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Management

Mohit Marria,v

Mohit Marria is our Chief Executive Officer. Prior to becoming Chief Investment Officer in December 2013, Mr. Marria was an Executive Vice President of Annaly. While at Annaly, Mr. Marria had responsibility for the development and implementation of Chimera’s trading strategies in residential mortgage-backed securities, residential mortgage loans and its derivatives portfolio. He has been a member of the investment team since Chimera’s inception. Mr. Marria joined Annaly from American International Group (AIG). Prior to working at AIG, Mr. Marria worked at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Mr. Marria earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and an M.B.A., each from the Rutgers University.

Subramaniam Viswanathan,v

Subramaniam Viswanathan is our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to becoming our Chief Financial Officer in August 2021, Mr. Viswanathan most recently served as the Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer – Global Mortgages and Securitized Products and Global Rates and served other roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch since 2007. Mr. Viswanathan previously served as the Senior Vice President, Business Area Controller – Cash and Synthetic CDOs, Securitization and Correlation Desks at Citigroup, Corporate and Investment Banking. Mr. Viswanathan earned his degree in economics from the University of Madras in Chennai, India and his MBA from University of Hartford. 

Choudhary Yarlagadda,v

Choudhary Yarlagadda is our President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer in August 2015, Mr. Yarlagadda was a Managing Director and Head of Structured Products for Annaly since January 2008. Prior to joining Annaly, Mr. Yarlagadda was a Director in Structured Credit Products at Credit Suisse and before that a Vice President in the Fixed Income Mortgage Group at Nomura Securities International, Inc. Mr. Yarlagadda has an MS from the Florida Institute of Technology and BS from the National Institute of Technology (India).

Phillip J. Kardis II,v

Phillip J. Kardis II is our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. Prior to becoming Chief Legal Officer in September 2015, Mr. Kardis was a partner with the law firm of K&L Gates LLP where he represented mortgage REITs and other companies and funds that acquire, originate, service and finance residential mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights and mortgage backed securities, including the Company. Prior to joining K&L Gates LLP in 2004, Mr. Kardis practiced corporate and securities law at several law firms. In addition, Mr. Kardis has held positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Rockwell International, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget and Analytic Services, Inc. Mr. Kardis has two BA degrees from George Washington University, an MA from George Washington University, an MA from George Mason University, and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Kelley Kortman ,v

Kelley Kortman is our Chief Accounting Officer and Principal Accounting Officer. Prior to becoming our Chief Accounting Officer in August 2015, Mr. Kortman was a Director of Financial Reporting at Annaly since September of 2013. Prior to Annaly, from 2008 to 2013, Mr. Kortman was a Director in the Accounting Policy Group at MBIA Insurance Corporation and, from 2005 to 2008, a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Financial Services Group.  Mr. Kortman began his career at Deloitte in 1997 where he held a Senior Role in their Audit Practice. Mr. Kortman earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Utah.

Dan Thakkar ,v

Dan Thakkar is our Chief Risk Officer.  Prior to becoming Chief Risk Officer in December 2020, Mr. Thakkar headed the Fixed Income Trading Desk at Genworth Financial from 2012 to 2020, where he was responsible for overseeing Trading for IG Corporates, High-Yield, Municipals, Emerging Markets and Structured Product Sectors including RMBS, ABS, CMBS and CLOs.   Prior to this job, Mr. Thakkar headed Trading for Genworth’s Structured Portfolio from 2008 to 2012 that included RMBS, CMBS and ABS.   Prior to Genworth, Mr. Thakkar was with Hyperion Brookfield Asset Management for from 2005 to 2008, one of the original asset managers of residential mortgage-backed security funds, where he traded RMBS and managed a Mortgage REIT fund.  Mr. Thakkar also spent nine years at MetLife, where he was an Agency and Non-Agency RMBS trader.  Prior to that job, he traded Government and Agency Debt, and had stints at Portfolio and Risk Management units within MetLife.  Mr. Thakkar has his BA in Accounting from the University of Delhi and MBA from University of Hartford.  Mr. Thakkar received his CFA charter in 2001.  Mr. Thakkar also completed the Global Leadership Program from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2019. 

Gerard Creagh, v

Chairman of the Board


Gerard Creagh was appointed as one of our Class I Directors effective as of April 1, 2010. Since May 2011, Mr. Creagh has served as a Managing Partner at CVC Advisers LLC, a financial consulting firm. From September 2005 through April 2010, Mr. Creagh served as the President and a member of the Board of Directors of Duff & Phelps Corporation. From September 2005 to September 2007, Mr. Creagh served as President of Duff & Phelps Acquisitions, LLC. Prior to its merger with Duff & Phelps in September 2005, Mr. Creagh served as executive managing director of Standard & Poor’s Corporate Value Consulting practice. Mr. Creagh joined Standard & Poor’s from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he held the position of North American Valuation Services practice leader. Mr. Creagh previously served as the U.S. leader for the Valuation Practice of Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Creagh has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College and has an M.B.A. in finance from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Compensation Committee
  • Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Mark A. Abramsv

Mark Abrams was appointed as one of our Class I Directors on November 15, 2007. Mr. Abrams served as Chief Investment Officer of the Presidential Life Insurance Company from November 2003 until January 2013 and as Executive Vice President from 2005 until January 2013. He was Senior Vice President of the Presidential Life Insurance Company from 2001 to 2003, and before that, Mr. Abrams served as Vice President of the Presidential Life Insurance Company since October 1994. Mr. Abrams has a Bachelor’s Degree from Hobart College.

