Management Team

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Leslie Kass , President and Chief Executive Officer

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Leslie Kass is Chief Executive Officer for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, Kass was Senior Vice President, Industrial, and led the company’s B&W SPIG, B&W MEGTEC and B&W Universal subsidiaries. Previous positions included serving as Vice President of Retrofits and Continuous Emissions Monitoring, Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications, and Vice President, Regulatory and Agency Relationships.

Prior to joining B&W in 2013, she was Vice President of Nuclear Regulatory Affairs for Westinghouse. She has also served as Senior Director of Business Policy and Fuel Supply at the Nuclear Energy Institute, Manager of Engineering Programs and Components at Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One Station, and Senior Project Manager at Entergy’s nuclear operations headquarters. She began her career as a materials engineer with Altran and Duke Engineering & Services

Kass has a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Mark A. Carano , Senior Vice President, Industrial and Corporate Development

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Mark A. Carano is Senior Vice President, Industrial and Corporate Development, for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

Named to this position in January 2018, Carano leads B&W’s Industrial segment and the company’s Corporate Development activities. He had served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Industrial Finance, since January 2017.

Carano joined B&W in 2013 to lead the company’s Corporate Development and Treasury departments. Prior to that, he was a managing director in the investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and held various roles of increasing responsibility in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, both domestically and internationally. He earned an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School.

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Robert Caruso , Chief Implementation Officer

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Robert Caruso is Chief Implementation Officer at Babcock & Wilcox and works closely with the company’s executive leadership team to review financial and operational strategies, and revenue and profitability enhancement opportunities. A Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), he co-leads A&M's Central Region North American Commercial Restructuring (NACR) practice. He also is a member of NACR's Executive Committee.

Caruso has more than 25 years’ experience working across a wide range of industries, including extensive experience advising management teams, boards and others on financial and operational restructuring and enhancement opportunities.

Before joining A&M, Caruso was a senior managing director with the corporate finance / restructuring practice of FTI Consulting in Chicago. Prior to that, he was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and a managing director with the corporate recovery services practice of KPMG. He also served as an audit manager with KPMG, advising clients in the manufacturing and insurance industries.

He earned a bachelor's degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

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J. André Hall , Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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André Hall is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

From August 2013 to March 2015, Hall served as Assistant General Counsel, Transactions and Compliance, responsible for corporate legal activities relating to global compliance, international trade compliance and mergers and acquisitions.

He has more than 20 years of legal experience in the aerospace, defense and chemical industries. His diverse legal background includes mergers and acquisitions, ethics and compliance, products liability litigation and international business transactions.

Prior to joining B&W, Hall served as Global Business Practices & Compliance Officer for UTC Aerospace Systems, following United Technologies’ acquisition of Charlotte-based Goodrich Corporation. From 2000 to 2013, he held several roles of increasing responsibility at Goodrich, including serving as Goodrich’s Vice President of Business Conduct and Chief Ethics Officer.

He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

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Mark S. Low , Senior Vice President, Power

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Mark Low is Senior Vice President, Global Services Division, for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environmental products and service for power and industrial markets worldwide.

He is responsible for all of the company’s domestic and international service business.

From 2013 to March 2015, Low was Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Global Services Division. Before that, from 2012 to 2013, he was Vice President and General Manager of B&W’s Environmental Products and Services Division, responsible for all aspects of the company’s environmental products and services business. From 2007 to 2012, he served as Vice President, Service Projects, in which he led all technical and commercial aspects of the company’s service business including project management, forecasting, costing, cost forecasting, and warranty resolution.

Low initially joined B&W in 1979 as a Field Service Engineer. In 1983, he became an Account Sales Engineer and held this position until 1989 when he left the company to serve as Vice President of Sales for Tampella Power Corporation of Finland.

Low rejoined B&W in 1997 as Director of International Sales for the South American/Caribbean market and the global Pulp and Paper market. He later served as Manager of Business Development for the company’s former Fossil Power Division, responsible for setting strategies and leading teams to secure large steam generator and air quality control contracts from the domestic utility market. After that, he served as Senior Program Manager, responsible for all new boiler and flue gas desulfurization projects with American Electric Power, one of B&W’s largest customers.

A native of Old Tappan, N.J., Low graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering. He also has completed numerous executive leadership and management courses. For the last eight years, Low has served on the Board of the B&W subsidiary company, B&W Vølund of Denmark, and also serves on the HMC Hospice of Medina County Board of Directors.

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Sumeeta Maxwell , Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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Sumeeta Maxwell is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide. She was named to her position in June 2018.

Maxwell serves as a key advisor to the senior leadership team, providing strategic leadership and direction for the company’s global Human Resources (HR) function. This includes developing and implementing HR strategies to align with the company’s objectives, driving programs that help foster a culture of strong performance and a high level of employee engagement, and leading change management initiatives.

