James A. Stern
James A. Stern is an independent member of our Board of Directors and has served as a director of our company since July 2018. Mr. Stern served as a director of CYS Investments, Inc. (“CYS”) from 2006 until its merger with Two Harbors. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cypress Group, Mr. Stern managed the firm’s investing activities. Mr. Stern currently serves as director of OHA Investment Corp. He has served on the boards of directors of a number of corporations including Affinia Group Intermediate Holdings, Inc., Infinity Broadcasting, WESCO International, Inc., Lear Corporation, and Cinemark USA, Inc. Prior to founding The Cypress Group in 1994, Mr. Stern had a twenty year career with Lehman Brothers. He joined the firm in 1974 and was named Managing Director in 1982. In 1988, he joined the firm’s management committee and became co-head of investment banking. He was named head of merchant banking in 1989. Mr. Stern was a trustee of Tufts University from 1982 to 2013 and was Chairman from 2003 to 2013. He is a board member of several charitable organizations including WNET, the Jewish Museum and the Cancer Research Foundation. Mr. Stern was appointed as a director pursuant to contractual rights of CYS granted in the merger agreement between Two Harbors and CYS.