Japan. In August 2013, Mr. Pitts-Tucker was appointed as Governor of the University of Northampton. Mr. Pitts-Tucker has a Master of Arts degree from Christchurch, Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University.