Stephen G. Kasnet
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Stephen G. Kasnet is an independent member and the Chairman of our Board of Directors. He has been a director of our company since our merger with Capitol Acquisition Corp. (“Capitol”) in October 2009. Mr. Kasnet serves as a director of Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE: GPMT), where he is Chairman of the board and the audit committee. He served as a director of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. (NYSE: SBY) from 2012 to 2017, as director and Chairman of Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly Columbia Laboratories, Inc.)(NASDAQ: JNP) from 2004 to 2015, and was the Chairman of Dartmouth Street Capital LLC, a private investment firm, from 2007 through October 2009. He was also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Raymond Property Company LLC, from 2007 through October 2009. From 2000 to 2006, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Harbor Global Company, Ltd., and President of PioGlobal Asset Management. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Kasnet was a director and member of the executive committee of The Bradley Real Estate Trust. He was Chairman of Warren Bank from 1990 to 2003. He has also held senior management positions with other financial organizations, including: Pioneer Group, Inc.; First Winthrop Corporation; Winthrop Financial Associates; and Cabot, Cabot and Forbes. He previously held directorships at First Ipswich Bank, GoodBulk Ltd., Rubicon Ltd (NZX: RBC), Republic Engineered Products and FTD, Inc. He is a trustee of the Governor’s Academy, a private coed boarding high school in Byfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Kasnet received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
E. Spencer Abraham
E. Spencer Abraham is an independent member of the Board of Directors and has served as a director of our company since May 2014. Since 2005, Secretary Abraham has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Abraham Group LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. He represented the State of Michigan in the United States Senate prior to being selected by President George W. Bush as the tenth U.S. Secretary of Energy. During his tenure at the Energy Department from 2001 through January 2005, he developed policies and regulations to ensure the nation's energy security, was responsible for the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, oversaw domestic oil and gas development policy, and developed relationships with international governments, including members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Secretary Abraham serves as a director of PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE: PBF), where he is a member of its compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees; Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE: UEC), where he is the Chairman of the Board; and NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), where he is Chairman of its compensation committee. Secretary Abraham previously served as a director of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY), as a director of GenOn Energy, Inc. and as a director and member of the nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees of ICx Technologies. He also previously served on the board of directors for C3 IoT and was a member of the board of trustees for the California Institute of Technology. He is also a senior advisor to Blank Rome Government Relations LLC. Secretary Abraham holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
James J. Bender
James J. Bender is an independent member of our Board of Directors and has served as a director of our company since May 2013. Mr. Bender served as Senior Vice President Special Projects of WPX Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WPX) from May 2014 to July 2014. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of WPX Energy and as a member of the WPX Energy board of directors from December 2013 to May 2014 and was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of WPX Energy from April 2011 to December 2013. From December 2002 to December 2011, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of The Williams Companies Inc. and, from September 2005 to December 2011, he also served as General Counsel of Williams Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Williams Partners L.P. Mr. Bender served as the General Counsel of the general partner of Williams Pipeline Partners L.P., from 2007 until its merger with Williams Partners in August 2010. Mr. Bender has served as director of the general partner of Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SHLX) since October 2014, where he is Chairman of the conflicts committee. Mr. Bender also serves on the senior advisory board of Orion Energy Partners. Mr. Bender served as director and Chairman of the board of directors for Apco Oil & Gas International Inc. (NASDAQ: APAGF), an affiliate of WPX Energy, Inc., from December 2013 to August 2014. Mr. Bender received a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Olaf College and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
President and Chief Executive Officer
William Greenberg is our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Greenberg has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2020 and as a director since September 2020. Mr. Greenberg previously served as Chief Investment Officer from June 2021 to August 2022, our Co-Chief Investment Officer from January 2020 to June 2020 and as Co-Deputy Chief Investment Officer from June 2018 to January 2020. Mr. Greenberg has over 25 years of experience managing portfolios of structured finance assets. Prior to joining Two Harbors in 2012, Mr. Greenberg was a Managing Director at UBS AG, holding various senior positions with responsibilities including managing the mortgage repurchase liability risk related to over $100 billion of RMBS and whole loans issued and/or sold by UBS. Additionally, Mr. Greenberg was Co-Head of Trading within the SNB StabFund, including managing $40 billion of legacy RMBS, ABS, and CMBS. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Greenberg was a Managing Director at Natixis NA, where he co-managed portfolios of RMBS and Agency mortgage servicing rights. Mr. Greenberg holds a B.S. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of Washington.
