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Rolf Watter has been the Chairman of our Board of Directors since May, 3 2018. Rolf Watter has been a partner at the Zurich law firm Bär & Karrer since 1994. He specialises in M&A transactions and is an expert in corporate governance questions. He currently serves as chairman of PostFinance AG, serves as a non-executive director of Aryzta AG, AW Faber Castell AG and AP Alternative Portfolio AG and is board member in 3 charitable foundations. He is a member of the Regulatory Board of the SIX Swiss Exchange and professor of law at the University of Zurich. He is a former chairman of Noble Biocare Holding AG and Cablecom Holding GmbH. In addition, he was a Board member of Zurich Insurance Group AG, Syngenta AG, Forbo Holding AG, and Centerpulse AG.
Marvin O. Schlanger has been a member of our Board of Directors since May, 3 2018. He has been the Chairman of CEVA Holdings LLC's Board of Directors from September 2016 until May 2, 2018. Mr. Schlanger was our Chief Executive Officer from October 2012 through January 2014 and served as interim President of the Americas from August 2013 through March 2014. He has been the Chairman of CEVA Group’s Board of Directors since February 2009. He is also a principal in the firm of Cherry Hill Chemical Investments, LLC, which provides management services and capital to the chemical and allied industries. Mr. Schlanger has been involved with a number of Apollo Global Management, LLC (“Apollo”) companies over the past decade as chairman or at the board level and he served as a consultant to Apollo from 2005 to 2017. He currently also serves as a director of UGI Corporation, UGI Utilities, Amerigas Partners LP, Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC, Hexion Holdings LLC and Vectra Inc.
Emanuel R. Pearlman has been a member of CEVA Holdings’ Board of Directors since June 2013. Mr. Pearlman currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Empire Resorts, Inc., where he has served as a director since May 2010 and previously served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from September 2010 through May 2016. He is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Liberation Investment Group, LLC, which he founded in 2003. He is also currently a director of Network-1 Technologies, Inc. since January 2012, where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. From May through September of 2017, Mr. Pearlman served on the board of directors of ClubCorp Holdings, Inc. where he served on the Strategic Review Committee, and from 2009 to 2014 he served as the sole independent director of the Fontainebleau Miami JV LLC, which currently owns and operates the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Mr. Pearlman served as a member of the boards of directors of Dune Energy and Jameson Inns, Inc. from 2012-2013. He also served as a director of Multimedia Games, Inc., from October 2006 to March 2010. Mr. Pearlman holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and graduated with an A.B. degree in economics from Duke University.
John F. Smith has been a member of CEVA Holdings’ Board of Directors since June 2013. Mr. Smith is a principal at Eagle Advisors, LLC. From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Smith served in positions of increasing responsibility with General Motors Corporation in sales and marketing, product planning and corporate strategy, most recently as Group Vice President, Corporate Planning and Alliances. During his 42-year career in the automotive industry, Mr. Smith also served as General Manager of Cadillac Motor Car, President of Allison Transmission, and Vice President, Planning at General Motors International Operations in Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Smith previously served on the board of directors of Arnold Magnetics and as chairman on the board of directors of Covisint Corp. Mr. Smith serves on the boards of directors of American Axle & Manufacturing and TI Automotive, and provides advisory services to Arnold Magnetics, VNG.CO and Enginetics LLC. Mr. Smith also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Boy Scouts of America.
Rosalind Rivaz has been a member of our Board of Directors since May, 3 2018. Dr. Rivaz’s executive career spans more than 35 years, working in executive positions in blue chip companies in different sectors, including ExxonMobil, Diageo plc, ICI and Smith & Nephew plc. Dr. Rivaz held “C Suite” international roles, leading supply chain, manufacturing and major change, culminating in her role as Chief Operating Officer (entitled CTO) for Smith & Nephew plc. Dr. Rivaz currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of ConvaTec plc since July 2017, the Board of Directors of Computacenter plc since November 2016, the Board of Directors of RPC plc since April 2017 and the Board of Directors of Boparan Holdings. She is also on the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Defence, Equipment and Support Board, where she has served as a member since January 2017. She is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees on various boards on which she serves. From June 2013 to May 2017, Dr. Rivaz was a director at Rexam plc. In addition to functional expertise, Dr. Rivaz has expertise in the areas of risk and governance. Dr. Rivaz received a BSc Hons Chemistry and Honorary Doctorate (DSc) from the University of Southampton.
Victor Balli has been a member of our Board of Directors since May, 3 2018. Mr. Balli currently serves as a member of the board of directors and head of the Audit Committee of KWS Saat SE, where he has served as a member of the board of directors since December 2017. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Swiss Federal Audit Oversight Authority since 2018 and a member of the board of directors, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of Givaudan SA since 2016. Mr. Balli was Group Chief Financial Officer of Barry Callebaut AG, the largest global supplier of cocoa and chocolate products from 2007 to 2018. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Balli was a director at Niantic Group, which represents the investment holding of Dr. Andreas Jacobs, and served in various executive and board functions at subsidiaries of Niantic Group during that period. He is President of the Swiss Association of CFOs, where he has been a member since 2009. Mr. Balli holds an MSc of Chemical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and an M.A. in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, and continued to take advanced leadership courses through INSEAD.
