ITEM 10. DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Board of Directors
Following the Company’s emergence from bankruptcy, pursuant to the Plan, the Board consists of ten members including five directors appointed by Soter (each such director, a “Soter Director”), two directors appointed by certain other former creditors of the Company (each such director, an “Other Director,” and such former creditors, the “Other Parties”), and three independent directors (as such term is defined in NYSE Rule 303A), one of which was appointed by Soter, another of which was appointed by the Other Parties, and another of which was appointed by mutual agreement of Soter and the Other Parties. These directors will serve for the Initial Board Term, which commenced on the Effective Date and will conclude upon the election of directors at the 2019 annual stockholders meeting.
Three of the directors selected by Soter hold two votes each on matters presented to the Board (subject to certain exceptions), and the directors selected by Soter collectively hold votes that constitute a majority of all votes held by directors. As a result, subject to certain approval rights held by directors selected by the Other Parties, the Soter Directors control decisions made by the Board, and the Company is considered to be a “Controlled Company” for purposes of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) Rule 303A.
Below is the name, age, number of votes and certain other information of each member of our Board, including information regarding the positions each director holds, his or her principal occupation and business experience for the past five years and the names of other publicly held companies of which he or she currently serves as a director or has served as a director during the past five years. In addition to the information presented below regarding each director’s specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills that led our Board to the conclusion that he or she should serve as a director, we also believe that all of our directors exhibit high standards of integrity, honesty and ethical values.
Jacob Kotzubei, age 49, Mr. Kotzubei joined Platinum Equity in 2002 and is a Partner at the firm and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Kotzubei serves as an officer and/or director of a number of Platinum’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Platinum in 2002, Mr. Kotzubei worked for 4 1/2 years for Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division in New York City. Previously, he was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Kotzubei received a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law where he was elected a member of the Columbia Law Review. Mr. Kotzubei’s experience in executive management oversight, private equity, capital markets and transactional matters has led the Board to conclude that he has the varied expertise necessary to serve as a director of the Company. Mr. Kotzubei is a Soter Director and holds two votes on matters presented to the Board. Mr. Kotzubei is also currently a director of Ryerson Holdings Corporation ("Ryerson"), a metal supplier and fabricating company and Kemet Corporation, a global manufacturer of passive electronic components. Mr. Kotzubei served as a director of CanWel Building Materials Group until April 11, 2016.
Philip E. Norment, age 58, Mr. Norment is a partner at Platinum Equity and a member of Platinum Equity’s Investment Committee and is a senior advisor on specific operational initiatives throughout the portfolio. He is also the senior operations executive responsible for evaluating acquisition opportunities and integrating new acquisitions into the portfolio. Prior to joining Platinum Equity in 1997, Mr. Norment served in a variety of management positions at Pilot Software, Inc. Over the course of 12 years he worked in the areas of global support, operations, consultative services and sales support, achieving the position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Norment earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Norment’s experience in executive management oversight, private equity and transactional matters has led the Board to conclude that he has the varied expertise necessary to serve as a director of the Company. Mr. Norment is a Soter Director and holds two votes on matters presented to the Board. Mr. Norment is also a director of Ryerson.
Mary Ann Sigler, age 63, Ms. Sigler is the Chief Financial Officer of Platinum Equity. Ms. Sigler joined Platinum Equity in 2004 and is responsible for overall accounting, tax, and financial reporting as well as managing strategic planning projects for the firm. Prior to joining Platinum Equity, Ms. Sigler was with Ernst & Young LLP for 25 years where she was a partner. Ms. Sigler is a member of the board of Ryserson where she has served since January of 2010. Ms. Sigler also served as an acting Vice President of Ryerson from July 2007 through August 2014. Ms. Sigler has a B.A. in Accounting from California State University Fullerton and a Masters in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. Ms. Sigler is a Certified Public Accountant in California, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Sigler’s experience in accounting and strategic planning matters has led the Board to conclude that she has the requisite qualifications to serve as a director of the Company and facilitate its continued growth. Ms. Sigler is a Soter Director and holds one vote on matters presented to the Board.
Bryan Kelln, age 52, Mr. Kelln is a Partner at Platinum Equity and the President of Portfolio Operations, a group responsible for overseeing business strategy and operations at Platinum Equity's portfolio companies. Mr. Kelln joined Platinum in 2008. He