FTAC Hera Acquisition Corp.
- FinTech, Technology, Financial Services
Betsy Z. Cohen has served as Chairman of our board of directors since January 2021. Since June 2019, she has served as Chairman of the board of directors of FinTech V, since May 2019, she has served as the Chairman of the board of directors of FinTech IV, and since June 2020, she has served as Chairman of the board of directors of FTAC Olympus. Ms. Cohen served as Chairman of FinTech III’s board of directors from March 2017 until October 2020, as Chairman of FinTech II’s board of directors from August 2016 until July 2018. She served as a director of FinTech I and its successor, Card Connect Corp., a provider of payment processing solutions to merchants, from November 2013 until May 2017, and previously served as Chairman of the board of directors of FinTech I from July 2014 through July 2016 and as FinTech I’s Chief Executive Officer from July 2014 through August 2014. She served as Chief Executive Officer of Bancorp and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bancorp Bank, from September 2000 and Chairman of Bancorp Bank from November 2003, and resigned from these positions upon her retirement in December 2014. She served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and as a trustee of RAIT Financial Trust, a real estate investment trust, from its founding in August 1997, through her resignation as of December 31, 2010 and served as RAIT’s Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2006. Ms. Cohen served as a director of Hudson United Bancorp (a bank holding company), the successor to JeffBanks, Inc., from December 1999 until July 2000 and as the Chairman of the Jefferson Bank Division of Hudson United Bank (Hudson United Bancorp’s banking subsidiary) from December 1999 through March 2000. Before the merger of JeffBanks, Inc. with Hudson United Bancorp in December 1999, Ms. Cohen was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JeffBanks, Inc. from its inception in 1981 and also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of each of its subsidiaries, Jefferson Bank, which she founded in 1974, and Jefferson Bank New Jersey, which she founded in 1987. From 1985 until 1993, Ms. Cohen was a director of First Union Corp. of Virginia (a bank holding company) and its predecessor, Dominion Bancshares, Inc. In 1969, Ms. Cohen co-founded a commercial law firm and served as a senior partner until 1984. Ms. Cohen also served as a director of Aetna, Inc. (NYSE: AET), an insurance company, from 1994 until May 2018. Our board has determined that Ms. Cohen’s extensive experience in the financial services industry generally, and the financial technology industry in particular, as well as extensive experience in operating financial services companies in a public company environment, qualifies her to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Daniel G. Cohen has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2021. Since October 2020, Mr. Cohen has served as the Chairman of the Board of INSU III, and he has served as the Chairman of the Board of INSU II since January 2019. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Board of INSU I from December 2018 to October 2020. Since February 2018, Mr. Cohen has served as the Chairman of the board of directors and of the board of managers of Cohen & Company, LLC, and has, since September 2013, served as the President and Chief Executive of the European Business of Cohen & Company Inc. (NYSE American: COHN), a financial services company with approximately $2.65 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2020, and as President, a director and the Chief Investment Officer of Cohen & Company Inc.’s indirect majority owned subsidiary, Cohen & Company Financial Limited (formerly known as EuroDekania Management Limited), a Financial Conduct Authority regulated investment advisor and broker dealer focusing on the European capital markets (“CCFL”). Mr. Cohen served as Vice Chairman of the board of directors and of the board of managers of Cohen & Company, LLC from September 2013 to February 2018. Mr. Cohen served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Cohen & Company Inc. from December 2009 to September 2013 and as the Chairman of the board of directors from October 2006 to September 2013. Mr. Cohen served as the executive Chairman of Cohen & Company Inc. from October 2006 to December 2009. In addition, Mr. Cohen served as the Chairman of the board of managers of Cohen & Company, LLC from 2001 to September 2013, as the Chief Investment Officer of Cohen & Company, LLC from October 2008 to September 2013, and as Chief Executive Officer of Cohen & Company, LLC from December 2009 to September 2013. Mr. Cohen served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J.V.B. Financial Group, LLC (formerly C&Co/PrinceRidge Partners LLC), Cohen & Company Inc.’s indirect broker dealer subsidiary (“JVB”), from July 2012 to September 2013. He has been the Chairman of The Bancorp Inc. (“Bancorp”) (NASDAQ: TBBK) and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Bancorp’s board of directors since its inception in 1999. Mr. Cohen is Vice-Chairman of Bancorp Bank’s board of directors and Chairman of its Executive Committee. He had previously been Chairman of Bancorp Bank’s board of directors from September 2000 to November 2003 and, from July 2000 to September 2000, had been Bancorp Bank’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cohen has served as the Chief Executive Officer of FinTech IV since March 2017. Mr. Cohen previously served as a director and Chief Executive Officer of FinTech II from May 2015 until July 2018 and as Chief Executive Officer of FinTech III from March 2017 to October 2020. He previously served as a director of FinTech I from November 2013 until July 2016, as FinTech I’s