Board of Directors
Randall Bort, age 53, has served as a member of our Board since January 12, 2017. Mr. Bort is a Co-Founder of SandTree Holdings, LLC, a private commercial real estate investment firm. Previously, Mr. Bort was an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert, BT Securities, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse First Boston, The Mercanti Group and Imperial Capital. Mr. Bort has significant financial, transactional and capital markets experience across multiple industries and has worked both domestically and in Asia. Mr. Bort earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bort served as a member of the Board of Directors of Gores Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRSH) from August 2015 until completion of the Hostess Brands, LLC acquisition in November 2016. Mr. Bort also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Bureau, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles focused on foster care and the prevention of child abuse. Mr. Bort’s significant investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Jeffrey Rea, age 53, has served as a member of our Board since January 12, 2017. Mr. Rea currently serves as a director of BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: BMCH). Mr. Rea previously served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc. from November 2010 to December 1, 2015, at which time the company was merged with Building Materials Holding Corporation to create BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Rea served as President of the specialty products group at TE Connectivity Ltd. from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Rea was the Senior Vice President of the building products group at Johns Manville, a global manufacturer of highly engineered materials and building products, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Company. Before joining Johns Manville, Mr. Rea served for 15 years in various leadership roles at General Electric Company, including general management, sales and marketing, distribution management and supply chain leadership positions. Mr. Rea also served for five years with its corporate audit staff. Mr. Rea served as a member of the Board of Directors of Gores Holdings I (Nasdaq: GRSH) from March 2016 until completion of the Hostess acquisition in November 2016. Mr. Rea received a degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Mr. Rea’s significant investing and management experience makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Jacob Kotzubei, age 49, joined Platinum Equity in 2002 and is a Partner at Platinum Equity and a member of Platinum Equity’s Investment Committee. Mr. Kotzubei serves as an officer and/or director of a number of Platinum’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Platinum in 2002, Mr. Kotzubei worked for 41⁄2 years for Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division in New York City. Previously, he was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Kotzubei received a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law where he was elected a member of the Columbia Law Review. Mr. Kotzubei’s experience in executive management oversight, private equity, capital markets and transactional matters has led the Board to conclude that he has the varied expertise necessary to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Company. Mr. Kotzubei is currently a director of Key Energy Services, Inc., KEMET Corporation and Ryerson Holding Corporation. Mr. Kotzubei served as a director of CanWel Building Materials Group until April 11, 2016.
Bryan Kelln, age 52, Mr. Kelln is a Partner at Platinum Equity and the President of Portfolio Operations, a group responsible for overseeing business strategy and operations at Platinum Equity’s portfolio companies. Mr. Kelln joined Platinum Equity in 2008. He works closely with the firm’s Operations Team and portfolio company executive management to drive strategic initiatives and to deploy operational resources. Prior to joining Platinum Equity, Mr. Kelln held senior operations roles at a number of companies including Nortek, Inc., Jacuzzi, Inc., RockShox, Inc. and General Cable Corporation. During a portion of this time, Mr. Kelln was an Operating Executive with The Jordan Company, a private investment firm, where he was involved in acquisitions, divestitures and operations for the firm and served as a board member of various portolio companies. Mr. Kelln also previously served as a Partner in the Supply Chain Management Practice of Mercer Management Consulting. Mr. Kelln received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Washington State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. Mr. Kelln is currently a director of Key Energy Services, Inc.
David Roberts, age 47, is the President and CEO of Verra Mobility. In such capacity, Mr. Roberts has established a high performing company that embraces consistent financial performance, market leadership and culture as the driver of performance. Prior to joining Verra Mobility, Mr. Roberts was President and CEO of BillingTree, a multi-channel electronic payment platform and President and CEO of Equity Methods, an employee stock option valuation software and services company which was later sold to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Roberts earned a BBA at Baylor University at the Hankamer School of Business and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Strategy. Mr. Roberts has served as an Adjunct Professor at the W.P. Carey Graduate School of Business at Arizona State University. Mr. Roberts currently serves as an adviser for the Arizona Feed My Starving Children Leadership Committee.
Jay Geldmacher, age 62, has been the President and CEO of Artesyn Embedded Technologies (‘‘Artesyn’’) since 2013. Artesyn Embedded Technologies is the new name for the former Embedded Computing & Power business of Emerson Network Power. Artesyn is owned by Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles based private equity firm who acquired a majority interest in the company through a joint venture from Emerson in November 2013. Emerson retains a 49 percent non-controlling interest in the business, which now operates as an independent company. Mr. Geldmacher joined Emerson in January 1996. From 2007 until 2013, Mr. Geldmacher has been serving as Executive Vice President as well as President of Emerson Network Power’s Embedded Computing & Power Group, a global business for which he has full profit and loss responsibility. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Geldmacher served as Group Vice President of Emerson Network Power and President of Embedded Computing & Power. Prior to that, Mr. Geldmacher was President of Astec Power Solutions (1998-2006) and President of Astec Standard Power Worldwide (1996-1998), both of which were Emerson subsidiaries. Prior to joining Emerson, Mr. Geldmacher served in various management capacities with Knowles Electronics. Mr. Geldmacher currently serves on the board of directors of Seagate Technology PLC, its compensation committee since 2012 and its finance committee since 2018. Mr. Geldmacher also serves as an Executive Advisory Council member for Vertiv, a recent acquisition by Platinum Equity. Formerly known as Emerson Network Power, Vertiv is a leading provider of thermal management, A/C and D/C power, transfer switches, services and information management systems for the data center and telecommunications industries. Mr. Geldmacher also served as a director of Owens-Illinois, Inc. from 2008-2015. In addition, he has served on the advisory boards for the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Eller Business School at the University of Arizona from 2008-2016. Mr. Geldmacher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Arizona and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.
John Rexford, age 61, is the Managing Director of Ramona Park Consulting LLC, which he founded in 2016. Mr. Rexford has over 36 years of finance experience that includes serving as Global M&A Head from 2010 to 2015 at the Xerox Corporation and serving in various positions at Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (which was acquired by the Xerox Corporation), including Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2007, Executive Vice President from 2001 to 2009 and Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions from 1996 to 2001. Mr. Rexford has also served as a director of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Rexford received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in 1979 and a MBA from SMU Cox School of Business in 1980. Mr. Rexford is a director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and member of the compensation committee of Exela Technologies. We believe that Mr. Rexford’s prior experience give him an understanding of the business models, structures and attributes of the combined business, as well as the risks and operating environment of the company, which make him well-qualified to serve as a director of the company.