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Board of Directors

Barry Karfunkel joined National General at inception in 2010 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of the Board.  He also serves as an officer and Director of many of our subsidiaries. Mr. Karfunkel has previously served as President, Executive Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. Prior to joining National General, he was a Managing Director with Maiden Capital Solutions from 2009 to 2010, and an Analyst with AmTrust Capital Partners from 2007 to 2009.

Chairman of the Board

    Robert Karfunkel joined National General at inception in 2010 and currently serves as President and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he has held since May 2018.  He joined our Board of Directors in 2016.  He also serves as a Director of many of our subsidiaries. Mr. Karfunkel previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Strategy and Development.  He began his career as a marketing analyst for Maiden Reinsurance from 2009 to 2010.

    Chairman of the Board

      Barry Zyskind is currently a Director and has been a board member since June 2013.  Mr. Zyskind was appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board of directors of National General from May 2016 until May 2018.  Mr. Zyskind is Chairman of the board, CEO and President of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. He also serves as an officer and director of several of AmTrust’s wholly-owned subsidiaries. Mr. Zyskind is also non-executive chairman at Maiden Holdings, Ltd.

        Donald T. DeCarlo has served on our board of directors since our formation and is also a director of our subsidiary NHIC. He is also a director of AmTrust and many of its subsidiaries, where he has served since 2006. Mr. DeCarlo is an attorney in private practice. Mr. DeCarlo served as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the New York State Insurance Fund from 2011 until October 2012 and served as a Commissioner from 1997 through 2009. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. DeCarlo practiced at the law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook, LLP, where he served as managing partner of the New York office prior to his departure. He is also a consultant to Fidelity National Indemnity Insurance Company (a Texas insurance company that services flood insurance for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)), a director of Jackson National Life Insurance Co. of New York, Greater New York Mutual Insurance Company (an insurer that primarily underwrites large property coverages) and its subsidiaries, Greater New York Custom Insurance Company, Insurance Company of Greater New York and Strathmore Insurance Company, WRM America Holding Company, LLC and WRM America Indemnity Company Inc.

        Patrick Fallon joined our board of directors in June 2013 following the completion of the private placement. Mr. Fallon is a leading banking executive with extensive experience providing financial services for leading corporations. Mr. Fallon is currently a consultant to Northfield Bank. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Fallon was a founder and President-Commercial Markets for First National Bank of New York. From 1973 to 2009, Mr. Fallon was a senior banker for JPMorgan Chase, where he served as Senior Vice President & Managing Director from 1991 to 2009 and was a regional head of banking relationships.

        Barbara Paris, M.D. joined our board of directors in June 2013 following the completion of the private placement. Since 2002, Dr. Paris has been the Vice-Chair, Medicine and the Director of the Division of Geriatrics at Maimonides Medical Center. Since 2003, she has also been a Clinical Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 

        John Marshaleck joined our board of directors in September 2016. Mr. Marshaleck previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Maiden Holdings, Ltd. from 2009 until 2014, when he retired. Prior to that role, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of Maiden Holdings. From 1983 to 2008, Mr. Marshaleck served in several capacities with GMAC RE and its predecessors, including President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

        John "Jay" Nichols joined our Board of Directors in November 2017.  He is the former Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Re, a position he held from 2012-2017.  Before joining AXIS, Mr. Nichols was the President of RenaissanceRe Ventures, Ltd., where he was responsible for business development and management of RenaissanceRe's Joint Ventures and Venture Capital business.  He joined RenaissanceRe in 1995 and was President from 2001-2010.  In addition, Mr. Nichols has held various positions at Hartford Steam Boiler, Monarch Capital and accounting firm Matson, Driscoll and D'Amico.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Delaware North Companies and Baldwin & Lyons, Inc.