Richard Baker has been the Company’s Governor since July 2008. Mr. Baker is also the Executive Chairman and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Baker has been the Chairman of Lord & Taylor since July 2006. Mr. Baker owns National Realty & Development Corp. (“NRDC”), one of the largest privately owned real estate development companies, along with his father, Mr. Robert Baker. Mr. Baker is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for ROIC (Retail Opportunity Investment Corp) which is a REIT listed on the NASDAQ Exchange that focuses on acquiring retail properties on the east and west coasts of the United States.
Mr. Baker serves or has served on several councils and advisory boards at Cornell including: the Baker Program in Real Estate Advisory Board, the School of Hotel Administration Advisory Council, the Center for Real Estate and Finance Advisory Board, and the Center for Real Estate and Finance Industry Fellows.
Robert Baker is the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of 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 Pages 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 Sinai Health System.
Mr. Leith has a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree from Cambridge University.
William 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 1964, Mr. Mack has 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 the founder and chairman of Mack Real Estate Group. Mr. Mack is a director of FCB Financial Holdings. Mr. Mack was the founder and chairman of AREA Property Partners and remained with them until 2013. 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 is the Chairman of the board of overseers of The Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and is also former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of 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 a Senior Partner and Co‑Head of the Real Estate Group of Ares Management LLC. Mr. Neibart serves on the Ares Real Estate Operating Committee and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity, Europe Equity, and Real Estate Debt Investment Committees.
Mr. Neibart is a Director on various boards relating to Ares’ investment portfolio. Mr. Neibart joined Ares Management LLC in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he was a Global CEO from 1993 to 2013. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Neibart was with the Robert Martin Company, a real estate development and management firm, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Neibart also serves on the Advisory Board of The Real Estate Institute of New York University. He is also a past president of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks.
Mr. Neibart graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University.
Denise Pickett Director
Denise Pickett is President, American Express OPEN, a role she assumed in February 2014. Prior to holding this position Ms. Pickett served as Executive Vice President and CEO, U.S. Loyalty at American Express from 2013 to 2014, Executive Vice President and General Manager, American Express OPEN from 2010 to 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amex Bank of Canada from 2007 to 2010, 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 holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and an A.B. from Harvard University. Mr. Pommen has also completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has received his ICD.D designation.
Earl Rotman is Chairman of Venator Capital Management Ltd. Prior to joining Venator Capital Management Ltd., Mr. Rotman was a co‑founder and partner at RedBird Capital Partners. Mr. Rotman was 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 Chairman of Eleventy USA LLC.
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 directors 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 17 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 is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and she serves as a Governor of the British Film Institute and on the Advisory Council at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ms. Wong holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.