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Neil P. Simpkins, Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors

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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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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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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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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James W. Ireland, III, Director

James W. Ireland, III, has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since November 2018. From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Ireland served as President and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Africa, a digital and industrial company focused on transforming the industry with machines that have software defined solutions. From 2007 until 2011, Mr. Ireland served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric’s Asset Management Group. From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Ireland was President of NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations (a General Electric wholly-owned subsidiary), one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

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Stephanie K. Mains, Director

Stephanie K. Mains has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since Feb 2019. Most recently, she served as President and CEO, ABB Electrification Products Industrial Solutions, a 2018 acquisition from GE. She led Industrial Solutions, a $2.6B leading provider of advanced technologies that distribute, protect and control electricity for a number of industrial, commercial and residential applications around the world, from November 2015 until January 2019. Prior to Industrial Solutions, she served as Vice President of GE Distributed Power Global Services from March 2013 until October 2015, where she led a $2.2B global business servicing technologies that power the oil & gas, utilities, mining and industrial segments. From March 2006 until March of 2013, she held positions of increasing responsibility from General Manager to Vice President, as she led the global build-out and transformation of a $4B services operation for GE Energy-Power, the world’s leading provider of power equipment and services. Prior to joining GE Energy, she spent 17 years across multiple GE businesses in financial and transformational leadership positions, including CFO for GE Aviation Services Material Solutions, a $4B aftermarket business. Mrs. Mains holds a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Kentucky.

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Wilson S. Neely , Director

Wilson S. Neely has served as a director of Gates Industrial Corporation plc since April 2020. He is currently Director of Strategic Initiatives for InterNex Capital, an asset-based, digital lender providing innovative and flexible working capital financing to small- and medium-sized businesses. Prior to that, from 1991 until his retirement in January 2020, Mr. Neely served as a Partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP with a corporate practice primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. While at Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP, Mr. Neely advised on numerous business combination transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and strategic partnerships between private equity funds and corporate partners. In addition, he oversaw numerous capital markets transactions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and select committees for Readworks, myFace, Historic Hudson Valley, and the University of Texas Law School Foundation.