Bradley M. Shuster
Executive Chairman of the Board
Mr. Shuster has served as Executive Chairman of the Board of NMI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NMIH) since January 2019. Mr. Shuster founded National MI and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company from 2012 to 2018. Prior to founding National MI, Mr. Shuster was a senior executive of The PMI Group, Inc. (NYSE: PMI), where he served as Chief Executive Officer of PMI Capital Corporation. Before joining PMI in 1995, Mr. Shuster was a partner at Deloitte LLP, where he served as partner-in-charge of Deloitte’s Northern California Insurance and Mortgage Banking practices. He holds a B.S. from The University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from The University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Shuster has received both CPA and CFA certifications.
Steven L. Scheid
Mr. Scheid has served as a member of our Board since April 2012. He served on the board of Blue Nile Company, an online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, from 2007 until 2015. Mr. Scheid formerly served on the boards of Janus Capital Group Inc., a global investment firm, from 2002 to 2012, and The PMI Group, Inc. from 2002 to 2009. Mr. Scheid was previously a partner at Strategic Execution Group, a consulting firm, from 2007 to 2012. He served as the chairman of Janus Capital Group Inc. until 2012 and also served as the chief executive officer from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Scheid was an operating partner at Thoma Bravo, LLC, a private equity firm from 2008 to 2011. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Scheid served in multiple senior executive positions for Charles Schwab Corporation. He was vice chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation and president of the Schwab Retail Group. Prior to these roles, Mr. Scheid served as Schwab’s chief financial officer and was the chief executive officer of Charles Schwab Investment Management. He served as the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s representative on the Federal Advisory Council in Washington, D.C. from September 2000 to February 2002. Mr. Scheid is a certified public accountant and holds a B.S. in accounting from Michigan State University.
Mr. Embler has served on our Board since July 2012. Mr. Embler has over 20 years of experience in investments and financial markets. Mr. Embler also serves on the boards of American Airlines Group (from 2013) and Mohonk Preserve (from 2014), a non-profit nature preserve. Previously, he was on the boards of CIT Group (2009-2016), Abovenet, Inc. (2003-2012), Dynegy Inc. (2011-2012), Kindred Healthcare (2001-2008) and Grand Union Company (1999-2000). Mr. Embler served as the chief investment officer of Franklin Mutual Advisers LLC, an asset management subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc., overseeing approximately $60 billion in assets and 25 investment professionals. He joined Franklin in 2001 and retired in 2009. Prior to serving as chief investment officer, he managed the firm’s distressed investing strategy. Previously, from October 1992 until May 2001, he held various positions at Nomura Holdings America. In his role as managing director from 2000 until 2001, Mr. Embler managed a team which invested a proprietary fund focused on distressed and other event-driven corporate investments. Mr. Embler received a B.S. in economics from the State University of New York at Albany and earned an M.B.A. in finance from George Washington University.
Ms. Huskins joined our Board in 2021. She has deep knowledge of the insurance industry and extensive board experience. Ms. Huskins currently is Senior Vice President and partner at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., a commercial insurance brokerage firm, where she also serves as a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to joining Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., Ms. Huskins was a corporate attorney with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She is a director of Realty Income Corporation, a publicly traded commercial REIT, where she serves as chair of its compensation committee and as a member of its nominating and corporate governance committee. Ms. Huskins earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.
James G. Jones
Mr. Jones has served on our Board since July 2012. Mr. Jones also serves as an independent director on the boards of Advanced Payment Solutions (from 2004), Bora Payment Systems (from 2009), Community Lend (from 2008) and Qualpay (from 2015) and has previously served on the boards of Visa USA, E- Loan, Inc., BA Merchant Services, DebtMarket, Residential Capital, LLC and Bank of America, NA. Previously, he held senior executive positions for major banks and financial services companies. From May 1992 to September 2000, Mr. Jones served as the group executive vice president for consumer credit and subsequently as president of direct banking at Bank of America. He was a vice chairman at Providian Financial Services from September 2000 to June 2003. He was a senior executive vice president with Universal Savings Bank from November 2004 until March 2006. He subsequently served as chief executive officer of Aegis Mortgage from October 2006 to February 2007, after which he served as the chief executive officer at GMAC Residential Capital, a major participant in US residential finance, from February 2007 to August 2008. From January 2010 to January 2015, Mr. Jones served as the chairman and chief executive officer of AccountNow, Inc., a leading internet prepaid card issuer. Mr. Jones also directed consumer finance business lines at Citicorp (1974 to 1978), Crocker National Bank (1978 to 1983) (including mortgage servicing) and Wells Fargo (1983 to 1992) (including residential finance). Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in psychology from Washburn University, an M.A. in industrial psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas.
Lynn S. McCreary
Ms. McCreary joined the Board in May 2019. She is a seasoned executive with extensive knowledge of the financial services industry, including legal, governance and risk. She retired from Fiserv, Inc., a global leader in payments and fintech, where, as chief legal officer and corporate secretary, she was a member of the executive committee and an advisor to the CEO, board and business leaders on a broad array of business and legal matters. Ms. McCreary was responsible for the legal affairs of the organization, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, commercial contracts, employment matters, securities, intellectual property, litigation and government compliance. She also served as the chief ethics and compliance officer and was the executive sponsor of the company’s Women’s Impact Network, an employee resource organization within the company. Prior to joining Fiserv, Ms. McCreary spent over 16 years in private practice at an international law firm representing commercial, retail, financial and insurance companies’ interests. Ms. McCreary earned a bachelor’s degree from Western New England College and a J.D., with distinction, from Washburn University School of Law.
