William H. Berkman is the Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Berkman is an entrepreneur and investor in the communications, media, technology and energy industries. Mr. Berkman previously served as the Co-Managing Partner at Associated Partners and its predecessor partnership, Liberty Associated Partners, LP, both investment partnerships with Liberty Media Corporation that own controlling interests in wireless communications infrastructure companies AP Wireless Infrastructure Services, LLC and AP Towers, LLC. Mr. Berkman has co-founded multiple other telecommunications companies, such as Current Group, Teligent, Inc. and Nextel Mexico. Mr. Berkman previously served as a member of the board of directors for public companies IAC/InterActiveCorp, Liberty Satellite & Technology, Inc. and Teligent, Inc. Mr. Berkman previously served as an independent director of Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., a publicly-traded NYSE listed company. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for The Partnership for New York City and the Partnership’s Fund for New York City. Mr. Berkman holds multiple patents for smart electric grid and communications systems. He has an A.B. from Harvard University, and in 1997, his family established the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Mr. Berkman is a member of the 2009 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. Mr. Berkman’s role as our CEO, his experience with the AP Wireless business for the ten years preceding the APW Acquisition, his experience in the real estate and telecommunications industries generally and serving on public and private boards qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Mr. Fascitelli has over 30 years’ experience of investing in real estate and is the co-founder and managing partner of Imperial Companies LLC, a real estate investment, development and management company focused on investing in premium office, urban retail, residential and mixed-use real estate located primarily in New York City and other select U.S. gateway cities, which he co-founded in 2014. Mr. Fascitelli joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Real Estate department in 1985, becoming a partner and head of Goldman Sachs’ real estate banking business in 1992. He co-founded Goldman Sachs’ first Real Estate Opportunity Fund, Whitehall Real Estate Fund, in 1991 and served on its investment committee. In December 1996, he became president of Vornado Realty Trust, a publicly-traded REIT and one of the largest owners and managers of real estate in the United States, and was its chief executive officer from 2009 until April 2013. During his 16-year tenure, Vornado achieved total returns of 4.2x the S&P 500 and 1.8x the NAREIT index, an increase in enterprise value from $1.2 billion to over $29 billion (CAGR of 21%), executed in excess of 150 separate transactions, including a variety of operating businesses and iconic real estate, primarily in New York City, and successfully established Vornado Capital Partners Fund I in 2010 worth $800 million. At the time Mr. Fascitelli left Vornado, it had a market cap of approximately $15 billion. Mr. Fascitelli has been a member of the Vornado Board of Trustees since December 1996. Mr. Fascitelli is a trustee and director of the Urban Land Institute, an independent trustee of Invitation Homes (formerly Starwood Waypoint Homes), an independent director of Sculptor Capital Management (formerly Och Ziff Capital Management) and is past chairman of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at Wharton and still serves on its executive committee. He also serves as chair of the investment committee, senior advisor and board member of Quadro Partners Inc. (formerly Realcadre) and is on the board of the Child Mind Institute and The Rockefeller University Board of Trustees. Mr. Fascitelli’s extensive experience investing in real estate and leading public companies qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Noam Gottesman is the founder and Managing Partner of TOMS Capital LLC, a single-family office which manages the commercial and private interests of its family clients, which he founded in 2012. Mr. Gottesman was the co-founder of GLG Partners Inc. and its predecessor entities where he served in various chief executive capacities until January 2012. Mr. Gottesman served as GLG’s chief executive officer from September 2000 until September 2005, and then as its co-chief executive officer from September 2005 until January 2012. Mr. Gottesman was also chairman of the board of GLG following its merger with Freedom Acquisition Holdings Inc. and prior to its acquisition by Man Group plc. Mr. Gottesman co-founded GLG as a division of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in 1995 where he was a Managing Director. Prior to 1995, Mr. Gottesman was an executive director of Goldman Sachs International, where he managed global equity portfolios in the private client group. Mr. Gottesman was a co-founder and non-executive director of Nomad Holdings Limited, an acquisition vehicle which completed its $500 million initial public offering and listing on the London Stock Exchange in April 2014. In 2015 it acquired Iglo Foods Holdings Limited in the UK and Ireland, Findus in Italy and Iglo in Germany and continental Europe for approximately $2.6 billion and Findus Sverige AB for approximately £500 million and changed its name to Nomad Foods Limited. It relisted on the New York Stock Exchange in 2016 and Mr. Gottesman continues to serve as co-chairman of Nomad Foods Limited’s board of directors. Mr. Gottesman’s experience in investment banking, finance and mergers and acquisitions, as well as his experience as a chief executive and leading public companies, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Billy Rahm is a Partner and Senior Managing Director at Centerbridge, leading the Firm’s global real estate investing activities, and serving as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and Investment Committees. Prior to joining Centerbridge in 2006, Billy was a part of Blackstone’s Real Estate Private Equity Group, where he completed investments in lodging businesses and real assets. He serves on the Board of Directors of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., Merit Hill Capital, Brixmor Property Group, Inc., and Digital Landscape Group, Inc. Billy is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of East Harlem Tutorial Program and East Harlem Scholars Academies. He graduated from Yale College and received his M.B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University. Billy’s experience in the real estate industry, public and private company investments generally, and serving on public and private boards qualifies to serve on our Board of Directors.
