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Doug Fieldhouse
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Doug Fieldhouse was a founding investor in Vesta in 1995 and was appointed president and chief executive officer in May 1997. Prior to Vesta, Doug spent 15 years engaged in building and leading businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia. His experiences include building and operating law firms, international non-profits, and high-tech enterprises. He has worked closely with a number of Fortune 500 companies and leading international financial institutions. Since joining Vesta, Doug has been recognized as an entrepreneur, leader and innovator, and was named Ernst & Young's 2009 Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur Of The Year®. Additionally, he received the 2008 Entrepreneurship Award for Individual Achievement from the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and has been previously recognized by Computerworld, Fast Company, and Inc. magazines. He is a featured author in Smart Business Growth, a book by CEOs of fast-growing companies on strategies and methods behind successful growth and holds two US patents. Doug earned a BA degree in International Relations from Antioch College.

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Tracy Metzger
Chief Operating Officer

Tracy Metzger directs operational improvements across Vesta's global technology, product management, service delivery, payments, and account management functions. He brings over 20 years of senior executive experience in the payments industry, most recently as CIO of North American Bankcard where he led worldwide operations in supporting nearly 300,000 merchants. Tracy has also been president and chief technology officer at TGate Payments, president and CIO of Abanco International, a payments and technology company, as well as CIO of Gate Gourmet and VP of IT at Concord EFS, among other positions. He is a featured speaker at industry conferences and his commentary is regularly sought by leading technology, payments, and business news publications. Tracy holds a degree in Telecommunications Management.

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Tom Nebel
Chief Financial Officer

With over 15 years of international financial experience, Tom Nebel oversees Vesta's corporate financial reporting, treasury, tax, audit, and internal accounting operations. Before joining Vesta, he served in the UK as a financial reporting consultant for Flint Group and as the US GAAP accountant for Central European Media Enterprises (CME). Tom also spent five years in the external audit department with KPMG in the Czech Republic and the US. Nebel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration — Accounting from Gonzaga University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Eric Hopper
Chief Technology Officer

Eric Hopper leads Vesta's global engineering team and works closely with Operations, IT, Accounting, and Business Development groups to develop and launch new products and services. Eric brings over 30 years of engineering experience to his role and has been recognized as an inventor on two Vesta patents. Before joining Vesta in 1995, Eric supported the Data Management team for U.S. Bank, where he led the institution's efforts to bring cross-sell automation features to five states in the Pacific Northwest.

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Jonathan Le
Chief Risk and Data Officer

Jonathan Le has over 15 years of broad experiences in payment fraud, predictive modeling, payments, and identity management. He is the leader for Vesta's data and risk management teams including the analytic scientists that build and manage the high performance fraud solution that enables Vesta to indemnify billions of dollars in transaction volume annually. Previously, Jonathan was a research scientist at the University of South Carolina and has also served as a principal investigator for a National Science Foundation program, working with a team of leading international scientists in oceanography. Jonathan earned a BS degree in Geophysics from Tong-Ji University, Shanghai, China and a PhD degree in Geophysics from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

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Rodrigo Naranjo
SVP and GM, Latin America

Rodrigo Naranjo oversees Vesta's Latin American operations. With more than 20 years of experience in strategy, sales, operations, and finance, Rodrigo has held senior leadership positions for a number of technology businesses across the globe. Prior to joining Vesta, Rodrigo was chief operating officer for Tristar Group, a Dubai-based leader in logistics technology. While there, he managed the Group's operations across 18 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He also served as vice president of Gulf Business Machines and director of IBM Global Technology Services, transforming both organizations into high-growth cloud and managed services businesses. Rodrigo earned an MA in Financial Economics from the University of Essex and an MBA in Business Administration from New York University.

