Michael Klein has been our Chairman since May 2019. Mr. Klein currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Churchill Capital Corp, a blank check company whose sponsor is an affiliate of M. Klein and Company, LLC, and as a Director for Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG. Mr. Klein is the founder and managing partner of M. Klein and Company, which he founded in 2012. M. Klein and Company is a global strategic advisory firm that provides its clients a variety of advice tailored to their objectives. Mr. Klein was the co-founder and Chairman of Churchill Capital Corp, a newly incorporated blank check company formed as a Delaware corporation in 2018 for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Churchill Capital Corp merged with Clarivate Analytics in 2019, where Mr. Klein remains Chairman of the company. Mr. Klein is a strategic advisor to global companies, boards of directors, senior executives, governments and institutional investors. Mr. Klein’s background in strategic advisory work was built during his 30-year career, including more than two decades at Citi and its predecessors, during which he initiated and executed strategic advisory transactions. He began his career as an investment banker in the M&A Advisory Group at Salomon Smith Barney and subsequently became Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Citi Markets and Banking, with responsibilities for global corporate and investment banking and Global Transaction Services across Citi. Mr. Klein is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Economics with concentrations in finance and accounting. Mr. Klein was selected to serve on the board of directors due to his significant investment banking and advisory experience, including for companies in information services.
Peter Seibold has been our Chief Financial Officer since May 2019. Mr. Seibold is a managing director at M. Klein and Company, a global strategic advisory firm, which he joined in 2015. During that time, he has worked on a variety of transactions including notable mergers of public companies, hostile and activist defense assignments, bespoke project finance and joint venture agreements as well as both buy side and sell side M&A engagements. Prior to joining M. Klein and Company, Mr. Seibold served as a senior investment banker at Evercore from 2010 to 2014. Prior to Evercore, Mr. Seibold held a variety of senior roles in investment banking and equity capital markets at Goldman Sachs, providing clients unique insights from 1988 to 2008. Mr. Seibold holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Sir Martin Broughton is an Operating Partner with extensive leadership experience in the airlines, sports and tobacco sectors. Sir Martin served as Deputy Chairman of International Consolidated Airlines Group from January 2010 to July 2016 as well as Chairman of British Airways from July 2004 to December 2013. He joined Sports Investment Partners in October 2010, and currently serves as Chairman of Sports Investment Partners. He served as Chairman of British American Tobacco Company from 1997 to June 2004 after having served in various roles at the company since 1971. Sir Martin was Chairman of Liverpool Football Club in 2010 and served as President of the Confederation of British Industry from 2008 to 2010. Sir Martin was knighted for his services to businesses in the 2011 New Year Honours.
Andrew Liveris is an Operating Partner with extensive management and operating experience in the chemicals sector. Mr. Liveris is the former Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical. During his tenure, Mr. Liveris orchestrated Dow’s merger of equals with DuPont, creating the world’s largest publicly traded chemicals company and was responsible for the planning and implementation of splitting the merged DowDuPont into three separate companies. Mr. Liveris serves on the Board of Directors of Saudi Aramco, IBM and Novonix. He previously served as Co-Chair of President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Steering Committee and a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council. Mr. Liveris is a former Executive Committee Member and past Chairman of the U.S. Business Council. Mr. Liveris is on the board of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum and serves as Co-Chair of the Saudi-U.S. CEO Forum. Mr. Liveris has experience with over thirty acquisitions and divestitures worth over $100 billion. Mr. Liveris graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1975.
Alan Mulally has extensive experience in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Mr. Mulally is the former President, CEO and Director of the Ford Motor Company. Mr. Mulally joined the Ford Motor Company in 2006 and retired in 2014. He led the successful transformation of the company into one of the world’s leading automakers, which included the implementation of his One Ford vision and strategy. During his tenure, Mr. Mulally presided over the the sale of Jaguar Cars and Land Rover to Tata Motors. Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Mulally served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company. Mr. Mulally was named President of Commercial Airplanes in 1998 and CEO of the Commercial Airplanes unit in 2001.
Jorma Ollilia has extensive management and operating experience in the telecommunications and natural resources sectors. Mr. Ollilia is the former President and CEO of Nokia, later becoming Chairman and CEO of Nokia, positions he held from 1999 to 2006. Mr. Ollilia continued as Chairman until 2012. Mr. Ollilia also served as Chairman of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell from 2006 to 2015. In addition, Mr. Ollilia was Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists from 2005 to 2009. He began his career at Citibank in 1978, holding various positions within corporate banking in London and Helsinki.
