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Jonathan Christodoro, 44, serves as our Chairman . Mr. Christodoro has served as the Chief Investment Officer and President at Patriot Global Management, LP since 2018. Prior to forming Patriot Global Management, Mr. Christodoro served as a consultant to Falcon Edge Capital. Prior to that, Mr. Christodoro served as a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, the entity through which Carl Icahn manages investment funds, from July 2012 to February 2017. Prior to joining Icahn Capital, Mr. Christodoro served in various investment and research roles. Mr. Christodoro began his career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on merger and acquisition transactions across a variety of industries. Mr. Christodoro currently serves as a director on the board of PayPal, Herbalife, Xerox and SandRidge Energy. He was previously a board member of eBay, Lyft, Hologic, Talisman Energy, Enzon Pharmaceuticals, American Railcar Industries and Cheniere Energy. Mr. Christodoro received an M.P.H. from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with Distinction, and a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management Magna Cum Laude with honors distinction in research from Cornell University. He also served in the United States Marine Corps.
We believe Mr. Christodoro’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his extensive investing and business experience; and experience serving as a director for various public companies.
Rick Gerson, 45, serves as our Co-President . Mr. Gerson is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Falcon Edge Capital. Prior to founding Falcon Edge Capital, Mr. Gerson was a Founding Member and Managing Director of Blue Ridge Capital, a New York-based investment firm. Mr. Gerson is a member of the Cleveland Clinic International Leadership Board, a founding member of the Board of Trustees of PAVE (a charter school in Brooklyn), and is a member of the board of 92nd Street Y (a cultural and community center in New York). Mr. Gerson is also a member of the Belfer Center’s International Council at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Gerson graduated from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce with a BS in Commerce with a concentration in Finance.
Oscar Salazar, 43, serves as our Co-President and has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Salazar is an advisor to private equity firms and executives of private companies (in the United States, Europe, and Latin America), and manages direct investments in private companies through his family office. From 2014 to 2019, Mr. Salazar was a co-founder and acted as Chief Technical Officer and board member of Pager, an on-demand healthcare company based in New York with operations in the United States and Latin America. Prior to Pager, Mr. Salazar was the Founding Architect and Chief Technology Officer of Uber Technologies. He is a board member of SEO (a New York City based organization that provides access to education to underserved communities). Mr. Salazar graduated with honors from L’Ecole Nationale des Telecommunications in Paris with a PhD in Telecommunications.
We believe Mr. Salazar’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his substantial experience in technology and business services sectors; his track record at Uber and Pager; and in advising companies.
Ryan Khoury, 37, serves as our Chief Executive Officer . Mr. Khoury is a co-Founder and Partner of Falcon Edge Capital. Prior to joining Falcon Edge Capital, Mr. Khoury worked at Eton Park in London, where he focused on special situations and distressed credit investments in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before Eton Park, Mr. Khoury worked with Goldman Sach’s Financial Institutions Group where he worked on transactions including: ABN Amro’s sale and breakup to RBS, Santander and Fortis, Allianz offer for AGF and the Bank of Ireland’s sale of Davy. Prior to that he worked at JP Morgan in their Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Khoury graduated from the London School of Economics with First Class Honors in Economics and completed his MSc. in financial mathematics at Stanford University.
Scott Carpenter, 49, serves as our Chief Operating Officer . Mr. Carpenter is the Chief Operating Officer of Falcon Edge Capital. He is responsible for the non-investment side of the business. He was a founding member of the firm when he joined at the beginning of 2012. Prior to joining Falcon Edge, Scott was the Global Head of Operations at CQS in London for eight years where he held a variety of responsibilities including Company Secretary for the CQS Management entities and Chairman of the CQS Control Committee. Prior to joining CQS in 2004, Scott worked for Credit Suisse for ten years in a variety of operational management roles in London, New York, Singapore.
Matthew Corey, 36, serves as our Chief Financial Officer . Mr. Corey is the Chief Financial Officer of Falcon Edge Capital, Prior to joining Falcon Edge, Matthew worked for Gruss Capital Management for ten years in a variety of roles including Chief Financial Officer, Controller and Senior Accountant. Matthew worked on all aspects of fund accounting, management accounting, tax, operations, treasury and investor reporting at Gruss Capital Management. Matthew started his career as an auditor with Rothstein Kass from 2006 to 2009 where he conducted a variety of private company audits and prepared private company tax returns. Matthew graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and completed a Master of Science in Jurisprudence from the Seton Hall School of Law. Matthew is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York.
Mitchell Caplan, 63, has agreed to serve on our board of directors . He currently serves as president of Tarsadia Investments, a multi-billion dollar family office. Previously, Mr. Caplan was chief executive officer at Jefferson National, an industry-leading distributor of tax-advantaged investing solutions. From 2000 to 2008 he served as director and chief executive officer at E*Trade, a pioneering electronic trading platform for securities, where he led approximately 15 strategic acquisitions and subsequent integrations. Mr. Caplan currently serves on the board of directors of Modern Bank, PCS Retirement, Envisics Ltd. and Lereta, LLC. Mr. Caplan received a Bachelor’s in history from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Emory University.
We believe Mr. Caplan’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his substantial experience in financial, technology and business services sectors; his track record at Jefferson National and E*Trade; and his experience serving as a director for various public and private companies.
Todd Davis, 52, has agreed to serve on our board of directors . He currently serves as Executive Chairman for Kadenwood, an industry leader in CBD consumer packaged goods. From 2005 to 2016, he was the Co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of LifeLock, Inc., a leading player in the identify-theft protection industry. He led the company from a start-up in 2005 to an IPO in 2012 on the NYSE and years later, through a successful acquisition by Symantec for $2.3 billion. Mr. Davis currently sits on multiple other private and philanthropic boards where he applies his experience in marketing, technology and building great teams to support early stage companies and position them for success. Mr. Davis received his Bachelor of Business Administration in entrepreneurship and management from Baylor University.
We believe Mr. Davis qualifications to serve on our board of directors include: his substantial experience in technology and business services sectors; his track record at Lifelock and in advising and managing companies.