Board of Directors
Mr. Cho has served as Chief Financial Officer of Icahn Enterprises G.P., Inc. since March 2012. Prior to this time, he was Senior Vice President and previously Portfolio Company Associate at Icahn Enterprises L.P. since October 2006. Icahn Enterprises is a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses, including investment management, automotive parts, metals recycling, real estate, railcar manufacturing, food packaging, gaming, and home fashion. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Cho served as Director of Finance for Atari, Inc., a publisher of interactive entertainment products. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Cho served as Director of Corporate Development and Director of Product Development at Talk America, a telecommunications provider to small business and residential customers. From 1996 to 1999, he was an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney in New York and Tokyo.
Mr. Cho has been a director of: Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc, the general partner of Icahn Enterprises L.P, since September 2012, CVR Energy, Inc, an oil refining company and CVR GP, LLC, the general partner of CVR Partners LP, a fertilizer company, since May, 2012; Federal Mogul, Inc., an auto parts manufacturer, since May 2012; XO Holdings, LLC (now known as XO Holdings), a competitive provider of telecom services since August 2011; American Railcar Industries, Inc., a railcar manufacturing company, since June 2011; Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, a publisher of interactive entertainment products, since April 2010; WestPoint International, LLC (now known as WestPoint Home LLC), a home textiles manufacturer since January 2008; PSC Metals Inc., a metal recycling company, since December 2006; and Viskase Companies, Inc., a meat casing company, since November 2006. With respect to each aforementioned company, Carl C. Icahn, directly or indirectly, either (i) controls or at such time controlled such company or (ii) at such time had or has an interest in such company through the ownership of securities.
Mr. Cho received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Mr. Nevin has served on our board of directors since February 2017 and has been employed as a Financial Analyst at IELP, a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses, including investment, automotive, energy, gaming, railcar, food packaging, metals, mining, real estate and home fashion, since July 2015. Mr. Nevin is responsible for analyzing and monitoring portfolio companies for IELP. Prior to that time, Mr. Nevin was employed by Jefferies LLC as a Research Analyst from April 2014 to July 2015 covering the utilities sector. Mr. Nevin was also employed by JP Morgan Investment Bank in various roles from March 2009 to April 2015. Mr. Nevin has been a director of: Conduent Incorporated (Conduent), a provider of business process outsourcing services, since December 2016; Ferrous Resources Limited, an iron ore mining company with operations in Brazil, since December 2016; and Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, a supplier of automotive powertrain and safety components, since February 2016. With respect to Ferrous Resources, Federal-Mogul and Conduent, Mr. Carl Icahn, directly or indirectly, either (i) at such time controlled such company or (ii) at such time had an interest in such company through the ownership of securities. Mr. Nevin is a son in-law to Mr. Carl Icahn. Mr. Nevin received his B.S. from Drexel University.
The board of directors has concluded that Mr. Nevin should serve as a director because of his financial acumen and experience in various companies, as discussed above. His service on the boards of other companies provides the board of directors with additional perspective on the Company’s operations.
Ms. Agnello has served on our board of directors since November 2017 and has been the Chief Human Resources Officer & Employment Counsel for Insight Portfolio Group LLC, an entity affiliated with Carl C. Icahn, since May 2007. In this capacity, Ms. Agnello provides human resources advice to a group of companies, some of which are affiliated with Mr. Icahn. Prior to joining Insight Portfolio Group, Ms. Agnello held senior human resources positions at Integro Insurance Brokers, North Fork Bank, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and the Exxon Corporation. Ms. Agnello has been a director of: Icahn Automotive Group LLC, an automotive parts installer, retailer and distributor, since 2017; and PSC Metals, Inc., a metal recycling company, since 2012. Icahn Automotive Group and PSC Metals are each indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Ms. Agnello received a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, an MBA in Human Resources Management from Adelphi University, and a BA in Liberal Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.
The Board has concluded that Mr. First should serve as a director and as chair of our audit committee because of his significant business experience as well as his experience as a director in various companies, as discussed above. In particular, Mr. First's deep financial and accounting experience provides leadership and insight to our audit committee.
