Warren B. Kanders
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board
Warren B. Kanders has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as one of our directors since April 2012. Since June 2002 and December 2002, respectively, Mr. Kanders has served as a director and as Executive Chairman of Clarus Corporation, a NASDAQ listed company focused on the outdoor and consumer industries. From January 1996 until its sale to BAE Systems plc (“BAE Systems”) on July 31, 2007, Mr. Kanders served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and from April 2003 as the Chief Executive Officer, of Armor Holdings, Inc. (“Armor Holdings”), formerly a New York Stock Exchange listed company and a manufacturer and supplier of military vehicles, armored vehicles, and safety and survivability products and systems to the aerospace and defense, public safety, homeland security, and commercial markets. Mr. Kanders received an A.B. degree in Economics from Brown University. Based upon Mr. Kanders’ role as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, service as a chairman and a director of a wide range of other public companies, financial background and education, as well as his extensive investment, capital raising, acquisition and operating expertise, the Company believes that Mr. Kanders has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board member of the Company.
Hamish Norton has served as one of our directors since October 2012. Since July 2014, Mr. Norton has been the President of Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a NASDAQ listed company focused on global shipping in the dry bulk sector. Mr. Norton has over 28 years of experience as an investment banker advising companies on capital market as well as merger and acquisition matters. Mr. Norton received an A.B. in physics from Harvard College and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago. Based upon Mr. Norton’s education and extensive experience as an investment banker advising companies on capital market as well as merger and acquisition matters, the Company believes that Mr. Norton has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board or Board committee member of the Company.
Nicholas Sokolow has served as one of our directors since July 2012. Since June 2002, Mr. Sokolow has served as a director and has been designated as the “lead independent director” since June 2016 of Clarus Corporation, a NASDAQ listed company focused on the outdoor and consumer industries. From January 1996 until its sale to BAE Systems on July 31, 2007, Mr. Sokolow served as a member of the Board of Directors of Armor Holdings. Mr. Sokolow served as a member of the Board of Directors of Stamford Industrial Group, Inc. from October 2006 until September 2009. From 2007 until December 31, 2014, Mr. Sokolow practiced law at the firm of Lebow & Sokolow LLP. From 1994 to 2007, Mr. Sokolow was a partner at the law firm of Sokolow, Carreras & Partners. From June 1973 until October 1994, Mr. Sokolow was an associate and partner at the law firm of Coudert Brothers. Mr. Sokolow graduated with Economics and Finance degrees from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques, a Law degree from the Faculte de Droit and a Masters of Comparative Law degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Sokolow is also an honorary member of the French Bar. Based upon Mr. Sokolow’s role as the chairperson of the compensation committee and the nominating/corporate governance committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, education, legal background involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance expertise and extensive experience serving as a member of the boards of directors and committees of other public companies, the Company believes that Mr. Sokolow has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board or Board committee member of the Company.
William Quigley has served as one of our directors since February 2016 and Chairman of the audit committee of our Board of Directors since March 2016. Since June 2016, Mr. Quigley has been the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nexteer Automotive Group Limited, a tier one automotive supplier operating from 27 manufacturing facilities and three global technical centers with over 13,000 employees. From March 2012 to March 2016, Mr. Quigley was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dana Holding Corporation and from March 2007 to October 2011 was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Visteon Corporation. Mr. Quigley received a B.A. from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Based upon Mr. Quigley’s role as the Chairman of the audit committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, education and extensive financial and accounting experiences, the Company believes that Mr. Quigley has the requisite set of skills to serve as a Board or Board committee member of the Company.
Ms. DeCotis has over 45 years of financial, advisory and business operations experience with a successful track record of leadership across multiple global institutions and industries. She currently serves as Advisory Director at Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. where she began her career in 1974 and rose to the position of Managing Director, serving as Head of Firm Communications and Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Debt Origination, amongst other roles. She later served as an Executive Vice President with Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc, managing aspects of the business related to finance, operations, and strategic planning.
Ms. DeCotis has extensive board level governance experience at a variety of profit and non-profit organizations. Presently she is serving as Chair of the PIMCO Closed End Funds Board as well as being a Director of Virtus Funds. Previously DeCotis served on the Board of Directors of Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc., Watford, RE Ltd., a specialty insurance and reinsurance company, and Armor Holding, Inc., a predecessor of Cadre.
Amongst her non-profit activities, Ms. DeCotis serves as a Board Trustee for Smith College, including serving on the Audit and Finance Committee, and as Chair of Smith College Investment Committee. Ms. DeCotis previously also served as a Trustee of Stanford University, a Trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust, a Trustee of the Helena Rubenstein Foundation, as well as Co-Chair of the Special Projects Committee for Memorial Sloan Kettering. Ms. DeCotis is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ms. DeCotis received her M.B.A from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and graduated from Smith College.