  • Chairman of the Risk Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee

Kevin G. Chaversv

Mr. Chavers has over 34 years of experience across multiple roles in the real estate finance and mortgage industry. He served as Managing Director of BlackRock in the Global Fixed Income and Securitized Asset Investment Team until April 2021, focusing on residential mortgage related assets, including RMBS, whole loans and MSRs. Mr. Chavers also served on the leadership team of BlackRock Impact Opportunity Fund, the Global Public Policy Group and BlackRock Solutions, Financial Markets Advisory Group. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Chavers served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley from 2003 to 2011 and Vice President of Goldman Sachs from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Chavers also served at various government agencies, including as the President of Ginnie Mae from 1995 to 1998.

Mr. Chavers currently serves as a board member of SMBC Americas Holdings, Inc. In addition, Mr. Chavers serves as a board member of various nonprofit organizations, including the Enterprise Community Partners, the University of Virginia Foundation, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Mr. Chavers earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Virginia.

  • Chairman of the Compensation Committee
  • Member of the Risk Committee

Mohit Marriav

Mohit Marria is our Chief Investment Officer. Prior to becoming Chief Investment Officer in December 2013, Mr. Marria was an Executive Vice President of Annaly. While at Annaly, Mr. Marria had responsibility for the development and implementation of Chimera’s trading strategies in residential mortgage-backed securities, residential mortgage loans and its derivatives portfolio. He has been a member of the investment team since Chimera’s inception. Mr. Marria joined Annaly from American International Group (AIG). Prior to working at AIG, Mr. Marria worked at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Mr. Marria earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and an M.B.A., each from the Rutgers University.

Brian Patrick Reillyv

Brian Patrick Reilly was appointed as one of our Class III Directors on July 31, 2019.  Mr. Reilly has over 34 years of experience across multiple roles in the financial services industry. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Auditor of The Travelers Companies, Inc., where he oversees the global audit team evaluating financial controls, operational efficiency, regulatory compliance and system and data integrity.  He has been the Chief Auditor of The Travelers since 2002. Prior to joining The Travelers, Mr. Reilly was a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP. In addition, Mr. Reilly currently serves as a board member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, an organization of accounting professionals, and Village for Families and Children, a non-profit organization. Mr. Reilly has a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut.

  • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Risk Committee

John P. Reillyv

John P. Reilly was appointed as one of our Class III Directors effective as of April 1, 2010. Mr. Reilly co- founded and, until June 2014, was President and Chief Executive Officer of Keltic Financial Services, LLC (“Keltic”), a finance company providing asset based loans to medium size companies. Upon the acquisition of Keltic by Ares Management, L.P. (“Ares”) in June 2014, Mr. Reilly became a Partner in the Direct Lending Group of Ares until July 2016 when he retired from Ares. Prior to founding Keltic Financial Services, LLC in 1999, Mr. Reilly spent 22 years at Citicorp in various senior executive positions in the Leverage Lending, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance and Private Banking Businesses. Since 2001, Mr. Reilly has served as a director of Scan Source, Inc. Mr. Reilly has an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey, and a Bachelor’s Degree from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

  • Member of the Compensation Committee
  • Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Debra Stillv

Debra W. Still was appointed as one of our Class II Directors on March 6, 2018. Ms. Still has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pulte Financial Services since 2010, which includes the mortgage lending, title and insurance operations of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. In addition to Pulte Financial Services, Ms. Still is also President of, and a member of the board of managers of, Pulte Mortgage, LLC, a nationwide lender headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. Ms. Still began her career with Pulte Mortgage, LLC in 1983 where she served in various executive capacities, including Chief Operating Officer, prior to being named President in 2004. Ms. Still is a graduate of Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree and has completed graduate work in Finance at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

  • Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Member of the Compensation Committee

Choudhary Yarlagaddav

Choudhary Yarlagadda is our Chief Operating Officer. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer in August 2015, Mr. Yarlagadda was a Managing Director and Head of Structured Products for Annaly since January 2008. Prior to joining Annaly, Mr. Yarlagadda was a Director in Structured Credit Products at Credit Suisse and before that a Vice President in the Fixed Income Mortgage Group at Nomura Securities International, Inc. Mr. Yarlagadda has an MS from the Florida Institute of Technology and BS from the National Institute of Technology (India).