Board of Directors
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Russell W. Galbut currently serves as the Managing Principal of Crescent Heights, one of America’s largest and most respected residential developers of quality condominiums. Having been active in the urban mixed-use real estate sector for over 35 years, Mr. Galbut and Crescent Heights are a “best in class” developer with a successful track record of new constructions and renovations. Crescent Heights has been active in over 15 markets from coast-to-coast and has developed over 50,000 residential units, including pioneering the condo hotel concept. After graduating from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Galbut became a Florida licensed CPA (currently inactive). In 1980, Mr. Galbut received his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Galbut served as a member of the Board of Directors of Prestige Cruises International, Inc. or its predecessor from September 2005 until Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s acquisition of Prestige in November 2014. He also previously served on several charitable boards, and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
David Abrams is the Chief Investment Officer, Harris Blizter Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center and esports franchise, Dignitas. Prior to that, he was the Senior Managing Director for Cerberus European Capital Advisors, LLP. Previously, he was the Founder & Partner, Non-Performing Loans, for Apollo Management International LLP, which he joined in 2007. From 1996 through 2007, Mr. Abrams was a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group of Credit Suisse, based in London and New York. From 2004 through 2007, he founded and was the Head of the Specialty Finance Investment business which included principal investing in non-performing loan portfolios and distressed assets. From 1996 through 2004, he was a founding member and Co-Head of the Global Distressed Sales and Trading Group at Credit Suisse (and its predecessor Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.). Mr. Abrams began his career in 1989 as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Bear, Stearns & Co. and then was an associate/vice president at the Argosy Group, a boutique corporate restructuring firm. He graduated cum laude with a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Mary E. Landry has developed a strong background in maritime operations over the course of her 35-year career with the government including service on the White House National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy from 2013 to 2014, and active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. Her positions with the U.S. Coast Guard included Director, Incident Management Preparedness Policy from 2012 to 2015, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District from 2009 to 2011, where she oversaw operations for a region including 26 states with over 10,000 active, reserve, civilian, and auxiliary personnel under her command, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs from 2007 to 2009 and various tours from 1980 to 2007, which culminated in her advancement to Rear Admiral.
Ms. Landry received a National Security Fellowship from Harvard University, a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, a M.A. in Management from Webster University and a B.A. in English from the University of Buffalo. Ms. Landry serves as a Director on the Boards of Directors of the United States Automobile Association (USAA) and the SCORE Association and is also a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow and holds the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight.
Adam M. Aron is the CEO and President of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. AMC is the largest operator of movie theatres in the United States, in Europe and worldwide, with more than 1,000 theatres in 15 countries.
He previously served throughout 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., on an interim basis. Mr. Aron was CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers from 2011 to 2013, served as an Alternate Governor of the National Basketball Association and is currently a co-owner of the team.
He is also Chairman and CEO of World Leisure Partners, Inc., a personal consultancy for matters related to travel and tourism and high-end real estate development and which acts in partnership with Apollo Management L.P. In 2007, Mr. Aron facilitated Apollo's acquiring a controlling interest in Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line. As a result, in December 2007 Travel Weekly magazine named Mr. Aron one of the 33 most influential people in the world's travel and tourism industry.
Mr. Aron has previously served as President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Vail Resorts, Senior Vice President of Marketing for United Airlines and Senior Vice President-Marketing for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Since 1988, Mr. Aron previously served on the board of directors of more than a dozen companies including Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and on the board of directors of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Mr. Aron also serves on the boards of directors of a number of non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Business Executives for National Security, and is a former member of the Young Presidents' Organization. Mr. Aron previously served as Vice Chairman of the National Finance Committee of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and was a delegate to President Clinton's White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.
Mr. Aron received a Master’s of Business Administration degree with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude from Harvard College.
Pamela Thomas-Graham, became a director of our Company in April 2018. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dandelion Chandelier LLC, a private digital media enterprise focused on global luxury. Prior to establishing Dandelion Chandelier in August 2016, she served as Chair, New Markets, of Credit Suisse Group AG (a global financial services company) from October 2015 to June 2016 and as Chief Marketing and Talent Officer, Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management New Markets, and member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse from January 2010 to October 2015. From 2008 to 2009, she served as a managing director in the private equity group at Angelo, Gordon & Co. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Thomas-Graham held the position of Group President at Liz Claiborne, Inc. She served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CNBC from 2001 to 2005. Previously, Ms. Thomas-Graham served as an Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal and as President and Chief Executive Officer of CNBC.com. Ms. Thomas-Graham began her career at a global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, in 1989, and became the firm’s first African-American female partner in 1995. Ms. Thomas-Graham serves on the board of directors of The Clorox Company ((NYSE: CLX) through November 2021), The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited (NYSE: NTB) Peloton Interactive, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTON), Bumble Inc. (Nasdaq: BMBL) and Compass, Inc. (NYSE: COMP). Ms. Thomas-Graham holds Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Law degrees from Harvard University.