President and Chief Executive Officer from August 2014 until July 2016, and as FinTech I’s Executive Vice President from July 2014 through August 2014. He also previously served as Chief Executive Officer of RAIT Financial Trust (“RAIT”) from December 2006, when it merged with Taberna Realty Finance Trust (“Taberna”), to February 2009, and served as a trustee from the date RAIT acquired Taberna until his resignation from that position in February 2010. Mr. Cohen was Chairman of the board of trustees of Taberna from its inception in March 2005 until its December 2006 acquisition by RAIT, and its Chief Executive Officer from March 2005 to December 2006. Mr. Cohen served as a director of Star Asia, a joint venture investing in Asian commercial real estate, from February 2007 to February 2014 and as a director of Muni Funding Company of America, LLC, a company investing in middle-market non-profit organizations, from April 2007 to June 2011. Mr. Cohen is a member of the Academy of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Visiting Committees for the Humanities and a member of the Paris Center of the University of Chicago. Mr. Cohen is also a Trustee of the List College Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary, a member of the board of the Columbia Global Center in Paris, a Trustee of the Paideia Institute and a Trustee of the Arete Foundation. Our board has determined that Mr. Cohen’s extensive experience in the financial services industry generally, as well as extensive experience in operating financial services companies in a public company environment, qualifies him to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Douglas Listman has been our Chief Financial Officer since January 2021, the Chief Financial Officer of FinTech V since October 2020, the Chief Financial Officer of FinTech IV since August 2020, and the Chief Financial Officer of FTAC Olympus since August 2020. He has served as the Chief Accounting Officer of Cohen & Company, Inc. since December 2009 and Chief Accounting Officer of Cohen & Company, LLC since 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Listman served as an associate for Resources Global Professionals (a worldwide accounting services consulting firm). From 1992 to 2003, Mr. Listman served in various accounting and finance positions including: senior accountant with KPMG; Assistant Corporate Controller of Integrated Health Services (a publicly traded provider of skilled nursing services; NYSE: IHS); Controller of Integrated Living Communities (a publicly traded provider of assisted living services; NASDAQ: ILCC); Chief Financial Officer of Senior Lifestyles Corporation (a private owned provider of assisted living services); and Chief Financial Officer of Monarch Properties (a privately owned health care facility real estate investment company). Mr. Listman is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in accounting.
Brittain Ezzes will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effective date of this prospectus. Ms. Ezzes has served as a director of FinTech V since December 2020, a director of FinTech IV since May 2019, and as a director of FinTech III from November 2018 until October 2020. Since April 2020, Ms. Ezzes has served as Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Small Cap Value and Mid Cap Value funds at Mutual of America. Previously, Ms. Ezzes served as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, an equity investment company, where she was responsible for investing portfolios and recommending stocks for a variety of industries. She served as the Co-Portfolio Manager of the CRM Small/Mid Cap Value Strategy from 2014 to April 2020 and as Co-Portfolio Manager of the CRM Mid Cap Value Strategy from 2016 to April 2020. Ms. Ezzes joined Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn in 2010 as an investment analyst. Ms. Ezzes began her career in public equities in 2003 and previously worked at MissionPoint Capital and Iridian Asset Management. From 1999 until 2003 she worked in private equity at SG Capital Partners where she was a member of the investment team focused on leveraged buyouts, leveraged recapitalizations and growth equity investments. She started her career in 1998 as a Business Analyst with Price Waterhouse, LLP. Ms. Ezzes holds a B.A. in International Relations and Russian Studies from Brown University. Our board has determined that Ms. Ezzes’ extensive experience in the financial services industry qualifies her to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Mei-Mei Tuan will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effective date of this prospectus. Ms. Tuan has been a member of the boards of directors of FTAC Olympus since August 2020, and of FinTech III from 2018 until its business combination in October 2020. Ms. Tuan is the co-founder and co-owner, managing partner and Chairman of Notch Partners LLC, a firm providing leadership capital and managed-led buyout strategies exclusively for institutional private equity funds. Ms. Tuan is also a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Phoenyx Partners LLC, a boutique search firm. As an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, BankAmerica and BankAustria, Ms. Tuan led domestic and international transactions in project finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, syndications and sale leasebacks. Ms. Tuan’s operating experience includes serving as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at the Sierra Foundation, from 1996 through 1997, and the San Francisco Food Bank, from 1997 through 1998. Ms. Tuan is an active board member of the Gorilla Commerce, Inc., the Clara Maass Medical Center and its Foundation, The Harvard Business School Asian-American Alumnae Association and Montclair Kimberley Academy. She has been a director of both Bancorp and its wholly-owned subsidiary Bancorp Bank since 2013. In the recent past, she has served on the Boards of Friends of Thirteen (WNET), the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City (Co-Chair), the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, the New Jersey Women’s Forum, the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation and the New Jersey Network (NJN). Ms. Tuan is a member of the Committee of 100, an organization that addresses issues concerning Sino-U.S. relations. Ms. Tuan was selected to serve on our board due to her extensive investment banking experience as well as her prior experience as a Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
