Richard Baker is Governor and Executive Chairman of Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). HBC was established in 1670 and is the oldest company in North America. With a portfolio of more than 320 stores, HBC operates Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Hudson's Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth and Home Outfitters.
Mr. Baker is currently a non-executive chairman of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (ROIC) and serves on the board of directors. He served as the Chief Executive Officer until 2009.
From 1988 until 2005, Mr. Baker served in various capacities, including President and Chief Operating Officer of National Realty & Development Corp., a real estate development company owned by him together with his father, Robert C. Baker. National Realty & Development Corp. owns and manages a real estate portfolio which includes shopping centers and corporate business centers located in 20 states.
In 2014, Mr. Baker began his four-year term on the Cornell University Board of Trustees. He served two terms on the Cornell University Council and is a member of the Major Gifts Committee. Mr. Baker serves or has served on several councils and advisory Boards at Cornell.
Robert Baker is the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of National Realty & Development Corporation (“NRDC”), a corporation which develops and manages real estate, primarily retail properties, throughout the United States. NRDC manages and controls approximately 22 million square feet of retail space in over 70 centres located in the northeastern United States. Mr. Baker also formerly acted as a Director of City & Suburban Savings Bank, a New York state based bank and formerly acted as a Director of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.
Mr. Baker is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School.
David G. Leith Director
David Leith is the Chair of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc./MTS Allstream. He is a Director of Yellow Media Limited and of the Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (Infrastructure Ontario). Mr. Leith served as Deputy Chairman and Head of Investment, Corporate and Merchant Banking at CIBC World Markets from 2007 to 2009. Previously at CIBC World Markets, Mr. Leith served as Managing Director and Head of Canadian Investment and Corporate Banking from 2004 to 2007, and Managing Director and Head, Debt Origination from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Leith is a Director of Bridgepoint Heath Foundation.
Mr. Leith has a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree from Cambridge University.
William L. Mack has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation since 1997 and as its Chairman since 2000. Mr. Mack also has served as Chairman of Mack-Cali’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors since 1997. Since 1963, Mr. Mack served as President and Senior Managing Partner of The Mack Company, where he pioneered the development of large, Class A office properties and helped to increase The Mack Company’s portfolio to approximately 20 million square feet. In addition, Mr. Mack is a founder and chairman of AREA Property Partners (formerly known as Apollo Real Estate Advisors, L.P.). He currently serves as a board member of the Regional Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Mack previously served as a member of the boards of directors of City and Suburban Financial Corporation from 1988 to 2007, The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. from 1997 to 2004, Vail Resorts, Inc. from 1993 to 2004 and Wyndham International, Inc. from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Mack is a Vice Chairman of the North Shore — Long Island Jewish Health System and Chairman of the Board for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. He also is former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and serves as Vice Chair of the board of overseers of The Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Mack attended The Wharton School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, finance and real estate from New York University.
Lee S. Neibart Director
Lee Neibart is the Global CEO of AREA Property Partners (“AREA”) (formerly known as Apollo Real Estate Advisors, L.P.), an international real estate fund manager, and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding in 1993. At AREA, Mr. Neibart has overseen the investment and management of 15 real estate funds and joint ventures, which invested U.S.$8 billion in more than 400 transactions with an aggregate value in excess of U.S.$30 billion.
Mr. Neibart is a Director on various boards relating to AREA’s investment portfolio. Mr. Neibart also serves on the Advisory Boards of both The Enterprise Foundation and The Real Estate Institute of New York University and as a non-executive Director of Cambridge Industrial Trust Management Limited, which serves as the manager of Cambridge Industrial Trust (an industrial REIT listed on the Singapore Exchange). He is also a past President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks.
Mr. Neibart graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University.
Denise Pickett Director
Denise Pickett is Executive Vice President and CEO U.S. Loyalty at American Express, a role she assumed in February 2013. Prior to holding this position Ms. Pickett served as Executive Vice President and General Manager, American Express OPEN from 2009 to 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amex Bank of Canada from 2007 to 2009, and as Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Global Commercial Card from 2006 to 2007.
Ms. Pickett is currently a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Ontario. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of New York City.
Ms. Pickett has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration degree from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Wayne Pommen is a Vice President at TorQuest Partners, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms, where he has been since 2009. Previously, Mr. Pommen was a management consultant with Bain & Company in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, where he advised corporate and private equity clients on strategy, performance improvement, and merger integration in a range of industries. Mr. Pommen also served as a strategy director at BPP Holdings plc, a publicly-listed provider of professional education in the United Kingdom and Europe. Mr. Pommen is involved with industry and civic organizations such as the CVCA, Canada’s private equity and venture capital industry association, and Toronto Homecoming.
Mr. Pommen holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, an A.B. from Harvard University, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Earl Rotman is a co-founder and partner at RedBird Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Mr. Rotman is formerly the Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, at Canaccord Genuity Corp., where he was between 2010 and 2013 after Canaccord acquired Genuity Capital Markets, which Mr. Rotman co-founded in 2005. Prior to co-founding Genuity, Mr. Rotman was a Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets where he was a member of both the Canadian and U.S. Investment Banking Operating Committees and the Merchant Banking Investment Committee. Mr. Rotman is also a Trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation and President of Genuity Fund Management Inc., an alternative asset management company. Mr. Rotman is an alumnus of the University of Toronto, a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Matthew Rubel is currently a senior advisor to TPG Capital and TPG Growth. Mr. Rubel was the former Chairman, CEO and President of Collective Brands, Inc. where he served from 2005 to June 2011. Prior to joining Collective Brands, Inc., Mr. Rubel was the Chairman, President and CEO of Cole Haan.
Mr. Rubel serves on the board of Super Valu and as a Presidential Appointee to the White House Advisory Council on Trade Policy Negotiation. Mr. Rubel is active in several industry and civic organizations, including the Jay H. Baker Initiative at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Young Presidents’ Organization and President’s Council at the University of Miami.
Mr. Rubel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami.
Andrea Wong is the President of International Production, Sony Pictures Television, and President, International, Sony Pictures Entertainment and has held these roles since 2011. She is responsible for the studio’s international TV production business, overseeing creative teams outside the U.S. as well as 15 owned and joint venture international production companies around the world. Between 2007 and 2010, Ms. Wong was President and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services. From 1995 to 2007, she held several senior positions at Disney/ABC Entertainment, most recently as Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night.
Ms. Wong holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.