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Board of Directors

October 15, 2015

EDWIN MOSES, DIRECTOR, CHAIRMAN AND LAUREUS ACADEMY MEMBER – 

Won Olympic gold medals in 1976 and 1984, three World Cup titles, two World Championships and broke the World Record four times as a 400 meter hurdler. A noted humanitarian, he pioneered policies while Chairman of the United States Olympic Committee’s substance abuse, research and education committee (CSARE) and is currently Chairman of the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA). He attended Morehouse College, B.S Physics; Pepperdine University, MBA; and received his Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Edwin makes his home in Atlanta when not traveling as a key member of Laureus’ Global Leadership.

DANIEL MAWICKE, DIRECTOR, FOUNDING MEMBER AND TREASURER – 

Serves as President and CEO of Richemont North America, the leading international luxury group for fine watches, jewelry, writing instruments and fashion; affiliate brands include Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chloé, Dunhill, Montblanc, Baume & Mercier and Officine Panerai, where he has worked for over 20 years.  Launching his career with Coopers and Lybrand in the USA and Switzerland, Dan was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Richemont North America in 1999 prior to becoming President and CEO in 2006. As CEO of Richemont North America, he serves as a Founding Member of Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA.

STEVE CANNON, DIRECTOR – 

Is Chief Executive Officer at AMB Group, LLC. Mr. Cannon served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Mercedes-Benz USA LLC. He was previously the Principal of the The Richards Group. Mr. Cannon began his civilian career as an executive assistant to the president and chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz North America. He moved to Stuttgart and joined a small team tasked with the development, manufacture and launch of the M-Class. In 1998, he moved to the financial services arm and served as Director of Marketing of debis Financial Services (later DaimlerChrysler Financial Services). He left DaimlerChrysler Financial Services in 2000 for key positions in retail and e-business consultancies including Proxicom/Dimension Data. He is a United States Army Airborne Ranger and served as 1st Lieutenant in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain. Mr. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated with honors.

MARCUS ALLEN, DIRECTOR AND LAUREUS ACADEMY MEMBER 

Is an American football legend and is the only player in the history of football to have won a Heisman Trophy, an NCAA National Championship, a Super Bowl, and be named NFL MVP. He has been inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Drafted in the 10th round to the LA Raiders following his stellar career at USC, Marcus is considered one of the greatest goal line and short-yard runners in National Football League (NFL) history. He now serves as a football analyst for CBS Sports. Marcus and his family live in Santa Barbara, California.

NADIA COMANECI, DIRECTOR AND LAUREUS ACADEMY MEMBER –

Is a Romanian gymnast, who won three gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event. She also won two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. One of the best-known gymnasts in the world, she was named as one of the Athletes of the Century in 2000 by the Laureus World Sports Academy. Nadia and her husband Bart Conner, two time Gold medalist in LA 1984 gymnastics, own and manage the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, the Perfect 10 Production Company and several sports equipment shops. They live in Norman, OK with their son Dylan.

DIETMAR EXLER, DIRECTOR  

Is CEO and President of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. Exler previously served as Vice President for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, and Chief Operating Officer of Daimler Financial Services. Originally from Austria, Exler studied at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, where he received his doctorate in law. He also holds a master of laws from the University of Chicago and currently resides in Brookhaven, GA.

THOMAS C. DANZINGER, DIRECTOR AND SECRETARY 

Is Managing Partner in the law firm Danziger, Danziger & Muro, LLP. Tom has been a US Laureus Director since 2011 and he and his firm for ten year prior, were legal advisers to the Global Foundation.  His clients include many international luxury brands and well-known chefs and restaurants. He is also one of the best-known lawyers in the art world, and co-authors a regular column on art-related legal issues in Art + Auction magazine. He lives in New York City with his wife and their twelve-year old son. Tom is an avid (and generally frustrated) golfer who is fluent in French.

