James Terlizzi (aged 52), Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Terlizzi joined the Group in June 2017 as its Non-Executive Chairman. Mr Terlizzi has over 20 years of executive management experience. Mr Terlizzi is currently a principal in several specialty finance businesses and has been the Executive Chairman of a multi-asset liquidity solutions company called DRB Financial Solutions, LLC since 2014. Mr Terlizzi was formerly the Chief Operating Officer and subsequently, the Chief Executive Officer of Peach Holdings, Inc., a finance company specialising in purchasing high-quality deferred payment obligations. He led the initial public offering of Peach Holdings, Inc. on AIM in 2006 and remained in the position of Chief Executive Officer until 2011 (following its acquisition by Orchard Acquisition Company in late 2006). Mr Terlizzi holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University and Rutgers University Law School, respectively and is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and the New York State Bar Associations (retired).
Mr Terlizzi will be a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Steven Ransohoff (aged 59), Chief Executive Officer
Mr Ransohoff joined the Group in July 1986 and was appointed as its Chief Executive Officer and President in 2016. From 2008, Mr Ransohoff was Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer. Mr Ransohoff has over 30 years of experience in the film industry and has deep industry relationships with producers, studios, banks and insurers. Mr Ransohoff holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar’s College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Timothy Trankina (aged 55), Chief Financial Officer
Mr Trankina joined the Group in February 2017 as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr Trankina has over 20 years of executive management experience. Prior to joining the Group, Mr Trankina was the Managing Director of Gateway Capital Holdings, LLC, a boutique private equity firm. Mr Trankina founded Peach Holdings, Inc. and was the President of this company at the time of its initial public offering on AIM in 2006. Mr Trankina remained in this position until the company was acquired later in that year (as noted above). Mr Trankina was formerly a member of the Entertainment, Media and Communications practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and provided tax consulting and transactional structuring advice to clients. Mr Trankina holds a Bachelor of Economics from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University College of Law. He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (inactive) and was previously a member of the Georgia State Board of Accountancy as a Certified Public Accountant.
Antony Mitchell (aged 52), Chief Operating Officer
Mr Mitchell joined the Group in March 2017 as its Chief Operating Officer. Mr Mitchell has over 15 years of public company leadership and executive management experience. Prior to joining the Group, Mr Mitchell was the Chief Executive Officer of Emergent Capital, Inc. (formerly called Imperial Holdings, Inc.) since its founding in February 2007 and prior to August 2012 also served as its Chairman, including at the time of its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2011. Between 2010 and 2016, Mr Mitchell was the Executive Chairman of Polaris Infrastructure Inc. (formerly called Ram Power, Corporation), an entity listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Between 2013 and 2015, Mr Mitchell also served as the acting Chief Executive Officer of DRB Capital, LLC, which specialises in the purchase of annuities. Mr Mitchell was also a co-founder of Singer Asset Finance Company, LLC (a subsidiary of Enhance Financial Services Group Inc.) in 1993, which was involved in acquiring insurance policies, structured settlements and other types of receivables.
Simon Ingram (aged 47), Non-Executive Director
Mr Ingram joined the Group in June 2017 as a Non-Executive Director. Mr Ingram is a senior international executive with strong public company leadership. Mr Ingram was the founder, director and Chief Executive Officer of Reservoir Minerals Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange venture listed company which grew from a market capitalisation of US$10 million to over US$500 million in six years. In 2016, a merger between Reservoir Minerals Inc. and Nevsun Resources Ltd. created a US$1 billion company which was awarded the UK Mining Journal 2016 outstanding achievement award for the best small and mid cap deal of the year. Mr Ingram was also shortlisted as Chief Executive Officer of the year in 2015 and 2016 in the UK Mining Journal. Reservoir Minerals Inc. was also awarded the Toronto Stock Exchange venture top 50 company award in 2013 and 2014 in the mining sector. Mr Ingram holds a Bachelor of Science in Exploration and Mining Geology and a PhD. in Earth Sciences from Cardiff University.
Mr Ingram will be a member, and act as chair, of the Remuneration Committee and will be a member of the Audit Committee.
Stephen Argent (aged 60), Non-Executive Director
Mr Argent joined the Group in June 2017 as a Non-Executive Director. Mr Argent is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Soupologie Limited, an international fresh soup company. Prior to founding Soupologie, Mr Argent ran his own accountancy practice for 30 years dealing with clients in the entertainment, fashion and medical sectors. Mr Argent was also appointed to develop the computer software for Singer Asset Finance Company LLC’s sales and marketing strategy before the company’s acquisition by a New York Stock Exchange listed company. As a result of his experience, he has developed sophisticated financial models that were used by companies in sectors such as life insurance, stockbroking and asset securitisation. Mr Argent is a qualified chartered accountant and commenced his career at Bright Grahame Murray Chartered Accountants.
Mr Argent will be a member, and act as chair, of the Audit Committee and will be a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Julian Bartlett (aged 53), Non-Executive Director
Mr Bartlett joined the group in August 2017 as a further independent non-executive director. He is a recently retired partner of accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton UK LLP, where he provided audit, transaction support and consulting services to listed, AIM and private companies. During his career he has specialised in financial services and financial markets and was also leader of Grant Thornton’s services to the investment management sector. Prior to his position at Grant Thornton, Mr Bartlett was a partner of RSM Robson Rhodes LLP following 15 years at Deloitte & Touche.
Mr Bartlett is a trustee and director of St Mary’s (Eltham) Community Complex Association and chairman of an amateur theatre group.