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Board of Directors

Doug Fieldhouse
Chairman

Doug Fieldhouse was a founding investor in Vesta in 1995 and was appointed president and chief executive officer in May 1997. Prior to Vesta, Doug spent 15 years engaged in building and leading businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia. His experiences include building and operating law firms, international non-profits, and high-tech enterprises. He has worked closely with a number of Fortune 500 companies and leading international financial institutions. Since joining Vesta, Doug has been recognized as an entrepreneur, leader and innovator, and was named Ernst & Young's 2009 Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur Of The Year®. Additionally, he received the 2008 Entrepreneurship Award for Individual Achievement from the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and has been previously recognized by Computerworld, Fast Company, and Inc. magazines. He is a featured author in Smart Business Growth, a book by CEOs of fast-growing companies on strategies and methods behind successful growth and holds two US patents. Doug earned a BA degree in International Relations from Antioch College.

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Patrick S. Jones
Director

Patrick S. Jones serves on the board of directors of Itesoft, a French public company that is a leader in business automation software, Fluidigm, a public company that makes instruments and solutions for immune-oncology research and Talend, a public big data software integration company. From 1998-2001, he was the Senior Vice President-CFO of Gemplus SA, (now Gemalto), a leader in smartcards and secure transactions. Prior to Gemplus, he served as Intel Corp's Vice President of Finance-Corporate Controller from 1992-1998 during a period of phenomenal growth from $8 billion to over $25 billion in revenues. He was previously Chairman of the Board of InsideSecure, a public software company that was a leader in encrypted content protection and transaction security. Mr. Jones holds a BA degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA degree from St Louis University. He has been a director of Vesta since 2009.

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James L. Liang
Director

James L. Liang is an investor in early-stage SaaS and technology-enabled services companies. He is the Chairman of the Board of Medical Tracking Solutions, Inc. and serves on the board of directors of NeuroInitiative, LLC, Vincere Biosciences, Inc, and Acclivity Health Solutions, Inc. Mr. Liang is also an Operating Advisor for Updata Partners, a growth equity firm. He brings to Vesta over 30 years of strategy, finance and corporate development expertise gained from working at Morgan Stanley, where he advised and worked with a wide range of technology companies, and IBM, where he served as the head of strategy for its global services business. Mr. Liang has been investing in early stage companies since 2011, assisting his portfolio companies on matters including business strategy, sales strategy, budgeting, capital raising and negotiating exits. He was an investor and Board member of The Data Council, Inc., which was sold to Advantage Solutions, Inc. in July 2017. Mr. Liang graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, holds a Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics/Economics from Brown University, and a MBA in Finance/Marketing from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He has been a director of Vesta since 2014.

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David Mars
Director

David Mars has been with White Owl Capital since 2007, investing in early stage technology, healthcare and energy companies. He currently serves on the board of directors of Mass Appeal Media Inc., Turncare Inc., Windstream Energy LLC, and Global Potential, a non-profit. Prior to joining White Owl, Mr. Mars was the Director of Strategy & Business Development at IDT Telecom and one of the founders of Steamtunnels, Inc. He also worked as an Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Mars is a graduate of Boston University, magna cum laude, and received an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a director of Vesta since 2016.

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Cass Traub
Director

Cass Traub has been with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. since 2005 and is currently a Managing Director within Oaktree's Special Situation Group, overseeing investments in the telecom, media and technology sectors. Prior to joining Oaktree, he spent over two years as an Analyst at UBS Investment Bank, gaining experience in M&A, leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and debt financings. Mr. Traub received an A.B. degree in Economics with an emphasis in Finance from Princeton University. He has been a director of Vesta since 2015.

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William R. Ziegler, Esq.
Director

Bill Ziegler is a private venture capital investor and a director of several companies in numerous industries. Mr. Ziegler is Chairman of Shera International., iForce Group Ltd., Somerset Gas Transmission, Tablogix International Ltd., and Windstream Energy LLC. He also holds directorships in American Coradius, Inc. and La Crosse Milling Company. In addition, he is of counsel to the law firm of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP. Mr. Ziegler holds a BA degree in Economics from Amherst College, an MBA degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and an LLB degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He has been Chairman of Vesta since 1996.

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