Mr. Pontious has served on our board of directors and as a member of our audit committee since January 2006. Since May 2005, Mr. Pontious has been a railroad industry consultant in the areas of business development, acquisition and investment for various clients focused on the railroad industry, including Wabtec Corporation (Wabtec), a public company that supplies air brakes and other equipment for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles. Mr. Pontious served Wabtec as vice president of special projects for business development from January 2003 to April 2005 and as vice president of sales and marketing from April 1990 to January 2003. Mr. Pontious also served as vice president of sales and marketing at New York Air Brake Company, a unit of General Signal Corporation, from 1977 to 1990 and was a trustee/director of the Watertown Savings Bank from 1979 to 1990. Prior to this, Mr. Pontious served the Pullman-Standard division of Pullman, Inc., a freight and passenger railcar manufacturer, from 1961 to 1977 in various management positions in the areas of sales, marketing and operations. Mr. Pontious has served as a director of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver and as chairman of the Passenger Transportation Committee of the Railway Progress Institute in Washington DC. Mr. Pontious holds a B.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Laisure has served on our board of directors and as a member of our audit committee since January 2006. Mr. Laisure has served, and continues to serve, as chief executive officer of Fluid Routing Solutions (FRS) since 2007, an automotive supplier that designs and manufactures fluid and fuel handling systems, which was formerly known as Mark IV Industries. FRS filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in February 2009 and emerged from Chapter 11 in March 2009. In March 2012, Mr. Laisure sold all of his interests in FRS to ParkOhio Industries, Inc. Mr. Laisure served from December 2006 through July 2007 as president of Delco Remy, Inc., a manufacturer of starters, alternators and rotating electrics for the automotive, commercial vehicle and off-highway markets. Since May 2005, Mr. Laisure has been consulting as an independent contractor for the automotive and industrial manufacturing space. Prior to this, he spent 32 years in various corporate accounting, sales, engineering and operational positions with Dana Corporation (Dana), a publicly held corporation that designs, manufactures and supplies vehicle components and technology, and its predecessors. Mr. Laisure served as president of Dana’s Automotive Systems Group from March 2004 to May 2005. From December 2001 to February 2004, Mr. Laisure served as president of Dana’s engine and fluid management group and, from December 1999 to November 2001, he served as president of Dana’s fluid management group. In addition, he served on the board of directors of various Dana Corporation joint ventures, including joint ventures in Germany, Indonesia, Mexico and Turkey. Mr. Laisure served as director of finance of P.T. Spicer Indonesia, a manufacturer of axles and driveshafts, from 1982 to 1984. He served as accountant, internal auditor and controller at Perfect Circle, a manufacturer of automotive engine components, from 1973 to 1981. Also, Mr. Laisure has been a director of Federal-Mogul since February 2008. Mr. Laisure received a B.A. in Accounting from Ball State University and an M.B.A. from Miami (Ohio) University, and has completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program.
Jonathan Frates. Mr. Frates has served on our board of directors since March 2016 and has served as a portfolio company associate at IELP, a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses, including investment, automotive, energy, gaming, railcar, food packaging, metals, mining, real estate and home fashion, since November 2015. Prior to joining IELP, Mr. Frates served as a senior business analyst at First Acceptance Corporation and as an associate at its holding company, Diamond A Ford Corporation. Mr. Frates began his career as an investment banking analyst at Wachovia Securities LLC. Mr. Frates has served as a director of: Viskase Companies, a meat casing company, since March 2016; CVR Energy, a diversified holding company primarily engaged in petroleum refining and nitrogen fertilizer production, since March 2016; and CVR Refining, an independent downstream energy limited partnership, since March 2016. With respect to Viskase Companies, CVR Energy and CVR Refining, Mr. Carl Icahn, directly or indirectly, either (i) at such time controlled such company or (ii) at such time had an interest in such company through the ownership of securities. Mr. Frates received a B.B.A from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A from Columbia Business School.