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Brian Maher is a Senior Advisor to Saber Partners, LLC. Mr. Maher’s career encompasses Exxon and post-merger ExxonMobil, where he rose from financial analyst to senior financial management. He served as treasurer or in senior finance positions at key Exxon subsidiary companies in North America, Latin America and Europe as well as the Assistant Treasurer of Exxon Corporation and subsequently Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Specifically, Mr. Maher oversaw the Corporation’s capital market debt financings; directed financing strategy for the Corporation and approximately 200 affiliates worldwide; headed the Corporation’s Financial Policy group with responsibilities for activities such as the annual Corporate Financing Plan and the multi-billion dollar share repurchase; oversaw global Insurance and Pension operations and served on the New York Stock Exchange Pension Advisory Committee. He also played a leadership role in key M&A transactions including heading the regulatory divestment Finance Team during the merger between Exxon and Mobil; supervised a broad spectrum of finance organizations ranging from small groups of Treasurer’s specialists to over 500 professionals from all of the main finance disciplines including Treasurer’s, Controller’s, Tax and Computer Systems; and played a central role in the recruiting and personnel development planning for the worldwide Treasurer’s organization.

At Saber Partners, Mr. Maher has provided expert testimony on investor-owned utility securitization before the Florida Public Service Commission. He oversaw the implementation of nuclear asset recovery bonds ($1.294 billion for Duke Energy Florida Project Finance, LLC (sometimes also called “rate reduction bonds” (RRB)) on behalf of the Florida Public Service Commission. He also led advisory services for the East Bay Municipal Utility District and Metropolitan Water Company in developing a syndicated line of credit to support the issuance of variable rate demand obligations on the utility’s stand-alone credit without a costly letter of credit or standby bond purchase agreement.

Mr. Maher began his career with Exxon Corporation in New York City in July of 1973 as Financial Analyst. In 1975 he transferred to Esso Inter-America in Coral Gables, Florida, as Senior Financial Analyst for Latin America. He then served as Treasurer of Exxon’s Central American operations, located in El Salvador. In 1980, he moved to Santiago, Chile, as Manager of Finance and Corporate Planning for Exxon’s petroleum operations and served as Board member of Exxon’s Chilean copper company. He returned to Coral Gables as Manager of Finance, Planning and Public Affairs for the Caribbean and Central American region. Mr. Maher’s next assignment was in Toronto with Exxon’s Canadian affiliate, Imperial Oil, where he worked as Corporate Finance Manager, returning to Exxon Corporation in New York City in September of 1987 to hold that same position for the parent Corporation. Following Exxon’s relocation to Irving, Texas, he was promoted to Assistant Treasurer of the worldwide Corporation in October of 1992. He also served as Finance Director of Exxon’s Italian affiliate, Esso Italiana SpA, in Rome from July 1994 until March 1998 when he moved to Exxon Company, International, as Treasurer. Mr. Maher returned to the Corporation as Assistant Treasurer in February 1999 and became Assistant Treasurer of Exxon Mobil Corporation in January 2000 following the merger of Exxon and Mobil. He retired from ExxonMobil in 2006.

Mr. Maher was born in Newark, New Jersey, and received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1970, followed by an M.A. in International Economics from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in 1973. He and his wife, Shelley, reside in Naples, Florida. They have two children, Tracey and Brian.