Management and Board
Management and Board
Executive Chairman and Director
Alexander Stern serves as our Executive Chairman and a Director. Mr. Stern has served as President of Lazard Ltd and Lazard Group since June 2019 and as a Managing Director of Lazard since 2002. Mr. Stern has previously served in various other leadership capacities at Lazard, including Chief Executive Officer of Lazard’s financial advisory business, Chief Operating Officer of Lazard and Global Head of Strategy of Lazard. Mr. Stern is recognized as a proven financial advisor in the technology sector with a track record of leading complex transformational growth and value creation initiatives for clients. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Stern held various positions with Patricof & Co. Ventures and IBM. Mr. Stern is Chairman of the LUNGevity Foundation and a member of the Board of Advisors for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Stern earned a B.S. from Duke University, an M.S.E. from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Eyal Ofir serves as our Chief Executive Officer and a Director. Mr. Ofir is a Managing Director in Lazard’s Financial Institutions Group where he advises a broad range of global financial institutions, specializing in fintech. Over the course of his career, Mr. Ofir has advised on a multitude of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leverage buyouts, IPOs and other capital market transactions. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Ofir worked in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services group and served as a Captain in the Israeli Navy. Mr. Ofir serves as Director and Treasurer of the National Psoriasis Foundation and as a member of Investment Committee for the endowment of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. Mr. Ofir received a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a double major in Economics and Accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was a Dennis W. and Jane B. Carlton Fellow.
Mary Ann Deignan
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Mary Ann Deignan serves as our Chief Financial Officer and a Director. Ms. Deignan is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Capital Markets Advisory at Lazard, advising clients on shareholder activism, strategic investor relations, capital raising and corporate governance. Ms. Deignan joined Lazard from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she was Co-Head of Global Equity Capital Markets, a role she assumed after her tenure as Head of Americas Equity Capital Markets. She also worked for UBS as Head of Americas Equity Capital Markets. Ms. Deignan began her career at Bankers Trust in leveraged finance. Ms. Deignan provides expert guidance across regions and market sectors on a range of shareholder and corporate finance matters including activism preparedness and defense, investor perspectives on M&A and strategic actions, IPO advisory and capital raising, trends in ESG and corporate governance. Ms. Deignan has extensive knowledge of the global equity markets and public market investors. Ms. Deignan is on the Investment Committee of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and the Board of Advisors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. She has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Mr. Adam Berlew
Adam Berlew has agreed to serve on our board of directors on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Berlew is currently Director of Cloud AI & Industry Solutions at Google, Inc., where he leads strategic customer and partner engagement, operations and product inclusion. Mr. Berlew previously served as the Director of Global Enterprise Demand Marketing for Google Cloud from 2017 to 2021. Prior to Google Cloud, he served as the Vice President of Global Marketing and Customer Engagement with Broadcom Inc. from 2015 to 2017. Prior to joining Broadcom Inc., he served as Vice President of Global Demand Generation & Americas Marketing with Equinix Inc., a data center company. Mr. Berlew began his career working at the Boston Consulting Group and has also been a tenured marketing leader with Dell Inc. Mr. Berlew holds a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. He has served as a member of the board of directors of Stifel Financial Corporation’s since 2019 and as one of the U.S. Olympic Luge Committee’s independent board members since 2014.
Pierre-Yves Cros has agreed to serve on our board of directors on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Cros is a Senior Advisor at The Blackstone Group Inc., one of the world’s leading investment firms. Prior to The Blackstone Group Inc., Mr. Cros was Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Capgemini Group, a Paris-based company that provides consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services, where he held various senior leadership positions from 2003 to 2020. Mr. Cros received an M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon and an M.B.A. from HEC Paris.
Philip Hadley has agreed to serve on our board of directors on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Hadley is currently a Senior Advisor to Oak Hill Capital and a Special Advisor to Brighton Park Capital. Mr. Hadley was previously the Chairman and CEO at FactSet Research Systems Inc., a financial data and software company, where he held various leadership positions from November 1986 to June 2020. Prior to joining FactSet Research Systems Inc., Mr. Hadley was employed by Cargill Corporation. Mr. Hadley received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Iowa and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has served as the Chairman of Clean Origin since 2018, the Chairman of RocketReach.co since 2020, a member of the board of directors of Calero Software since 2020 and a member of the board of advisors of Kum & Go since 2005. Mr. Hadley previously served as Chairman of RS Energy Group from 2017 until its acquisition by Enverus in February 2020.
Dr. Noreen Roth Henig
Noreen Roth Henig, M.D. has agreed to serve on our board of directors on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Dr. Henig is the Chief Medical Officer of Kezar Life Sciences, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to revolutionizing treatments for patients with autoimmune diseases and cancer. Prior to Kezar Life Sciences, Inc., Dr. Henig served as Chief Medical Officer of Breath Therapeutics Holdings BV, a biotechnology company developing a first-in-class inhaled drug-device therapy that was recently acquired by Zambon SpA. Prior to joining Breath Therapeutics Holding BV, she was Chief Medical Officer at ProQR Therapeutics N.V., a private company that completed an initial public offering as a preclinical phase biotechnology company. Since 2019, Dr. Henig has also served on the board of directors of Avidity Biosciences, which recently completed its initial public offering as a preclinical company in June 2020. Dr. Henig holds a B.A. in History of Art from Yale University and an M.D. with distinction in Immunology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.
Selina Tobaccowala has agreed to serve on our board of directors on the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Ms. Tobaccowala is currently the Chief Digital Officer at Openfit, LLC, an all-in-one digital streaming platform for integrated fitness, nutrition and wellness. Prior to joining Openfit, LLC, she was the co-founder and CEO at Gixo, Inc., an innovative live workout fitness start-up, from 2016 until they were acquired by Openfit, LLC in 2019. Prior to Gixo Inc., Ms. Tobaccowala was the President and Chief Technology Officer at SurveyMonkey Inc. from 2009 to 2016, leading the company to become the world’s dominant online survey platform. She received a B.S. in Computer Science with Honors from Stanford University. Ms. Tobaccowala has served on the board of directors of Redfin since 2014 and as an advisory board member of HubSpot since 2015.
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