Debra Hess and David Stevens join Board of Directors; Stephen Hopkins to retire from Board after serving for 20 years; and company expands share repurchase authorization to $250 million
Radian Group Inc. (RDN) announced today the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors and the future retirement of one director upon completion of his current term. The company also announced the Board’s authorization to expand its existing share repurchase program from $100 million to $250 million.
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Debra Hess, former CFO of NorthStar Asset Management Group and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., and David H. Stevens, former president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), have joined Radian’s Board of Directors.
"Radian is pleased to have Debra and Dave join our Board of Directors," said Radian’s Chairman Herb Wender. "Their leadership, strategic insight and depth of experience in the mortgage and real estate industries and government affairs will help strengthen Radian’s position as a market-leading residential mortgage and real estate services enterprise. The addition of two highly qualified directors with skills that complement our strategic focus reinforces our commitment to strong corporate governance and enhancing stockholder value." Hess and Stevens were nominated for election to the board following a comprehensive search process conducted by the board's Governance Committee.
"Radian has a strong, independent Board of Directors composed of proven leaders in mortgage banking, real estate, government, business operations, and capital and secondary markets,” said Radian’s Chief Executive Officer Rick Thornberry. “The addition of Debra and Dave will further strengthen our Board and provide us with valuable insight and guidance to execute our strategic plan for strong growth, value creation and stockholder returns.”
In addition, Radian announced that Stephen T. Hopkins, a director of Radian since 1999, intends to retire from the Board following completion of his current term at the Company’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. He has served as the Chairman of Radian’s Compensation and Human Resources Committee since 2002, and also currently serves as a member of the Board’s Governance Committee and Finance and Investment Committee.
“Radian has been extremely fortunate to have benefited from the service of Steve for two decades,” said Wender. “His experience, leadership and knowledge of the mortgage insurance industry has been invaluable, and on behalf of the company I wish him well in his retirement.”
Expanded Share Repurchase Authorization
The Board of Directors also approved a $150 million increase in authorization for the company’s existing share repurchase plan, for which the full purchase authority of up to $100 million remains available. Based on these actions, the share repurchase plan provides Radian the flexibility to repurchase shares opportunistically from time to time and spend up to $250 million, based on market and business conditions, stock price and other factors. The expanded authorization is effective immediately and expires on July 31, 2020. Radian plans to utilize a Rule 10b5-1 plan, which would permit the company to purchase shares, at pre-determined price targets, when it may otherwise be precluded from doing so.
About Debra Hess
Debra Hess, 54, served as the chief financial officer of NorthStar Asset Management Group and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. from 2011 until 2017 when both NorthStar companies merged with Colony Capital to form Colony NorthStar, Inc. the fifth largest global real estate management company. Prior to her role with NorthStar, Hess was a managing director of Fortress Investment Group where she also served as CFO of Newcastle Investment Group, a mortgage REIT managed by Fortress and CFO of H/2 Capital Partners. She also previously held various positions at Goldman Sachs & Company, Chemical Banking Corporation, and Arthur Anderson & Company. Hess serves on the boards of AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc., a publicly traded company, and CenterPoint Properties Trust.
About David H. Stevens
David H. Stevens, 62, joined the MBA in 2011 and retired as president and CEO in September 2018. MBA, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the national association that represents the real estate finance industry and works to strengthen the nation’s residential and commercial real estate markets, expand homeownership, and improve access to affordable housing. Prior to his position with MBA, Stevens served the Obama Administration and, after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate, served as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner until 2011. Before his government role, Stevens held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of the Long & Foster Companies, including the core real estate company and all affiliated businesses of mortgage, settlement services and insurance. With more than 30 years of experience in mortgage finance, he has held executive level positions in sales, acquisition, investment, risk management and regulatory oversight for organizations including Wells Fargo, Freddie Mac, and World Savings. Stevens serves on the board of Dynex Capital, Inc., a publicly traded internally managed real estate investment trust which invests in mortgage assets on a leveraged basis. In addition, he is senior advisor to Mortgage Media and is currently focused on advisory efforts in real estate finance and providing technical and strategic consultation to financial institutions and intermediaries.
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