Albert Foreman has served as a member of board of directors and as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception. Mr. Foreman has over 20 years of professional experience in private equity, corporate finance, financial technology and a broad range of transaction experience that includes the origination, structuring and execution of debt, equity and M&A transactions globally as both a principal and an agent. Mr. Foreman co-founded Tuatara Capital in 2014 and currently acts as Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, in which roles he is responsible for formulating Tuatara’s macro-investment strategy and for the structuring and oversight of portfolio investments. Prior to co-founding Tuatara, Mr. Foreman was a Managing Director at Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC (“Highbridge”), a $45 billion alternative investment management business. Before Highbridge, he worked as a Managing Director in J.P. Morgan’s Financial Sponsors Group and he joined the bank as Managing Director and founding member of the management team for the J.P. Morgan Private Equity Fund Services business. Prior to his time at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Foreman was a financial technology executive at Vitech Systems Group and Virtual Growth Incorporated, and he began his career as a Management Associate in Citigroup’s Private Bank, where he co-founded Citibank’s Professional Sports Group. Academically, Mr. Foreman earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut, a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. We believe Mr. Foreman’s experience in private equity investing, transaction execution and the cannabis sector makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Mark Zittman has served as a member of our board of directors and as our Chief Operating Officer since our inception. Mr. Zittman has over 30 years of professional experience with most of that time having been spent in structured finance and private investments, with most of his experience centered on sales, account management, structuring and execution of structured products in fixed income. Mr. Zittman co-founded Tuatara Capital in 2014 and currently acts as a senior advisor. For more than five years, he led the firm’s fundraising activity, deal generation and driving the co-investment process, as well as acting as the General Partners’ representative on the Limited Partner Advisory Committee. Prior to co-founding Tuatara, Mr. Zittman spent over 15 years as Senior Managing Director in Guggenheim Partners Capital Markets Group, providing customized services to hedge funds, mutual funds, insurance companies and other financial institutions. Before Guggenheim, Mr. Zittman spent three years at Greenwich Capital and specialized in structured products and other fixed income securities after working at Morgan Stanley in mortgage- and asset-backed securities and Kidder Peabody in their mortgage-backed securities sales department. Mr. Zittman began his Wall Street tenure at Merrill Lynch in their Fixed Income Futures and Options Group and prior to Wall Street, worked at Electronic Data Systems (“EDS”) in their Accounting and Financial Development training program. At EDS, Mr. Zittman worked in a variety of finance and accounting roles in various locations in the United States and Europe after earning his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia Business School. We believe Mr. Zittman’s experience in private investments and deal generation in the cannabis sector makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Sergey Sherman has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception. Mr. Sherman brings over 20 years of professional experience across investment banking and finance with expertise in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance and credit. Mr. Sherman joined Tuatara Capital in 2019 and as Managing Director - Investments is responsible for all aspects of the investment process including origination, transaction structuring, due diligence, financing and portfolio management. Prior to Tuatara, Mr. Sherman was a Managing Director at Société Générale’s investment banking group in the U.S. and was previously in the financial sponsors groups at RBC Capital Markets and J.P. Morgan. Prior to investment banking, he was an executive in the business development/mergers and acquisitions group at GE Capital. Mr. Sherman started his career as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Sherman has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and holds an MBA from The George Washington University.
Jeffrey Bornstein will be appointed as a member of our board of directors in connection with this offering. Mr. Bornstein brings more than 30 years of corporate and investing leadership roles to our board, including as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer at GE. Mr. Bornstein is presently Managing Partner of Generation Capital Partners, a private investment fund that targets small and mid-sized companies, and Managing Partner of Whipstick Ventures, LLC, an advisory firm focused on investing in and advising early stage companies. Prior to serving as Vice Chairman and CFO of General Electric from 2013 to 2017, Mr. Bornstein served in various capacities throughout GE, including as SVP and CFO of GE Capital from 2009 to 2013, SVP and CFO of GE Capital Commercial Finance from 2002 to 2008, CFO of GE Plastics from 2000 to 2002, CFO of GE Aircraft Engine Services from 1996 to 1999, Executive Audit Manager - GE Audit Staff from 1992 to 1996, and a participant of GE’s Financial Management Program from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Bornstein also currently serves as investor and board advisor to OrionPartners.ai, Four Trees Management, AlloVir, Foodspace, Noble, GS Thermal Solutions, Eos Energy Storage, ZincFive, Inc. and Emulate, Inc. Mr. Bornstein graduated with a B.S. in Business from Northeastern University in 1989. We believe Mr. Bornstein’s experience in corporate and investing leadership roles makes him well qualified to serve as a director.
Aris Kekedjian will be appointed as a member of our board of directors in connection with this offering. Mr. Kekedjian brings more than 30 years of corporate and investing leadership roles to our board, including as Chief Investment Officer at GE. Mr. Kekedjian is presently Managing Partner of Webbs Hill Partners, providing strategic and financial solutions in the fintech, sustainability and industrial internet sectors. He is the Chairman of KreditForce, a private credit platform focused on emerging industries. Prior to serving as CIO of General Electric from 2016 to 2019, Mr. Kekedjian served in various capacities throughout GE, including as Vice President of Business Development at GE Capital from 2011 to 2016, CEO of GE Capital – MEA region from 2008-2010, CFO of GE Money – EMEA from 2004-2008, Deputy Treasurer & Managing Director, Investor Relations from 2003-2004. He began his career as a participant of GE’s Financial Management Program from 1989 to 1992, Executive Audit Manager - GE Audit Staff from 1992 to 1996 and subsequent finance and business development leadership roles across the company. Mr. Kekedjian is also senior strategic advisor to ECN Capital (TSE: ECN) and serves on the board of FinServ Acquisition Corp (Nasdaq: FSRV). Mr. Kekedjian graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance from Concordia University in 1989. We believe Mr. Kekedjian’s experience in corporate and investing leadership roles makes him well qualified to serve as a director.
Richard Taney has been a member and the chairman of our board of directors since our inception. From 2017 to 2019 Mr. Taney was a Managing Director of Tuatara Capital and he currently is a senior advisor to the firm. From its founding in 2010 until 2016, Mr. Taney was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Curaleaf, Inc., which is a multi-state operator in the U.S. cannabis industry. Curaleaf, Inc. currently produces and/or dispenses cannabinoid-based products in twenty-three states. Since 2019, Mr. Taney has also served on the board of directors of Greenlane Holdings, Inc., a distributor of smoking accessories to the cannabis and tobacco industries. Richard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law. Mr. Taney brings to our board of directors professional experience in public and private finance, executive management, operations and his expertise in the cannabis industry. We believe Mr. Taney’s experience in the cannabis sector and investing activities makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.