Nominating and Governance Chair
Margaret Pederson is a CEO and board director who helps companies add value via new products, technologies, services, and market growth. She drives growth organically and via business development (acquisitions, joint venture, alliances, etc.) on a global scale and works with management to revitalize existing businesses, reposition mature ones, and build new ones. Pederson is recognized as a global thought leader on strategy and innovation in the boardroom, frequently speaking and writing on this topic. She has expertise in finding new ways to attack problems, identify opportunities, create new products and services, work with disruptive technologies, improve processes for efficiency and lower risk, and apply the latest marketing techniques. She also has a proven track record of accelerating revenue and profit growth in B2B and B2C businesses.
Pederson has served on several public and private company boards, including Viad (director), Xamax Industries (director and vice chair), and TextureMedia Inc. (director). She has also served as chair or member of many Compensation, Nominating and Governance, Innovation and Marketing, and Strategy Committees. Pederson currently serves as president and CEO the NACD Connecticut Chapter. She has also been selected as a Director to Watch by Directors & Boards magazine. Pederson has an advanced degree from Harvard Business School.
Donald Dobbs is a retired director and executive vice president of Lane Industries Incorporated/Lane Construction Corporation, a 125-year-old family-owned business specializing in heavy and highway construction in both the United States and internationally, with annual revenues exceeding $2.0 billion. He retired in 2017 after a more than 43-year career with company. Although his formal education was that of a civil and environmental engineer as a graduate from Clarkson University in upstate New York, his tenure with Lane Industries exposed him to all aspects of the business. Dobbs' final leadership role with the corporation was that of executive vice president of Administration. His versatile exposure and understanding of the business led to his election to the Board of Directors of Lane Industries and related subsidiaries in 2005, a position he held until the merger/sale of the corporation in 2016.
During his tenure as a director of Lane Industries, Dobbs' was instrumental in the growth and transition of the board from a family legacy board to that of a fully functioning state-of-the-art board, complete with independent directors and functioning board committees, essentially in line with SOX requirements for publicly traded corporations. He also served on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee and helped develop the Governance Committee.
One unique aspect of Dobbs' board service was the development and implementation of a board sanctioned Family Communications Committee, designed to better promote two-way transfer of information between the board/management and the family shareholders. He served as chairman of that committee until the 2016 sale/merger of the corporation with Salini Impregilo s.P.a., in Milan, Italy, a global civil construction leader. The Family Communications Committee's actions were critical to the shareholder understanding of and final consent to Lane Industries' sale, which achieved a premium value for its shareholders.
Dobbs currently serves on the Board of the NACD Connecticut Chapter, as well as locally on nonprofit boards for the Southington-Cheshire YMCA, the Town of Cheshire Economic Development Committee, Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, and the Family Business Roundtable Group, an adjunct group originally started by the NACD Connecticut Chapter.
Dobbs studied Management at Northwestern University and holds a BA from the Saint Vincent College.
Robert Mannarino is a board director and CEO who has been leading and growing public and private technology and BPO firms for over 20 years after developing his management style and operating acumen at Intel, GE, Citigroup, and ADP and with private equity firms. He is known for his strategic insight, leadership, and entrepreneurial ability to create value. He draws upon diverse experience with technology and BPO firms where he has served as board chairman/director, CEO, president, and COO.
Mannarino gained his C-level operating experience at CDI and ICT Group. As the COO of CDI (NYSE: CDI), a $1.5 billion public technology, engineering, professional services, and staffing business, he was responsible for all portfolio companies. He also served as a board member for Management Recruiters International (MRI), CDI Marine, Anders Elite, Todays Staffing, and Modern Engineering, where he had extensive board interaction. Mannarino was president of ICT Group (NASDAQ: ICTG), a $300 million public CRM services company, where he grew revenues 50% while managing through significant regulatory changes and business disruptions. He has also held senior positions at Citibank and ADP where he created innovative lines of business and products. He gained his core technology foundation designing software at GE and as a product manager at Intel.