Rodolphe Saadé has been a member of our Board of Directors since May, 3 2018. Mr. Saadé currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, a leading worldwide shipping group, where he has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. Prior to his appointment as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Saadé was Director of the Transatlantic and Transpacific line of CMA CGM Group from 2000 to 2010, Executive Officer from 2010 to 2014 and Vice-Chairman from 2014 to 2017. During his tenure at CMA CGM Group, Mr. Saadé oversaw the financial restructuring of the company and navigated an round of consolidations and reshuffling of maritime alliances by negotiating a series of strategic agreements. Mr. Saadé holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in Montreal.
Daniel Hurstel has been a member of our Board of Directors since May, 3 2018. He has been a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Departments at the American law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP since 1996 advising leading international companies. He also serves on the firm's Executive Committee and has done so for several years. He holds a MBA from the French business school, HEC, as well as a master’s degree in law from the Paris I University. He is a recognized author on corporate governance and company’s purpose issues. He served as Co-Chairman of the Securities section and of the Capital Markets Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA). He is an associate member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Xavier was named CEO of CEVA in January 2014. He brings a long and outstanding career in the Supply Chain industry to CEVA, having served as a member of the Management Board and Board of Directors at Kuehne + Nagel and CEO of ACR Logistics. Prior to that he held a number of executive positions at Mayne Nickless and was CEO of Hays Logistics. Mr. Urbain has also led a number of entrepreneurial ventures together with private equity firms in senior advisor and Board member roles. He started his career as an external auditor at Deloitte & Touche before joining the international retail group Auchan, where he held both financial and logistics positions. He received degrees in Finance and Economics from ESLSCA.
Brett joined CEVA in January 2011 as Managing Director of CEVA’s Latin America operations, where he built a strong team that transformed CEVA’s business and prospects in the region. Prior to CEVA he held a number of executive positions at Flextronics International with operational oversight of Japan and Brazil, and has held a number of senior roles at Qualcomm. He started his career with engineering roles at Toshiba and Motorola in Japan. As CEVA’s COO for Contract Logistics he is responsible for leading strategy, establishing best practices, and further growing the business line. He received his MBA and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Union College in New York.
Jerome was named COO, Ground, in January 2016 and promoted to Chief Operating Officer Freight Management in November 2017. He brings over 15 years of extensive international experience in the supply chain, logistics and transport industries in almost every market sector. Prior to being named COO Ground, he was Executive Vice President for CEVA’s Balkans, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia cluster. Before joining CEVA, Jerome was CEO of Wallenborn Transports in Luxembourg, where he led a strategic transformation of the company into a structured, multinational group of companies. He joined Kuehne + Nagel in 2000 and spent nearly a decade in senior executive positions across the world. Jerome has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology from Lycee Fabert, Metz (France). He also has a Technician Degree in Logistics and Transportation and holds a Master’s Degree in Logistics from ESILog (Ecole Superieure Internationale de Logistique), Metz (France).
Serge joined CEVA Logistics in October 2018 bringing experience in the logistics industry for more than 30 years. Previously, he served in various positions for CMA CGM, a world leading container shipping company. From 2016 to present, he was CFO of APL/NOL, a CMA-CGM company, based in Singapore. From 1991 to June 2016, Serge was corporate controller and member of the executive committee at CMA CGM. From 1984-1991, his duties ranged from salesman to commercial manager with NCHP, a French container shipping company. Serge is French and graduated from EAP-ESCP Europe in 1981.
Pierre became CEVA’s Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2015. Pierre first joined TNT Logistics in 2001 and has held a number of international management positions since CEVA’s inception, including Global Business Development, Head of Strategy, as well as Executive Vice President for Benelux. Prior to CEVA, Pierre held a number of management roles at Caterpillar and is a former Partner of McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam. He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau.
Christophe joined CEVA in June 2014 as Chief Information Officer. He has extensive experience in the logistics industry, having served as SVP Information Technology, Americas for Kuehne + Nagel as well as Chief Technology Officer for ACR Logistics in the UK. Prior to that he held a number of security, technology and engineering roles at ALSTOM in France, Banque Indosuez (now Crédit Agricole) and CEGETEL (now SFR). As CEVA’s CIO, he oversees and develops the company’s technology capabilities, including its proprietary Supply Chain Management platform, CEVA Matrix™. He received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the French National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC) in Toulouse.
Kenneth Burch is Chief Legal Officer for CEVA Logistics. Kenneth joined TNT Logistics in North America in 2003 where he was responsible for Litigation and Risk Management and was appointed to General Counsel in 2006. He served as General Counsel during the acquisition of TNT Logistics by Apollo Management LP and was General Counsel for the North American business during the merger with EGL. He was General Counsel for the Americas Region, and appointed CEVA’s Chief Legal Officer in 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University in Texas.
Leigh became Executive Director of CEVA in January 2015. His extensive experience in logistics dates back to 1980, which he brought to CEVA in September 2009 when he was named Executive Vice President for UK & Ireland. He has held a number of senior country and regional roles including Chief Executive Mainland Europe for Exel and Chief Executive Mainland Europe DHL Supply Chain, as well as management roles spanning a number of business sectors. Leigh joined CEVA’s Executive Board as President, Northern Europe in November 2010, was appointed as President, Europe in 2013. Leigh received his business degree from Liverpool University. He is also a member of the Freight Transport Association board in the UK.