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Managing Director, MBA, B.Econ
As Managing Director of Georgeson, Ryan specialises in providing strategic advice to company directors and senior management on institutional and retail shareholder engagement strategies for takeovers, mergers, corporate restructures, demutualizations, capital raisings and other extraordinary transactions.
Since joining Georgeson in February 2002, Ryan has managed engagement strategies for high profile transactions including the NAB / Clydesdale Bank demerger, AXA’s merger with AMP, St George Bank’s merger with Westpac, Coles’ merger with Wesfarmers, Suncorp’s merger with Promina, Foster’s bid for Southcorp, APA’s bid for Qantas, Toll’s takeover of Patrick and Xstrata’s merger with MIM.
Since 2008 and has been part of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Executive Team and has led and participated in a number of regional initiatives including business strategy reviews, new market analysis, M&A opportunities, major government tenders and joint venture partnerships.
Director of Institutional Services & Business Development
As Director of Institutional Services, Alex specialises in institutional proxy solicitation and acceptance canvassing services for takeovers, mergers and other extraordinary transactions. Alex has an intimate understanding of the institutional investment industry having worked at Thomson and Computershare Analytics as well as having over 15 years sell side experience with the likes of Credit Suisse and ABN Amro HG.
During his time with Georgeson Alex has worked on many different transactions, including the NAB demerger of CYBG, Aurizon AGMs, Woolworths AGMs, Santos AGMs, BHP AGMs, Wotif Scheme meeting, AWB Scheme meeting, Crowe Horwath Scheme meeting and the Nuplex Scheme meeting (all successfully passing). Alex also has assisted a multitude of London based companies with their AGMs/EGMs and Takeovers.
As Director of Business Development Alex consults with his clients to find the most appropriate method to communicate effectively with their shareholders around a variety of events.
Ben joined Georgeson in early 2001. As an Account Director Ben is responsible for the management and execution of targeted shareholder and member communication campaigns across a broad range of corporate actions and special projects.
Transactions Ben has worked on include the Nuplex merger by Scheme with Allnex Belgium; the Bapcor Finance takeover of Hellaby Holdings Limited; the Tetra Tech takeover of Coffey International Limited; the Ferrovial S.A. takeover of Broadspectrum Limited; the Pacific Brands Limited merger by Scheme with HanesBrands Australia; the BHP Billiton Demerger of South32; the Westfield Restructures & Demerger of Scentre and the Singtel Communications Delisting.
Ben has been operationally involved in performing training, quality assurance, call centre and account management functions.
Account Director, BBu
Catherine joined Georgeson in 2006 after 5 years’ experience with Westpac. She is currently an Account Director responsible for the management and execution of targeted shareholder communication campaigns across a broad range of corporate actions, including unsolicited takeover Offers, Scheme Meetings, IPO’s, restructuring and Capital Raisings.
Catherine has worked on many large transactions, including the Demerger of CYBG from NAB, a number of IAG campaigns, the Woolworths takeover of David Jones, the GrowthPoint takeover of GPT, a Rio Tinto Buy back, the QTMB merger with RACQ via Scheme of Arrangement, a number of NAB Capital Notes Offers, a AFIC SPP, the Santos Entitlement Offer, Caltex Buyback, a number of Duet Capital Raisings, the Asciano Merger with Brookfield and Qube by Scheme of Arrangement, AMP unmarketable parcel campaign, and AMP Subordinated Notes Offer.
Assistant Vice President, Business Development
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Matthieu joined Georgeson in 2004. Matthieu has managed and supervised all the transaction-related assignments in France: Arcelor defense strategy against Mittal’s hostile bid / BNP Paribas friendly offer on BNL / Eiffage and Macquarie offer for APRR / Suez-Gaz de France friendly merger project. Matthieu has also been involved as Project Manager of most of the French AGMs over the past 7 years.
A graduate from the Paris School of Management (ESCP) and from the ParisX University of Psychology, Matthieu has worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a manager in charge of privatization deals, and for other consulting firms with international managing roles. He is a Director of the French Corporate Governance Association (AFGE), a member of the French Directors Institute (IFA) and a Certified Board Member (ASC).
Matthieu is French and speaks fluent English and Italian.