For seven years, Mannarino served as independent board director and chaired the Compensation Committee and served on the Audit Committee of Emtec, a public IT company, and then took the company private in a "going dark" transaction. He has led technology and BPO companies in diverse verticals, including government, infrastructure, financial services, human capital management, healthcare services, and customer care. Mannarino led the sale of the Security/APL to Checkfree for over 14x EBITDA, executed a turnaround and sold a benefits administration outsourcing firm, and helped restructure and sell a healthcare claims processing company for 14x projected EBITDA. He has served as a board advisor for Clearview Capital since 2012, as a board member for their CRM services company The Results Companies, and as interim CEO for their technology firm GCR Inc. Both companies were sold at outstanding multiples.
Mannarino is chairman of OKS Group, a multinational BPO firm providing global legal research, legal process outsourcing, information, e-learning, brand protection, publishing, and medical transcription services. He is on the board of Secure Cloud Services Corp., a game-changing cybersecurity firm. He is also a frequent speaker on cybersecurity, data/analytics, and digital transformation and has spoken at NACD Connecticut where he is an active board member and Board Leadership Fellow.
Mannarino is a graduate of Chicago Booth with an MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma in Finance and Marketing (top 10% of his class). He holds a BS in Computer Science magna cum laude from Union College. He is accredited in Cybersecurity Governance from CERT at Carnegie Mellon and is a contributor to the NACD Private Company Governance report.
Lynn Clarke is an independent board director, chair, and CEO with consumer packaged goods, digital, e-commerce, technology, and specialty retail expertise. She has driven growth and has strategic, brand-ing, and operating experience in seven different industries. She is currently a director of several companies.
Clarke's experience includes 17 years of branding, marketing, and operations roles at PepsiCo & General Mills, four years as CEO of private equity-owned companies, and 11 years as CEO of an award-winning, direct-to-consumer global e-commerce business (2014 International Housewares Association e-commerce retailer). Clake's goal as board member is to help businesses profitably grow using brand building strategies and digital disruption that are based on a deep understanding of consumer and customer needs, and then identify how to meet those needs better than all competitors.
Her current governance roles include board member, Governance and Audit Committees chair, and Compensation Committee chair, Abarta Coca-Cola Beverages; board member, Kahiki Frozen Foods (previously publicly traded); board member, visii.com (AI & visual search technology, London-based); board member, Top Notch Distributors (privately held architectural hardware distributor); board member, Martin Preferred Foods (privately held food processor/distributor; and chairman of the Board, Nielsen-Massey (privately held flavorings manufacturer).
She previously served as board member of Trophikos Inc., a privately held nutritional supplement dis-tributor; Advisory Board member of Wells-Fargo (Wachovia) Bank; and board member of Oskar Huber Furniture, a privately held retailer.
Clarke is a board member of the NACD Atlanta Chapter and a member of Women Corporate Directors and Young Presidents' Organization. She is a frequent speaker at family and entrepreneurial programs, including Google Search Conference, NACD, Institute of Internal Auditors, and Family Business Consulting Group Chairman's Program. She attended the YPO Harvard Business School leadership program and Wharton Business School Directors program. Clarke has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University.
Mike Lorelli is an experienced CEO, independent director, and an operating partner. He served as PepsiCo president twice and has led four private equity engagements as CEO. Lorelli is an NACD Leadership Fellow and has served as independent director on three public and seven private equity boards. He presently serves as an outside director on the boards of iControl, CP Kelco, Rita's Italian Ices, and KPI Soft.
Lorelli holds an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Engineering, also from New York University.
Julian Markby is an experienced independent director and financial expert serving on private and public company boards in a variety of industries. He currently serves as chairman of the Audit Committee on the boards of Momentive Performance Materials, Siguler Guff Small Business Credit Opportunities Fund Inc., and Thiele Kaolin Company, and he represents JPMorgan Chase's investment at Ligado Networks (formerly LightSquared) where he serves as a board observer and holds their voting proxy. Markby also serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Connecticut Chapter. Previously, he served on the boards of Altegrity, TwentyEighty, SP Fiber Holdings (chairman), and NewPage Corporation.
