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Meet Our Board

Welcome to the Corporate Governance section of the WEX website. This section of our website is intended to provide you with information about our Board of Directors and the policies that govern WEX.

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Melissa Smith, Chair

Ms. Smith has served as the Chair of the Board since September 2019. Ms. Smith assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of WEX and a seat on the Board in January 2014. She has served as the Company’s President since May 2013. Previously, Ms. Smith served as President, The Americas, from April 2011 to April 2013 and as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations from November 2007 to April 2011. From September 2001 through November 2007, Ms. Smith served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. From May 1997 to August 2001, Ms. Smith held various positions of increasing responsibility with the Company. Ms. Smith began her career at Ernst & Young.

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Jack VanWoerkom, Vice Chairman and Lead Director

Mr. VanWoerkom has served as the Vice Chairman and Lead Director of the Board since September 2019. Mr. VanWoerkom served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Porchlight Equity (formerly Highland Consumer Fund), a private equity firm specializing in lower middle market companies, from January 2017 until December 2018. Before serving as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Mr. VanWoerkom served as an Operating Partner at Porchlight Equity from June 2015 until January 2017. From June 2011 until June 2015, Mr. VanWoerkom was retired. From June 2007 until June 2011, Mr. VanWoerkom was employed by The Home Depot, Inc., a home improvement retailer, as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Mr. VanWoerkom served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Staples, Inc., an office supply retailer, from March 2004 to June 2007. From March 1999 to March 2004, Mr. VanWoerkom was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Staples.

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John (Jeb) Bachman

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Bachman was a partner at the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a firm that focuses on audit, assurance, tax and consulting services, from 1989 to 2015. At PwC, Mr. Bachman served as the Operations Leader of the firm’s U.S. Assurance Practice from July 2007 to November 2013, with full operational and financial responsibility for this $4 billion line of business, which included the firm’s audit and risk management practices. Prior to this operational role, Mr. Bachman served for three years as the firm’s Strategy Leader where he was responsible for strategic planning across business units, geographies and industries. Mr. Bachman also served as an audit partner for companies in the industrial manufacturing, financial services, publishing, healthcare and other industries. Mr. Bachman has served on the Board of The Children’s Place, Inc., a children’s specialty apparel retailer since March 2016 and has served on the Board of Grocery Outlet Holding Corp., a discount supermarket company, since November 2019. Mr. Bachman received an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.

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Daniel (Don) Callahan

Prior to his retirement in December 2018, Mr. Callahan was an officer of Citigroup, an American multinational investment bank and financial services corporation. At Citigroup, Mr. Callahan served from October 2007 to December 2018 as the Global Head of Operations and Technology. From July 2005 to July 2007, Mr. Callahan was Managing Director at Credit Suisse, a financial services company. In addition, Mr. Callahan has served as the Executive Chair of Time, a news publication, since April 2019 and Executive Partner at Bridge Growth Partners, a technology investment firm, since October 2019. Mr. Callahan also currently serves as a director on the Columbia University's Teachers College charity board as well as on the boards of several private companies.

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Shikhar Ghosh

Mr. Ghosh is a Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. He has been on the faculty since August 2008 and is Co-Chairman of the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard University. Mr. Ghosh is also currently on the Board of Decision Resources Group, a leading provider of information services to the healthcare industry and Evidence Action, a non-profit organization that provides health services to over 200 million children across multiple countries. From June 2006 until December 2007, Mr. Ghosh was the Chief Executive Officer of Risk Syndication for the Kessler Group, where he enabled bank clients and their endorsing partners to market credit cards. From June 1999 to June 2004, Mr. Ghosh was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Verilytics Technologies, LLC, an analytical software company focused on the financial services industry. In 1993, Mr. Ghosh founded Open Market, Inc., an Internet commerce and information publishing software firm. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Ghosh was the Chief Executive Officer of Appex Corp., a technology company that was sold to Electronic Data Systems Corporation in 1990. From 1980 until 1988, Mr. Ghosh served in various positions with The Boston Consulting Group, a management consulting firm, and was elected as a worldwide partner and a director of the firm in 1988.

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James (Jim) Groch

Mr. Groch assumed a seat on the board in May 2020. From 2009 to June 2020, Mr. Groch served as a C-Suite Executive at CBRE Group, Inc., a Fortune 150 multinational commercial real estate services and investment management firm with over 100,000 employees and $100 billion of assets under investment management. In his roles as the Company’s Global Group President and Chief Investment officer (since May 2019), Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer (March 2014-May 2019), and EVP Strategy and Corporate Finance & Chief Investment Officer (January 2009-March 2014), he was responsible for overseeing or directly executing the Company’s extensive balance sheet, M&A (over 90 acquisitions) and strategy activities, as well as investments via its Trammell Crow Company subsidiary. In addition to his Finance and Corporate Development activities, Mr. Groch was active in technology, leading the development of two significant software platforms still core to CBRE today, and acquiring SaaS companies. Prior to CBRE, from 1991 to 2009, Mr. Groch held numerous senior executive roles at Trammell Crow Company, a NYSE company from 1997 until sold to CBRE in 2006. These roles included President of Funds and Investment Management, Head of Corporate Development, President of Development and Investments - Eastern U.S., and Managing Director of Trammell Crow Northeast. In 1988, Mr. Groch became a partner at Trammell Crow Company, three years after he joined the Company. He received his M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in 1985.

