Board of Directors

Maiden Holdings‘ board consists of nine distinguished professionals. Our board members are all leaders with diverse backgrounds and decades of experience managing risk and helping companies grow.

Barry D. Zyskind
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Barry D. Zyskind has served as non-executive Chairman of our Board of Directors since June 2007 and is a Founding Shareholder of the Company. Since 1998, Mr. Zyskind has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (“AmTrust”), a multinational property and casualty insurer specializing in commercial lines coverage for small to mid-size businesses, and Chairman since 2016. Prior to joining AmTrust, Mr. Zyskind was an investment banker at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in New York. Mr. Zyskind holds an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business. Mr. Zyskind is the son-in-law of Leah Karfunkel, who is a major shareholder of the Company and serves on the board of directors of AmTrust and National General Holding Corporation (“NGHC”), a holding company of the former GMAC Insurance personal lines companies. Mr. Zyskind has been a director of NGHC since 2013.
Holly Blanchard
Independent Director
Holly L. Blanchard has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2019, and she currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Blanchard is the President and Managing Member of Regulatory Insurance Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in insurance regulatory matters and enterprise risk management that she formed in January 2016. Ms. Blanchard has over 20 years of insurance experience including extensive market conduct, Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), and regulatory expertise. Ms. Blanchard previously served as Life and Health Administrator for the Nebraska Department of Insurance ("Department")  overseeing the Department’s product and rate operations, including the Department’s implementation of the ACA.   Ms. Blanchard also served as the Department’s Market Conduct Examiner in Charge. Ms. Blanchard holds a B.S. in Speech Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a B.A. in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. Ms. Blanchard holds several industry designations, is a Past-President and current member of the Board of Directors for the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society, and a past Board of Directors member for the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals. Ms. Blanchard also serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for American Life and Securities Corp. and is on the Leadership Counsel for the National Small Business Association. Ms. Blanchard also is active in multiple committees and sub-committees of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and she presents at National Trade Organization conferences frequently as a subject matter expert in varied insurance topics.

• Member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
• Member of the Audit Committee
Patrick Haveron
Director
Patrick J. Haveron has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2019, has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer since May 2020, served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from September 2018 to May 2020, and has served as President of our wholly owned subsidiary Maiden Reinsurance Ltd. since February 2014. Mr. Haveron served as Executive Vice President from November 2009 to May 2020. Mr. Haveron is also a director of several of our wholly owned subsidiaries. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Haveron was President and Chief Executive Officer of Preserver Group, Inc., a publicly-traded property and casualty insurer, after having served in a variety of financial and executive leadership roles since 1988. Mr. Haveron was also Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Tower Group, Inc., a publicly-traded property and casualty insurer, from 2007 to 2009 after its acquisition of Preserver in 2007. Mr. Haveron has previously served on the board of governors of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, and holds a B.S. from the University of Scranton.
Simcha G. Lyons
Independent Director
Simcha G. Lyons has been a member of our Board of Directors since June 2007, and he currently serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Since 2005, Mr. Lyons has served as a senior advisor to The Ashcroft Group, LLC of Washington, D.C., a strategic consulting firm that was founded by the former Attorney General of the United States, John Ashcroft. Mr. Lyons also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Ashcroft Law Firm and as a Senior Advisor to Banner Public Affairs, a political lobbying/consulting company in Washington DC. Since 2017, Mr. Lyons has served on the Board of Directors of Better Air Ltd., an Australian biotechnology company. Mr. Lyons is also the Founder and President of the John C. Danforth Society. Mr. Lyons previously served by appointment of the President of the United States  on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. In addition, Mr. Lyons has been the chairman of Lyons Global Insurance Services, LLC since 2009. Since 2003, he has also served as chairman of Lyons Global Advisors Ltd., a political consulting firm. Prior to 2002, Mr. Lyons was Vice-Chairman of Raskas Foods of St. Louis, Missouri.

