|Thomas O. Ryder|
Mr. Ryder is an investment professional. He retired as Chairman of the Board of The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. on January 1, 2007. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Ryder served as the Chairman of the Board of Reader's Digest Association, Inc. from January 1, 2006 and as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from April 1998 through December 31, 2005. Mr. Ryder was President of American Express Travel Related Services International, a division of the American Express Company which provides travel, financial and network services, from October 1995 to April 1998. He is a director of Amazon.com, Inc. and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Inc. Mr. Ryder received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Louisiana State University in 1966.