Senior Account Manager
Christine joined Georgeson in 2011 as Senior Account Manager for France and French speaking countries. Christine has a wealth of experience with 16 years in the proxy, M&A, activist and governance industry. Previously she worked as European Proxy/M&A Director at D.F. King.
Christine has a vast knowledge of French governance matters and proxy experience having worked on some of the most hotly contested meetings in France. She has also been involved in and managed many of the high profile M&A transactions in France. Christine is fluent in English and French.
Matthias joined Georgeson in January 2007 and works as Account Manager with our clients in the German speaking market. Previously he trained with Dresdner Bank in Germany where he worked as Senior Financial Advisor for private clients and smaller companies for five years. In addition, he has worked for PBV Versicherung as sales coach and Account Manager in Germany and gathered overseas experience at the Ministry of Economic Development in New Zealand and working in Australia.
Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, Matthias is a qualified banker and has the Assistance in Finance qualification approved by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). Matthias is fluent in English and German.
Chief Executive Officer – South Europe & Latin America
Stefano fonda Proxitalia, ora parte di Georgeson, nel 1996. Con un’esperienza trentennale nell’Investor Relations, è il CEO di Georgeson S.r.l., Proxitalia S.r.l. e Georgeson S.A. ed è il responsabile del business di Proxy e Corporate Advisory per l’Europa Meridionale e l’America Latina.
Inizia la propria carriera nel 1986 in Montedison, dove diventa Direttore del dipartimento di Investor Relations del Gruppo Ferruzzi-Montedison. Nel 1994 entra nel Gruppo INA come Direttore della Comunicazione Finanziaria, prendendo parte - inter alia - alla quotazione della società alla Borsa di Milano, al NYSE e al SEAQ (1994), al collocamento privato (1995), all’emissione dell’obbligazione convertibile (1995) e all’acquisizione del Banco di Napoli e di BNL Vita (1997).
Nel 1989 fonda l’Associazione Italiana di Investor Relations, di cui è Presidente per 14 anni.
E’ per 6 anni Vice Presidente della Federazione Internazionale di Investor Relations.
E’ membro dell’ECGI (European Corporate Governance Institute).
Head of Operations – South Europe & Latin America
Monica inizia la sua carriera in Georgeson nel 2002, diventando nel 2009 Head of Operations per l’Europa Meridionale e l’America Latina.
Fornisce consulenza e supporto agli advisors legali e finanziari, ai CFO e ai dipartimenti di IR in ogni fase delle operazioni.
In oltre 10 anni di operatività, è coinvolta in tutte le sollecitazioni assembleari nei più svariati contesti industriali, fornendo consulenza in pianificazione strategica ed analisi predittive e comportamentali.
Fornisce ai clienti reportistica analitica circa la composizione dell’audience assembleare, le tendenze di voto degli investitori istituzionali e lo sviluppo della comunicazione.
Specificamente, Monica è il manager del front-office per: i) analisi degli azionisti ed obbligazionisti (con un’inarrivabile esperienza circa i regolamenti di ogni singolo mercato); ii) analisi delle assemblee e dei voti; iii) servizi di global information relativi ad eventi corporativi (offerte pubbliche, M&A, ristrutturazioni del debito, scalate ostili).
Head of Extraordinary Transactions and Business Development for Italy
Prima di approdare in Georgeson (2003), Gian Marco lavora in Merrill Lynch International e Banca Nazionale del Lavoro.
Esperto dei contesti legali e regolamentari dei maggiori mercati finanziari mondiali, gestisce tutte le operazioni straordinarie (M&A, contese assembleari, non-equity) di competenza Georgeson in Europa Meridionale ed America Latina.
Idea e realizza alcune delle piattaforme elettroniche e dei modelli storico-statistici usati nella gestione delle operazioni. E’ attualmente responsabile delle operazioni straordinarie e dello sviluppo del business per l’Italia ed alcune zone dell’Europa Mediterranea.
Laureato in Giurisprudenza, Lorenzo entra in Georgeson nel 2009, acquisendo forte conoscenza della comunicazione finanziaria e fornendo consulenza di IR a società quotate, investitori, advisors finanziari e legali.
Nello specifico, guida per anni il dipartimento di ID & Intelligence, focalizzandosi sulle attività di Identificazione di azionisti ed obbligazionisti e sui servizi di Intelligence.
Attualmente coordina le attività di Operations e fornisce analisi a supporto dei processi decisionali ed operativi degli investitori istituzionali per le campagne assembleari e le operazioni sul capitale.
Corporate Governance Advisory
Laureatosi in Giurisprudenza nel 2011 e in Economia nel 2014, dopo aver lavorato per molti anni in uno studio legale internazionale, specializzandosi in materie bancarie e diritto delle società, Alberto entra in Georgeson nel Dicembre 2015, supportando attivamente il buon fine di numerose operazioni ordinarie e straordinarie e sviluppando il proprio percorso professionale attraverso il dialogo quotidiano con i clienti e la partecipazione, anche in qualità di speaker, a molti convegni e ad un continuo programma di aggiornamento.
Head of ID & Intelligence
Laureata in Giurisprudenza, Lidia completa il proprio percorso di studi presso l’Università di León (Spagna), ottenendo due Master in Diritto Internazionale della Navigazione e in Economia.
Fino al 2012 lavora presso due studi di avvocati come consulente legale. Entra in Georgeson nel 2013, diventando due anni più tardi Head of ID & Intelligence.
Nella sua esperienza presso Georgeson, Lidia consegue una profonda conoscenza della comunicazione finanziaria, fornendo consulenza IR a società quotate, investitori, advisors finanziari e legali. Nello specifico, Lidia e la sua squadra forniscono servizi di Identificazione degli Azionisti e degli Obbligazionisti. La sua attività consta di: gestione del team di ID & Intelligence (una squadra multilingue dedicata al contatto con la comunità finanziaria mondiale); analisi dei dati forniti da depositari ed investitori istituzionali; reportistica ai clienti.
Head of Retail Relationships
Laureata in Scienze Politiche presso l’Università LUISS di Roma, lavora per il Parlamento Europeo e l’Ambasciata Italiana ad Ottawa (Canada). Entra in Georgeson nel 2011 come Contact Centre Manager, per essere poi nominata Head of Retail Relationships.
Roberta gestisce tutte le operazioni di contact centre inbound/outbound per: emissioni sul mercato primario; campagne assembleari; concordati preventivi; aumenti di capitale; offerte pubbliche.
Kirsten joined Georgeson in 2007 and has worked on numerous high profile AGMs and transactions for Benelux companies including ASM International, ING Group, Shell, Ahold and PL. She has had key involvement in a number of acquisitions, including Johnson & Johnson’s acquisition of Crucell, ING Rights Issue, JAB acquisition of DE Masterblenders and Liberty Global acquisition of Ziggo. Since 2009, Kirsten has headed up the Georgeson office in the Netherlands and also has the responsibility of the Computershare Netherlands business.
Senior Account Manager and Knowledge Manager
Ivana Cvjetkovic initially joined the Georgeson team in London in 2011. After a short time away, she joined the Georgeson team in Rotterdam in 2017. Over the years she has worked on high profile AGMs such as Unilever, DSM, ING Group, Aegon, Heineken and KPN. In addition she had key involvement in the Klepierre bid for Corio, the Liberty Global bid for Ziggo, the JAB acquisition of DE Master Blenders, the América Móvil hostile partial offer for KPN, and the Wereldhave, Imtech and KPN Rights Issue. Ivana’s focus is on Corporate Actions and Corporate Governance in the Benelux market. Prior to re-joining the Georgeson team she worked in the CEO & Board practice of an executive search firm. She holds a Masters in European Private Law from the University of Amsterdam.
Chief Executive Officer, Proxy Solicitation
Cas has more than 25 years’ experience in international investor relations and shareholder identification and has been with Georgeson since 1998. He is responsible for Georgeson’s Northern European Proxy and Corporate Advisory business.
Cas has a longstanding knowledge of Global proxy voting mechanics and key governance matters affecting issuers and shareholders globally. Having worked for several activists and against many more he has in-depth experience to support investors or issuers in complex, sensitive activist campaigns.
Cas has advised the UK Department of Business, Innovations and Skills (Formerly the DTI) as well as the UK Takeover Panel and the London Stock Exchange on various corporate actions and proxy and vote related matters.
He maintains membership in the ICGN, is the current chair of the IR Society Events Committee and sits on the board of the UK IR Society. He has participated in various industry organisations including the Shareholder Voting Working Group in the UK and European Industry working committees on Target 2 Securities, Legal Certainty and the Working Group for Market Standards for General Meetings.
Client Services Director, Unclaimed Assets
Mark joined the group in 2004, after 27 years with the Bank of England. He played a significant role in the seamless migration of the Gilts register from the Bank of England to Computershare, Georgeson’s parent company.
In 2016 Mark joined the Asset Reunification team, supporting and overseeing potential new business opportunities.
Chief Operating Officer, Proxy Solicitation
Domenic began working for Georgeson in the UK in 2000, and has since played major roles in some of the largest M&A transactions and proxy fights in UK, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Domenic is a trusted advisor to the firm’s clients on all matters relating to stakeholder engagement. He currently has responsibility for all Georgeson's operations across UK/Europe and Asia. Domenic has also spent time in Australia running the local Georgeson business.
Senior Client and Operations Manager, Unclaimed Assets
James joined the Georgeson team in 2004, having previously worked for Computershare (Georgeson’s parent company) since 2000.
He is responsible for operational, client, supplier and project management. His previous experience working as a researcher and team leader has helped build his extensive knowledge of Asset Reunification.
James has also worked on a number of share register migrations and high profile projects including for Standard Life and Vodafone/Verizon.
Senior Account Manager, Proxy Solicitation
Dominic has over 15 years’ experience in the proxy solicitation field. After starting his career at Georgeson, working on the RBS acquisition of NatWest, Dominic moved to Innisfree M&A’s London office. Here, Dominic was involved in the HP/Compaq merger and Sanofi-Synthélabo acquisition of Aventis. Dominic moved to HQB Partners where he was instrumental in the day to day operations of the firm.
He returned to Georgeson in 2010, working with clients such as Nokia, BHP Billiton, Alcatel-Lucent, IAG, HSBC and WPP, advising them on issues pertaining to AGM/EGMs and Tender Offers.
Corporate Governance Manager, Proxy Solicitation
Daniele joined Georgeson in 2010 and specialises in corporate governance and executive remuneration analysis. Daniele has over a decade of experience advising institutional investors and corporations on corporate governance, executive remuneration and proxy voting issues.
Previously he worked as Senior Researcher at PIRC Ltd, a London-based proxy advisory firm, and at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Deminor in Brussels. Daniele is Italian and is fluent in English, Italian, French and German.
President and CEO, Georgeson LLC
William (Bill) Jackson is the U.S. President and CEO of Georgeson LLC, a global provider of strategic proxy solicitation and corporate governance consulting services. Under Bill’s leadership, Georgeson has remained a preeminent financial services firm dedicated to consistently delivering customized services that are designed to meet each clients’ unique policies and goals. In 2016, Georgeson engaged over 18 million shareholders, managed nearly 500 annual meetings and proudly served 131 clients in the S&P 500.
Bill was previously executive vice president responsible for running operations for Alamo Direct, a mutual fund proxy and compliance mailing services company, which was acquired by Computershare in 2004. Prior to that, Bill spent the first 25 years of his career in the mutual fund transfer agent services business in various management capacities, starting to focus on proxy services in 1990.
Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in administrative science from Colby College and an MBA from Northeastern University.
President, Georgeson Securities Corporation and Georgeson Unclaimed Property Services
Cynthia Nisley is President for Georgeson Securities Corporation (GSC), a Computershare company, and the introducing broker dealer supporting Computershare's dividend reinvestment plan, direct stock purchase plan, and employee stock purchase plan trading as well as the Georgeson PostMerger CleanUp™ and Shareholder CleanUp asset reunification businesses. Cynthia also owns profit and loss responsibility for two Georgeson product lines: small shareholder programs and unclaimed asset programs. She also serves as a Director on the Board of Computershare Trust Company, N.A.
Previous responsibilities have included management of Computershare's Investment Services Team and Corporate Actions Team. She was also General Manager of Computershare Trust Company of New York before its merger into Computershare's national trust company. Prior to her tenure in New York, she served as Director of Relationship Management for Transfer Agent clients and as Senior Operations Manager in Computershare's Chicago office.
Prior to joining Computershare in July 2000, Cynthia worked as a systems consultant to the securities industry for nine years. Before that, she worked for Harris Trust and Savings Bank, supporting their securities lending system and for Arthur Andersen in their Management Information Consulting Division.
Ms. Nisley holds a B.S. in Business Administration/Management Systems Analysis from California State University Northridge.
Managing Director, Georgeson LLC
Khaled Aboulaiha is a Managing Director with Georgeson, serving in this role as a lead client advisor since August 2016. Khaled joined the firm in 2006. During his tenure with Georgeson, he has held various positions in the firm’s proxy services and client management departments providing him a wide breadth of industry and operational knowledge. He began his career with Georgeson as a shareholder call center manager, where he was responsible for training a team of call center representatives on proxy-related issues (annual meetings, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate actions) and leading call program initiatives for the centers. Khaled later joined the proxy operations team as a Director, where he became a team specialist in managing complex proxy solicitations, corporate actions and tender offers.
Khaled is a member of the Society of Governance Professionals.
Khaled attended Drew University in Madison, NJ. He is fluent in Spanish and Arabic, and can speak conversational French.
Specialist, Business Development, Georgeson LLC
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As a business development specialist at Georgeson, Rich brings a depth of industry expertise to his role having 20 years in various shareholder and investor services roles. He has vast experience helping corporate issuers and funds create business value and achieve their proxy solicitation, shareholder communications and corporate governance goals, and will continue to help companies implement effective proxy solicitations strategies and strong corporate governance practices at Georgeson.
Prior to joining Georgeson, Rich spent over 12 years in leadership roles at Broadridge Financial Solutions, where he was responsible for client services and operations. Before Broadridge, Rich led call center operations for corporate issuer and mutual funds proxy campaigns as well as information agent solutions. He also managed shareholder communications at Hancock Signature Services and oversaw legal operations at Putnam Investments, where he was assistant vice president of legal operations.
Rich is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance, the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), the National Investment Advisory Council (NICSA), the Insured retirement Institute (IRI) and the Investment Company Institute (ICI).
Rich attended Northeastern University where he studied organizational leadership. He is also a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute sponsored by SIFMA and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Georgeson LLC
Don Cassidy joined Georgeson in 2016 as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Strategy.
Prior to joining Georgeson, Don spent 21 years with Fidelity and brings significant global experience in legal, compliance, and corporate governance matters. Early in his career, Don served as Director of Investment Proxy Research for Fidelity in Boston, leading corporate governance policy and the voting process for the company’s US-based funds and institutional client portfolios. Don subsequently spent twelve years in the United Kingdom with Fidelity International (FIL), first as Director of the Global Institutional Business group and then as Director of FIL’s Corporate Governance Research group. Most recently, Don was Head of the Legal Department for FIL Limited in Bermuda.
Don received his J.D. in 1994 from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a member of the Minnesota Law Review; he has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1994. Don received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Director, Business Development, Georgeson LLC
Brigid Cremin Rosati is a director of business development at Georgeson, pursuing strategic opportunities and cultivating key relationships for the firm. She consistently develops programs to generate awareness around the importance of effective proxy solicitation strategies and the positive impact that good corporate governance has on the overall business. Brigid also works directly with clients to manage and optimize shareholder engagement programs, focusing on the ways improved investor relations and communications help companies meet business goals.
At Georgeson, Brigid is a lead contributor to the Annual Corporate Governance Review, a report containing definitive proxy season data and analytics. During her tenure with the firm, which began in 2013, Brigid has managed a team of proxy services administrators. She currently oversees the summer internship program, and was featured in an IR Magazine article about the success of the program.
Representing Georgeson in the Equilar Diversity Network, Brigid continues to speak and write on important board diversity issues. She has also discussed proxy issues at a roundtable event in partnership with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Brigid is a member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), the Society for Corporate Governance, the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI): New York Chapter NextGen Association, and the Council for Institutional Investors (CII).
Brigid received her BA in Art History from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. She has also completed courses at New York University in the topics of integrated marketing and corporate governance.
Senior Managing Director, Georgeson LLC
Christopher Dowd advises companies on complex corporate governance and equity compensation issues as a Senior Managing Director at Georgeson. He draws on 30 years of experience consulting with Fortune 500, small- and mid-cap corporations as well as an in-depth understanding of ISS voting policies and institutional guidelines to successfully navigate even the most challenging proxy situations for Georgeson clients.
Notable M&A transactions Chris has participated in include:
• CBS Exchange Offer for Outdoor Americas
• CBS Exchange Offer for CBS Radio
• Eli Lilly & Company acquisition of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals
• Health Management Associates’ proxy contest with Glenview Capital Management
• Independent Bank Corp. Exchange’s offer for Mayflower Bancorp, Inc.
• Independent Bank Corp. Exchange’s offer for Central Bancorp, Inc.
• Sprint’s acquisition of Clearwire
• Sprint’s merger with SoftBank
• United Bankshares’ acquisition of Cardinal Financial Corporation
Prior to joining Georgeson Chris was a director at Kissel-Blake Inc. where he managed the corporate governance consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and proxy solicitation divisions. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the American Compensation Association, the Society for Corporate Governance and the Shareholder Services Association (SSA), where he served as treasurer for 15 years. Chris frequently addresses corporate governance and executive compensation topics at industry seminars, conferences and law firm events.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from St. John’s University in New York and was awarded his Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certification in executive compensation from the American Compensation Association.
William (Bill) Fiske works closely with executives and boards of directors to advise on strategic proxy solicitation and corporate governance matters. Bill has worked with hundreds of public issuers developing and implementing targeted investor communication strategies regarding stockholder meetings, corporate actions including negotiated and unsolicited M&A, proxy contests and shareholder activism for nearly 30 years.
Bill’s clientele includes companies from all industries and all size market caps. His practice involves a broad spectrum of matters involving stockholder voting, including:
Corporate Governance – Advising executives and boards of directors or special committees with respect to corporate governance issues, anti-takeover defenses, and response plans to recent stockholder votes. Bill is widely considered an expert on institutional investor voting guidelines.
Mergers and Acquisitions – Representing public and private strategic and private equity clients on merger and acquisition transactions, Bill advises on the tactics and procedures involved in achieving favorable outcomes. Empowering clients to understand trading activity and how changes in stockholder ownership can affect outcomes is of particular focus.
Shareholder Activism – Representing both issuers as well as activists, Bill provides expert guidance on shareholder proposals, proxy contests, defensive measures, vulnerability assessments while remaining current on all regulatory and legislative initiatives relating to governance and director elections.
Bill currently serves on Georgeson's Executive Committee and is a senior member of the Strategic Corporate Governance Consulting and Shareholder Activism practice areas. He is also a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and has been a featured guest speaker at industry events including many regional Society chapter conferences, The Corporate Boardroom Summit, The General Counsel Forum, as well as many other law firm and advisor conferences.
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Edward Greene is a proxy and governance expert with experience guiding issuers through complex proxy solicitation campaigns and providing companies with the shareholder data, trends and analytics that allow them to employ practices that support good governance.
Edward has been involved in over 200 proxy solicitation campaigns and has led clients to successful outcomes in various matters relating to executive compensation, corporate governance and shareholder activism. He provides year-round corporate governance advisory services and has helped many Russell 3000 and Fortune 500 companies make smarter governance decisions.
Prior to joining Georgeson, Edward oversaw the Kingsdale U.S. research team as vice president of research. He also served as vice president of governance at AST Phoenix Advisors and vice president at Laurel Hill Advisory Group. He started his governance career at Georgeson.
Edward is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance.
Christopher M. Hayden advises public operating and investment management companies on corporate governance issues, shareholder proposals and proxy contests as a senior managing director in Georgeson’s corporate proxy practice. Additionally, Chris coordinates FCC- and IRS-mandated shareholder ownership surveys for clients.
With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Chris specializes in complex cross-border transactions and is well-versed in closed-end funds and proxy contests. During his tenure at Georgeson, Chris has consulted with many corporations on offensive and defensive tactics in complex and extraordinary transactions, including, but not limited to, tender offers. His annual meeting clients include a number of S&P 100 members.
Chris has advised in the following recent transactions:
• Verizon’s acquisition of Vodafone’s indirect 45% stake in Verizon Wireless
• Kraft’s acquisition of Cadbury
• American Greetings’ “go-private” transaction
• Greenbriar Equity’s offer for EDAC Technologies
• Cerberus’ offer for 30% of SUPERVALU
• Pharmerica Corporation’s tender defense against Omnicare
• Complex proxy solicitation campaigns for BlackRock, Aberdeen, Invesco, Putnam and more
Chris is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance.
Chris received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colgate University and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Rajeev Kumar specializes in advising clients on issues of executive compensation, proxy contests, M&A transactions, and complicated shareholder proposals, among other proxy matters as a senior managing director of corporate governance. Using his in-depth knowledge of corporate governance issues and proxy advisory firms and institutional investor policies, he expertly advises Georgeson clients on their engagement with proxy advisory firms and shareholder outreach efforts.
Prior to joining Georgeson in 2008, Rajeev worked at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) where he led a team of research analysts producing proxy research reports for institutional clients, advising them on shareholder issues as the director of the U.S. research group. Under Rajeev’s guidance, his team conducted analyses of management and shareholder proposals on director elections, executive compensation and corporate transactions including M&A, proxy contests, re-incorporations, private placements, capital structure, and other event-driven issues. As a key member of the Policy Committee, Rajeev helped formulate and interpret application of ISS policy guidelines on proxy issues.
A frequent commentator on governance issues, Rajeev has been quoted in various corporate governance publications, and spoken at various industry events. Before getting into the field of corporate governance, Rajeev’s previous experience has been in finance where he held various positions in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate development and financial business planning and analysis at firms ranging from startup to Fortune 100.
Rajeev is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), has an MBA in finance from Tulane University and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in India.
Vice President of Operations, Georgeson LLC
Karen is the vice president of operations at Georgeson. Throughout her 18+ year tenure with the firm, she has managed some of the company’s highest-profile international engagements with numerous fortune 500 clients. Karen is currently responsible for managing Georgeson’s asset reunification client relationship team, customer research team, and customer service group.
Under Karen’s leadership a number of quality assurance programs have been implemented, and she was also a key lead in the development and launch of Georgeson’s Shareholder Cleanup program.
She is a member of the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO) and the Shareholder Services Association (SSA).
Karen graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in mathematics and business and has successfully completed her Series 7, Series 24, Series 63, and Series 99 exams
Ron Llewellyn brings many years of experience advising public companies on corporate governance issues and securities law compliance in connection with annual and special meetings and corporate actions to his role as a managing director in Georgeson’s proxy solicitation practice. Prior to joining Georgeson, Ron oversaw the development of capital markets and corporate governance training and research products as Director of Content and Product Initiatives, Securities and Capital Markets and Content Manager for LexisNexis. Before joining LexisNexis he served as Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel for Saks Incorporated and Assistant Corporate Secretary and Corporate Counsel for MasterCard Incorporated. Ron began his career as a Corporate Finance Associate in the New York Office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.
Ron was admitted to the New York Bar in 2000 and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is also a member of the Society for Corporate Governance.
Ron received his J.D. in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. with distinction in 1994 from Yale University.
Vice President, Strategic Operations, Georgeson LLC
David has over 16 years of experience in relationship management, operations management, and business process improvement at Georgeson.
During his tenure, David has managed each department within our unclaimed property business and is currently supervising Georgeson’s back office operations, the unclaimed property reporting team and our technology solutions. He oversees new account processing and payments, coordinates our activities with various transfer agents, banks and brokers, and manages our proprietary software solutions.
David has a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and is a member of the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO).
Managing Director, Corporate Proxy, Georgeson LLC
Sean O’Hara consults with clients and their financial and legal advisors on proxy contests, shareholder meetings, tender/exchange offers and other complex financial transactions for Georgeson’s proxy division. Sean also advises clients regarding shareholder composition and its effect on vote outcomes and on the development of investor outreach and communication strategies through Georgeson’s M&A advisory group.
Sean recently represented the following companies:
• Liberty Interactive Corp. with its tender offer for Zulily, Inc.
• STERIS Corporation in its acquisition of Synergy Health PLC (tax inversion)
• RTI International Metals, Inc. with its acquisition by Alcoa Inc.
• MeadWestvaco Corp. in its merger of equals with Rock-Tenn Company
• Lorillard, Inc. in its merger with Reynolds American
• Pike Corporation in its “going private” transaction with Court Square Capital
• Hopfed Bancorp in its proxy contest vs. The Stillwell Group
• Sycamore Networks in its sale of assets and liquidation
• Nokia Corp. in its sale of their Devices and Services Business to Microsoft
• Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. in its merger with M&T Bank Corporation
Sean is currently a member NIRI and the Society for Corporate Governance.
Sean received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Stony Brook University.
Senior Vice President, Georgeson LLC
Brian Permenter has developed and coordinated unique strategies to increase the response of retail investor campaigns, and has managed and implemented more than 400 small shareholder programs, corporate events and asset reunification projects for Georgeson clients for 18 years. Brian currently heads the business development of our small shareholder (“oddlot”) programs, asset reunification services (inclusive of our PostMerger CleanUp™ program), shareholder cleanup and unclaimed asset programs, and broker-dealer services related to open-market stock purchase plans. He is also responsible for the coordination of capital raising efforts via waiver plans and Computershare’s Corporate Action services. Brian joined Georgeson in 1998 as an account executive managing small shareholder programs on behalf of clients.
Brian is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute.
Brian graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in finance and marketing and has successfully completed his Series 7, Series 24 and 63 exams.
Michael Ryan is a senior vice president at Georgeson LLC. Mike is responsible for new business development and has been a leader in the unclaimed property industry for over 25 years. He has assisted numerous companies with unclaimed property compliance, returning over $1 billion dollars in unclaimed property to the rightful owners.
Mike was instrumental in the development of the Unclaimed Property Professional Organization (UPPO), the premier association dedicated to holders of unclaimed property and the service providers who help make holders’ jobs easier. He has served in many capacities at UPPO, including four and a half years as president and most recently he was elected eastern vice president (effective March 2016).
Mike was one of the founding members of the unclaimed property committee at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). He is also an active member of the unclaimed property committees at the Securities Transfer Association (STA), the Shareholder Services Association (SSA) and has been involved with Computershare’s team on the Uniform Law Commission redraft of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Law.
Mike is also an in-demand speaker and thought leader, and has spoken and written articles on unclaimed property for UPPO, SIFMA, STA, SSA, the Wisconsin Automated Clearing House Association (WACHA), the National Association of Division Order Analysts (NADOA), the New York Bankers Association (NYBA), and has appeared on CNN’s “The Dolans.”
Unclaimed Property Consulting Director, Georgeson LLC
As an Unclaimed Property Consulting Director, Dana is responsible for supporting the Consulting Practice and serving as an industry expert. Dana has over 28 years of mutual fund experience including 16 years of unclaimed property experience.
Prior to joining Georgeson, Dana worked as a Sr. Regulatory Compliance Analyst for DST Systems where she was responsible for Unclaimed Property Compliance for the Transfer Agency, monitoring and reviewing state legislation, project consultation, facilitating client focus groups, and assisting clients with various unclaimed property concerns. Dana has also co-chaired the Abandoned Property Task Force with the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and serves on the Securities Transfer Association (STA) Unclaimed Property Committee.
Dana is also a past president of the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO) where she currently serves on the Government Relations and Advocacy Committee. Dana is a two-time recipient of the UPPO President’s Award. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences regarding unclaimed property issues in the securities industry. Additionally, Dana represented UPPO and the securities industry in the recent drafting of the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA).
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a double major in Human Resources and Finance. Dana graduated cum laude from Park University in Kansas City, MO.
National Practice Leader, Unclaimed Property Consulting, Georgeson LLC
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As the National Practice Leader for the unclaimed property consulting practice, Pam is responsible for business development and the management and delivery of consulting services. Pam brings over 20 years of diverse and extensive experience to clients of Georgeson’s unclaimed asset services.
Pam has technical expertise and experience in a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Georgeson, she served as a director in the unclaimed property consulting practice at Keane, where she was responsible for providing project oversight, monitoring quality reviews and assisting with staff development and training. In addition, Pam served in leadership roles as a subject matter specialist in various aspects of unclaimed property consulting and compliance; including audit assistance, state voluntary disclosure assistance, risk assessments, and policies and procedures. Pam also previously worked in the unclaimed property consulting practices at Thomson Reuters and Deloitte, and served as the audit director at the North Dakota Unclaimed Property Division.
Pam has been a featured speaker on the topic of unclaimed property at numerous conferences and has authored articles for trade association magazines and publications. While with the state, she was an active member of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and received the NAUPA Presidential Distinguished Service Award for her work on the NAUPA Auditor Agenda Committee. She is also a member and frequent speaker for the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO).
Pam is a certified fraud examiner (CFE) and member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She graduated from Mount Marty College with a B.A. in Accounting, and received an MBA from the University of Mary.