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Board of Directors

Craig A. Huff, Chairman

Mr. Huff co-founded ContourGlobal in 2005 and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Huff co-founded Reservoir Capital in 1998, and is a member of all fund Investment Committees. He currently serves on the boards of many of Reservoir Capital’s portfolio companies in industries such as energy, power, aircraft leasing, and insurance.

He has also been instrumental in the formation and development of a variety of hedge funds and private investment firms.

Mr. Huff is the President of the Board of Trustees of St. Bernard’s School and serves as a Trustee of the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Prior to founding Reservoir Capital, Mr. Huff was a Partner at Ziff Brothers Investments and, prior to business school, served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and nuclear engineer. Mr. Huff graduated magna cum laude from Abilene Christian University with a B.S. in Engineering Physics. He completed his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.

Joseph C. Brandt, Executive Director, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Brandt co-founded ContourGlobal and has served as ContourGlobal’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2005 and is a member of its Board of Directors.

He has led development and operations in the global electric utility industry in Europe, the Americas and Africa for nearly two decades.

Prior to co-founding ContourGlobal in 2005, Mr. Brandt worked at The AES Corporation, an international power company, from 1999 to 2005, serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer. At AES, Mr. Brandt’s responsibilities included management of the company’s global utility operations. He served on the board of directors of many of AES’s key subsidiaries, including AES Gener in Chile where he was Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Brandt received a B.A. from George Mason University, a M.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Brandt also attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Fellow at Helsinki University in Finland.

Gregg M. Zeitlin, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Zeitlin has served on ContourGlobal’s Board of Directors since 2008.

Mr. Zeitlin co-founded Reservoir Capital in 1998 and serves as a Senior Managing Director at Reservoir Capital. He also serves on the boards of several Reservoir Capital portfolio companies, including Intrepid Aviation Group and Prosperity Life Insurance Group.

Additionally, he has been instrumental in the formation and development of several investment firms seeded by Reservoir Capital.

Prior to founding Reservoir Capital, Mr. Zeitlin was a partner at Ziff Brothers Investments. Before joining Ziff Brothers Investments, Mr. Zeitlin was Vice President, Financial Strategy for Ziff Communications Company, where he focused on strategic partnerships and acquisitions, and ultimately, the sale of the Ziff family’s operating businesses.

Previously, Mr. Zeitlin worked at Sunrise Capital Partners and Wasserstein Perella & Co.

Ronald Traechsel, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Traechsel has served on ContourGlobal’s board of directors since May 2015.

He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the BKW Group and has been in that position since 2014. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Traechsel served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sika Group, and from 1999 to 2000, he held several positions at Vitra Group, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Vitra Group, Mr. Traechsel also worked at Ringier Group, Ciba-Geigy Corporation and BDO/Visura.

Mr. Traechsel also serves on various boards of directors, including the board of Swissgrid AG, KWO AG, Wyss Samen und Pflanzen AG and Creation Baumann AG.

Mr. Traechsel received an M.B.A. from the University of Bern.

Daniel Camus, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Camus has served on ContourGlobal’s board of directors since April 2016.

He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of the humanitarian finance organization The Global Fund, based in Geneva and was in that position since 2012.
He currently serves as Senior Advisor to Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and has been in that position since 2011. Mr. Camus also serves on the board of directors of Cameco Corp (Canada).

From 2002 to 2011, Mr. Camus served as Group CFO and head of Strategy and International Activities of Electricité de France SA (EDF), an integrated energy operator with an international presence, active in the generation, distribution, transmission, supply and trading of electrical energy.

Prior to joining EDF, Mr. Camus held various roles in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in Germany, France, the United States and Canada. He held several senior responsibilities with the Hoechst and Aventis Groups.

Mr. Camus received his PhD in Economics from the Sorbonne University and is a Laureate of the Institute d’Études Politiques de Paris, with specialization in finance.

Alejandro Santo Domingo, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Santo Domingo has served on ContourGlobal’s board of directors since October 2017. He is a Senior Managing Director at Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc. and has been in that position since 2001.

He was a member of the board of directors of SABMiller Plc from 2005 to 2016 and ViceChairman of SABMiller Plc. for Latin America from 2005 to 2016. He is a member of the board of Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI) and has been since October 2016.

Mr. Santo Domingo is Chairman of the board of Bavaria S.A. in Colombia as well as Chairman of the board of Valorem, a company which manages a diverse portfolio of industrial and media assets in Latin America. He is also a Director of the following companies: JDE (Jacobs Douwe Egberts), Florida Crystals, the world’s largest sugar refiner, Caracol TV, Colombia’s leading broadcaster, El Espectador, a leading Colombian Daily, and Cine Colombia, Colombia’s leading film distribution and movie theater company.

In the non-profit sector, he is Vice Chairman of the Wildlife Conservation Society, a member of the board of trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Educational Broadcasting Corporation (WNET Channel Thirteen). He is also a member of the board and Treasurer of Aid for AIDS, a foundation dedicated to helping HIV and AIDS patients, a member of the board of DKMS Americas, a foundation dedicated to finding donors for leukemia patients, and a member of the board of Fundacion Pies Descalzos.

Mr. Santo Domingo is a graduate of Harvard College.

Dr. Alan Gillespie, Non-Executive Director

Dr. Gillespie has served on ContourGlobal’s board of directors since 2017.

He serves as Chairman of the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and has been in that position since 2009. He also served as Senior Independent Director of Old Mutual plc.

Dr. Gillespie previously served as a Non-Executive Director of Elan Corporation plc from 1996 to 2007, as Chairman of Ulster Bank Group from 2001 to 2008 and as Senior Independent Director of United Business Media plc from 2008 to 2017.

In the public sector, Dr. Gillespie served as Chairman of The Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board from 1996 to 2002, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC Capital Partners) from 2000 to 2003, where he was responsible for the creation of Globeleq, an electricity generation and transmission business across the emerging markets, and Chairman of The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) from 2005 to 2012.

Prior to his tenure at CDC, Dr. Gillespie’s investment banking career spanned 10 years at Citigroup, Inc. in London and Geneva, and 15 years at Goldman Sachs & Co. in London, where he was a Partner for 10 years. Dr. Gillespie received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and is an Honorary Fellow at Clare College, University of Cambridge.

Mariana Gheorghe, Non-Executive Director

Ms. Gheorghe serves as Non-Executive Director on our Board of Directors since June 30, 2019.

From 2006 to 2018, Ms. Gheorghe was Chief Executive Officer and President of the Romanian oil and gas company OMV Petrom which is part of the Austrian-listed OMV Group. Ms. Gheorghe led OMV Petrom's transformation following privatization and oversaw its entry into electricity generation.

Prior to this, Ms. Gheorghe held a number of senior finance roles, including working as an international banker for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development based in London and as Deputy General Director for the Romanian Ministry of Finance.

She is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of ING Group and ING Bank, based in the Netherlands, a position she has held since 2015.