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Timothy Babich has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer since our inception. In 2018, Mr. Babich founded, and he continues to manage, Nexxus Holdings, an investment firm primarily dedicated to managing his investments. In addition, Mr. Babich was the founder and chairman of FCM Bank, a European based, online challenger bank. FCM Bank was founded in 2012 and sold in 2017 to a private European payments platform. Mr. Babich also is the co-founder of the RUNX1 Research Program, a medical foundation dedicated to finding a cure for an inherited predisposition to leukemia. In 2006, Mr. Babich founded and was CEO of Fortelus Capital Management, a London-based, multi-billion dollar investment manager focused on European special situation investments. Prior to founding Fortelus in 2006, Mr. Babich was a Member of the General Partner at Silver Point Capital, a Greenwich, CT-based special situations fund. He joined Silver Point’s founder in early 2001 after the founder retired as head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Special Situations Group. Mr. Babich graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, summa cum laude, with undergraduate degrees from Wharton and Engineering (Computer Sciences) as part of the Management & Technology (M&T) dual degree program, along with an MBA from Wharton. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the M&T program.
Jacob Doft has served as Chairman of our board of directors since our inception. In 1995, Mr. Doft co-founded Highline Capital Management, L.P., a New York-based investment management firm, where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Before co-founding Highline, Mr. Doft worked at Gleacher and Co., Inc. where his time was predominantly spent helping firms consider strategic mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings. Mr. Doft received a B.S. from Wharton School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as a member of the Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board. We believe that Mr. Doft is well qualified to serve as a director due to his executive leadership and investment management experience and his expertise in advising firms on strategic mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings.
Lance Hirt has served as one of our directors since our inception. Since 2016, Mr. Hirt has served as a Managing Partner at Stonecourt Capital LP, a New York based private investment firm. Previously, from 2003 to 2016, he was a partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a private equity firm, during which time the firm invested $10 billion of equity capital across 35 portfolio companies. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in the M&A department at Morgan Stanley, where he also served as the Operating Officer for the global M&A Division. Mr. Hirt began his career as a management consultant at Touche Ross & Co. and subsequently practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Hirt has served on the board of directors of 19 portfolio companies during his 17-year private equity career. His investment experience spans a broad set of industries and geographies. Mr. Hirt graduated from Yeshiva College with a B.A. in Economics and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. Mr. Hirt currently serves as a Trustee of Yeshiva University. We believe that Mr. Hirt is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive investment experience.
Andrew Rechtschaffen has served as one of our directors since our inception. Since 2017, Mr. Rechtschaffen serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AREX Capital Management, LP, an equities-focused investment firm. Prior to AREX, Mr. Rechtschaffen was a Partner at Greenlight Capital where he was a member of the investment team from 2002 to 2005 and 2011 to 2017, becoming a Partner in 2005 and again in 2014. Between these periods, he was a Managing Director at Citadel Investment Group managing a multi-billion-dollar portfolio in the Principal Strategies Group and the founder of Obrem Capital Management. He began his career as an Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division. Mr. Rechtschaffen has served as director of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRGI) since 2020 and currently serves as a director of the Wharton Alumni Executive Board. Mr. Rechtschaffen was awarded the Alan C. Greenberg Young Leadership Award by UJA-Federation of New York, Wall Street & Financial Services Division. Mr. Rechtschaffen graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA. We believe that Mr. Rechtschaffen is well qualified to serve as a director due to his executive leadership experience and substantial investment management experience.
Brett Barth has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Barth co-founded BBR Partners in 2000 and is a Co-Chief Executive Officer, co-managing the firm and overseeing BBR’s investment approach and implementation. He has extensive experience vetting investment opportunities across the asset class spectrum and through a range of market environments, working with both traditional and alternative investment managers. Mr. Barth is also a member of BBR’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee. Prior to founding BBR, Mr. Barth was in the Equities Division of Goldman Sachs. Previously, he served in Goldman’s Equity Capital Markets groups in New York and Hong Kong. He began his career in Goldman Sachs’ Corporate Finance Department. Mr. Barth has served a s a director of Cowen Inc. since June 2018. Mr. Barth is a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania as well as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Education. He previously served as both the Chair of the Penn Fund, the University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate annual giving program, and as the Inaugural Chair of the Undergraduate Financial Aid Leadership Council. Mr. Barth is a member of the board and executive committee of the UJA-Federation of New York, he co-chairs the Annual Campaign and he serves on the endowment’s Investment Committee. Mr. Barth was awarded the Alan C. Greenberg Young Leadership Award by UJA-Federation of New York, Wall Street & Financial Services Division. Mr. Barth graduated summa cum laude with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Barth is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive investment and wealth management expertise.
Lloyd Dean has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Dean has served as Chief Executive Officer of CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation’s largest non-profit healthcare systems, since February 2019 when CommonSpirit Health merged with Dignity Health, where Mr. Dean served Chief Executive Officer since June 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Dean served as Chief Operating Officer of Advocate Health Care, a healthcare organization, from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Dean has served on the board of directors of McDonald’s Corporation since 2015 and previously served on the boards of Navigant Consulting, Inc., Wells Fargo & Company, the Bar Area Council, the Catholic Health Association of the U.S., Mercy Housing California, and Cytori Therapeutics. Mr. Dean is Co-Chair of the California Future Health Workforce Commission, an organization composed of senior leaders from California’s leading health philanthropies. In 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Mr. Dean to his Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, and he is the Board Chair for the Committee on Jobs, an organization that brings employment to the San Francisco Bay Area. We believe Mr. Dean is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his leadership, management, healthcare and strategic experience, including service on public company boards of directors.
Steven Klosk has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Klosk has served as a director of Cambrex Corporation (formerly NYSE: CBM), a leading global small molecule contract development and manufacturing organization (“Cambrex”), since 2008, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2008 until its acquisition by Permira in December 2019. Having joined Cambrex in 1992, Mr. Klosk held positions of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President, Administration, through 2005, when he assumed direct responsibility for the leadership of the Biopharmaceutical Business Unit as Chief Operating Officer. In August 2006, Mr. Klosk assumed the responsibility of the Pharma business as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Biopharma & Pharma, and in February 2007 was appointed to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President, Pharmaceutical Products and Services, the last role he held prior to being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Earlier in his career Mr. Klosk served as Vice President, Administration for The Genlyte Group, Inc., a publicly traded producer of lighting fixtures. Mr. Klosk earned a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York Law School. Mr. Klosk has served on the board of directors of Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLBS) since 2014. We believe Mr. Klosk is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his diversified management experience, particularly in the biopharmaceutical field.