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.

Recent Stock Transactions by SungHwan Cho
Date Type Shares Traded Price Range
Sep 8, 2009 Sell 5,312 10.23 - 10.31
Sep 4, 2009 Sell 9,346 10.05 - 10.14
Sep 3, 2009 Sell 20,000 10.05 - 10.16
Sep 2, 2009 Sell 2,559 10.05
Sep 1, 2009 Sell 10,000 10.05 - 10.45
Aug 31, 2009 Sell 4,900 10.05 - 10.10
Aug 28, 2009 Sell 18,261 10.20 - 10.44
Aug 28, 2009 Sell 1,050 10.45 - 10.59
Aug 27, 2009 Sell 20,000 10.05 - 10.27
Aug 26, 2009 Sell 20,000 10.19 - 10.35
Aug 25, 2009 Sell 19,500 10.20 - 10.41
Aug 25, 2009 Sell 500 10.42 - 10.46
Aug 24, 2009 Sell 25,698 10.19 - 10.26
Aug 24, 2009 Sell 20,000 10.06 - 10.36
Aug 21, 2009 Sell 14,302 10.20 - 10.30

Jonathan Christodoro has served as a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, the entity through which Carl C. Icahn manages investment funds, since July 2012. Mr. Christodoro is responsible for identifying, analyzing and monitoring investment opportunities and portfolio companies for Icahn Capital. Prior to joining Icahn Capital, from 2007 to 2012, Mr. Christodoro served in various investment and research roles at P2 Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to P2 Capital Partners, Mr. Christodoro served in various investment and research roles at Prentice Capital Management, LP and S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LP. Mr. Christodoro began his career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on merger and acquisition transactions across a variety of industries. Mr. Christodoro has been a director of: eBay Inc., a global commerce and payments company, since March 2015; Hologic, Inc., a supplier of diagnostic, medical imaging and surgical products, since December 2013; Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, since October 2013 (and has been Chairman of the Board of Enzon since November 2013); and Herbalife Ltd., a nutrition company, since April 2013. Mr. Christodoro was previously a director of Talisman Energy Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, from December 2013 to May 2015. Carl C. Icahn has or previously had non−controlling interests in each of eBay, Hologic, Talisman, Enzon and Herbalife through the ownership of securities. Mr. Christodoro received an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business with Distinction, majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Mr. Christodoro received a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management Magna Cum Laude with Honors Distinction in Research from Cornell University. Mr. Christodoro also served in the United States Marine Corps.

 

Mr. First has served on our board of directors and as a member of our audit committee since January 2007. Mr. First has been an independent financial consultant since January 1993.Since November 2007, Mr. First has been a director of Lexington Realty Trust, a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) traded real estate investment trust that merged with Newkirk Realty Trust, Inc. (Newkirk), another NYSE traded real estate investment trust on December 31, 2006.Mr First was a director of Newkirk from March 2006. Mr. First had been a director of WestPoint International inc. from Nov 2005 to December 2011 and XO Holdings From April 2010 to July 2011, Mr. First served on the board of directors of GB Holdings. From January 2006 through December 2006, Mr. First was a director of PANACO Inc., an oil and gas-drilling firm, from September 1997 to December 2003. Mr. First is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. from Brooklyn 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.

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