• Corporate Governance

    The Board of Directors of Amtrust Financial Services (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.

     Board of Directors Committee Composition

    Donald T. DeCarlo

    Donald T. DeCarlo, Director since 2006, 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 1996  to 2004, Mr. DeCarlo practiced in the New York offices of Lord, Bissell & Brook, LLP, a law firm, where he was managing partner prior to his departure. He is a director of 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, and several of our subsidiaries. He is also a member of National General Holdings Corp.’s  Board of Directors. From 1987 to 1997, Mr. DeCarlo held a number of positions with the Travelers Group’s insurance companies, including serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of all of the companies from 1994 to 1997. From 1973 to 1986, Mr. DeCarlo was vice president and general counsel of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, a national association that collects, tabulates and provides data used in formulating rates for workers compensation insurance.  Mr. DeCarlo has also written three books and numerous articles on workers’ compensation insurance.

    Chair of the Compensation     Member of the Audit
    Susan C. Fisch

    Susan C. Fisch, Director since 2010, has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry as a reinsurance broker specializing in workers’ compensation. From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Fisch was an executive at Willis Re, Inc., an insurance broker, where she created and directed the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group that was responsible for the creation of new products, placement of workers’ compensation programs, relationship coordination with reinsurers and new client prospecting. In addition, she provided guidance and strategic direction to Willis Re clients and prospects in all aspects of workers’ compensation. From 1992 through 2001, Ms. Fisch was a senior vice president and team leader specializing in workers’ compensation at Benfield Blanch. From 1987 through 1992, she was a reinsurance treaty broker focusing on workers’ compensation at Enan & Company. From 1978 through 1987, she was employed by Thomas A. Greene Company as a facultative broker and, ultimately, as head of the casualty facultative department in the company’s San Francisco office. She began her career with Towers Perrin, an actuarial company, in 1976.  Ms. Fisch has been a frequent speaker at workers’ compensation seminars.

    ?  Member of the Compensation     Member of the Audit
    George Karfunkel

    George Karfunkel, Director since 1998, is currently the Chairman of Sabr Group, a consulting company based in New York City. Mr. Karfunkel was a director, the former Senior Vice President and co-owner of American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, a stock transfer company, which he founded in 1971 with his brother, Michael Karfunkel, and sold in 2008. Mr. Karfunkel’s real estate holdings include major office buildings in New York, Chicago and several other cities, which he holds through entities he controls with Leah Karfunkel. The Karfunkels also are co-owners of Worldwide TechServices, LLC, a computer maintenance and services company.  Mr. Karfunkel serves as vice chairman of The Upstate Bank, a nationally-chartered community bank, co-chairman of CheckAlt Payment Solutions, a provider of automated and electronic check transaction processing, a director of The Berkshire Bank, an independent bank based in New York, and a director of  Eastman Kodak Company, a technology company focused on imaging for business.

    Leah Karfunkel

    Leah Karfunkel, Director since 2016, is a private investor and one of the Company's largest stockholders. She has served in various positions for community and charitable organizations, is currently on the Board of Trustees of Touro College and is a trustee of the Hod Foundation.

    Adam Karkowsky

    Adam Karkowsky, President, joined the Company in March 2011. Mr. Karkowsky became President in December 2019, has been Chief Financial Officer since June 2017 and has been a member of our Board of Directors since January 2019. Prior to Mr. Karkowsky’s current role, he held the position of Executive Vice President, Strategic Development and Mergers & Acquisitions, from May 2015 - June 2017. Mr. Karkowsky also serves as an officer and director of several of AmTrust subsidiaries. Mr. Karkowsky has served in various finance and strategy roles in the private equity and insurance industries, including as Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance Group, at AIG. Mr. Karkowsky began his career as a corporate associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman following his graduation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999.

    Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance
    Mark Serock

    Mark Serock, Director since March 2018, was employed by KPMG LLP from 1973 to 2011. He was elected to the partnership of KPMG in 1984 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2011. As a partner, Mr. Serock’s principal responsibility was the performance of financial statement audits of public and non-public companies, including many financial services companies.

    Chair of the Audit
    John F. Shettle Jr.

    Mr. Shettle, age 64, is currently an Operating Partner of Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm focused on the global financial services industry (“Stone Point”). Prior to joining Stone Point, Mr. Shettle was a senior advisor and operating partner at Lightyear Capital, a private equity firm providing buyout and growth capital to companies in the financial services industry, from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Shettle is currently a director of Sagicor Financial Corporation, Sagicor Life Insurance Company, Atrium Underwriters Limited and Starstone Insurance Holdings Ltd.
    Chris Stroup

    Mr. Stroup, age 57, is currently an Operating Partner of Stone Point. Prior to joining Stone Point in 2004, Mr. Stroup was with Swiss Re Life & Health America Inc. where he held the position of chief executive officer, and prior to that was an audit partner at EY. Mr. Stroup is currently chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of Wilton Re, and also serves on the boards of LTCG, StoneRiver and Mitchell International.
    Barry Zyskind
    Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

    Prior to being named one of Forbes’ 20 most successful CEOs under 40 in 2012, Barry Zyskind graduated from the New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He then started the first leg of his career as an investment banker at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in New York.

    From there, Barry Zyskind was involved in the founding of AmTrust Financial, at which he held multiple senior management positions, and where today he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. He also stands as the Officer and Director of many of AmTrust’s wholly-owned subsidiaries. Barry Zyskind most notably serves as the non-executive Chairman of the Board of the insurance holding company, Maiden Holdings, Ltd.

    His successes at these positions have allowed him to achieve recognition for both himself as well as AmTrust Financial. In 2012, AmTrust was featured in Forbes’ Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list under the leadership of Barry Zyskind. In 2014, Barry Zyskind was again featured in Forbes when they listed AmTrust Financial in that year’s Best Managed Companies list.

    Mr. Zyskind has been a Director of American Stock Transfer & Trust Company and has served on the board at Leap Tide Capital Management, Inc.

    ? Chairman of the Board     Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance

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