Saul A. Fox has served as a director of Global Indemnity and its predecessor companies since August 2003, as Chairman of the Company since September 2003, as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from February 2007 to June 2007, and as chief executive of Fox Paine & Company, a private equity firm, from its founding in 1996 through to the date hereof. The Fox Paine Entities constitute the Company’s largest shareholder.
Fox Paine & Company arranged, on behalf of Global Indemnity, the acquisitions of our predecessor companies, United National, Penn Independent, Penn America Group, Collectibles Insurance Services, and American Reliable. Fox Paine also arranged and “back stopped” Global Indemnity’s $100 million Rights Offering in 2009 as well as the Company’s 2015 repurchase of 11.7 million Global Indemnity shares (representing 45% of the outstanding shares) for $268 million (including shares subject to repurchase options). Over his 30 year career in private equity, Mr. Fox orchestrated numerous other acquisitions, mergers, divestitures and financing transactions, both in financial services, as well in such areas as energy, independent power generation, medical instruments, and energy exploration and production software. Prior to founding Fox Paine & Company, Mr. Fox was a general partner of Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts & Co. (“KKR”), a global alternative asset manager. During his 13 years with KKR, Mr. Fox led the highly successful acquisitions and divestitures of American Reinsurance, Canadian General Insurance (KKR’s first acquisition outside of the United States), and Motel 6. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Fox was an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP, specializing in tax law and mergers & acquisitions Mr. Fox received a B.S. degree in Communications from Temple University in 1975 (summa cum laude) and a degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1978 (cum laude).
David S. Charlton has served as chief executive of our insurance operations since April 19, 2021. Mr. Charlton is a 34-year veteran property and casualty insurance industry senior executive, with particular expertise in excess and surplus, binding authority, small business, and other specialty insurance businesses. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Charlton served for seven years at Chubb Limited (“Chubb”), where he had been recruited to expand its Westchester Specialty excess and surplus small business division. Prior to Chubb, Mr. Charlton served at Berkshire Hathaway’s United States Liability Insurance Company (“USLI”), including as executive vice president and chief underwriting officer. Mr. Charlton began his insurance career at Philadelphia Consolidated Insurance Companies, where he created and managed the company’s core professional lines casualty division. Mr. Charlton is a graduate of Babson College, a former chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and a registered professional liability underwriter.
Joseph W. Brown has served as a director since December 2015. Until December 2017, Mr. Brown served on the board of directors of MBIA, Inc. (NYSE: MBI) and until September 2017, Mr. Brown was the Chief Executive Officer of MBIA, Inc. He rejoined MBIA, Inc. in February 2008 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and served as Chairman until May 7, 2009. He became Executive Chairman on May 6, 2004 and retired from that position on May 3, 2007. Until May 2004, he had served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He originally joined MBIA, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer in January 1999, having been a Director since 1986 and became Chairman in May 1999. Prior to joining MBIA, Inc., Mr. Brown was Chairman of the Board of Talegen Holdings, Inc. from 1992 through 1998. Prior to joining Talegen, Mr. Brown had been with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Seth J. Gersch has served as a director since February 2008. He serves as managing member of Eclipse Assets, LLC which does business as Hindsight Vineyards and Hindsight Wines, a Napa Valley based winery. He was the chief operating officer of Fox Paine & Company, LLC from 2007 through 2009. Prior to joining Fox Paine & Company, LLC, Mr. Gersch was the chief operating officer and a member of the executive committee of ThinkEquity Partners, LLC from 2004 through 2007. From 2002 through 2004, Mr. Gersch was president and chief executive officer of Presidio Capital Advisors, LLC. In addition, Mr. Gersch held several positions with Banc of America Securities’ predecessor organization, Montgomery Securities, and founded the BrokerDealer Services Division of Banc of America Securities where he served as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Gersch is a former member of the board of directors of Cradle Holdings (Cayman) Ltd. and Paradigm, Ltd. He also served as a director of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, the charitable arm of the San Francisco 49ers football organization. Mr. Gersch received a BBA in accounting and electronic data processing from Pace University. Mr. Gersch’s experience and skills acquired through his business and financial background with multiple companies were considered when nominating him.
Jason B. Hurwitz has served as a director since September 2017. As a principal and advisor during his career, Mr. Hurwitz completed 25 corporate acquisitions totaling $5 billion and served on the boards of directors of seven of these companies. Since 2004, he has been managing member of Hurwitz Capital LLC, serving as a consultant to various insurance companies and private equity firms and as a private investor. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Hurwitz was a managing director of Essex Equity Capital Management LLC where he identified and led investments in securities of insurance, reinsurance, energy and retail companies which generated over $100 million of gain. Mr. Hurwitz served as a director at Fox Paine & Company, LLC from 1997 to 2003, with responsibilities spanning investment due diligence, execution and monitoring, investor relations, and oversight of the firm’s accounting staff. Prior to joining Fox Paine & Company, LLC, Mr. Hurwitz was with McCown De Leeuw & Co. and James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated. He received a B.S. in Economics (summa cum laude) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Bruce R. Lederman has served as a director since December 2015. Mr. Lederman is a co-founder of a number of companies, including: the 2012 co-founding of Digital PowerRadio, LLC, a company that develops, patents and markets products that more efficiently transmit and store digital information; the 2009 co-founding of Critical Alert Systems, Inc., a company specializing in providing communication services to hospitals and related medical facilities; the 2008 co-founding of a hedge fund specializing in purchasing the stock of publically traded special purpose acquisition companies; and the co-founder of HD Partners Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (AMEX: HDP) that was dissolved in 2008. He is also the co-founder of a company that built and purchased telecommunications towers and a company that manufactured liquid personal care products. Both companies were sold. From 1969 until his retirement as a senior partner in 2000, Mr. Lederman was an attorney at the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP, where he specialized in business transactions. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, from 1968 to 1969, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Irving Hill, a U.S. District court Judge for the Central District of California. Mr. Lederman attended the London School of Economics and received a B.S. in Economics (cum laude) from the Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his law degree (cum laude) from the Harvard Law School.
James D. Wehr has served as a director since September 2018. From 2009 through 2016, Mr. Wehr served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PNX), a life insurance and annuities company. He joined Phoenix in 1981 and his early investment positions included credit research, securities trading and portfolio management. He has extensive experience investing in public fixed income securities, as well as private equity, private debt and alternative investments. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Wehr was Phoenix’s Chief Investment Officer. He retired in 2016 after completing the sale of Phoenix to Nassau Reinsurance Group Holdings, L.P. Mr. Wehr earned a Bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.