Prior to her current appointment, she served as Vice President, HR Operations, for the company’s Power and Industrial segments. She joined B&W as Director, Human Resources, for B&W’s Power segment in April 2016. Before that, from 2006 to 2016, Maxwell held positions of increasing responsibility at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio, including serving as Human Resources Director.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, psychology and sociology and a master’s degree in social work. She holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and as a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management.

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Jimmy B. Morgan , Senior Vice President, Renewable

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Jimmy Morgan is Senior Vice President, Renewable for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W). He is responsible for the company’s renewable energy business, including its Babcock & Wilcox Vølund subsidiary and B&W’s operations and maintenance services businesses. He was named to his position in December 2016.

Prior to that, Morgan was Senior Vice President of Operations, responsible for B&W’s Global Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain Management, Quality, Facility Services, and Environmental, Health, Safety & Security functions. He also was responsible for Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc.

Morgan has been in the global energy and construction industry for more than 25 years, and has considerable large project management, operations and construction experience. He joined B&W in February 2016 as Vice President and General Manager, Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc., serving in that position until he was named Vice President, Operations, in May 2016, and Senior Vice President of Operations in August 2016. Before joining B&W, he was Executive Vice President for Allied Technical Resources, Inc. Previous positions included serving as Chief Operating Officer with BHI Energy, Vice President of Installation and Modification Services with Westinghouse, and as Managing Director for AREVA T&D. He began his career with Duke Energy.

Morgan has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina, and is currently in the last year of his master’s of business administration degree.

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Joel Mostrom , Interim Chief Financial Officer

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Joel Mostrom is Interim Chief Financial Officer for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

Named to this position in June 2018, he also is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), with significant expertise in developing and implementing strategic business plans, operating budgets and restructuring initiatives, and in improving budgeting processes and financial reporting functions. Mostrom has served as a senior financial and operating executive, as well as interim chief financial officer, for a number of companies.

Prior to joining A&M, Mostrom was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chesapeake Corporation.

Mostrom earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant.

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Jim Muckley , Senior Vice President, Operations

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Jim Muckley is Senior Vice President of Operations for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W). He is responsible for B&W’s Global Project Management Office, Manufacturing, Quality, and Environmental, Health, Safety and Security functions. He also is responsible for Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc. He was named to his position in December 2016.

Muckley previously served as Vice President, Global Parts and Services, within the company’s Power Segment, responsible for the company’s worldwide parts and field engineering services business. Before that, he served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President, B&W Parts, in which he was responsible for the aftermarket parts business for B&W’s boiler and environmental product lines, as well as for its boiler cleaning, controls and diagnostics operations, and ash handling products in the Americas. He joined B&W in 1979 at the company’s Research Center.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Malone University.

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Kenneth Zak , Senior Vice President, B&W MEGTEC

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Ken Zak is Senior Vice President, Industrial Environmental, for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

A strategic leader with a breadth of experience in global industrial, energy and environmental markets, Zak is responsible for B&W’s Industrial Environmental business, which includes its B&W MEGTEC operations.

Prior to assuming his current position in May 2015, Zak was Senior Vice President of Business Operations for B&W MEGTEC. From September 2003 to December 2012, he served as Vice President of the Industrial & Environmental Products Group. From September 1997 to September 2003, he was Director of Marketing & Business Development. He joined B&W MEGTEC in 1992 as Director of Marketing Services.

Before that, he held positions with W.R. Grace & Co. and Owens Corning Fiberglas, primarily serving in commercial development roles at corporate research facilities.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in industrial administration from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

Board of Directors

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Matthew E. Avril , Chairman of the Board of Directors

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Matthew E. Avril serves on the Board of Directors for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environment products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide. He is a member of the strategic advisory board of Vintage Capital Management, a private-equity investment organization specializing in the defense, manufacturing and consumer sectors. Mr. Avril has served and currently serves on the Board of Directors of both publicly and privately held entities.

He served as Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts International, Inc., from November 2016 to March 2017. Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer-elect for Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc., from February to November 2015, after his retirement as President, Hotel Group, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. – a position he held from 2008 to 2012. Before that, from 2002 to 2008, he served in a number of executive leadership positions with Starwood, and from 1989 to 1998, held various senior leadership positions with Vistana.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Miami and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of Florida.

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Henry E. Bartoli , Board of Directors

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Henry E. Bartoli serves on the Board of Directors for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environment products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide. A seasoned executive with more than 35 years of experience in the global power industry, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Power Systems America, LTD from 2004 to 2014.

