Dr. Simon is a private investor and financial consultant to businesses. Dr. Simon has served as a member of our Board since August 2007 and was appointed as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee in January 2021. Dr. Simon has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and as the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT (NYSE: EARN) since May 2013. From March 2003 through February 2006, when it was acquired by Wachovia Corp., Dr. Simon was a Director of WFS Financial, Inc., a publicly-traded financial services company specializing in automobile finance. From 1995 through 2002, Dr. Simon was a director of SoftNet Systems, Inc. ("SoftNet"), during 2001, he served as Acting Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer for SoftNet, Inc. From 2002 through August 2016 he was a director of its successor company, American Independence Corp. ("AIC"), a holding company engaged principally in the health insurance and reinsurance business. AIC was acquired by Independence Holdings Company ("IHC"), a holding company principally engaged in the disability, health insurance and pet insurance business, in August 2016, and he served as a director of IHC from August 2016 to February 2022, and as a member of the Audit Committee from November 2017 to February 2022. Dr. Simon earned a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Ronald I. Simon
Chairman of the Board of Directors (Independent Director)