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Board of Directors

Thomas F. Marano, Chairman
Chief Executive Officer and President of Ditech Holding Corporation

Thomas F. Marano, 56, has served as a director and Chairman of the Board since February 2018, and was appointed to the Chief Executive Officer and President role in April 2018. From 2014 until 2017, Mr. Marano served as Chief Executive Officer of Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. strategically leading the company to grow until its acquisition in 2017. Prior to Intrawest Resorts, Mr. Marano was the Managing Member of OldePike Associates LLC, a mortgage consulting business from 2013 to 2014. From 2009 until 2013, Mr. Marano served in numerous capacities for GMAC, Inc./Ally Financial, Inc., focusing on mortgage lending. His involvement in GMAC, Inc./Ally Financial, Inc. includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of Mortgage Operations, Chief Capital Markets Officer, and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of GMAC ResCap, Inc. From 2008 until 2009, Mr. Marano served as a Managing Director at Cerberus Capital Management, LLC where he consolidated commercial and residential mortgage trading operations and helped establish a mortgage fund. Until 2008, Mr. Marano worked at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. for 25 years as a trader and as the U.S. and Global Head of Mortgage-Backed and Asset-Backed Securities. Mr. Marano holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College.

David S. Ascher
Managing Partner & Founder, Transom Consulting Group

David S. Ascher, 40, has served as a director since February 2018. Since 2009, Mr. Ascher has been the Managing Partner and Founder of Transom Consulting Group, a management consulting firm that provides services to banks, lenders, insurance companies, payment providers and principal investors. Since 2016, Mr. Ascher has been the Managing Partner of Transom M&A Services, providing M&A advisory services to leaders in financial services. From 2007 until 2009. Mr. Ascher co-founded and acted as Managing Director for Transom Capital Group, a middle market private equity firm. Prior to his involvement with Transom Capital Group, Mr. Ascher was a senior consultant for McKinsey & Company from 2000 to 2002 and 2005 to 2007, providing strategic and operational services to top management at Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Ascher holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

George M. Awad
Founder and Principal, Gibraltar Capital Corporation

George M. Awad, age 56, has served as a director of the Company since June 2016 and previously served as Chairman of the Board from June 2016 to February 2018. He served as Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company from June 2016 through September 2016. Mr. Awad is the founder and principal of Gibraltar Capital Corporation, a wealth management and advisory firm providing investment and business advice to wealthy, internationally-based families. Mr. Awad has extensive operating experience in running large, global businesses across the full suite of consumer financial services products, including senior leadership roles with GE Capital (1988-2006) and Citigroup, Inc. (2006-2011), with work experience in over 50 countries. Most recently, Mr. Awad served as CEO, Consumer Finance for Citigroup, with prior positions as CEO, North America Cards and CEO, Global Consumer Group EMEA. At GE Capital, Mr. Awad held the position of Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for GE Money from 2000 through 2006, and was promoted to GE Officer in 2004. He has served as a director of TransUnion since November 2013, and as a member of its Audit and Compliance Committee since 2013. Mr. Awad received his MBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Seth L. Bartlett, Lead Independent Director
Senior Vice President - Global Head of Risk, Publicis.Sapient

Seth L. Bartlett, age 46, has served as a director of the Company since February 2018 and as Lead Independent Director since May 2018. Mr. Bartlett is Senior Vice President, Global Head of Risk at Publicis.Sapient. From 1995 till present Mr. Bartlett has held numerous senior leadership positions at Sapient Corporation, including Global Brand Chief Operating Officer, Head of Procurement, COO for North America and Europe, SVP of Client Services as well as prior senior Program Management leadership roles. During Mr. Bartlett’s time as Global Chief Operating Officer of SapientNitro from 2009-2014, the company doubled in size from $500 million to over $1 billion in revenue. In his 23 years of experience at Sapient prior to and post the 2014 acquisition of Sapient by Publicis for $3.7 billion, Seth held numerous profit and loss management and operational leadership positions in nearly all company functions including leading the Financial Services practice for Canada and later co-leading its Automotive practice. Seth has extensive experience in domestic and international business operations including development of company culture, talent acquisition and development, financial management and reporting, information technology systems, internal communications and change management. Mr. Bartlett also has particular expertise negotiating large complex multi-party deals, often as lead negotiator. Mr. Bartlett holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College.

