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.