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Board of Directors

Kenneth C. Ambrecht
Mr. Ambrecht, 74, has served as one of our directors since June 2010. Prior to that time, he served as a director of SBI from August 2009 to June 2010. Since December 2005, Mr. Ambrecht has served as a principal of KCA Associates LLC, through which he provides advice on financial transactions. From July 2004 to December 2005 Mr. Ambrecht served as a Managing Director with the investment banking firm First Albany Capital, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Ambrecht was a Managing Director with Royal Bank Canada Capital Markets. Prior to that post, Mr. Ambrecht worked with the investment bank Lehman Brothers as Managing Director with its capital market division. Mr. Ambrecht is also a member of the Board of Directors of American Financial Group, Inc. Mr. Ambrecht previously served as a director of Dominion Petroleum Ltd. and Fortescue Metals Group Limited. Mr. Ambrecht serves as the Chairman of our Compensation Committee and is a member of our Audit and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
Sherianne James
Sherianne James, 51, has served as one of our directors since October 2018. Ms. James has served as Chief Marketing Officer of Essilor of America since August 2017 and previously was Vice President, Consumer Marketing for the company since July 2016. From February 2011 to July 2016, she held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and operations for Transitions Optical, a division of Essilor of America, culminating in her role as Vice President of Transitions Optical from April 2014 to July 2016. From July 2005 through December 2010, Ms. James was Senior Marketing Manager for Russell Hobbs, Inc./Applica. She previously held a number of key project manager, research manager, and brand manager positions with Kraft Foods and, later, Kraft/Nabisco Foods from June 1995 to June 2005. Ms. James earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida in 1994 and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 2002. Ms. James currently serves as a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Norman S. Matthews
Mr. Matthews, 87, has served as one of our directors since June 2010. Prior to that time, he served as a director of SBI since August 2009. Mr. Matthews has over three decades of experience as a business leader in marketing and merchandising and is currently an independent business consultant. As former President of Federated Department Stores, he led the operations of one of the nation’s leading department store retailers with over 850 department stores, including those under the names of Bloomingdales, Burdines, Foley’s, Lazarus and Rich’s, as well as various specialty store chains, discount chains and Ralph’s Grocery. In addition to his senior management roles at Federated Department Stores, Mr. Matthews also served as Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager at E.J. Korvette and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development at Broyhill Furniture Industries. Mr. Matthews is a Princeton University graduate and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also currently serves on the Boards of Directors at Grocery Outlet Holding Corp., Party City Holdco, Inc., and The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc., and previously served as a director of Henry Schein, Inc., Sunoco, The Progressive Corporation, Toys “R” Us, Duff & Phelps Corporation, and Federated Department Stores. He is a trustee emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History. Mr. Matthews is the Chairman of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of our Compensation Committee.
David M. Maura
David Maura, 47, was named Chief Executive Officer on April 26, 2018 and has served as our Executive Chairman, effective as of January 20, 2016. Prior to such appointments, Mr. Maura served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2011 and served as interim Chairman of the Board and as one of our directors since June 2010. Mr. Maura was a Managing Director and the Executive Vice President of Investments at HRG from October 2011 until November 2016 and was a member of HRG’s board of directors from May 2011 through December 2017. Mr. Maura previously served as a Vice President and Director of Investments of Harbinger Capital from 2006 until 2012. Prior to joining Harbinger Capital in 2006, Mr. Maura was a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at First Albany Capital, Inc., where he focused on distressed debt and special situations, primarily in the consumer products and retail sectors. Prior to First Albany, Mr. Maura was a Director and Senior High Yield Research Analyst in Global High Yield Research at Merrill Lynch & Co. Previously, Mr. Maura was a Vice President and Senior Analyst in the High Yield Group at Wachovia Securities, where he covered various consumer product, service, and retail companies. Mr. Maura began his career at ZPR Investment Management as a Financial Analyst. Mr. Maura served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, from October 2017 to January 2020, when the company merged with Vivint Smart Home, Inc. (“Vivint”). Following completion of the merger, he remains a director of Vivint and owns less than five percent of the outstanding common stock of Vivint. Mr. Maura has previously served on the board of directors of Ferrous Resources, Ltd., Russell Hobbs, and Applica, Inc. Mr. Maura received a B.S. in Business Administration from Stetson University and is a CFA charterholder.
Terry L. Polistina
Mr. Polistina, 56, has served as one of our directors since June 2010. Prior to that time, he served as a director of SBI from August 2009 to June 2010. Mr. Polistina served as our President, Small Appliances since June 2010 and became President–Global Appliances in October 2010 until September 2013. Prior to that time, Mr. Polistina served as the CEO and President of Russell Hobbs from 2007 until 2010. Mr. Polistina served as Chief Operating Officer at Applica, Inc. from 2006 to 2007 and Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2007, at which time Applica, Inc. combined with Russell Hobbs. Mr. Polistina is a director of privately held Entic, Inc. Mr. Polistina received an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Florida and holds an MBA from the University of Miami. Mr. Polistina serves as the Chairman of our Audit Committee, is a member of our Compensation Committee, and serves as the Lead Independent Director of the Board.
Hugh R. Rovit
Mr. Rovit, 59, has served as one of our directors since June 2010. Prior to that time, he served as a director of SBI from August 2009 to June 2010. Mr. Rovit served as Chief Executive Officer of Ellery Homestyles, a leading supplier of branded and private label home fashion products to major retailers, offering curtains, bedding, throws and specialty products, from May 2013 until its sale in September 2018 to a strategic competitor. Previously, Mr. Rovit served as Chief Executive Officer of Sure Fit Inc., a marketer and distributor of home furnishing products from 2006 through 2012 and was a Principal at a turnaround management firm Masson & Company from 2001 through 2005. Previously, Mr. Rovit held the positions of Chief Financial Officer of Best Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of institutional service apparel and textiles, from 1998 through 2001 and Chief Financial Officer of Royce Hosiery Mills, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of men’s and women’s hosiery, from 1991 through 1998. Mr. Rovit is a director of Xpress Retail, PowerPlay, Inc., and Brown Jordan International and previously served as a director of Nellson Nutraceuticals, Inc., Kid Brands Inc., Atkins Nutritional, Inc., Oneida, Ltd. Cosmetic Essence, Inc., and Twin Star International. Mr. Rovit received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Rovit is a member of our Audit Committee.
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