Sidney Knafel - General American Lead Independent Director


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Mr. Sidney R. Knafel is a Lead Independent Director of General American Investors Company, Inc. In addition to his tenure since 1994 as a Director of the Company, Mr. Knafel has served as the Lead Independent Director of the Company since April 2009 and will serve in this role until April 18, 2018 at which time he will relinquish these responsibilities. He is the Managing Partner and founder of SRK Management Company, Inc., a private investment company. Mr. Knafel was the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Insight Communications Company Inc., a cable communications company prior to its acquisition by Time Warner Cable Inc. in 2012. Mr. Knafel also served as a member of the Board of Directors at VirtualScopics, Inc. until 2012 and at Vocollect, Inc. until its acquisition by Intermec Technologies Corporationration in 2011. Mr. Knafel is also affiliated with the following organizations Addison Gallery of American Art, Board of Governors The Frick Collection, Trustee Harvard College, member of the Deans Council The Juilliard School, Trustee Emeritus Phillips Academy, Andover, Charter Trustee Emeritus Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Deans Council The Rogosin Institute, Director and Wellesley College, Trustee Emeritus
Age: 87  Director Since 2009  MBA    
Knafel earned an A.B. from Harvard College and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. With his broad financial and investment background, Mr. Knafel provides the Company’s Board of Directors with valuable financial and investment expertise.

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Elected by the shareholders, the General American's board of directors comprises two types of representatives: General American inside directors who are chosen from within the company, and outside directors, selected externally and held independent of General. The board's role is to monitor General American's management team and ensure that shareholders' interests are well served. General American's inside directors are responsible for reviewing and approving budgets prepared by upper management to implement core corporate initiatives and projects. On the other hand, General American's outside directors are responsible for providing unbiased perspectives on the board's policies.
Diane Radosti, Principal Accounting Officer, Treasurer
Henry Schirmer, Director
Clara Villar, Director
Linda Genid, Assistant Corporate Secretary
Arthur Altschul, Independent Director
Connie Maria, Assistant Corporate Secretary
Lewis Cullman, Independent Director
Spencer Davidson, Chairman of the Board, CEO
Anang Majmudar, Vice President
Eugene Stark, Principal Financial Officer, Vice President - Administration, Chief Compliance Officer
Sidney Knafel, Lead Independent Director
Craig Grassi, Assistant Vice-President
Sally Lynch, Vice President
Michael Robinson, Vice President
Raymond Troubh, Independent Director
Daniel Neidich, Independent Director
Rose Lynch, Director
Andrew Vindigni, Senior Vice President
Liron Kronzon, Vice President
Jeffrey Priest, President
Betsy Gotbaum, Independent Director
Samantha Jin, Treasurer, Principal Accounting Officer
Maureen LoBello, Assistant Secretary
Rodney Berens, Independent Director
John Gordan, Independent Director

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