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Lord William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor

Mr. Astor has served on the board of directors since June 2014 and is a British businessman and politician who has sat as an elected hereditary peer in the House of Lords since 1973. He served both in the Governments of Lady Thatcher and of John Major from 1989 to 1996, subsequently as Minister in the Department of National Heritage, then as Conservative Opposition spokesman in the House of Lords from 1997 to 2010, and is currently the Chairman of Silvergate Media Limited, which owns, manages, and develops family entertainment brands in the United Kingdom. Mr. Astor is a non-executive director of Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd, which is listed on the Calgary Stock Exchange, and is also a director of a number of private companies in the United Kingdom. He also serves as Chairman of Ancroft Tractors Ltd., a farm machinery dealer, and as director of Cliveden Securities Ltd., a corporate finance advisor. Previously, he was Deputy Chairman of Chorion Plc, a director of both Urbium Plc and Networkers International Plc, a global recruitment consultancy listed on the Alternative Investment Market (“AIM”), in London since 2007, which specializes in telecommunications, information technology and financial markets.

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