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Dame Alison J. Carnwath

DAME ALISON J. CARNWATH, age 70, has been a senior adviser to Evercore Partners, an independent corporate finance advisory firm (formerly known as Lexicon Partners), since 2005, and chair of the advisory board at LivingBridge Services Ltd., a private equity firm since 1999, both based in the United Kingdom. She has served as a director of Coller Capital Ltd. since 2015, and as a director and audit committee chair of both EG Group and ASDA Group since 2021, all United Kingdom-based companies. She has been a member of the supervisory board and chair of the audit committee of BASF, a leading chemical company based in Germany, since 2014 and she has served as a director of Zurich Insurance Group since 2012 and currently serves as audit committee chair. She previously served as chair of Land Securities plc, the United Kingdom’s largest property company listed on the London Stock Exchange (2008-2018); as non-executive chair of MF Global Holdings Ltd. (2008-2010); and as a non-executive director of BP p.l.c. (2018-2021) and the Man Group plc (2001-2013), both based in the United Kingdom. She has served as a director of the Company since 2005. 

Franklin L. Feder

FRANKLIN L. FEDER, age 71, served as chief executive officer, Alcoa Latin America & Caribbean, of Alcoa Inc., a global producer of bauxite, alumina and aluminum, from 2004-2014. He previously served as vice president and director of corporate development of Alcoa Inc. from 1999-2004, chief financial officer of Alcoa Latin America from 1994-1999 and director corporate planning from 1990-1994. He was also managing partner of Technomic Consultores from 1978-1988, and a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. from 1989-1990. He has served as a director of Minerals Technologies Inc. since 2017. He has also served as a director of Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio and AES Tiete Energia since 2016 and of Prumo Logistica S.A. since 2019, all Brasil-based companies. He previously served as a director of Intercement Brasil from 2017-2020, a director of Loma Negra Corporation from 2018-2020, a director of Unigel from 2016-2018, a director of Grupo Dahma from 2015-2016 and a director of Alexander Proudfoot from 2014-2016. He has served as a director of the Company since 2018.

R. Preston Feight

R. PRESTON FEIGHT, age 55, is Chief Executive Officer of the Company and has held that position since July 2019. Mr. Feight served as Executive Vice President of the Company from September 2018-June 2019, PACCAR Vice President and President of DAF Trucks from April 2016-August 2018, General Manager of Kenworth Truck Company and Vice President of PACCAR from January 2015-March 2016, Kenworth Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Sales from April 2012-December 2014 and Kenworth Chief Engineer from August 2008-March 2012. Previously he worked as an engineer at Ford Motor Company for six years and as an engineer at AlliedSignal Inc. for two years. He has served as a director of the Company since 2019.

Kirk S. Hachigian

KIRK S. HACHIGIAN, age 63, served as executive chairman of JELD-WEN Holding, Inc., a global manufacturer of windows and doors, from 2016-2019; and as JELD-WEN’s chairman and chief executive officer from 2014-2016. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Cooper Industries plc, a global manufacturer of electrical products, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to joining Cooper, Mr. Hachigian was an executive with General Electric Company for eight years, including assignments in Mexico and Asia. He has served as the chairman of Allegion plc since January 2023 and as a director since 2013, including as chair of the corporate governance and nominating committee and previously as lead director. He has served as a director of NextEra Energy Inc. since 2013 and as a director of Cabinetworks Group from 2021-2022. He has served as a director of the Company since 2008. 

Barbara B. Hulit

BARBARA B. HULIT, age 56, served as chief executive officer and president of the Advanced Healthcare Solutions segment of Fortive Corporation from July 2021 to April 2022, and as senior vice president from June 2016 to July 2021. While at Fortive, she had company-wide responsibility for the Fortive Business System (FBS) office, IT, procurement and high growth markets. Prior to the 2016 spin-off of Fortive from Danaher Corporation, Ms. Hulit held multiple executive roles at Danaher, including leading the Danaher Business System (DBS) office from 2012 to 2016 and serving as president of Fluke Corporation from 2005 to 2012. Prior to joining Danaher, Ms. Hulit worked at The Boston Consulting Group for 13 years where she focused primarily on growth strategies. Ms. Hulit has served as a director of Envista Holdings Corporation, a global dental business, since 2021, as a director of Novanta Inc., a global technology supplier to medical and industrial manufacturers, since 2022. She has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Graduate School of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University since 2012. She has served as a director of the Company since 2023.