Claudia J. Merkle
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Ms. Merkle joined our Board in January 2019, commensurate with her appointment as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO of National MI, Claudia Merkle is responsible for the company’s day-to-day management, financial performance, and long-term growth strategy. She joined National MI in 2012 as Senior Vice President of Underwriting Fulfillment and Risk Operations, and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief of Insurance Operations in 2013, Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and President in May 2018. Ms. Merkle has played an instrumental role in building and leading National MI’s sales and marketing functions, underwriting fulfillment, risk operations and servicing departments. Merkle is the recipient of the 2017 HousingWire Vanguard Award and HousingWire’s 2016 Women of Influence Award, and was recognized on MReport’s 2015 Leading Ladies List. Prior to joining National MI, Ms. Merkle held executive leadership positions within the mortgage banking and mortgage insurance industries, including senior business development, operations and risk management roles. Ms. Merkle holds a B.S. in management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Montgomery has served on our Board since July 2012. He has served on the boards of directors for numerous regulated entities, including FDIC-insured banks, mortgage origination companies, mortgage servicing companies, broker dealers and investment advisers. Mr. Montgomery was a member of the boards of directors of Barclays Bank Delaware from 2005 until 2012 and of Barclays Capital Inc. and Barclays Group US, Inc. from 2002 until 2012. In April 2013, Mr. Montgomery joined Glendon Capital Management as its chief compliance officer. From July 2010 until April 2013, Mr. Montgomery served as chief compliance officer of Barclays Asset Management Group LLC. Previously, Mr. Montgomery served as chief executive officer of Barclays Group US, Inc. the top-tier U.S. holding company for Barclays from 2003 until 2010, and he has significant experience as an audit committee member. From July 2006 to July 2010, he served as chief administrative officer of Mortgage Origination and Servicing at Barclays Capital, a position in which he managed mortgage origination and servicing activities and coordinated the underwriting, production, warehousing and servicing functions with its New York-based asset securitization business. From 1998 until 2000, Mr. Montgomery served as chief financial officer for Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. He served in various positions at Goldman Sachs & Co. from 1987 to 1998, including as vice-president of UK Regulatory Reporting, vice-president of Subsidiary Accounting, vice-president and director of Regulatory Reporting and chief financial officer of Goldman Sachs Canada. Mr. Montgomery has also previously held operating roles as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer and has served on several industry-wide committees for the Securities Industry Association, the Bond Market Association and the Public Securities Association. Mr. Montgomery earned a B.A. in economics and French literature from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Ms. Muehlhauser joined the Board in March 2017. Ms. Muehlhauser is a seasoned finance executive with over 30 years of experience in wholesale real estate lending, administration and treasury management services. Ms. Muehlhauser retired as President of Bank of America, San Francisco, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (BAC), in 2004. BAC is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, businesses, institutional investors and governments with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. Ms. Muehlhauser was a member of BAC’s Global Management Operating Committee and was Global Treasury Management Executive, responsible for the sales and delivery of treasury management services to large corporations in 35 countries and approximately two million commercial and small business companies in the United States. From 1997 until 2004, Ms. Muehlhauser reported to the Chairman & CEO as Executive Vice President, overseeing BAC’s Client Focus Initiative, having joined Bank of America in 1991 as Senior Vice President. In 1993, Ms. Muehlhauser was promoted to Executive Vice President, and during 1994, served as Chair of the Diversity Advisory Counsel. Ms. Muehlhauser began her career at Wells Fargo Bank where she held a variety of client management and organizational leadership responsibilities within the real estate industries group, rising to senior-vice president. In June 2003, Treasury & Risk Management Magazine named her among the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” in the United States. In 2002, 2003 and 2004, Ms. Muehlhauser was named as one of the most influential women in the San Francisco Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2002, she received the Woman of Honor award by the Chinese Historical Society of America for her impact on society as a business leader and was named 2006 Board Leader Volunteer of the Year for the San Francisco and San Mateo, California counties. Ms. Muehlhauser earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University.
James H. Ozanne
Mr. Ozanne has served on our Board since April 2012. He has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry, including senior level executive positions at several leasing, rental and consumer finance businesses. Mr. Ozanne has served since 2015 as an operating partner at Harkness Capital Partners, an investment venture with a focus on supporting the growth of high-quality, lower middle market companies. He has been a director of Ensync Energy, a provider of electrical energy, control and storage systems, since 2011. From 2012 until 2015, Mr. Ozanne served as a director of United Rentals, Inc. From 2007 to 2012, he served as a director (lead director 2010 to 2012) of RSC Holdings, Inc., a nationwide equipment rental company. From 1989 to 2009 he served as a director of Financial Security Assurance Holdings Ltd., a provider of guaranty insurance on municipal bonds and other public finance projects. Mr. Ozanne was also a director at Distributed Energy Systems Corp., a company that created and delivered wind and hydrogen power solutions from 2002 to 2009. From 1983 to 1989, Mr. Ozanne served as executive vice president of GE Capital Corporation and was responsible for the consumer finance and operating lease/asset management business units. He served as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of North American Car Corporation, the railcar leasing subsidiary of Flying Tiger Lines, from 1975 to 1983. Mr. Ozanne holds a B.S. from DePaul University.
Bradley M. Shuster