Karen Hammond is an independent member of our Board of Directors and has served as a director of our company since July 2018. Ms. Hammond served as a director of CYS Investments, Inc. (“CYS”) from October 2014 until its merger with Two Harbors. Ms. Hammond served as Managing Director of Devonshire Investors, a private equity group within Fidelity, from 2007 through 2013. From 1993 to 2007, Ms. Hammond held various positions at Fidelity. She was Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer in Equity Research for Fidelity Management & Research Company, Vice President-Associate Group Leader in International Equities for Fidelity Management & Research Company, Chief Operating Officer of Investments in Fidelity Investments Japan, Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer at FMR Corp., and Senior Vice President of Investment Services for Fidelity Management & Research Company. Before serving at Fidelity, Ms. Hammond was Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer at the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank. Ms. Hammond serves as a Member of the Rhode Island State Investment Commission, a trustee of Simmons University, a trustee of Rhode Island School of Design, a Director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and as a member of the Board of Governors for the RISD Museum. Ms. Hammond previously served as a board member of Moses Brown School and as Vice Chair of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Ms. Hammond was initially appointed as a director pursuant to contractual rights of CYS granted in the merger agreement between Two Harbors and CYS.
W. Reid Sanders
W. Reid Sanders is an independent member of our Board of Directors and has served as a director of our company since our merger with Capitol in October 2009. Since 2010, he has served as a director and member of the audit committee of Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc., a Delaware REIT that owns and operates apartment complexes (NYSE: MAA). He also currently serves as a director and a member of the audit committee and compensation committee of Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE: GPMT) and previously served as a director of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. (NYSE: SBY). Mr. Sanders currently serves as the President of Sanders Properties, Inc., a real estate company; is a member of the board, executive committee, strategic planning committee and nominating and corporate governance committee of Independent Bank, a bank holding company; serves on the Investment Committee at Cypress Realty, a real estate company; and is on the Advisory Board of SSM Venture Partners III, L.P., a private venture capital firm. He previously held directorships at Two Rivers Capital Management, Harbor Global Company Ltd., PioGlobal Asset Management, The Pioneer Group Inc., and TBA Entertainment Corp. Mr. Sanders was the co-founder and former Executive Vice President of Southeastern Asset Management, and former President of Longleaf Partners Mutual Funds from 1975 to 2000. Mr. Sanders is Chairman of the Hugo Dixon Foundation, is a trustee of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Endowment and is a former trustee of the TN Shakespeare Company, The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the Hutchison School, Rhodes College and the Campbell Clinic Foundation. He received a Bachelor’s degree of Economics from the University of Virginia.
James A. Stern
James A. Stern is an independent member of our Board of Directors and has served as a director of our company since July 2018. Mr. Stern served as a director of CYS from 2006 until its merger with Two Harbors. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cypress Group, Mr. Stern managed the firm’s investing activities. Mr. Stern currently serves as director of Merchants National Properties, Inc. since 2012. He served as a director of OHA Investment Corp. from 2014 until it was acquired in 2019. He has served on the boards of directors of a number of corporations including Affinia Group Intermediate Holdings, Inc., Infinity Broadcasting, WESCO International, Inc., Lear Corporation, and Cinemark USA, Inc. Prior to founding The Cypress Group in 1994, Mr. Stern had a twenty year career with Lehman Brothers. He joined the firm in 1974 and was named Managing Director in 1982. In 1988, he joined the firm’s management committee and became Co-Head of Investment Banking. He was named Head of Merchant Banking in 1989. Mr. Stern was a trustee of Tufts University from 1982 to 2013 and was Chairman from 2003 to 2013. He is a board member of several charitable organizations including WNET, the Jewish Museum and the Cancer Research Foundation. Mr. Stern was appointed as a director pursuant to contractual rights of CYS granted in the merger agreement between Two Harbors and CYS.
Hope B. Woodhouse
Hope B. Woodhouse is an independent member of our Board of Directors and has served as a director of our company since May 2012. She also currently serves as a director of Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE: GPMT). Ms. Woodhouse has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry at top-ranked, global alternative asset management firms and broker dealers. From 2005 to 2009, she served as Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the management committee of Bridgewater Associates, Inc. Between 2003 and 2005, Ms. Woodhouse was President and Chief Operating Officer of Auspex Group, L.P., and was Chief Operating Officer and a member of the management committee of Soros Fund Management LLC from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, she held various executive leadership positions, including at Tiger Management L.L.C., and Salomon Brothers Inc. She has previously served as a director of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), Seoul Securities Co. Ltd., Soros Funds Limited, Bottom Line New York and The Bond Market Association and as a member of the investment committee at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Ms. Woodhouse also serves on the boards of Children’s Services Advisory Committee of Indian River County and the John’s Island Community Service League, on the advisory board of Atomyze LLC, and is a trustee of the Tiger Foundation. Ms. Woodhouse received an A.B. degree in Economics from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.