Joseph R. Shaposhnik has been our Chief Executive Officer since December 2020 and will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Shaposhnik established TCW’s New America business unit in 2015 and serves as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of TCW New America Premier Equities, Global Premier ESG Equities, and Global Space Technology Equities portfolios. He previously served as a Senior Equity Analyst in the Equity Research group with coverage responsibility for the industrials and basic materials sectors. Prior to joining TCW in 2011, he was an Equity Research Associate at Fidelity Management and Research Company, with coverage responsibility for the semiconductor and entertainment software sectors for the firm’s U.S. domestic equity funds. Mr. Shaposhnik holds a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Richard Villa has been our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since December 2020. Mr. Villa is the Chief Financial Officer responsible for managing the financial operations of the TCW Group. Prior to joining TCW as Controller in 2002, Mr. Villa was a Senior Vice President and Director of Finance for Fidelity Federal Bank where he was responsible for the treasury and accounting functions of the bank. Previously, he was an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche where he specialized in serving financial services companies, including banks and investment companies. Before that, he was in the management training program of Union Bank of California. Mr. Villa received his BS in Finance from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Meredith Jackson will serve as a Management Director following completion of this offering. Ms. Jackson joined TCW as Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 2013. Ms. Jackson serves as Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of SIFMA’s Asset Management Group. Ms. Jackson is a member of the Los Angeles Women’s Leadership Council and has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America, Best Attorneys in Los Angeles, and Preeminent Women Attorneys. Ms. Jackson is a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and a member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference. She has served in numerous leadership roles in the Business Law Sections of both the American Bar Association and the California Bar Association, and has guest-lectured at Stanford University Law School and Hastings College of the Law on topics related to debt finance. Prior to joining TCW, she was a partner and head of the debt finance practice at Irell & Manella, and co-chair of the transactional practice group, and was a member of the executive, recruiting and legal opinion committees. Prior to joining Irell, Ms. Jackson was a member and co-chair of the practice committee of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Ms. Jackson earned her AB at Princeton University and her JD at UC Hastings College of the Law. We believe Ms. Jackson’s management and senior legal experience makes her a valuable member of our board of directors.
Carol P. Lowe will serve as a Director following completion of this offering. Ms. Lowe joined FLIR Systems, Inc., in November 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. FLIR is a world-leading designer, marketer and manufacturer of innovative sensor systems. From June 2012 through October 2017, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sealed Air Corporation, Inc., a global manufacturing company operating in over 62 countries with a wide portfolio of brands. Prior to joining Sealed Air, Ms. Lowe served Carlisle Companies Incorporated (“Carlisle”) from January 2002 through June 2012 in a variety of executive roles including President of Carlisle FoodService Products, President of Trail King Industries, Inc. and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Carlisle. Ms. Lowe serves on the board of EMCOR Group, Inc. where she is also a member of the Audit Committee. From October of 2007 to December of 2015, Ms. Lowe also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Cytec Industries, Inc. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Brad Buss retired in February 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer of SolarCity Corporation, where he had served since August 2014. Prior to joining SolarCity, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation from August 2005 to June 2014. Prior to August 2005, Mr. Buss held various financial leadership roles with Altera Corporation, Cisco Systems, Veba Electronics LLC, and Wyle Electronics, Inc. Mr. Buss has served on the board of directors for QuantumScape since August 2020, AECOM since July 2020 and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. since 2016, In addition, Mr. Buss has served on the board of directors for Marvell Technology Group Ltd. since July 2018, following Marvell’s acquisition of Cavium, Inc., where he had served as a director since July 2016. Mr. Buss has served on the Strategic Advisory Board of Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V since January 2020. Mr. Buss previously served on the board of directors for Tesla, Inc. from November 2009 until 2019. He currently serves as chair of the Audit Committee of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and QuantumScape, a member of the Audit Committee of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee of AECOM, and he formerly served as a member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee and as Chair of the Audit Committee for Tesla, Inc. He also served as a director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Café Press Inc. from October 2007 to August 2016.
Thomas Tippl has served as Vice Chairman of Activision Blizzard since May 2017. He served as Chief Operating Officer from March 2010 through April 2017. Prior to that, he served as the company’s Chief Corporate Officer from March 2009 until March 2010. In addition, Mr. Tippl served as Activision Blizzard’s Chief Financial Officer from July 2008 until February 2012. Mr. Tippl joined the Company as the Chief Financial Officer of Activision in October 2005. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Tippl served as the head of investor relations and shareholder services at The Procter & Gamble Company, a manufacturer of consumer goods products, from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Tippl also served as the finance director of Procter & Gamble’s Baby Care Europe division, and as a member of the board of directors of the joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Fater in Italy from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Tippl co-founded Procter & Gamble’s Equity Venture Fund in 1999 and also served as the associate director of acquisitions and divestitures for Procter & Gamble from 1999 to 2001. Prior to 1999, Mr. Tippl served in various financial executive positions for Procter & Gamble in Europe, China and Japan. Mr. Tippl holds a master’s degree in economics and social sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.