Wesley R. Edens is the Chairman of our board of directors and has served in this capacity since June 2005. Mr. Edens is a principal and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Mr. Edens has been Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors since August 2009 and a member of the Board of Directors of Fortress since November 2006. Mr. Edens has been a member of the Management Committee of Fortress since 1998. Mr. Edens is responsible for Fortress' private equity and publicly traded alternative investment businesses.
Prior to co-founding Fortress in 1998, Mr. Edens was a partner and managing director of BlackRock Financial Management Inc., where he headed BlackRock Asset Investors, a private equity fund. In addition, Mr. Edens was formerly a partner and managing director of Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Edens is Chairman of the Board of Directors of each of Aircastle Limited, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Eurocastle Investment Limited, Newcastle Investment Corp. and RailAmerica, Inc. and a director of GAGFAH S.A. and Penn National Gaming Inc. Mr. Edens was Chief Executive Officer of Global Signal Inc. from February 2004 to April 2006 and Chairman of the Board of Directors from October 2002 to January 2007. Mr. Edens serves in various capacities in the following two registered investment companies: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Fortress Registered Investment Trust and Fortress Investment Trust II. Mr. Edens previously served on the boards of the following publicly traded company and registered investment companies: Crown Castle Investment Corp.; Fortress Brookdale Investment Fund LLC; Fortress Pinnacle Investment Fund; and RIC Coinvestment Fund LP.
Director, Chief Executive Officer GateHouse Media, Inc.
Michael E. Reed became our Chief Executive Officer in February 2006. He was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. ("CNHI") and had served in that capacity since 1999. Mr. Reed served as CNHI's Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he worked for Park Communications, Inc., a multimedia company, located in Ithaca, New York. Mr. Reed currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Associated Press and he is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Associated Press. He also serves on the board of directors for the Newspaper Association of America and the board of directors for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Mr. Reed formerly was a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Alabama's College of Communication and Information Sciences and was a member of the Grady College Journalism School's Board of Advisors.
Kevin M. Sheehan has been a director since October 2006. Mr. Sheehan currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, which he joined in November 2007. Previously, Mr. Sheehan provided consulting services to Cerebrus Capital Management LP (2006-2007) and Clayton Dubilier & Rice (2005-2006). Mr. Sheehan was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cendant Corporation's Vehicle Services Division from March 2003 until May 2005. From March 2001 until May 2003, Mr. Sheehan served as Chief Financial Officer of Cendant Corporation. From August 1999 to February 2001, Mr. Sheehan was President-Corporate and Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of Avis Group Holdings, Inc. and a Director of that company from June 1999 until February 2001. From September 2005 to December 2007, Mr. Sheehan was on the faculty of Adelphi University, serving as a Distinguished Visiting Professor - Accounting, Finance and Economics. Mr. Sheehan was on the Board of Avis Europe PLC from 2003 to 2005, the Adelphi University School of Business Advisory Board from 2005 to present and the Board of the Long Island Philharmonic from 1999 to 2006. Mr. Sheehan is currently on the Board of West of England and Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School.
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