From 2002 to 2004, he was Executive Vice President of The Shaw Group, after serving in a number of senior leadership roles at Foster Wheeler Ltd. from 1992 to 2002, including Group Executive and Corporate Senior Vice President, Energy Equipment Group, and Group Executive and Corporate Vice President and Group Executive, Foster Wheeler Power Systems Group. Before that, from 1971 to 1992, he served in a number of positions of increasing importance at Burns and Roe Enterprises, Inc.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University, and a master’s in mechanical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Thomas A. Christopher , Board of Directors

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Thomas A. Christopher serves on the Board of Directors for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

He most recently served as Vice Chairman of AREVA NP Inc., and from 2000 to 2009, served as its President and Chief Executive Officer.

From 1973 to 2000, he held positions of increasing responsibility with Westinghouse, including serving as the Vice President and General Manager of Siemens/Westinghouse Power Services Divisions. He spent six years with the U.S. Navy in the nuclear submarine force, holding the naval reactors engineer certification as a lieutenant.

Christopher earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He also served on the Nuclear Energy Institute's Board of Directors from 2000 to 2008.

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Cynthia S. Dubin , Board of Directors

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Cynthia S. Dubin serves on the Board of Directors for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

She is Finance Director for JKX Oil & Gas plc., a Main Board London Stock Exchange-listed oil and gas exploration, development and production company that is the most experienced western operator in Ukraine and an early mover into the independent gas sector in Russia.

Prior to joining JKX Oil & Gas, Dubin was co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Canamens, a start-up oil and gas company with assets in the North Sea, North Africa and the Caspian areas, serving in this role from 2006 to 2011.

Dubin began her career in the banking industry in New York specializing in advising and lending to large energy projects. In 1992, she relocated to London, and from 1993-2005, held positions with Edison Mission Energy, a premier U.S.-owned electric power generator that developed, acquired, financed, owned and operated reliable and efficient power systems for international markets. She became Vice President and Finance Director for the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Operations in 1998.

Dubin earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Georgetown University and completed a comparative business program at Oxford University.

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Brian R. Kahn , Board of Directors

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Brian R. Kahn serves on the Board of Directors for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide. He is the founder and managing partner of Vintage Capital Management, a private-equity investment organization specializing in the defense, manufacturing and consumer sectors. Mr. Kahn is responsible for all aspects of Vintage Capital Management’s transaction sourcing, due diligence and execution.

He previously was Chairman of the Board of Directors of White Electronic Designs Corporation and API Technologies Corp. He also has served as a Director with a number of other companies including Aaron’s, Inc., Integral Systems, and Buddy’s Home Furnishings.

He began his career with Fidelity Investments, and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.

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Leslie Kass , Board of Directors

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Leslie Kass is Chief Executive Officer for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, Kass was Senior Vice President, Industrial, and led the company’s B&W SPIG, B&W MEGTEC and B&W Universal subsidiaries. Previous positions included serving as Vice President of Retrofits and Continuous Emissions Monitoring, Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications, and Vice President, Regulatory and Agency Relationships.

Prior to joining B&W in 2013, she was Vice President of Nuclear Regulatory Affairs for Westinghouse. She has also served as Senior Director of Business Policy and Fuel Supply at the Nuclear Energy Institute, Manager of Engineering Programs and Components at Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One Station, and Senior Project Manager at Entergy’s nuclear operations headquarters. She began her career as a materials engineer with Altran and Duke Engineering & Services

Kass has a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Anne R. Pramaggiore , Board of Directors

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Anne R. Pramaggiore serves on the Board of Directors for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide.

She is President and Chief Executive Officer of ComEd, an electric utility company delivering electricity to 3.8 million customers in Chicago and Northern Illinois.

Pramaggiore joined ComEd in 1998 to work on the company’s transition to competitive energy markets under the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. In her role as ComEd’s lead lawyer and as head of Regulatory Policy, she led major policy work around the restructuring of the Illinois electric industry.

In 2009, Pramaggiore was appointed as ComEd’s Chief Operating Officer and became responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on the electric grid and in customer operations. In that role, she led the company’s effort to set the legislative framework for ComEd’s smart grid build-out, a leading model nationally for modernizing one of the largest utility systems in the country. Pramaggiore was promoted to her current position in February 2012. She is the first female to hold the post of President and Chief Executive Officer at the electric utility.

In addition to her service on the B&W Board of Directors, Pramaggiore also serves as a board member of Chicago Federal Reserve Board, Motorola Solutions, Inc., and several civic and community organizations.

She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Law Review. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Kenneth Siegel , Board of Directors

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Kenneth Siegel has served as President of Diamond Resorts International, Inc. since March 2017, and is a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he played a pivotal role in its emergence as an industry leader prior to its acquisition by Marriott International, Inc. in 2016.

Previous positions included Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Cognizant Corporation, a multinational information services company, and its successor companies. He also has served as a partner at several law firms, focusing primarily on technology, hospitality and private equity clients. He holds a degree in business from Cornell University, a juris doctorate degree from New York University, and is a member of the New York Bar.

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