Merged into Playboy (PLBY Group, Inc.), ticker now PLBY


Playboy (PLBY Group, Inc.)

Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp.

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Dr. Suying Liu has served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since the company’s inception in November 2019. Dr. Liu has been the Head of Corporate Strategy of Hudson Capital Inc. (Nasdaq: HUSN) since May 2020, where he leads the company’s strategic development for both general operations and specific growth areas. Dr. Liu integrates corporate finance opportunities with business fundamentals of Hudson Capital, leveraging his as well as the company’s broad network of relationships across a variety of industries such as financial services, general industrial and real estate. Between November 2018 and April 2020, Dr. Liu served as the Chief Strategist of Mansion Capital LLC, a privately-held real estate investment firm with brokerage and property management operations serving clients from both North America and Asia for their investments in the U.S. real estate market. With extensive property transaction experience, Dr. Liu has a breadth of connections to operating businesses that incorporate tactical real estate considerations into their business development strategies. Prior to joining Mansion Capital, Dr. Liu was an investment strategist at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. from July 2015 to October 2018. With a primary focus in commercial mortgages, Dr. Liu assessed the operational strength and financial health of a multitude of commercial real estate operators such as Starwood, Simon and Westfield, providing investment strategies to major Wall Street institutions spanning private equity, hedge funds and insurance companies. Dr. Liu began his career in academia, teaching a variety of degree programs from bachelor’s to executive education at Washington University Olin Business School between January 2013 and May 2015 while completing his doctoral studies, for which he received a PhD in finance in May 2015. Dr. Liu obtained a master’s in finance in December 2012 and his BA in economics and mathematics summa cum laude in May 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis. We believe Dr. Liu is qualified to serve on our board based on his diverse experience in corporate and investment strategies as well as his leadership analyzing and implementing substantial transactions in many geographical regions.

Dong Liu has served as our Chief Financial Officer and a member of our board of directors since the company’s inception in November 2019. Mr. Liu has been the Chief Financial Officer of Dongguan Zhishang Photoelectric Technology Co., Ltd., a regional designer, manufacturer and distributor of LED lights serving commercial customers throughout Southern China since November 2016, at which time he led a syndicate of investments into the firm. Mr. Liu has since overseen the financials of Dongguan Zhishang as well as provided strategic guidance to its board of directors, advising on operational efficiency and cash flow performance. From March 2010 to October 2016, Mr. Liu was the Head of Finance at Feidiao Electrical Group Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese manufacturer of electrical outlets headquartered in Shanghai and with businesses in the greater China region as well as Europe. We believe Mr. Liu is qualified to serve on our board based on his experience as chief financial officer and as manager of accounting, budgeting, capital allocation, and forecasting operations.

Nelson Haight has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2020. A veteran in the oil & gas industry with over 30 years of professional experience, Mr. Haight currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Element Markets, LLC, an environmental commodities firm, which he joined in September 2019. From November 2018 to June 2019, Mr. Haight was the Chief Financial Officer for Epic Companies, LLC, a family office backed oilfield service company. Between July 2017 and September 2018, Mr. Haight was the Chief Financial Officer of Castleton Resources, LLC, a privately held exploration and production company. From December 2011 to July 2017, Mr. Haight served in various capacities from Vice President to Chief Financial Officer at Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc., an exploration and production company founded in 1993 and focused on the application of modern drilling and completion techniques to oil/liquids-prone resources in previously discovered yet underdeveloped hydrocarbon trends. In 2015, Mr. Haight led the team that raised $625 million in new capital for Midstates Petroleum. Mr. Haight received an MPA and BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in May 1988 and is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. We believe Mr. Haight is qualified to serve on our board based on his experience in financial management and raising capital for public and private companies.

Dr. Todd Milbourn has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2020. Dr. Milbourn is the Vice Dean and Hubert C. and Dorothy R. Moog Professor of Finance at Washington University Olin Business School, where he has researched and built academic programs in the areas of corporate finance, executive compensation and credit ratings since June 2000. With expertise on valuation, corporate finance, corporate governance, executive compensation and corporate risk-taking, Dr. Milbourn has been retained as an expert by private firms as well as the U.S. Department of Justice in cases related to fair rates of return, breach of contract damages and executive compensation programs, among others. Dr. Milbourn is also the Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Xanthus Fund at Oppenheimer, an asset management company with over 1,000 financial advisors and more than $90 billion assets under administration. Dr. Milbourn obtained his PhD in finance from Indiana University Kelly School of Business in December 1995 and BA in economics and mathematics from Augustana College in May 1991. We believe Dr. Milbourn is qualified to serve on our board based on his academic and practical experience in the areas of finance, compensation, and corporate governance.

Wenhua Zhang has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2020. Mr. Zhang has been a Partner at Azia Capital Fund LP, a private investment firm, since October 2014. Mr. Zhang began his career in the financial industry as the Vice President of Equity Research in the technology, media and telecom sector with T. Rowe Price from August 2001 to May 2008, and later joined Bain Capital as Director of the Brookside Fund, a long short equity investments fund, between July 2008 and December 2010. From February 2011 to August 2012, Mr. Zhang was Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Harvard Management Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University charged with managing the university's endowment assets, and then as Partner and Portfolio Manager at Newport Asia LLC between October 2012 and October 2014, investing in Asia’s high-growth companies on behalf of clients from institutions, endowments, and family offices. Mr. Zhang received an MBA with dual majors in finance and technology innovation from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2001. We believe Mr. Zhang is qualified to serve on our board based on his extensive network of relationships in the asset management industry and his experience as an institutional investment manager deploying capital in a variety of sectors.