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Directors

To view members of various board committees, please visit our Corporate Governance & Committee Composition page.

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William A. Furman

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Furman has served as a member of the Board since 1981 and as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since 1994. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since January 2014. Mr. Furman has been associated with the Company and its predecessor companies since 1974. Prior to 1974, Mr. Furman was Group Vice President for the Leasing Group of TransPacific Financial Corporation. Earlier he was General Manager of the Finance Division of FMC Corporation. Mr. Furman formerly served as a director of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., a steel recycling and manufacturing company.

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Admiral Thomas B. Fargo

Lead Director & Independent Director

Admiral Fargo has served as a member of the Board since 2015 and holds the position of Lead Director. Admiral Fargo is a retired military commander with subsequent private sector experience in maritime and other transportation industries. As commander of the U.S. Pacific Command from 2002 until 2005, Admiral Fargo led the world’s largest unified command while directing the joint operations of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. In this role, Admiral Fargo acted as U.S. military representative for collective defense arrangements in the Pacific, ultimately responsible to the President and the Secretary of Defense through the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Admiral Fargo’s naval career included six tours in Washington, D.C. and extensive duties in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East, including serving as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander of the Naval Forces of the Central Command. Admiral Fargo serves on the Boards of Directors for Hawaiian Electric Industries, Matson and United States Automobile Association. Previously, he served as the Chairman of Huntington Ingalls Industries, America's largest military shipbuilder, and on the Boards of Northrop Grumman Corporation, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and Hawaiian Airlines.

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Wanda Felton

Independent Director

Ms. Felton has served as a member of the Board since 2017. Ms. Felton has over 30 years of financial industry experience in commercial and investment banking. Ms. Felton was a Presidential Appointee, twice confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the board of the Export Import Bank of the United States as Vice Chair of the Board and First Vice President from June 2011 to November 2016. In that role, she was on a team of economic deputies that advised the National Security Staff and the President’s Export Council. Ms. Felton was actively engaged in helping U.S. companies penetrate international markets and develop pragmatic financing solutions to win sales. Ms. Felton had oversight responsibility for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and enterprise risk management functions, and served on the bank’s credit committee, which is responsible for approving debt financings over $10 million for a broad range of financing types across a range of industries. A significant portion of such financings supported the export of U.S.-manufactured transportation equipment, including rail equipment and aircraft, to emerging markets. From 2018-2019, she served as an independent director on the board of LogiCorp Transportation, at the time, the largest Black- and Latino-owned trucking company in the U.S. In 2020, Ms. Felton was appointed to Senior Advisor at Spencer Stuart, a leading global executive search and leadership advisory firm. As Senior Advisor, Ms. Felton advises Spencer Stuart's North American Board Practice on expanding diversity capabilities and recruiting efforts. Ms. Felton also serves as a Trustee of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

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Graeme A. Jack

Independent Director

Mr. Jack has served as a member of the Board since 2006. He is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Hong Kong. Mr. Jack is an independent non-executive director of COSCO Shipping Development Company Limited, the trustee manager of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust and Hutchison China Meditech Limited.

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Duane C. McDougall

Independent Director

Mr. McDougall has served as a member of the Board since 2003 and as Lead Director from 2014-2021. Mr. McDougall served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boise Cascade, LLC, a privately held manufacturer of wood products, from December 2008 to August 2009. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Willamette Industries, Inc., an international forest products company, from 1998 to 2002. Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer, he served as Chief Accounting Officer during his 23-year tenure with Willamette Industries, Inc. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Boise Cascade until April 2015 and still serves as a director on the Board and also serves as a Director of StanCorp Financial Group, which was acquired in March 2016 by a Japanese company, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company. Mr. McDougall has also served as a Director of West Coast Bancorp, a position from which he resigned effective December 31, 2011; as a Director of Cascade Corporation until its sale in 2013; and as a Director of several non-profit organizations.

