BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Peter A. Cohen
Peter A. Cohen our Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2019. Mr. Cohen has served as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Scientific Games Corporation since September 2004 and as a member of the board of directors of PolarityTE, Inc. since June 2018. Mr. Cohen previously served as Chairman of Cowen Inc. (formerly known as Cowen Group, Inc.), a diversified financial services company, from 2009 through June 2018, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2009 through December 2017. Mr. Cohen was a founding partner and principal of Ramius LLC, a private investment management firm formed in 1994 that acquired Cowen in late 2009. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Cohen served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Republic New York Securities, as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Republic New York Corporation, as well as a member of its executive management committee. Mr. Cohen was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shearson American Express from 1983 to 1990. Over his career, Mr. Cohen also founded several companies, including RCG Longview (a real estate management business), Hale & Hearty Soup (a New York-based quick service restaurant chain), Linkem S.p.A. (a wireless broadband company operating in Italy), and Omnitel Pronto Italia (a cellular telephone company now operating as Vodafone in Italy). Mr. Cohen is currently a Trustee of Mount Sinai Medical Center and has served on its board of directors for approximately thirty years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.
Rehana S. Farrell
Rehana S. Farrell joined our board of directors in February 2019. Ms. Farrell currently serves as the Executive Director of Youth INC, a charitable organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children in New York City. Prior to joining Youth INC in 2015, Ms. Farrell served as Chief Operating Officer at Cain Hoy Enterprises, a private equity firm in New York City that she helped form in 2014. She previously served as Chief Administrative Officer at Guggenheim Investments from 2012 to 2014, in a variety of global financial and operating roles at Merrill Lynch from 2004 to 2011, at Smith Barney in Strategy and Finance from 2003 to 2004, as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in 1998, and at Prudential Financial from 1992 to 2003. Ms. Farrell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.
Jeffrey C. Piermont
Jeffrey C. Piermont our President, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2018. Mr. Piermont previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Boulderado Group LLC (“Boulderado”), a private investment firm, from 2010 until 2018. In addition to his responsibilities at Boulderado, Mr. Piermont concurrently served from 2015 to 2017 in a variety of roles – including Chief Administrative Officer, Secretary, Treasurer, and Principal – at Boston Omaha Corporation (NASDAQ: BOMN), a publicly traded holding company controlled in part by Boulderado. Prior to joining Boulderado, Mr. Piermont worked at Alternative Investment Management (AIM13) from 2006 to 2010 as an Investment Professional focused on the firm’s portfolio of hedge fund investments. Earlier in his career, Mr. Piermont served as an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch in New York from 2004 to 2006, and as an Analyst in Citigroup’s Corporate Strategy and Finance Group within their Global Wealth Management Business (Smith Barney) from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Piermont earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Syracuse University.
Jules B. Kroll
Jules B. Kroll joined our board of directors in February 2019. Mr. Kroll currently serves as the Chairman of Kroll Bond Rating Agency. In 1972, he established Kroll Associates Inc, the prototype of a professional services firm dedicated to mitigating risk. His firm, which he sold to Marsh & McLennan Companies in 2004, ultimately reached annual revenues of $1 billion. Mr. Kroll was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by his alma mater Cornell University in 2003 and was honored with the U.S. Entrepreneurial Award by British American Business Inc. in 2002. He is a member of the board of directors of the Managed Funds Association and currently serves as board president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Foundation. Mr. Kroll received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.