Wesley R. Edens was appointed to our board in 2012. He has been Co-Chairman of the board of directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a global investment management group and an affiliate of Nationstar’s largest stockholder, FIF HE Holdings, LLC, since August 2009. From 2006 to 2009, he was Chairman of the board of directors of Fortress. He has also been a member of the Management Committee of Fortress since co-founding Fortress in 1998. He is responsible for Fortress’s private equity and publicly traded alternative investment businesses. He is also Chairman of the board of directors of each of Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Florida East Coast Railway Corp., GateHouse Media, Inc., Mapeley Limited and Newcastle Investment Corp. and a director of GAGFAH S.A., Penn National Gaming Inc., Springleaf Finance Corporation and Springleaf Finance Inc. Mr. Edens was Chief Executive Officer of Global Signal Inc., from February 2004 to April 2006 and Chairman of its board of directors from October 2002 to January 2007. Prior to forming Fortress, Mr. Edens was a partner and 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 managing director of Lehman Brothers. Mr. Edens holds a B.S. in Finance from Oregon State University.
Jay Bray was appointed to our board in 2012 and has also served as our Chief Executive Officer since 2012 and as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from May 2011 to February 2012. In addition, he has served as the President of Nationstar Mortgage LLC, since July 2011, as the Chief Executive Officer of Nationstar Mortgage LLC since October 2011, as the Chief Financial Officer of Nationstar Mortgage LLC from the time he joined Nationstar in May 2000 until September 2012, as a Manager of Nationstar Mortgage LLC since October 2011, and as a Director of another subsidiary, Nationstar Capital Corporation, since March 2010. Mr. Bray has over 22 years of experience in the mortgage servicing and originations industry. From 1988 to 1994, he worked with Arthur Andersen in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as an audit manager from 1992 to 1994. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Bray held a variety of leadership roles at Bank of America and predecessor entities, where he managed the Asset Backed Securitization process for mortgage-related products, developed and implemented a secondary execution strategy and profitability plan and managed investment banking relationships, secondary marketing operations and investor relations. Additionally, Mr. Bray led the portfolio acquisition, pricing and modeling group at Bank of America. Mr. Bray holds a B.A.A. in Accounting from Auburn University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Georgia.
Robert H. Gidel was appointed to our board in 2012. He has been a principal in Liberty Partners, LLC, since 1998. He has also been a member of the board of directors and the chairman of the compensation committee of Developers Diversified Realty, a real estate investment trust, since 1999. Mr. Gidel was President and Chief Executive Officer of Ginn Development Company, LLC, one of the largest privately held developers of resort communities and private clubs in the Southeast, from 2007 until 2009. Mr. Gidel has also served as chairman of the board of directors of LNR Property Holdings from 2005 until 2007. From 2002 until 2007, Mr. Gidel was also a member of the board of directors and lead director of Global Signal Inc. He also served as a trustee of Fortress Registered Investment Trust from 1999 to 2010 and of Fortress Investment Trust II, LLC from 1999 to 2011. From 1996 until 2005, Mr. Gidel was the independent member of the investment committee of the Lone Star Funds I, II, III, IV and V. Mr. Gidel was also a member of the board of directors of U.S. Restaurant Properties, Inc. from 2001 until 2005 and a member of the board of directors of American Industrial Properties Real Estate Investment Trust from 1999 until 2001. Mr. Gidel holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance Insurance and Real Estate from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida.
Roy A. Guthrie was appointed to our board in 2012. He is also a member of the audit committee of Bluestem Brands, and has been one of its directors since 2010. He is also the chairman of the audit committee of LifeLock, Inc., and has been one of its directors since 2012. He also serves as a member of the board of directors and as a member of the audit committee of Garrison Capital, Inc. and Springleaf Finance Corporation, an affiliate of Nationstar’s largest stockholder, FIF HE Holdings LLC. From 2005 to 2012, he served as Executive Vice President of Discover Financial Services, where he also served as Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2011 and as Treasurer from 2009 to 2010. Prior to joining Discover Financial Services, Mr. Guthrie was President and Chief Executive Officer of CitiFinancial International, LTD, from 2000 to 2004, and he served on Citigroup’s Management Committee throughout this period. Mr. Guthrie was also Chief Financial Officer of Associates First Capital Corporation from 1996 to 2000, while it was a public company, and he served as a member of its board from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Guthrie holds a B.A. in Economics from Hanover College and an M.B.A. from Drake University.
