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David Perry

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

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David Perry

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

David Perry has been the founder or founding CEO of three multi-billion-dollar companies in his career. He was the founding CEO at Anacor Pharmaceuticals where he led the company from its inception in 2002 until 2014, a time period that included an IPO in 2010 and the development of two drugs to treat infections (Tavaborole) and inflammation (Eucrisa) that were subsequently approved by the FDA, along with multiple programs to treat neglected diseases. Pfizer purchased Anacor for $5.2 billion in 2016. Most recently, he was the CEO of Indigo Agriculture where he led the company in raising over $1.2 billion, becoming the first agriculture technology company to be valued at over $1 billion. Indigo was ranked #1 on CNBC’s Most Disruptive Companies list in 2019. Earlier in his career, Mr. Perry was founder and CEO of the business-to-business e-commerce pioneer Chemdex in 1997, which he subsequently took public in 1999. Mr. Perry has a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Kevin Appelbaum

Co-Founder & CEO

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Kevin Appelbaum

Co-Founder & CEO

Kevin Appelbaum has been an entrepreneur for more than 25 years, often using digital technology to transform consumer and healthcare businesses. Most recently, he led Tria Beauty, the first company to make regulated medical laser technologies accessible to consumers for home-use, from preclinical to global commercial operations. During his tenure, the company received its first, and four subsequent FDA 510(k) clearances across three indications. Earlier in his career, he led the digital transformation of Sephora, a multi-billion-dollar retailer, and led businesses at Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo. His first startup was a joint venture with The Culinary Institute of America, focused on improving food literacy and healthy eating behaviors. Mr. Appelbaum has a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a distinguished military graduate. Following graduation, he served peacetime and combat assignments as an officer in the U.S. Army Rangers.

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Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS

Board Director

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Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS

Board Director

Dr. Richard Carmona has served as a member of Better’s board of directors since 2017. Dr. Carmona has been chief of health innovations of Canyon Ranch Inc., a life-enhancement company, since August 2017. He previously served as vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, chief executive officer of the Canyon Ranch health division, and president of the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute from October 2006 to August 2017. He is the first distinguished professor of public health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining Canyon Ranch, Dr. Carmona served as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States from 2002 through 2006, achieving the rank of vice admiral. Previously, he was chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System, a professor of surgery, public health, and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona, and surgeon and deputy sheriff of the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Carmona served in the United States Army and the Army’s Special Forces. Dr. Carmona serves as a director of the Clorox Company (2007 – present), Axon Enterprise, Inc. (formerly Taser International, 2007 to present), and Herbalife Ltd. (October 2013 to present). Dr. Carmona has dedicated his career of more than 50 years toward helping individual and public health in various positions including nurse, trauma surgeon, police officer, public health official, and combat-decorated Special Forces Vietnam veteran. Due to the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge that Dr. Carmona brings to the board of directors, we believe Dr. Carmona is well equipped to be a director of Better.

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Andy Armanino

Board Director

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Andy Armanino

Board Director

Andy Armanino has served as a member of Better’s board of directors since March 2021. Mr. Armanino is currently the chairman of the board of directors of Moore Global International, an accounting and business advisory network of independent accounting firms. He is also a member of the board of directors of Armanino Foundation, a community service organization and serves on the American Institute of CPAs council, and a member of the board of directors of the California Bank of Commerce. Mr. Armanino was the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Armanino LLP, a 1,500-person public accounting firm, from 2005 to 2018, at which time he retired and is no longer affiliated with the firm. He has a B.S. in accounting from Santa Clara University. We believe Mr. Armanino is well equipped to be a director of Better due to the depth and breadth of his business, accounting, and management experience. Mr. Armanino’s significant accounting experience provides in-depth knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and auditing standards to the Board. With years of providing services to small and medium-sized businesses, he brings valuable insights to the Board regarding these businesses, which are similar to the Bank’s business customers.