CATHY GRIFFIN, DIRECTOR 

Has served various roles in the sports business industry including Pepsi-Cola Sports Marketing, Sports Illustrated Asst. to the Publisher, Interactive Television VP, World Cup Soccer ’94 VP, Nike Consultant, ABC Sports Production, CBS Radio Host, Executive Leadership Search and Career Coaching. An advocate for the benefits of sports participation for men/women and girls/boys, Cathy is a former Director of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with handicapped adults to help bring support for those with challenges – this “vacation” was filmed by CBS Sports and won an Emmy Award. Cathy lives and works from a plane and also from her 500 sq. ft. fishing cabin in Oregon, with her phone and computer by her side.

MICHAEL JOHNSON, DIRECTOR AND LAUREUS ACADEMY MEMBER 

Is an American sprinter who won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships. Currently holding the world and Olympic records in the 400 m, he previously held the world and Olympic record in the 200 m, and the world record in the indoor 400 m. Considered one of the greatest and most consistent sprinters in the history of track and field, Michael works for the BBC, writes for the Dailey Telegraph, owns Michael Johnson Performance, a training facility in Texas for young athletes and Ultimate Performance. He also serves as agent for track and field athletes. He currently works for Arsenal, an academy assisting in the development of young athletes. Michael, his wife and son live in Marin County California.

SANDRA KELLY, DIRECTOR 

Has an extensive professional business background in banking and Human Resources Management. She served as Human Resources and Benefits Officer at Wilmington Savings Fund Society Bank and in corporate companies for over 25 years. Active in the United States Olympic Committee and sports movement, Sandra served on the Olympic Committee’s International Relations Board and was Olympic Protocol Advisor. She has a passion for the City of Philadelphia acting as Ambassador to the City. Supporting her community and professional organizations, she is a Board of Director of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Sports Congress, USO, American Society for Personnel Administration and National Association of Bank Women.

JOSEPH AGRESTA, DIRECTOR 

Is the President of Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corp in Englewood, NJ where he has been employed since 1988.  He served as Chairman of the Mercedes-Benz Dealer Board and is currently the Treasurer of the Audi Regional Advertising Board, Vice Chairman of the Englewood Economic Development Corp and Board Member to the Elisabeth Morrow School. Joseph has also previously served on the Essex Regional Board of Team Capital Bank, the Marketing and Digital Marketing Boards of Mercedes-Benz; served as the President of the Mercedes-Benz Tri-State Dealers, the John Harms Theater, the Bergen Performing Arts Center, the Englewood Chamber of Commerce and the Archdiocese of Newark CYO. Joseph earned his MBA at Columbia University and has an undergraduate degree from Boston College. Joseph is a volunteer fire fighter in the town of Rockleigh, NJ where he resides with his son and daughter.  He is also an avid skier, hockey player, runner and two time marathoner: Boston, 1988 and New York, 2008.

MARK RATCLIFFE, DIRECTOR 

Serves as Managing Director at UBS within the Investment Banking division. Currently Head of Global Client Strategy for the Fixed Income business, his 16 year tenure with UBS has spanned Equities, Foreign Exchange and Fixed Income. During this time he has lived in London, Zurich is has been based in New York for the last 7 years. His career in Finance started in South Africa after completing a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town majoring in Finance and Economics. Mark lives in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Deborah and their 2 daughters and is an avid sports fan. Having been born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, he grew up in a culture where free time was spent with a tennis racket, cricket bat, hockey stick, rugby or soccer ball never far from reach, but his real passion is golf which he has been fortunate to play at a competitive level.

STACEY HALLERMAN, DIRECTOR 

Is Chief Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Richemont North America, Inc.  In addition to overseeing the legal affairs for the company’s 14 luxury brands in the United States and Canada, she is also a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team. Prior to joining Richemont, Stacey was in house IP counsel at Pfizer, where she was responsible for the worldwide clearance, prosecution and enforcement of the company’s trademarks and managed its global anti-counterfeit programs.  Previously, Stacey was in private practice, where she focused on intellectual property, regulatory compliance and advertising law.  She is a past Adjunct Professor at Cardozo School of Law and former Chair of the International Trademark Association’s Online Reference Committee.  Stacey received her JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a BA from McGill University.

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