Markby spent more than 25 years in the investment banking industry as an advisor and financier at firms including Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Wasserstein Perella, PaineWebber, and Drexel Burnham Lambert. He has advised clients in numerous acquisitions, corporate sales, divestitures, and capital raising transactions in the public and private markets and has significant experience in other complex merger and restructuring transactions.
Markby received his MBA from Columbia Business School in 1980.
Gerry Mintz is a highly strategic business leader, advisor, and independent director. He helps technology-based information businesses develop and implement innovative product and market growth strategies, typically by leveraging new technologies, addressing new markets, and/or introducing disruptive business models. As an operating executive, Mintz has profitably grown global businesses ranging in size from $10 million to $600 million in both public and private equity portfolio companies. He has held all line management operating titles, including chairman and CEO. Today, as a consultant and independent director, he leverages his deep background in FinTech and the information industry, helping companies accelerate growth with bold, yet realistic, strategies. Mintz has considerable board experience with companies of all ownership structures and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Mintz began his career as a systems engineer with a Toronto-based engineering consulting firm. He was recruited by Hewlett-Packard as a project leader, with responsibility for development and management of products in the Industrial Controls market, a forerunner of the Internet of Things. He gained startup experience when he was he was recruited as EVP of Sales & Marketing for EJV Partners LP, an information and software vendor delivering fixed income analytical tools. His subsequent line operating responsibilities included president, Executive Programs for Gartner Inc., executive vice president and global head of Enterprise Solutions for Reuters Inc., and two division president and CEO assignments with Thomson Financial Services. Mintz played a major role in their largest transaction at the time. He has also been CEO of two global PE-backed information and analytics businesses in the FinTech market. In his consulting capacity, he has companies and investors identify acquisition opportunities and perform due diligence.
In 2010, Mintz founded Percepta Partners LLC, an advisory firm focused on helping companies profitably accelerate growth with innovative product and market strategies in the information and enterprise software sectors, with a focus on FinTech. His client successes include helping a private equity portfolio company successfully exit at a 5X valuation. Percepta has completed numerous engagements for FinTech firms and B2B information businesses, including public, private, venture capital, and private equity portfolio companies.
Mintz has attained Governance Fellow accreditation with NACD and is active at both the national level and with the NACD Connecticut Chapter. One of the PE Company Boards on which he sat was recently sold at a significant multiple. In addition to several advisory board roles, his prior board engagements included FTEN Inc. (sold to NASDAQ) and I-Trax, a public firm sold to Walgreens, where he was a director and Audit Committee member.
Mintz earned a PhD and master's degree in Electrical Engineering (Biomedical) from the University of Toronto, after completing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He resides with his wife in Greenwich, Connecticut, and enjoys the arts, fine dining, and his favorite passion: being an architect of technology-driven company growth.
Mark S. Rossi serves as a senior managing director and a founding principal of Cornerstone Equity Investors LLC. His industry focus is on specialty manufacturing and business services. He was a founder of Prudential Equity Investors in 1984 and held various positions with the firm, including president from 1994 to 1996 and senior vice president from 1984 to 1994. He also has extensive investment experience with technology-based companies.
Rossi currently serves as chairman of the board at Intelomed Inc. and Nuance Document Imaging Inc. and as director at Celestica Asia Inc., StorMedia Inc., Geotrace Technologies Inc., ArrayComm LLC, Accolade Inc., Automata Inc., Nest Entertainment Inc., Cardtronics plc, Centurion Wireless Technologies Inc., True Temper Sports Inc., and MCMS Inc. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of AFS USA, the Inner City Scholarship Fund of the Archdiocese of New York, and Saint Vincent College. Rossi previously served as the chairman of the board and director at Maxwell Technologies Inc., chairman and director of Novatel Wireless Inc., and chairman of Equitrac.
Rossi holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from the Saint Vincent College.