Paul Gould has over 40 years of experience in the investment banking industry. Mr. Gould has been a Managing Director of Allen & Company, LLC since 1973 and is a senior member of Allen & Company’s mergers and acquisitions advisory practice. In that capacity, Mr. Gould has served as a financial advisor to many Fortune 500 companies, principally in the media and entertainment industries. Mr. Gould joined Allen & Company in 1972 and in 1975, he established Allen Investment Management, which manages capital for endowments, pension funds and family offices. Mr. Gould serves on the boards of Liberty Global plc, Discovery Inc. and Liberty Latin America Ltd, and was previously a director at Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation. Mr. Gould also serves on the board of trustees for Cornell University and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and is an Overseer for the Weill Cornell Medical College. Mr. Gould attended Cornell University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Gould’s experience in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Antoinette (Toni) Bush is the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs for News Corp. Ms. Bush is responsible for leading the company’s government relations efforts in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Ms. Bush joined News Corp from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where, over her nearly 20-year tenure, she rose to become the Partner in charge of its Communications Group. She represented global media/entertainment and telecom entities in regulatory, legislative and transactional matters. Ms. Bush also served as Executive Vice President of Northpoint Technology Ltd. from 2001 to 2003, where she led legal and regulatory strategies. Previously, Ms. Bush served as Senior Counsel to the Communications Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has oversight for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ms. Bush worked on numerous bills, including the landmark Cable Act of 1992. Ms. Bush chairs the board of directors of The HistoryMakers and serves on the boards of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Ms. Bush holds a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School and a B.A. from Wellesley College. Ms. Bush’s experience in the telecom industry, government relations and in regulatory and telecom matters qualifies her to serve on our Board of Directors.
Mr. King is an Operating Partner of Atlas Merchant Capital and is based New York. He has more than 30 years of experience in the investment banking and financial services industry. Most recently, Mr. King served as Chief Executive Officer of Investment Banking at Barclays and Chairman of the Investment Banking Executive Committee. Mr. King was also a member of the Barclays Group Executive Committee, which oversees all of the Barclays plc businesses. Mr. King began his career at Salomon Brothers, which was later acquired by Citigroup. During his tenure at Citi, he held several senior roles, including Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, Head of Investment Banking for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Region and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for the EMEA region. In 2009, Mr. King moved to Barclays as the Head of European Investment Banking and Co-Head of Global Corporate Finance. He was later promoted to Global Head of Investment Banking and then to CEO of the Investment Bank. Mr. King received his MBA with distinction from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College. He currently serves on various public and private boards and a number of not-for-profit boards including the King School in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. King’s experience in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, as well as his experience serving on public and private boards, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Mr. Advani has over 20 years’ experience investing in public and private companies. He recently retired from Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Partner Managing Director where he led the European arm of Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, a multi-strategy hedge fund investing on behalf of the firm and its clients. Previously, Mr. Advani worked in Goldman Sachs’ Principal Strategies group in New York where he led various public and private investments in the telecommunications sector. Mr. Advani started his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Goldman Sachs in New York. He currently serves on the board of Shared Access LLC and has previously served on the boards of Mobileye Inc. and Wireless Capital Partners LLC where Goldman Sachs was the lead investor. He has an A.B. in Economics and Comparative Literature from Brown University. Mr. Advani’s experience in the real estate and telecommunications industries and in mergers and acquisitions, as well as public and private company investments generally, qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.