Richard Parsons is an Operating Partner with extensive management and operating experience in the media, entertainment and finance sectors. Mr. Parsons served as Chairman of Time Warner, Inc. from May 2003 to January 2009 and CEO from May 2002 to December 2007. During his tenure, Mr. Parsons played a key role in the company’s turnaround after a challenging merger between Time Warner and AOL, developing the company into one of the largest media and entertainment conglomerates. Following his 16-year career at TimeWarner, Mr. Parsons was named Chairman of Citibank and was instrumental in steering the company through the financial crisis until 2012. His career in financial services extends over 18 years, including his tenure as Chairman and CEO of Dime Bank where he led the company through the savings-and-loan crisis. He is a senior advisor at Providence Equity Partners and most recently served as the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers. Mr. Parsons previously served on a panel of economic advisors who counseled President Obama and is a Board member of many large corporations including The Estée Lauder Companies, The Madison Square Garden Company, and Lazard Ltd. Mr. Parsons received a JD from Union University’s Albany Law School and received his undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii.
Fredric Rosen is an Operating Partner with extensive management and operating experience in the consumer technology and entertainment sectors. Mr. Rosen is the former President and CEO of Ticketmaster which, from 1982 to 1998, he grew into one of the world’s leading and most successful computerized ticketing companies. Mr. Rosen currently serves as the President and CEO of Red Carpet Entertainment, which he founded. Mr. Rosen serves on the Board of King World Productions, MediaLive International, WillScot Corporation, and Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp and on the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and served on the Board of Trustees of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Rosen graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965 and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Brooklyn Law School in 1969.
John Thornton is an Operating Partner with extensive leadership experience in the banking and mining sectors. Mr. Thornton is the Executive Chairman of Barrick Gold. Starting in 2013, Mr. Thornton oversaw Barrick Gold’s transformation, and subsequently orchestrated the successful merger with Randgold Resources in a deal valued at more than $18 billion. Following that merger, Mr. Thornton directed the announced hostile takeover of Newmont Mining in 2019, which subsequently resulted in the formation of a large Nevada-based gold company joint venture. Prior to joining Barrick Gold, Mr. Thornton held various executive positions at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Thornton joined Goldman Sachs in 1980 and was named a partner in 1988. He also served as Co-CEO of Goldman Sachs International from 1995 to 1996 and was Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Thornton retired as President and a member of the board of Goldman Sachs in 2003. Mr. Thornton currently serves as Chairman of Silk Road Finance, Chairman of PineBridge Investments and Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Thornton is an Advisory Board member of Tsinghua University and a Director at the Ford Motor Company. Mr. Thornton received a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard College in 1976, a B.A/M.A. in jurisprudence from Oxford University in 1978, and an Master's degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management in 1980.
Bill Veghte is an Operating Partner with extensive management and operating experience in the consumer and enterprise technology sectors. Mr. Veghte is the Executive Chairman of Turbonomic, a U.S.-based private enterprise software company for use with cloud computing platforms. Mr. Veghte previously served as CEO and Director of SurveyMonkey. Mr. Veghte also served as an Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Hewlett-Packard Company from 2013 to 2015 and Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2013. Prior to Hewlett- Packard, Mr. Veghte spent nearly two decades at Microsoft, where he held several positions including Senior Vice President of Windows Business Group at Microsoft. Mr. Veghte is a Board Member of Embroker, and a Director at Xero Limited, AppAssure Software and NPowerNY. Mr. Veghte graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies in 1990.
Cyma Zarghami is an Operating Partner with extensive management and operating experience in the media, film and television sectors. Ms. Zarghami is the former President of Viacom’s Nickelodeon Networks Group. Starting in 2004, Ms. Zarghami was named President of Nickelodeon Television, where she oversaw production and development, marketing, programming and creativity for the network. Under Ms. Zarghami’s 33-year tenure, Nickelodeon became the world’s most widely distributed kid’s channel. She oversaw the network’s content development that made Nickelodeon the top-rated kids’ basic cable network for over 20 years. Ms. Zarghami previously served on the Board of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Ms. Zarghami received an honorary diploma from the University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services in 2000.