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The J.G. Wentworth Company® Announces Management Updates

RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

The J.G. Wentworth Company® (“J.G. Wentworth” or the “Company”) (JGWE) today announced the following additions and change to its management team.

“As J.G. Wentworth continues to evolve, recruiting and developing key talent will remain critical to executing our strategic vision,” said Stewart A. Stockdale, CEO of J.G. Wentworth. “Drawing upon the diverse expertise of these new leaders, J.G. Wentworth is well-positioned to accelerate growth and sustain progress toward its goals.”

  • Jeff Frutkin, Senior Vice President, Home Lending Marketing and Direct-to-Consumer– In this role, Frutkin oversees all marketing for the J.G. Wentworth Home Lending® business and direct-to-consumer channel. Prior to joining J.G. Wentworth, Frutkin served as Head of Marketing Program Management at CNO Financial Group, where he oversaw direct mail, web marketing, emerging markets, reporting and analytics, direct response TV and new product launches for CNO’s direct-to-consumer channel, Colonial Penn. Prior to CNO, he also held senior marketing roles at New Penn Financial, Advanta Bank Corporation and HSBC. Frutkin reports to John Owens, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer.
  • John Ritz Miller, Senior Vice President and National Head of Retail Lending – As the leader of J.G. Wentworth Home Lending, LLC’s retail network, Miller is focused on supporting and growing existing retail offices, while also identifying new opportunities to expand the retail footprint nationwide. Miller joins J.G. Wentworth from Movement Mortgage, where he served as the Regional Director for the organization’s mid-Atlantic operations. Prior to that, Miller spent over 17 years at Wells Fargo Home Lending. Miller reports to Phil Buscemi, President of J.G. Wentworth Home Lending, LLC.
  • Eliot Rudnicki, Vice President, Business Development, National Accounts – Rudnicki will manage national partnerships, with a focus on engaging affinity organizations and building value-add programs that connect their members with J.G. Wentworth’s suite of products. With over 20 years of experience in affinity marketing and financial services, Rudnicki began his career with affinity-based credit card marketing firm MBNA, and later held senior management positions with Profit Insight, First National Bank of Omaha, PartnersFirst and Dun & Bradstreet. Most recently, Rudnicki was the co-founder and chief executive officer of his own consultancy focused on the establishment, growth and profitability of consumer mortgage, credit card and other loan businesses and portfolios. Rudnicki reports to John Owens, the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer.

In addition, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Roger Gasper has accepted another opportunity outside the organization and will be leaving his position effective May 15, 2017, following the first quarter 2017 earnings conference call and presentation. His move has nothing to do with any disagreements with the Company, its management practices or policies. Gasper will oversee all aspects of the first-quarter filing to ensure a smooth transition ahead of his departure.

“Since joining J.G. Wentworth in 2013, Roger has made contributions to our organization, for which we are grateful. We thank him and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Stockdale. The search for a new CFO is currently underway.

About The J.G. Wentworth Company®

The J.G. Wentworth Company® is focused on providing direct-to-consumer access to financing solutions through a variety of avenues, including: mortgage lending, structured settlement, annuity and lottery payment purchasing, prepaid cards, and access to providers of personal loans.

Mortgage loans are offered by J.G. Wentworth Home Lending, LLC NMLS ID # 2925 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org), 3350 Commission Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192; 888-349-3773.

For more information about The J.G. Wentworth Company®, visit www.jgw.com or use the information provided below.

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Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statements, to report events or to report the occurrence of unanticipated events unless we are required to do so by law.

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