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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA

Board Director

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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA

Board Director

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey has served as a member of Better’s board of directors since April 2021. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1986 until 2021, and served as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Professor of Health Equity and Health Policy from 2018 to 2021. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey was the Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2003 to 2017, where she spearheaded initiatives to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, create an affordable and inclusive healthcare system, and address social factors associated with adverse health impacts. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey also has extensive government experience in a wide range of roles from 1985 to 1998, including as a Co-Chair of the White House Health Care Reform Task Force and as an Advisory Committee Member on the President’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey has served as an independent director for Intel (NYSE: INTC) since 2018, where she is a member of the nominating and governance committee, as an independent director for Merck (NYSE: MRK) since 2020, where she is a member of the compensation and benefits and governance committees, and as an independent director for General Electric (NYSE: GE) since 2017, where she sits on the governance and public affairs committee. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey got her B.S. at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, her M.D. at Harvard University, and her MBA at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey is well equipped to be a director of Better due to her wealth of knowledge and experience, including in functional and thought leadership, across the healthcare spectrum, and her work as a primary care physician and shaping health policy on a national level. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey has demonstrated a passion for cognitive behavioral therapy, having been the driver behind Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s strategic shift towards the behavioral space.

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Geoffrey Parker

Board Director

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Geoffrey Parker

Board Director

Geoffrey Parker has served as a member of Better’s board of directors since March 2021. Mr. Parker is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Tricida, Inc. (Nasdaq: TCDA). Mr. Parker joined Tricida in 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Parker was Chief Financial Officer of Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from September 2010-May 2015 and a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where he led the West Coast Healthcare Investment Banking group from April 1997 to April 2009. Mr. Parker serves as a director on the boards of directors of ChemoCentryx, Inc., where he served as the chair of the audit committee, as a director on the board of directors of Perrigo Company plc, where he served as a member of the audit committee, and as a director on the board of directors of Genomic Health, Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Genoptix, Inc. Mr. Parker has a B.A. in a double major of economics and engineering sciences from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Parker is well equipped to be a director of Better due to his extensive management and operations experience, especially in the life science sector.

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Suying Liu, PhD

Board Director

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Suying Liu, PhD

Board Director

Dr. Suying Liu has served as a member of Better’s board of directors since October 2021. Dr. Liu is the Chairman, CEO and CFO of Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. III (Nasdaq: MCAE) as well as Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. IV (Nasdaq: MCAF). Dr. Liu previously served as the Chairman and CEO of Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. II (Nasdaq: MCAD), Better’s predecessor public company, and Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp, the predecessor public company to PLBY Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLBY). Dr. Liu received his PhD in finance, master’s in finance and BA in economics and mathematics summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis. We believe Dr. Liu is well equipped to be a director of Better due to his extensive capital markets and M&A experience.

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Major General Elder Granger, MD

Board Director

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Major General Elder Granger, MD

Board Director

General Elder Granger, age 67 years, is a U.S. Army Major General (Retired) and has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of THE 5Ps, LLC, a healthcare, education, and leadership consulting firm, since August 2009. He served in the U.S. Army for over 35 years before retiring in June 2009 and was the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) in Washington, D.C. from December 2005 to June 2009. He is board certified by the American College of Physician Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Board of Medical Quality, and American Board of Internal Medicine, National Association of Corporate Directors, and holds numerous medical certifications. General Granger currently serves on the board of directors of Cigna Corporation (since 2018), Cerner Corporation (since 2020) and DLH Holdings Corp (since 2014), and he previously served on the board of directors of Express Scripts Holding Company (from 2015 to 2018). He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Arkansas State University in 1976 and earned his medical degree from University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1980.

General Granger has extensive experience in health care management and operations, including health policy, planning, budgeting, compliance, and execution related to the health program for uniformed service members around the globe. General Granger has unique leadership and policy experience through his career with the U.S. Army and the commercial sector.