Roderick C. McGeary

RODERICK C. MCGEARY, age 72, served in consulting and audit roles with KPMG LLP from 1972-2000 culminating in the position as co-vice chairman of consulting (1997-1999). He has served as a director of Raymond James Financial, Inc. since September 2015. He was chairman of BearingPoint Inc., formerly KPMG Consulting, LLC, a management and technology consulting firm, from 2004-2009 and was its interim chief executive officer from 2004-2005. He has served as a director of Cisco Systems since 2003. He has served as a director of the Company since 2012. 

Cynthia A. Niekamp

CYNTHIA A. NIEKAMP, age 63, served as senior vice president of automotive coatings at PPG Industries, Inc., a global leader in performance and industrial coatings. Ms. Niekamp joined PPG in 2009 as vice president of automotive coatings and was promoted to senior vice president in 2010. She also served as a member of the PPG operating committee from 2010 to 2016. Prior to joining PPG, Ms. Niekamp served as president and general manager of BorgWarner’s TorqTransfer Systems division, a global supplier of engineered-four-wheel drive systems to major automakers, from 2004 to 2008. She also served in various executive roles for MeadWestvaco Corporation (now part of WestRock Company) from 1995 to 2004, including as vice president, corporate strategy and planning; senior vice president, strategy and specialty operations; and chief financial officer. Ms. Niekamp has served as a director of Ball Corporation, a global provider of metal packaging and aerospace technologies, since 2016. She previously served as a director of Magna International Inc. (2014-2022), Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (2011–2014), Rockwood Specialty Holdings (2006-2009) and Delphi Corporation (2003-2005). She has served as a director of the Company since 2023.

John M. Pigott

JOHN M. PIGOTT, age 59, is a partner in Beta Business Ventures, LLC, a private investment company concentrating in natural resources, and was a partner in the predecessor company Beta Capital Group, LLC since 2003. He is the brother of Mark C. Pigott, a director of the Company. He has served as a director of the Company since 2009.

Mark C. Pigott

MARK C. PIGOTT, age 69, is Executive Chairman of the Company and has held that position since April 2014. Mr. Pigott was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from January 1997-April 2014, Vice Chairman from January 1995-December 1996, Executive Vice President from December 1993-January 1995, Senior Vice President from January 1990-December 1993, and Vice President from October 1988-December 1989. He served as a director of Franklin Resources Inc., an investment management company, from 2011-2021. He is the brother of John M. Pigott, a director of the Company. He has served as a director of the Company since 1994.

Ganesh Ramaswamy

GANESH RAMASWAMY, age 54, is Executive Vice President of Industrial & Energy Technology at Baker Hughes, an energy technology company with a diversified portfolio of technologies and services that span the energy and industrial value chain. Mr. Ramaswamy previously served as President of Global Services for Johnson Controls, a worldwide provider of technologies and solutions for buildings, from 2019 to 2022. From 2015 to 2019, Mr. Ramaswamy served in executive roles at Danaher Corporation, a diversified manufacturer of life sciences, diagnostics, and industrial products and services. His roles at Danaher included Senior Vice President of High Growth Markets at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics; President of Videojet Technologies; and Group Executive for Marking & Coding. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Ramaswamy held executive roles at Hoya Corporation, including as President of Pentax Medical, a provider of endoscopic imaging devices and solutions. He began his career in product development and general management at GE Global Research and GE Healthcare. He has served as a director of the Company since 2021.

Mark A. Schulz

MARK A. SCHULZ, age 70, is currently president and chief executive officer of M. A. Schulz and Associates, a management consulting firm, and a founding partner in Fontinalis Partners, LLC, a transportation technology strategic investment firm. He served as president of international operations at Ford Motor Company from 2005 until his retirement in 2007 and in a variety of executive roles during 35 years with Ford, including running Ford’s Mazda, Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin affiliates and setting up manufacturing and distribution operations in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has served as a director of NWTN Inc. since 2023. He has also served as a director of Dana Incorporated (2008-2018), as a director of Yellow Corporation (2007-2009) and as a director of the National Committee of United States-China Relations and the United States-China Business Council. He has served as a director of the Company since 2012 and as lead director since January 2020.

Gregory M. E. Spierkel

GREGORY M. E. SPIERKEL, age 66, served as chief executive officer of Ingram Micro Inc., a worldwide distributor of technology products, from 2005-2012. He previously served as president from March 2004-April 2005. During his 14-year tenure with that company, he held other senior positions including executive vice president. He has served as a director of MGM Resorts International since 2013 and as a director of Schneider Electric (Paris) since 2014. He has served as a director of the Company since 2008.

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