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James Neary

Mr. Neary is a managing director of Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm, which he joined in 2000. Mr. Neary has served as co-head of the Industrial & Business Services team since June 2013 and is also a member of the firm’s executive management group. From 2010 to June 2013, Mr. Neary led the firm’s late-stage efforts in the technology and business services sectors in the U.S. Prior to that, from 2004 to 2010, he was co-head of the technology, media and telecommunications investment efforts in the U.S. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Neary led the firm’s Capital Markets activities. Before joining Warburg Pincus, he was a managing director at Chase Securities, an investment advisory firm. Mr. Neary has been the Chairman of Endurance International Group, a web presence solutions company, since December 2011 and Hygiena, a manufacturer of food safety devices, since August 2016. He is also a director of several private companies and a trustee of The Mount Sinai Health Systems. Mr. Neary has previously served on the Boards of Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., a bank technology processing company, from October 2009 to October 2013, Coyote Logistics, a truck brokerage business now owned by UPS, from November 2007 to September 2015 and Interactive Data Corporation, a firm providing financial market data and analytics and now owned by Intercontinental Exchange, from July 2010 to December 2015.

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Stephen (Steve) Smith

Mr. Smith assumed a seat on the board in September 2019. Mr. Smith serves on the board of directors of L.L.Bean, a privately held retail company, and the Appalachian Mountain Club, a not-for-profit environmental conservation and recreation corporation. Since January 2016, Mr. Smith has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of L.L.Bean. From July 2011 to November 2015, Mr. Smith held various positions at subsidiaries of Walmart, a multinational retail corporation. From April 2015 to November 2015, Mr. Smith oversaw marketing and merchandising for Shanghai-based Yihaodian, a Walmart e-commerce business. From May 2012 to January 2015, Mr. Smith was the Chief Customer Officer of Asda, a Walmart-owned food, fashion and general merchandise business in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Walmart, from 2003 to 2011 Mr. Smith held various leadership positions at Delhaize Group subsidiaries, a Belgium-based food retailer.

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Susan Sobbott

Ms. Sobbott assumed a seat on the Board in December 2018. Ms. Sobbott served on the board of directors of The Children’s Place, the largest publicly-traded specialty retailer of children’s apparel in North America from June 2014 through May 2019. She also serves on the board of Red Ventures, a privately held digital marketing provider for many of the world’s biggest consumer brands. Prior to her retirement in February 2018, Ms. Sobbott was an officer at the American Express Company, a multinational financial services company. At the American Express Company, Ms. Sobbott served from December 2015 to February 2018 as the President of Global Commercial Services, a multibillion-dollar global division. From January 2014 to November 2015, she was President of Global Corporate Payments. From 2004 to January 2014, she was President and General Manager of American Express OPEN, a multibillion-dollar business unit within American Express Company serving small businesses. Ms. Sobbott served as an officer of the firm, as a member of the Business Operating Committee, a group of senior leaders at American Express Company working with the Chief Executive Officer to develop strategic direction, and as a member of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee.

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Regina (Reggie) Sommer

Since March 2005, Ms. Sommer has been a financial and business consultant. From January 2002 until March 2005, Ms. Sommer served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Netegrity, Inc., a leading provider of security software solutions, which was acquired by Computer Associates International, Inc. in November 2004. From October 1999 to April 2001, Ms. Sommer was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Revenio, Inc., a privately-held customer relationship management software company. Ms. Sommer was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Open Market, Inc., an Internet commerce and information publishing software firm, from 1997 to 1999 and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1995 to 1997. From 1989 to 1994, Ms. Sommer was Vice President at The Olsten Corporation and Lifetime Corporation, providers of staffing and healthcare services. From 1980 to 1989, Ms. Sommer served in various positions from staff accountant to senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Sommer served on the Board of SoundBite Communications, Inc., a telecommunications service provider, from 2006 until May 2012, where she was the chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. In addition, she sat on the Board of Insulet Corporation from January 2008 to August 2017, a publicly held provider of an insulin infusion system for people with insulin dependent diabetes. She also served on Insulet’s Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Sommer also sat on the Board of ING Direct, a banking and financial services company, from January 2008 until February 2012, and served as a member of the Audit, Risk Oversight and Investment and the Governance and Conduct Review Committees.