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David L. Starling

Independent Director

Mr. Starling has served as a member of the Greenbrier Board of Directors since 2017. Mr. Starling also serves as Chairman of the Board of Ports America, the largest port and terminal operator in the United States. Additionally, Mr. Starling is a Senior Advisor for Oaktree Infrastructure Fund, with nearly $2.5 billion assets under management, and a part of Oaktree Capital Management. The Fund invests in companies that provide products and services to support infrastructure assets. Previously, Mr. Starling served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kansas City Southern (KCS), a Class I railroad, from 2010 to 2016. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of KCS from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kansas City Southern de Mexico. Mr. Starling has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Panama Canal Railway Company and Panarail. Before joining KCS, Mr. Starling served as President and Director General of Panama Canal Railway Company from 1999 through 2008.

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Charles J. Swindells

Independent Director

Mr. Swindells has served as a member of the Board since 2005. He also provides consulting services to the Company on international projects. Mr. Swindells is currently engaged as an advisor to Bessemer Trust, an independent provider of investment management and wealth planning to families and individuals. Mr. Swindells served as the Vice Chairman, Western Region of U.S. Trust, Bank of America, Private Wealth Management from August 2005 to January 2009. Mr. Swindells served as United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa from 2001 to 2005. Before becoming Ambassador, Mr. Swindells was Vice Chairman of US Trust Company, N.A.; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Trust Management Corporation; and Managing Director/Founder of Capital Trust Company. He also served as Chairman of World Wide Value Fund, a closed-end investment company listed on the NYSE. Mr. Swindells was one of five members on the Oregon Investment Council overseeing the $20 billion Public Employee Retirement Fund Investment Portfolio and was a member of numerous non-profit boards of trustees, including serving as Chairman of the Board for Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

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Wendy Teramoto

Independent Director

Ms. Teramoto has been a senior investment management professional with an affiliate of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited since 2018. From 2017 to 2018, she served in a senior capacity at the United States Department of Commerce. Until 2017, Ms. Teramoto was a Managing Director and a senior investment management professional, and a founding partner, at a New York based private equity firm affiliated with Invesco Ltd. Ms. Teramoto has served as a board member for several companies in the transportation sector. In addition to serving on many private boards, Ms. Teramoto previously served on the Greenbrier Board from 2009 to 2017, and on the board for Navigator Holdings Ltd. from 2014 to 2017.

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Donald A. Washburn

Independent Director

Mr. Washburn has served as a member of the Board since 2004. Mr. Washburn is a private investor. Mr. Washburn served as Executive Vice President of Operations of Northwest Airlines, Inc., an international airline, from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Washburn also served as Chairman and President of Northwest Cargo from 1997 to 1998. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President, he served as Senior Vice President for Northwest Airlines, Inc. from 1990 to 1995. Mr. Washburn served in several positions from 1980 to 1990 for Marriott Corporation, an international hospitality company, most recently as Executive Vice President. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Amedisys, Inc., and serves as a trustee of LaSalle Hotel Properties as well as privately held companies and non-profit corporations. Mr. Washburn received his BBA, cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago, an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. He has continued his professional education in business and law attending Harvard Business School, Stanford Law School, Kellogg School of Management, Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and industry seminars, including the Boardroom Summit and Stanford Director’s College.

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Kelly M. Williams, J.D.

Independent Director

Ms. Williams has served as a member of the Board since 2015. Ms. Williams was founder, Managing Director and Global Head of The Customized Fund Investment Group (CFIG), a part of Credit Suisse Group AG that was a global specialist in private markets investing and managed assets of $30 billion, until she led its sale in 2014. After the sale of CFIG, she remained as President through 2015 and then as Senior Advisor until 2019. Ms. Williams and her partners founded The Customized Fund Investment Group in 1999 at The Prudential Insurance Company of America and moved the business to Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in 2000 where it was subsequently part of the sale to Credit Suisse Group AG. Ms. Williams joined Prudential in 1993 from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy where she specialized in global project finance. Ms. Williams is the CEO of The Williams Legacy Foundation. She is a director of Grasshopper Bank. She is the Chair of the board of the Nantucket Historical Association and the Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and serves on the boards of a number of non-profits. She has been recognized for her leadership and public service and was named one of The Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker magazine from 2011-2014.