Jan Rock Zubrow will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effective date of this prospectus. She has served as a director of FinTech V since December 2020, and as a director of FinTech IV since September 2020. Ms. Rock Zubrow is a leader of non-profit organizations active in international development and education. She has served as Chair of the Board of Women for Women International, an organization that provides vocational and life skills to women in war-torn countries, since 2015. In addition, Ms. Rock Zubrow has served on the board of New Leaders, an organization that trains educators to be transformational school leaders who can help bridge the achievement gap in the nation’s inner-city schools, since 2013. From 1998 to 2015, Ms. Rock Zubrow was president of MedCapital, LLC, a venture capital firm that she founded that invested in early stage healthcare companies. Before starting MedCapital, Ms. Rock Zubrow managed significant consumer franchises at Johnson & Johnson, Tambrands, Inc. and the Procter and Gamble Company. Ms. Rock Zubrow is a trustee emeritus of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and served as Chair of Cornell’s Executive Committee from 2011 to 2018. Additionally, she chaired the Presidential Search Committee for Cornell’s thirteenth and fourteenth presidents. Previously, she served as Co-Chair of Cornell’s $6 billion capital campaign and the task-force which led to the establishment of the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. Ms. Rock Zubrow received a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Our board has determined that Ms. Rock Zubrow’s extensive venture capital investing experience as well as her prior experience as a director qualifies her to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Jewelle Bickford will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effective date of this prospectus. Ms. Bickford has had a long and storied career in investment banking. From 2013 until the end of 2020, she was a partner and wealth advisor at Evercore Wealth Management, a subsidiary of Evercore (NYSE: EVR), a global independent investment banking advisory firm, where Ms. Bickford created the firm’s Private Wealth Education programs for families. From 2009 to 2013 she developed GenSpring MultiFamily Office’s Women and Wealth program. In 1994 she merged her boutique securitization investment banking firm, Bickford & Partners, Inc., into Rothschild Inc., a multinational investment bank and financial services company. From 1994 to 2009, she was head of Debt Capital Markets at Rothschild, where she specialized in the securitization and private placement of non-mortgage assets such as leases, credit cards, auto loans and other receivables. She was also a member of NM Rothschild’s Global Banking and Treasury Committee in London. She also worked, from 1978 to 1980, for New York City Mayor Edward Koch as the Director of the Mayor’s Community Board Assistance Office. Ms. Bickford is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the founder of its Women and Foreign Policy Program, the task force that analyzes how elevating the status of women and girls advances U.S. foreign policy objectives and seeks to inform policymakers and the public on issues relevant to gender equality and U.S. foreign policy. She also currently serves on the board of EL Education, Inc., a non-profit corporation that resulted from a collaboration between The Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound USA to create new and exciting classrooms and teaching methods. Ms. Bickford is also founding member and Co-Chair of Paradigm for Parity, a group of CEOs, senior executives, corporate board members and business academics committed to achieving gender and racial parity at senior levels for women by 2030. She is also a member of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum and a member of the Committee of 200. Ms. Bickford was selected to serve on our board because her extensive experience in the financial services industry, which we believe makes her a valuable addition to the board of directors.
Leah Popowich will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effective date of this prospectus. Ms. Popowich currently serves as Assistant Vice President and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at the University of Pennsylvania, the most recent of several positions she has held since having first joined the Office of the President in September 2000. Ms. Popowich’s primary responsibilities include serving as the President’s liaison to graduate and undergraduate students and organizations across the university, as well as managing several of the President’s international, campus, and external initiatives. Most recently, Ms. Popowich has supported the President in connection with her service on the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum, the Berggruen Institute, and the Knight Commission on Trust, Media, and Democracy. She is active in several civic and philanthropic activities including support for the Philadelphia chapter of UNICEF USA and the Germantown Friends School.