Daniel G. Beltzman
Manager and General Partner, Birch Run Capital Advisors, LP

Daniel G. Beltzman, age 41, has served as a director of the Company since December 2015, and previously served as Chairman of the Board from February 2016 through June 2016. Mr. Beltzman co-founded Birch Run Capital Advisors, LP (f/k/a Birch Run Capital, LLC), an investment advisor headquartered in New York and has served as its Manager and General Partner since 2006. Birch Run focuses on value-based opportunities in public or private equity or debt securities and looks to stand behind management teams and boards in their efforts to build successful and sustainable businesses. Prior to managing investments, Mr. Beltzman was an analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. and an associate at Bank of America Securities, LLC focusing on equity research and mergers and acquisitions. Thereafter, he founded Build Europe Technologies, an entrepreneurial venture that provided services to help European homebuilders more efficiently manage their supply chains. Before founding Birch Run, Mr. Beltzman worked with a boutique investment firm specializing in joint venture equity and mezzanine debt for real estate ventures. Mr. Beltzman has served as a director on the board of Regis Corporation, a hair salon chain, since August 2012. Mr. Beltzman holds a B.B.A and M.Acc. from the University of Michigan.

John R. Brecker
Chief Executive Officer, Drivetrain Advisors, LLC

John R. Brecker, 54, has served as a director since February 2018. Since 2013, Mr. Brecker has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Drivetrain Advisors, LLC, where he founded a multi-disciplinary fiduciary services business serving the distressed investing industry with an investor’s perspective. From 1998 to 2012, Mr. Brecker served as Principal and Co-founder of Longacre Fund Management, LLC specializing in distressed debt and credit investing. Prior to Mr. Brecker’s involvement with Longacre Fund Management, LLC, he spent approximately seven years in various positions as a trader, including serving as Vice President of Bear, Sterns & Company, Inc.’s High Yield Department, and as an attorney with Angel & Frankel and Pryor Cashman, et al. In addition to serving as a director of the Company, Mr. Brecker is a director of US Wells Services, Inc. (since 2016), Colt Manufacturing Company (since 2015), Nelson Education Ltd. (since 2015), ACA Financial Guaranty Corp. (since 2015), PMI Group, Inc. (since 2013), Refrigerator Holdings, Inc. (since 2013) and Catalyst Paper Company, Inc. (since 2012). Mr. Brecker holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law.

Neal P. Goldman
Managing Member, SAGE Capital Investments, LLC

Neal P. Goldman has served as a director of the Company since January 2017. Mr. Goldman is the Managing Member of SAGE Capital Investments, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in independent board of director services, turnaround consulting, strategic planning, and special situation investments. Mr. Goldman was a Managing Director at Och Ziff Capital Management, L.P. from 2014 to 2016 and a Founding Partner of Brigade Capital Management, LLC from July 2007 to 2012, which he helped build to over $12 billion in assets under management. Prior to this, Mr. Goldman was a Portfolio Manager at Mackay Shields, LLC and also held various positions at Salomon Brothers Inc., both as mergers and acquisitions banker and as an investor in the high yield trading group. Mr. Goldman currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Stone Energy Inc., and is a member of the Board of Ultra Petroleum Corporation and Midstates Petroleum Corporation. He has also served on numerous other public and private company boards throughout his career. Mr. Goldman received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. We believe Mr. Goldman’s extensive financial expertise and experience in representing public and private companies in complex financial situations brings important experience and skill to our Board of Directors.

Thomas G. Miglis
Former Chief Information Officer of Citadel, LLC

Thomas G. Miglis, 63, has served as a director since February 2018. Mr. Miglis served as the Chief Information Officer of Citadel, LLC, an alternative asset manager and market maker in securities from 2001 to 2014 and again from February 2016 to September 2016. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Miglis was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a consulting business, Avito LLC and a technology company MetaLogic Solutions, Inc. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Miglis served as the Global Applications Development Head for Bankers Trust Company, managing over a thousand professionals globally. From 1982 to 1998, Mr. Miglis served in numerous senior positions at Salomon Brothers Inc. including, Chief Information Officer, Mortgage Trader, and Head of Mortgage Accounting. Prior to his experience at Salomon Brothers Inc., Mr. Miglis was an auditor and a certified public accountant at Coopers & Lybrand from 1978 to 1982. Mr. Miglis holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Baruch College.

Samuel T. Ramsey
Retired, Chief Risk Officer for Chase

Samuel T. Ramsey, 58, has served as a director of the Company since February 2018. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Ramsey served as the Chief Risk Officer for Chase, the consumer and small business organization within J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Ramsey served as the Chief Risk Officer for Ally Financial Inc., previously known as GMAC Inc., an automotive financing, corporate and home loan company. In this role, he was responsible for leading the Risk, Treasury, Compliance, Debt & Equity Issuance, Audit, Loan Review, and Strategic Analytics organizations. Prior thereto, Mr. Ramsey had a 25-year career at Bank of America Corporation where he held a number of senior positions, including Chief Financial Officer of its Global Corporate and Investment bank and Fulfillment and Market Risk Executive of its Mortgage operation. In the latter position, he was responsible for national loan processing centers mortgage and home equity products, GSE relationships, secondary marketing and mortgage servicing rights risk management. Mr. Ramsey holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of William and Mary.