Redwood Trust's Hansen Plans Retirement as President

Nicholas Promoted to Chief Investment Officer


Doug Hansen has announced his decision to retire as President of Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT) by the end of 2008. He will remain a Director of the Company and, during 2008, he will continue to work on management succession and new business development.

George Bull, Redwood's CEO and Chairman, announced the appointment of Brett Nicholas as Chief Investment Officer. Nicholas and Marty Hughes, Redwood's Chief Financial Officer, will serve as Co-Chief Operating Officers and be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Company, reporting directly to Bull.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity of continuing to work with George, and with Brett and Marty in their new roles and responsibilities," said Hansen. "I remain committed to Redwood, and confident in its leadership and its prospects for significant growth. Redwood has been a major part of my life, and I am excited by the chance to focus my energies on finding new opportunities for its future."

George Bull remarked, "Doug and I founded this Company in 1994. Together, we have made it a company that reflects our values and commitment to excellence. I look forward to having the benefit of Doug's superb counsel and friendship as we continue to build the company for its shareholders."

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Source: Redwood Trust, Inc.