• Member of the Audit Committee
• Committee Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Lawrence F. Metz
Director
Lawrence F. Metz has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2019, and has served as President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company since September 2018. He previously served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from February 2016 to August 2018, and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from June 2009 to February 2016. Mr. Metz serves as chairman of our wholly owned subsidiary, Maiden Reinsurance Ltd. and is also chairman or a director of several of our wholly owned subsidiaries. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Metz served as Vice President, General Counsel - US Operations and Assistant Secretary of AmTrust. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Metz served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of a publicly-traded provider of information management and business process optimization solutions. Mr. Metz holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Mr. Metz serves on the Board of Overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, and formerly served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Legal Subcommittee of the Legal and Government Affairs Committee of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, and also formerly served on the Board of Advisors of the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance.
Raymond M. Neff
Independent Director
Raymond M. Neff has been a member of our Board of Directors since June 2007, and he currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee. He is also chairman of Sabal Palm Bank since 2007, chairman and CEO of Beacon Aviation Insurance Services since 2010, and on the board of directors of the not-for-profit Sarasota Gulf Coast CEO Forum. Since 1999, Mr. Neff has served as President of Neff & Associates, Inc. and Insurance Home Office Services, LLC. He previously worked at the FCCI Insurance Group from 1986 to 1999, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1987 to 1999. He was previously Chairman of the Board of the Florida Workers' Compensation Joint Underwriting Association. Mr. Neff has held various positions at the Department of Labor and Employment Security and the Department of Insurance for the State of Florida. Mr. Neff previously worked at an insurance consulting group, a multi-line insurance agency and the Department of Insurance for the State of Michigan. Mr. Neff holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Accounting from Central Michigan University and an M.A. in Actuarial Science from the University of Michigan. Mr. Neff is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.

• Committee Chair of the Audit Committee
• Audit Committee Financial Expert
• Member of the Compensation Committee
Yehuda L. Neuberger
Director
Yehuda L. Neuberger has been a member of our Board of Directors since January 2008. Mr. Neuberger is a private equity investor, investing across a broad spectrum of companies. Mr. Neuberger also serves in a leadership and board capacity with numerous, large not-for-profit organizations. Between December 2001 and December 2013, Mr. Neuberger held various senior leadership positions (including Executive Vice President and Director) at American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC. Prior to joining American Stock Transfer, Mr. Neuberger practiced as an attorney with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Mr. Neuberger holds a B.S. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Neuberger is the son-in-law of George Karfunkel, who is a Founding Shareholder of the Company, as well as a major shareholder and a director of AmTrust.
Steven H. Nigro
Vice Chairman & Lead Independent Director
Steven H. Nigro has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2007, as our Lead Independent Director since November 2016, our Vice Chairman since August 2018, and currently serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Nigro has over 35 years of experience in financial services and specializes in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for the insurance industry. In September 2012, Mr. Nigro became the Managing Partner of TAG Financial Institutions Group, LLC, an investment and merchant bank focusing on the financial services industry with specific concentration in the insurance industry. From 2011 to 2012, he was the Managing Director and Head of the Financial Services practice at Allegiance Capital Corporation.  In 2005, Mr. Nigro co-founded Pfife Hudson Group, an investment bank specializing in the insurance industry and previously served as a Managing Director at Rhodes Financial Group, LLC and Hales & Company, both financial advisory firms catering exclusively to the insurance industry. From 1994 to 1998, he was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and a Director of Tower Group, Inc., an insurance holding company where he was responsible for financial and regulatory management, strategic planning and corporate finance. Mr. Nigro served as a Director of Clear Blue Financial Holdings, LLC from October 2015 through September 2016. Mr. Nigro began his career with Arthur Young and Co. and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York. Mr. Nigro graduated from the University at Albany with a major in Accounting and minor in Economics.

• Member of the Audit Committee
• Committee Chair of the Compensation Committee
Keith A. Thomas
Independent Director
Keith A. Thomas has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2019, and he currently serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Thomas has over 35 years of experience in capital markets, asset management and alternative investment sales. Since 2017, Mr. Thomas has been a principal at Blueprint Capital Advisors, a partner to sophisticated institutional investors in hedge fund and other alternative strategies. Since 2006, Mr. Thomas has served as a senior executive for marketing and business development at a number of institutional funds, including EIM Management (USA) Inc., a provider of hedge fund solutions for institutional investors, Muirfield Capital Management, a fund of hedge funds started by key executives from Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc., and as an advisor to a number of emerging managers.  Previously, Mr. Thomas served as Senior Vice President in derivative products departments at Smith Barney servicing institutional clients such as New York State Common Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.  Mr. Thomas graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Marketing & Humanities.  Mr. Thomas serves as a Trustee of The Lincoln Fund. He also was a founding board member of New York Cares and served as a trustee of the WNYC Radio Foundation for 25 years.

• Member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
• Member of the Compensation Committee