Brett Hawkins was appointed to our board in 2012. He co-founded GGL Global Gaming, a private video game, social networking and digital content distribution platform, in 2004, and served in various executive roles until 2011. He also previously served as Vice President for Finance of DVDExpress.com, Inc. and President of its successor, Express Media Group, an early e-commerce business selling movies, music and video games from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Hawkins has also held senior management positions at UBS/Warburg Dillon Read, where from 1997 to 1999 he was a Managing Director overseeing European Principal Finance; BlackRock Capital Finance, where from 1996 to 1997 he was Director of European Acquisitions & Operations; Lehman Brothers, where from 1994 to 1996 he was an Executive Director of Lehman Brothers International Europe and from 1993 to 1994 a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, Inc.; and Salomon Brothers Inc., where from 1988 to 1993 he was a Vice President of Mortgage Trading with responsibility for Whole Loan CMO Business. He is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Hawkins holds a B.B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A. in Finance, both from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Michael D. Malone was appointed to our board in 2012. He is also a member of the compensation committee and the audit committee of Morgans Hotel Group Co., and has been one of its directors since January 2008. In November 2012, he was appointed to the board of directors of Walker & Dunlop, Inc. From February 2008 until February 2012, he served as a Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a global investment management group and an affiliate of Nationstar’s largest stockholder, FIF HE Holdings LLC, where he was in charge of the Charlotte, North Carolina office and responsible for the business of the capital formation group in the southeast and southwest regions of the United States. Mr. Malone retired from Bank of America in November 2007, after nearly 24 years of service as Senior Executive Banker and Managing Director. Over those years Mr. Malone worked in and ran a number of investment banking businesses for the bank and its subsidiary, Banc of America Securities LLC, including real estate, gaming, lodging, leisure and the financial sponsors businesses.
David C. Hisey joined Nationstar in 2012 as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He also has held the same position at Nationstar Mortgage LLC since September 2012. Mr. Hisey was previously the Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Fannie Mae, a role he held from 2008 to 2012. From 2005 to 2008 he served as Senior Vice President and Controller for Fannie Mae. Prior to his most recent assignment at Fannie Mae, he also briefly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Mr. Hisey was Corporate Vice President of Financial Services Consulting, Managing Director and practice leader of the Lending and Leasing Group of BearingPoint, Inc., a management consulting and systems integration company. Prior to joining BearingPoint in 2001, Mr. Hisey was an audit partner with KPMG, LLP; his tenure at KPMG spanned 19 years from 1982 to 2001. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from James Madison University and is a certified public accountant.
Harold Lewis joined Nationstar in February 2012 as its President and Chief Operating Officer. He has also held the same position He also has held the same position at Nationstar Mortgage LLC since September 2012. Mr. Lewis was previously the Chief Operating Officer at CitiMortgage. Mr. Lewis joined CitiMortgage in April 2009 as head of the Citi Homeowner Assistance Program. Prior to CitiMortgage, Mr. Lewis held executive positions at Fannie Mae for seven years, most recently as Senior Vice President of National Servicing. Mr. Lewis has also held senior management roles with Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group, Nations Credit, Bank of America/Barnett Bank, Cardinal Bank Shares and Union Planter National Bank. Mr. Lewis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Memphis State University.
Ramesh Lakshminarayanan joined Nationstar in 2012 as its Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. He also holds the same position at Nationstar Mortgage LLC. He has over 20 years of experience managing credit risk, with over 10 years of experience in risk management specific to the mortgage industry. Prior to joining Nationstar, Mr. Lakshminarayanan worked for JPMorgan Chase from 2006 to December 2011, where he served as Chief Risk Officer Retail/Chief Risk Officer of Chase Home Lending and from January 2012 to June 2012 as Head of Capital Market Operations for Mortgage Banking. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Lakshminarayanan worked for CitiFinancial as Chief Risk Officer of CitiFinancial Mortgages and from 2004 to 2006 as Group Chief Risk Officer of Consumer Finance North America. Mr. Lakshminarayanan holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Madras Christian College, India, and is a Fellow Member of the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Amar R. Patel has served as Nationstar’s Executive Vice President of Portfolio Investments since 2011. He holds the same position at Nationstar Mortgage LLC and has served in this capacity since joining Nationstar in June 2006. Mr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry. From 1993 to 2006, Mr. Patel held various management roles at Capstead Mortgage Corporation, last serving as Senior Vice President of Asset and Liability Management. Mr. Patel holds a B.B.A. in Finance and Mathematics from Baylor University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
Anthony W. Villani has served as Nationstar's Executive Vice President and General Counsel since 2012. He also holds the same position at Nationstar Mortgage LLC, which he joined in October 2011 as an Executive Vice President. Mr. Villani also served as the Company's Secretary from February to August of 2012. Prior to joining Nationstar, Mr. Villani was Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he served as the managing attorney for Litton Loan Servicing LP, a Goldman Sachs company, from June 2008 until September 2011. He has also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EMC Mortgage Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. Mr. Villani holds a J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law and a B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University. Mr. Villani was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1983 and the Texas Bar in 1989.
Marshall Murphy has served as Nationstar’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations since 2012. He also holds the same position at Nationstar Mortgage LLC and has served in this capacity since August 2011. Mr. Murphy has over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Nationstar, Mr. Murphy was a Senior Vice President and head of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at MCG Capital Corporation, a publicly-traded business development corporation and private equity firm. Mr. Murphy also has significant investment banking experience in the asset securitization and leveraged finance groups at Credit Suisse, NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, and Kidder Peabody & Co. Mr. Murphy has an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Commerce from Washington and Lee University.