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James L. Nelson

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Lead Director

Mr. James Nelson is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Net Lease, Inc., a publicly-traded real estate investment trust, and has served as a director and member of the audit committee of Icahn Enterprises GP (IEP) since June of 2001.  Mr. Nelson brings to his service as lead director his significant experience serving as Chief Executive Officer and extensive governance expertise as a director at numerous companies, helping benefit Herbalife Nutrition’s purpose to help people around the world live healthier and happier. 

Mr. Nelson previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eaglescliff Corporation, a specialty investment banking, consulting and wealth management company from 1986 until 2009. From 1998 through 2003, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orbit Aviation, Inc., a company engaged in the acquisition and completion of Boeing Business Jets for private and corporate clients; and from 1995 until 1999, Mr. Nelson was Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of Orbitex Management, Inc., a financial services company in the mutual fund sector.

Mr. Nelson has served as a director on numerous boards including New York REIT, Inc. from 2015 until 2017; Viskase Companies, Inc. from 2003 through 2010.  Also serving as a director of American Entertainment Properties Corp., Tropicana Entertainment Inc., Orbitex Financial Services Group, Shuffle Master, Inc., Pacific Energy Resources Ltd., Cequel Communications, Take Two Interactive Software, Inc., Voltari Corporation (f/k/a Motricity Inc.), VII Peaks Co- Optivist Income BDC II, Inc., Ubiquity Corp.