- + Wesley R. Edens
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Edens has been the Chairman of our Board of Directors since October 2014. Mr. Edens has served on the Board of Directors of Newcastle Investment Corp. (“Newcastle”) as chairman since its inception and served as its Chief Executive Officer from its inception until February 2007. Mr. Edens is a principal and a Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC (“Fortress”), an affiliate of FIG LLC, our manager (our “Manager”). Mr. Edens has been a principal and a member of the Management Committee of Fortress since co-founding Fortress in May 1998. Mr. Edens is responsible for the private equity and publicly traded alternative investment businesses of Fortress.
He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of each of New Residential Investment Corp., Florida East Coast Railway Corp., New Media Investment Group Inc., Mapeley Limited, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. and OneMain Holdings Inc., and he is a director of Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. Mr. Edens also previously served on the boards of the following publicly traded companies and registered investment companies: Brookdale Senior Living Inc. from September 2005 to June 2014; GAGFAH S.A. from September 2006 to June 2014; Penn National Gaming Inc. from October 2008 to November 2013; GateHouse Media Inc. from June 2005 to November 2013; Aircastle Limited from August 2006 to August 2012; Rail America Inc. from November 2006 to October 2012; Eurocastle Investment Limited, from August 2003 to November 2011 and Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc., from October 2012 to November 2012. Prior to forming Fortress Investment Group LLC, Mr. Edens was a partner and a managing director of BlackRock Financial Management Inc., where he headed BlackRock Asset Investors, a private equity fund. In addition, Mr. Edens was formerly a partner and a managing director of Lehman Brothers.
- + Virgis W. Colbert
Mr. Colbert has served as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2014. Mr. Colbert is a Senior Advisor to MillerCoors LLC and has served in a variety of key leadership positions with Miller Brewing Company since 1979, including Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations from 1997 to 2005 and Senior Vice President of Operations from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Colbert also serves on the board of STAG Industrials, Inc. Mr. Colbert has previously served on the boards of Lorillard, Inc., where he was Lead Independent Director (from 2008 to 2015), Delphi Corp. (from 1999 to 2006), Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. (from 2006 to 2008), Bank of America Corp. (from 2009 to 2013), Stanley Black & Decker (from 2002 to 2013), the Sara Lee Corporation and its successor The Hillshire Brands Company (from 2006 to 2013) and The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (from 2001 to 2012). He is Chairman Emeritus of the board for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and former Chairman of the board of trustees for Fisk University. He is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
- + Susan Givens
Ms. Givens has served as the Chief Executive Officer of New Senior Investment Group and as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2014. Ms. Givens previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of New Residential Investment Corp. Ms. Givens has over 15 years of private equity and finance experience. Ms. Givens also serves as a Managing Director in Fortress’s Private Equity group, where she has been responsible for various financial services, real estate, infrastructure and leisure investments. In addition, Ms. Givens was also responsible for overseeing equity capital markets transactions in the Private Equity group. Prior to joining Fortress in 2006, she held various private equity and investment banking roles at Seaport Capital and Deutsche Bank.
- + Michael D. Malone
Mr. Malone has served as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2014. Mr. Malone was appointed to the board of directors of Walker & Dunlop, Inc., a real estate financial services company, in November 2012 and serves as a member of the audit and compensation committees. Mr. Malone has served as a director of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. since 2012 and serves as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee and member of the audit and compensation committees. From January 2008 until June 2013, Mr. Malone served as a director and a member of the compensation committee and the audit committee of Morgans Hotel Group Co. From 2008 until 2012, he served as a Managing Director of Fortress, where he was in charge of the Charlotte, North Carolina office and responsible for the business of the capital formation group in the southeast and southwest regions of the United States. Mr. Malone retired from Bank of America in November 2007, after nearly 24 years of service as Senior Executive Banker and Managing Director. Over those years Mr. Malone worked in and ran a number of investment banking businesses for the bank and its subsidiary, Banc of America Securities LLC, including real estate, gaming, lodging, leisure and the financial sponsors businesses.
- + Stuart A. McFarland
Mr. McFarland has served as a member of our Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Audit Committee since October 2014. Mr. McFarland is a Managing Partner of Federal City Capital Advisors, LLC, where he has worked since 1997. Mr. McFarland was Chairman of Federal City Bancorp, Inc. from 2005- 2007 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Pedestal Inc., an internet secondary mortgage market trading exchange, from 1997 - 2001. Mr. McFarland was Executive Vice President and General Manager of GE Capital Mortgage Services and President and CEO of GE Capital Asset Management Corporation from 1990 to 1995. Prior to GE Capital, Mr. McFarland was President and CEO of Skyline Financial Services Corp. from 1988 – 1990. Before joining Skyline, Mr. McFarland was President and CEO of National Permanent Federal Savings Bank in Washington, D.C. from 1986 – 1987. From 1981−1986, Mr. McFarland was Executive Vice President—Operations and Chief Financial Officer with Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association). From 1972 to 1981, he was President and Director of Ticor Mortgage Insurance Company in Los Angeles, California. Mr. McFarland has served as director of Newcastle since October 2002 and as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee and compensation committee of its board of directors since November 2002. Mr. McFarland was a director of Newcastle Investment Holdings LLC (the predecessor of Newcastle) from May 1998 until October 2002. Mr. McFarland serves as a Director of the Brookfield Investment Funds and the New America High Income Fund, Inc. and as a member of the audit committee of each company. From 2003–2013, Mr. McFarland served as a Director and the Lead Independent Director of the Brandywine Funds. Mr. McFarland also serves as a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Housing Policy and is a member of the Trustees Council of The National Building Museum.
- + Robert F. Savage
Mr. Savage was the President and Co-Founder of KTR Capital Partners from 2005 until the sale of the company in 2015. Prior to founding KTR, Mr. Savage was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Trustee of Keystone Property Trust ("Keystone" NYSE: KTR), an industrial real estate investment trust. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Savage was a Partner at Hudson Bay Partners, L.P., a private equity firm. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch & Co. where he specialized in corporate finance and M&A advisory services for REITs, real estate private equity funds and hospitality companies. Mr. Savage is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He is also a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
- + Cassia van der Hoof Holstein
Ms. van der Hoof Holstein has served as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2014. Ms. van der Hoof Holstein is a Fellow of the Emerson Collective, an organization dedicated to promoting social justice initiatives. She serves on the Board of Directors of PIVOT, a global health non-profit working in Madagascar, the Board of Directors of Agile Global Health (formerly known as A&K Global Health LLC), a private global healthcare management company providing medical travel services and supplies, and she chairs the Board of Directors of Plus 1, which connects recording artists, their audiences, and pragmatic social justice efforts. She also serves on the Advisory Board of COPE, a community-based global health delivery project in the Navajo Nation, and on the Board of Trustees of Partners In Health. Previously, Ms. van der Hoof Holstein was Chief Partnership Integration Officer for Partners In Health, where she worked from 2009 until June 2017. From 2011-2017, she was also Associate Director of the Global Health Delivery Partnership for the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. With Abbey Gardner, she edited Haiti After the Earthquake, published in 2012. Previously, Ms. van der Hoof Holstein was the Director of Rural Health at the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI), where she worked from 2002 to 2008; Executive Producer at E*TRADE Financial, where she worked from 2000 to 2002; and a co-founder of ClearStation.com in 1999. Ms. van der Hoof Holstein studied Literature at Harvard, and was honored to get her start in global health in the Poverty Issues office of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, then chaired by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in 1993.