David Kaplan has served as Chairman and a director of the Company since October 2013. He is a Senior Partner and Co-Head of the Private Equity Group of Ares Management. Mr. Kaplan is also a Founding Member of Ares and serves on the Firm’s Management Committee. He additionally serves on several of the investment committees for the funds managed by the Ares Private Equity Group. Mr. Kaplan joined Ares Management in 2003 from Shelter Capital Partners, LLC, where he was a Senior Principal from June 2000 to April 2003. From 1991 through 2000, Mr. Kaplan was affiliated with, and a Senior Partner of, Apollo Management, L.P. and its affiliates, during which time he completed multiple private equity investments from origination through exit. Prior to Apollo Management, L.P., Mr. Kaplan was a member of the Investment Banking Department at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. Mr. Kaplan currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Smart & Final Holdings, Inc., and as a member of the Boards of Directors of 99¢ Only Stores, Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc., and Guitar Center Holdings, Inc.,. Mr. Kaplan’s previous public company Board of Directors experience includes Maidenform Brands, Inc. where he served as the company’s Chairman, GNC Holdings, Inc., Dominick’s Supermarkets, Inc. Stream Global Services, Inc., Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corporation, and Allied Waste Industries Inc. Mr. Kaplan also serves on the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and serves on the Los Angeles Advisory Council to the University of Michigan. Mr. Kaplan graduated with High Distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration with a B.B.A. concentrating in Finance.