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David L. Calhoun, Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors

David L. Calhoun has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since November 2017 and has served as a director of Gates entities since 2014. He is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Portfolio Operations of Blackstone and a member of Blackstone’s Management Committee. Mr. Calhoun joined Blackstone in January 2014 and oversees a team within the portfolio operations group focused on creating and driving added value initiatives with Blackstone portfolio company CEOs. From the beginning of 2014 to May 2017, Mr. Calhoun served on the Board for Nielsen, including as Executive Chairman of the Board from January 2014 to January 2016, a company he joined in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer shortly after it was acquired by a consortium of private equity investors including Blackstone. Throughout his seven years’ tenure, Mr. Calhoun led Nielsen’s transformation into a leading global information and measurement company listed on the NYSE (Ticker: NLSN) and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Before Nielsen, Mr. Calhoun served as Vice Chairman of The General Electric Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Infrastructure, the company’s largest business unit. During his distinguished 26-year tenure at GE, Mr. Calhoun ran multiple business units, including GE Lighting, GE Employers Reinsurance Co., GE Aircraft Engines, and GE Transportation (Aircraft and Rail). Earlier in his career at GE, he held a wide range of operating, finance, and marketing roles across the company, including within GE Plastics and GE Capital. Mr. Calhoun also serves on the Board of Directors of The Boeing Company and Caterpillar and effective April 1, 2017, he became the Chairman of the Board for Caterpillar. He is the co-author with Rick Kash of the book “How Companies Win.” Mr. Calhoun is a member of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin Advisory Council, which advises the university on student and alumni issues.

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Ivo Jurek, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Ivo Jurek has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since its formation in September 2017 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director of Gates entities since May 2015. Mr. Jurek oversees and manages all of Gates’ departments and lines of products and services globally. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jurek has led Gates to expand product lines in fluid power, power transmission, and strategically grow market share through acquisitions and joint ventures, while driving improved financial performance through increased plants efficiency. Mr. Jurek has a deep understanding of new technology development, manufacturing, distribution and international business markets. Prior to joining Gates, Mr. Jurek served as President of Eaton Electrical, Asia Pacific from November 2012. During that time, Mr. Jurek had management oversight of Eaton Electrical’s Asia Pacific portfolio which included optimizing manufacturing plants, identifying new markets, and assisting with the overall performance of the company. Prior to that, Mr. Jurek served as Group President for Cooper Power Systems—Cooper Bussmann with complete oversight of all business activities and in significant general management positions for International Rectifier Corporation and TRW Inc.

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Neil P. Simpkins, Director

Neil P. Simpkins has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since November 2017 and has served as a director of Gates entities since 2014. He is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone’s Corporate Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Simpkins has led the acquisitions of TRW Automotive, Vanguard Health Systems, Team Health, LLC, Apria Healthcare Group, Change Healthcare, Inc., Summit Materials, Inc. and Gates. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Simpkins was a Principal at Bain Capital. While at Bain Capital, Mr. Simpkins was involved in the execution of investments in the consumer products, industrial, healthcare and information industries. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Simpkins was a consultant at Bain & Company in the Asia Pacific region and in London. He currently serves as a Director of Apria Healthcare Group, Summit Materials, Inc., Change Healthcare, Inc. and Team Health, Inc.

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Julia C. Kahr, Director

Julia C. Kahr has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since its formation in September 2017 and has served as a director of Gates entities since 2014. She is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone’s Corporate Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2004, she has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in SunGard Data Systems, Encore Medical Corporation, DJO Global, Summit Materials, Inc. and Gates. Before joining Blackstone, she was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where she worked with companies in a variety of industries, including health care, financial services, media and entertainment and consumer goods. She is also the sole author of Working Knowledge, a book published by Simon & Schuster in 1998. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of DJ Orthopedics and Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Episcopal Social Services.

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John Plant, Director

John Plant has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since December 2017 and has served as a director of Gates entities since 2015. Mr. Plant is the former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of TRW Automotive, which was acquired by ZF Friedrichshafen AG in May 2015. He was a co-member of the Chief Executive Office of TRW Inc. from 2001 to 2003 and an Executive Vice President of TRW from its 1999 acquisition of Lucas Varity to 2003. Prior to TRW, Mr. Plant was President of Lucas Variety Automotive and managing director of the Electrical and Electronics division from 1991 through 1997. Mr. Plant currently serves as a director of Masco Corporation and Jabil Circuit Corporation and director and chair of the board of Arconic. He is a board member of the Automotive Safety Council and also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Terry Klebe, Director

Terry Klebe has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since December 2017 and has served as a director of Gates entities since 2016. Mr. Klebe was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cooper Industries, a multinational industrial manufacturing company with 2010 revenues of $5.1 billion, from 2002 until his retirement in February 2010. Mr. Klebe continued to serve as vice chairman at Cooper through his retirement in April 2011. Mr. Klebe also served on the Board of Directors of Fairchild Semiconductors and as a head of Audit Committee until its sale in September 2016.

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Karyn Ovelmen, Director

Karyn Ovelmen has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since December 2017. Mrs. Ovelmen was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Flowserve Corp., a provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure market, from June 2015 to February 2017. Prior to Flowserve, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of LyondellBasell Industries NV from 2011 to May 2015. Mrs. Ovelmen also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Petroplus Holdings AG from May 2006 to September 2010 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Argus Services Corporation from 2005 to 2006. Prior to Argus Services, she was Vice President of External Reporting and Investor Relations for Premcor Refining Group Inc. She also spent 12 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, primarily serving energy industry accounts. Mrs. Ovelmen currently serves as a director of ArcelorMittal and as chairman of ArcelorMittal’s audit & risk committee.