John W. Chidsey is the Chief Executive Officer of Subway Restaurants. Prior to that he was the chairman and chief executive officer of Burger King Corporation. Prior to being named CEO, he served as president and chief financial officer of the company. He has also served as president of North America.
Prior to his appointment at Burger King Corporation in March 2004, Mr. Chidsey served as chairman and CEO for two corporate divisions at Cendant: the Vehicle Services Division, a $5.9 billion division, which included Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car Systems, PHH and Wright Express, and the Financial Services Division, a $1.4 billion division that included Jackson Hewitt. Mr. Chidsey joined Cendant in 1996 as Senior Vice President, Preferred Alliances.
From 1992 to 1995 Mr. Chidsey served in various senior leadership positions with Pepsi. Most recently he served as the director of finance of Pepsi-Cola Eastern Europe and the chief financial officer of PepsiCo World Trading Co., Inc.
Mr. Chidsey holds a master’s of business administration degree in finance and accounting and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, as well as a bachelor’s administration degree from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. He serves on the Board of Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC). Mr. Chidsey is a certified public accountant and a member of the Georgia Bar Association.
Stella David was previously the Chief Executive Officer of William Grant & Sons Limited, an international spirits company, from August 2009 until March 2016. She was responsible for the significant growth of the business and in particular their premium and luxury brands and for leading the company’s expansion into new markets. Prior to that, Ms. David held various positions at Bacardi Ltd. over a fifteen year period, including Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, from 2005 through 2009 and Chief Executive Officer of the U.K., Irish, Dutch and African business from 1999 to 2004. Ms. David is an experienced independent director having served on the board of Nationwide Building Society, the U.K.'s second largest mortgage and savings provider, from 2003 to 2010. She rejoined Bacardi Limited as a non-executive member of their board of directors and serves as an independent, non-executive director of HomeServe Plc, Domino’s Pizza Group Plc and Entain Plc.. Ms. David graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in engineering.
Chad A. Leat is a retired Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup Inc., and has nearly thirty years of markets and banking experience on Wall Street. He is a leader and innovator in corporate credit and M&A finance. Mr. Leat joined Salomon Brothers in 1997 as a partner in High Yield Capital Markets, which became Citigroup in 1998, from where he retired in 2013 as Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking. Over the years he served on the firm’s Investment Banking Management Committee, the Fixed Income Management Committee and the Capital Markets Origination Committee. From 1998 until 2005 he served as the Global Head of Loans and Leveraged Finance. He grew this business from a small second-tier position to one of the largest loan and high-yield businesses on Wall Street. During the financial crisis, Mr. Leat helped Citigroup work through many challenging risk, regulatory and client issues.
Mr. Leat began his career on Wall Street at The Chase Manhattan Corporation in their Capital Markets Group in 1985 where he ultimately became the head of their highly successful Syndications, Structured Sales and Loan Trading businesses. This group was on the cutting edge of the fast-developing loan market and Mr. Leat was one of a handful of market professionals associated with the development and creation of this now vibrant capital market.
Mr. Leat serves on the Board of Directors of TPG Pace Technical Opportunities Corp., TPG Pace Beneficial Finance Corp. and TPG Pace Beneficial II Corp. Mr. Leat is Chairman of the Board of Directors of MidCap Financial, PLC, a middle-market direct commercial lending business. Previously, Mr. Leat served on the Supervisory Board of Directors of BAWAG P.S.K., the Board of Directors of Global Indemnity, PLC, a Dublin-based provider of property and casualty insurance from 2009 to 2015 and served as Chairman of the Board of HealthEngine LLC, a healthcare technology company.
Mr. Leat is dedicated to many civic and philanthropic organizations. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York and has served on the boards of several charitable organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of The Hampton Classic Horse Show and is a Trustee of the Parrish Museum of Art. Mr. Leat is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received his Bachelors of Science degree.
Frank J. Del Rio is the president and chief executive officer of S&P 500 company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH), which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Del Rio assumed this role in January 2015. An over 25-year cruise industry veteran, Del Rio has successfully led Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in delivering industry leading financial results while providing an unparalleled guest experience. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its fleet with the newest and most innovative ships at sea, introduced the company’s latest island destination, Harvest Caye in Belize, and significantly strengthened its global footprint.
Previously, Del Rio served as chairman and chief executive officer of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company operating both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Del Rio founded Oceania Cruises in 2002, and in doing so, created a new “upper premium” market space in the cruise industry. Under his leadership the line has grown from a fledgling start-up with one 684-passenger ship to a dominant player in the upscale cruise market with six ships totaling 5,300 berths, including the addition of two highly acclaimed 1,250-passenger sister ships, Marina and Riviera. In 2008, Prestige Cruise Holdings acquired Regent Seven Seas Cruises and quickly completed a turnaround which positioned Regent Seven Seas Cruises as the market leader in luxury cruising and in turn positioned Prestige Cruise Holdings as the premier operator of upscale cruise brands.
Del Rio, who was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States in 1961 at age six, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant.