Chief Executive Officer and Director
Lee Einbinder, our Chief Executive Officer and a Director since inception, has over 30 years’ experience as an M&A and capital markets advisor to financial services and FinTech companies. Previously, until August 2019, Mr. Einbinder was a Vice Chairman at Barclays and was responsible for senior client relationships across the financial services industry, including Banks, Specialty Finance, Financial Technology, Asset Management and Financial Sponsors. Mr. Einbinder was at Barclays since the acquisition of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and during that time was also co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group and a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Einbinder worked at Lehman Brothers from 1996 to 2008, where he was Head of the Specialty Finance group and founded the Financial Technology group. He previously worked in similar capacities at CS First Boston and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Einbinder is expected to serve as a Director of New Katapult upon the closing of the Katapult Business Combination. He received his MBA with Distinction from the Wharton School and his BSE cum laude from Princeton University.
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Howard Kurz, our President and Chief Financial Officer since inception, has over 30 years’ experience as a successful institutional investor and asset manager. Mr. Kurz was the founder and has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Lily Pond Capital Management LLC (“LPCM”), an alternative investment manager headquartered in New York since January 2001. Most recently, LPCM was the investment manager of a Private Equity Fund (Lilypad Investors I) which provided early stage operating capital and expertise to an array of alternative investment management firms. Before founding LPCM, from September 1996 to January 2001, Mr. Kurz was Managing Director and Head of North American Financial Markets at The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc. Additionally, he was responsible globally for Foreign Exchange, Emerging Markets, and principal investments and was a senior member of the division’s Executive Committee. Prior to RBS, Mr. Kurz was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers where he headed the Multi-Markets Proprietary Trading unit. He received his BA from University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Matza, who has served as one of our directors since our initial public offering, retired as President, Partner and member of the Executive Committee of GoldenTree in June 2019 after almost 14 years at the firm. Mr. Matza joined GoldenTree in January 2006 and managed GoldenTree’s business management infrastructure, which provides operational support to GoldenTree’s investment products and client franchise. During his time at GoldenTree, Mr. Matza was part of the senior management team that oversaw significant growth in assets under management (from approximately $7 billion to over $30 billion), long only and alternatives (private equity and hedge funds), product lines and personnel. Prior to GoldenTree, Mr. Matza served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Neuberger Berman, Inc., as well as a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and following its acquisition by Lehman Brothers, a member of Lehman Brothers’ Management and Investment Committees. He joined Neuberger Berman in April 1999 as a Principal, and led the team that successfully completed the initial public offering of Neuberger Berman in November of that same year. Between 2000 and 2003, he negotiated and completed several acquisitions and lift outs. In 2003, Mr. Matza negotiated the $2.6 billion sale of the company to Lehman Brothers. Assets under management grew from approximately $55 billion to over $107 billion from the time that Mr. Matza joined Neuberger Berman, until he left at the end of 2005. Mr. Matza’s industry experience prior to 1996 includes 16 years with Lehman Brothers and its predecessor companies, where he last served as Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Operating and Investment Committees. In 1996, he joined Travelers Group as its Treasurer and became Deputy Treasurer of Citigroup after Travelers and Citicorp merged in 1998. While at Citigroup, he served on the Finance, Investment and Merger & Acquisition Committees. He began his professional career at Coopers and Lybrand. Mr. Matza currently serves on the Board of Managers (as well as audit and compensation committees) of AG Artemis Holding LP, the holding company of Advisor Group Inc., a privately owned network of independent broker-dealers that was purchased by a private equity firm for $2.3 billion in 2019. He is also serving as a Senior Advisor to Algorand, a blockchain company focused on the commercialization of the secure blockchain to transact for global institutions. Mr. Matza is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board and the Board of the Center for Institutional Investment Management of the University at Albany’s School of Business. Mr. Matza earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, his MBA in Finance from New York University and he is a Certified Public Accountant. We believe Mr. Matza is well qualified to serve as a Director due to his asset management, investment and mergers and acquisition experience in the financial industry.
Diane B. Glossman
Diane B. Glossman, who has served as one of our directors since our initial public offering, spent 25 years as a research analyst, retiring as a Managing Director and head of U.S. bank and brokerage research at UBS. Prior to UBS, Ms. Glossman was co-head of Global Bank Research and head of Internet Financial Services Research at Lehman Brothers, and prior to that at Salomon Brothers for nine years where she was co-Head of U.S. Bank Stock Research. Over her sell-side research career, Ms. Glossman specialized in money center banks, trust banks and broker dealers, covering all aspects of banking and financial services, including banking technology and the revenue generating businesses of cash management, trade finance, and securities services. Ms. Glossman was a multiple-time member of Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team. During her decade on the buy-side, she was responsible for coverage of all financials along with a variety of other industry sectors. Ms. Glossman has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Barclays Bank Delaware, Barclays US consumer operations, since June 2016 and chaired the Audit Committee since December 2018. She has also been serving as a member of the advisory board of Barclays US LLC, the U.S. intermediate holding company of Barclays PLC, since its inception in April 2015, and since the advisory board upgrade into the Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Directors, Audit Committee Chair and member of the Governance Committee. In addition, she has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors and its various committees of Live Oak Bancshares, a $7 billion North Carolina-based bank, since August 2014, and assisted in its initial public offering. She was involved with Bucks County SPCA, a humane organization serving Bucks County, Pennsylvania, from 2003 to 2021 and most recently served as the Chair of the Finance Committee. Ms. Glossman’s previous board experience includes serving on the Board of Directors or Board of Trustees of WMI Holding, from bankruptcy emergence in March 2012 through its merger with Nationstar in August 2018; Ambac Assurance, a public finance insurance company, from October 2010 to February 2018 when it emerged from regulatory rehabilitation; QBE NA, the American subsidiary of the Australian insurer QBE, from February 2015 to December 2017; Powa Technologies Holdings Plc, a London-based mobile technology start-up, from July 2013 to November, 2016; State Street Global Advisors Mutual Funds from September 2009 to April 2011; and E Charge, an internet payment start-up company from 1999 to 2001. In addition to her directorships, Ms. Glossman has also worked as an independent consultant with a number of banks in the U.S. and U.K. on projects relating to strategy, business execution, and investor communications. During 2013 and 2014, she was a senior fellow at the Center of Financial Stability and was joint author of a report on bank capital. At that time, she also wrote articles for the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking regarding the banking industry. In 2013, she also served a member of SASB’s financial industry working group engaged in establishing sustainability reporting metrics for commercial banks, custody banks, and asset managers. From 2003 to 2005, she was an advisor to Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group and a member of its planning group. During much of that time, she was acting head of the International Retail Bank. Ms. Glossman received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in finance and health care administration, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. We believe Ms. Glossman is well qualified to serve as a Director due to her strong knowledge of capital markets, institutional investors, and a variety of industries.
Aris Kekedjian, who has served as one of our directors since our initial public offering, was hired in April 2021 to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of Icahn Enterprises L.P., and will also serve on their Board of Directors. Mr. Kekedjian retired from GE in 2019 after a 30 year career with the company, most recently serving as head of Corporate Development and Chief Investment Officer since 2016. During this time, Mr. Kekedjian led a number of notable M&A transactions, including the $30 billion merger of GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes, creating a $22 billion business with operations in 120 countries, and the $11 billion merger of GE Transportation with Wabtec Corporation, creating a technology category leader for rail equipment, services and software. Mr. Kekedjian served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Tuatara Capital Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company, from February 2021 to April 2021. Mr. Kekedjian was also a strategic advisor to ECN Capital, a finance company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange until April 2021. Mr. Kekedjian was previously a Managing Director and Global head of Business Development/M&A at GE Capital from 2010 through 2016. Mr. Kekedjian led the GE team that divested more than $200 billion of GE Capital’s business across the world. He also led the merger of Met Life’s online bank with Synchrony Financial and a subsequent $3 billion IPO and $20 billion stock split transaction for Synchrony Financial. He also led IPOs of both Cembra Money Bank in Switzerland and Moneta Bank in the Czech Republic. Prior to those divestitures, Mr. Kekedjian was responsible for creating comprehensive strategic plans for deal activities in the banking, real estate, leasing, mortgage, credit card and commercial lending sectors. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Kekedjian served as Managing Director, Global Corporate Development and Chief Executive Officer for GE Capital, MEA region, responsible for company-wide strategic partnership and alliance development with global, sovereign capital partners. Mr. Kekedjian was previously the Chief Financial Officer of GE Banking & Consumer Finance for the EMEA region (GE Money) from 2004 to 2008, a $10 billion net revenue business with over $100 billion in assets and operations in 25 countries. He joined GE as a part of the Financial Management Program in 1989. Mr. Kekedjian received his BC from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. We believe Mr. Kekedjian is well qualified to serve as one of our directors due to his extensive finance and investment experience.