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George R. Aylward, President and Chief Executive Officer

George R. Aylward is president and chief executive officer of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. He is responsible for setting and executing the firm's strategy to create growth, improve profitability, and enhance long-term shareholder value through a multi-manager, multi-style investment platform. Mr. Aylward has more than 25 years of experience in the asset management industry, beginning in the financial services group of PriceWaterhouse LLP prior to joining the corporate finance team at Virtus’ predecessor in 1996. He was chief of staff to the CEO of Virtus’ former parent from 2002 to 2004 and was chief operating officer of Virtus from 2004 to 2006. He was named president of the company in November 2006. Mr. Aylward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. He earned the designation of certified public accountant. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute and the Board of Directors of the UConn Foundation and its Audit Committee.

Peter L. Bain is the former president, chief executive officer and director of OM Asset Management, now known as BrightSphere Investment Group, which he joined in 2011 and led through an initial public offering. He joined the company from Legg Mason, where he was senior executive vice president and head of affiliate management and corporate strategy, and earlier, chief administrative officer. He also was a managing director at Berkshire Capital Securities and worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. and HSBC Holdings. Mr. Bain received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School following a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Trinity College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He currently serves on the Board of ReBuild Metro, an affordable housing initiative focused on reclaiming and rehabilitating disadvantaged neighborhoods in Baltimore.

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Susan S. Fleming, Ph.D., serves as a keynote speaker and executive educator for corporate clients focusing on issues of gender diversity and inclusion through SusanSFleming.com, which she founded in 2018. She was a consultant and senior lecturer of management and entrepreneurship at Cornell University from 2009 to 2018. She worked at Capital Z Financial Services, a private equity firm, as a principal from 1998 to 2001 and partner from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that, she was vice president at Insurance Partners Advisors, LP, a private equity firm, from 1994 to 2003 and held various positions at Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1992 to 1994. She also serves on the board of RLI Corp.

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Paul G. Greig is chairman of the board of Opus Bank, a commercial bank with offices in California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington, where he previously served as interim chief executive officer and president. Prior to joining Opus Bank, he served as chairman, president and CEO of FirstMerit Corp. from 2006 to 2016; president and chief executive officer of Charter One Bank, Illinois; and earlier, president and chief executive officer of Bank One Corp., Wisconsin. He was a director and member of the Audit Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland from 2011 to 2013 and vice president of the Fed’s Federal Advisory Council. Mr. Greig earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. from DePaul University. He is also a director at Omni Senior Living, a developer and operator of senior living communities in northeast Ohio.

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Timothy A. Holt, Chairman

Timothy A. Holt is non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors. He held various positions with Aetna, Inc. from 1977 until his retirement in 2008. He held various positions with Aetna, Inc. from 1977 until his retirement in 2008. He was senior vice president and chief investment officer from 1997 to 2008; chief enterprise risk officer from 2005 to 2007; senior vice president and chief financial officer of Aetna Retirement Services from 1996 to 1997; vice president of Portfolio Management Group from 1992 to 1995; vice president of Aetna Portfolio Management from 1991 to 1992; vice president, Finance and treasurer from 1989 to 1991; vice president of Public Bonds from 1987 to 1989; Property/Casualty portfolio manager from 1983 to 1987; investment officer from 1981 to 1982; and investment officer/analyst from 1977 to 1981.

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Melody L. Jones provides executive assessment and coaching services through 32-80 Advisors, which she founded in 2017. Previously she served as chief administrative officer of CEB, a best practices insight and technology company, from 2012 to 2017, where she managed the company’s human resources, information technology, legal and compliance, and communications, philanthropy, and member events functions. She joined CEB in 2005 as chief human resources officer after serving as global head of human resources at T. Rowe Price, an investment management firm, and earlier as chief human resources officer at Aon Corporation, an insurance brokerage and consulting company. Previously she was a senior consultant with Organizational Dynamics, Inc.; a member of the senior leadership team of HR Strategies, Inc.; and held leadership positions at Citicorp Mortgage.

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W. Howard Morris is president and chief investment officer of The Prairie & Tireman Group, providing investment management and personal financial planning to high-net-worth individuals. Prior to founding the firm, he was president and chief investment officer at WILMOCO Capital Management, where he managed portfolios for institutions. For three years he was chief executive officer and emergency financial manager for the Inkster Public Schools with authority over the district’s financial and operational matters. He was appointed to that position after serving as the chief financial officer of the Detroit Public Schools. Mr. Morris is a member of the Board of Directors of Owens Corning Corp. and the Michigan State Tax Commission. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designations.

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Stephen T. Zarrilli is the former president and chief executive officer of The University City Science Center, an urban research park that provides technology commercialization resources to entrepreneurs, which he joined in 2018 and served until 2020. From 2012 to 2018 he was president, CEO and director of Safeguard Scientifics, a company that provides growth capital for entrepreneurial technology companies, which he joined in 2006 as senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer. Previously he was the chairman and CEO of Penn Valley Group, a management advisory firm that he founded, and earlier was CFO at Fiberlink Communications Corp., a security software company; CEO of Concellera, a document management software company; and CEO of US Interactive Inc., a digital marketing firm. He began his career at Deloitte LLP.

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