Michael Auerbach
Michael Auerbach is an entrepreneur, investor, business consultant, and private diplomat. He founded Subversive Capital as a vehicle to invest in radical companies whose core missions subvert the status quo and require sophisticated government and regulatory strategies for success. Michael is an expert in the global cannabis industry and is a significant shareholder and board director of both Tilray, Inc. and Privateer Holdings, Inc. Mr. Auerbach has served as Senior Vice President of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm since 2012, he also serves as a General Partner of Subversive Capital, a venture capital firm and a private investment fund focused on investing primarily in publicly listed securities of issuers in the cannabis industry which is in the initial stages of raising funds. Since June 2019, he has served as a director of Tuscan II, a Delaware blank check company seeking to complete its initial public offering. Since March 2019, he has served as a director of Tuscan Holdings, a Delaware blank check company that raised U.S.$276,000,000 in its initial public offering in March 2019 seeking to consummate an initial business combination. From September 2009 to July 2012, he was Vice President, Social Risk Consulting at Control Risks, a global risk consulting firm. From September 2010 to January 2011, he was also an Adjunct Professor at The New School for Social Research. From 2007 to 2009, he was Chief Executive Officer of Social Risks, LLC, a January 2004. Mr. Auerbach also sits on the boards of Privateer Holdings, Inc., Tilray, Inc., Duco Advisors, Inc., and MainBase, SA. He has an MA in International Relations from Columbia University and BA in Critical Theory from the New School.
Carol Bartz
Carol Bartz has extensive experience leading complex global technology companies. While CEO of Yahoo!, the world's premier digital media company, from 2009 to 2011, Carol modernized technology platforms, acquired companies for expansion, divested businesses for focus, ignited partnerships, cut costs, expanded margins and grew consumer audience to 800M people. Prior to Yahoo!, she transitioned after 12 years of successfully leading Autodesk as CEO to the Executive Chairman role until February, 2009, when she agreed to lead Yahoo!. Earlier in her career Carol held several business leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, including VP of Worldwide Field Operations and an executive officer of the company. Carol is currently the lead director on the Board of Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking, and has been on the Cisco board since 2005. She has also served on other public company boards, including Intel and NetApp. Carol is known for her strong leadership style and is frequently featured as a prominent business leader in the industry. Carol supports key causes important to her including the American Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Heart Association.
Al Foreman
Al Foreman has over 20 years of professional experience in private equity, corporate finance, financial technology, and a broad range of transaction experience that includes the origination, structuring, and execution of debt, equity, and M&A transactions globally, as both a principal and an agent. Mr. Foreman is a Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Tuatara Capital, a role he has held since January 2014. In this role, Al is responsible for formulating Tuatara’s macro investment strategy and for the structuring and oversight of portfolio investments. Prior to co-founding Tuatara in 2014, Al was a Managing Director with Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC, a $45 billion alternative investment management business. Before Highbridge, Mr. Foreman worked in investment banking as a Managing Director in J.P. Morgan’s Financial Sponsors Group, and he joined the bank as a Managing Director and founding member of the management team for the J.P. Morgan Private Equity Fund Services business. Earlier, Al was a financial technology executive at Vitech Systems Group and Virtual Growth Incorporated, and he began his career as a Management Associate in Citigroup’s Private Bank, where he co-founded Citibank’s Professional Sports Group. Al earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut where he was a United Technologies Finance Scholar and a two-time Scholar Athlete Award Winner. Al also holds a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Mr. Foreman serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Connecticut Foundation, and he is a member of the University’s Investment Committee and Athletic Steering Committee.
Leland Hensch
Leland Hensch is a private investor and a general partner of a private investment fund focused on investing primarily in publicly listed securities of issuers in the cannabis industry which is in the initial stages of raising funds. Mr. Hensch began his career in 1992 with Hull Trading as an equity derivatives trader on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. His first trading assignment was in the Frankfurt, Germany office from 1994 to 1998 where he traded on the Deustche Terrmine Borse. Mr. Hensch was hired by Goldman Sachs London in 2001 to head the UK Derivatives desk. In 2004, he relocated to New York to run Macro Derivatives Trading desk. In 2009, Mr. Hensch started Goldman’s Emerging Markets equity trading team in Sao Paulo and was later promoted to Head of Americas Equity trading in 2013. Mr. Hensch was named partner in 2012 and retired in 2016. Since leaving Goldman Sachs, Mr. Hensch has made a number of investments across cannabis, real estate, hospitality, media, and technology businesses. He has been an active investor/owner in the hospitality and media businesses. Mr. Hensch sits on the investment board of The Foundry Mezzanine fund and is still active in equity market trading. Mr. Hensch has a BS in Finance from The Kelley School at Indiana University.
Daniel Neukomm
Daniel Neukomm is currently the CEO of the iconic surf brand O’Neill as well as chairman and CEO of Irvine-based parent company La Jolla Group, Inc. (LJG), both positions which he has held since 2013. LJG includes apparel brands in the active consumer space, O’Neill, Spiritual Gangster, Hang Ten, and others, and is a best in class middle market multi-branded operating platform that has unlocked value in emerging brands as well as its flagship brands by reducing costs and providing sophisticated management tools. In addition, Neukomm is a founding partner at Revelstone Capital, a private equity firm which is focused on investing in growth stage consumer companies in the outdoor and active lifestyle space with offices in Irvine and London. Before LJG, he was an operating partner for a Silicon Valley-based family office, where he focused on early-stage venture investing and corporate strategy for middle-market portfolio companies including La Jolla Group. Neukomm began his career starting Mountain Oxygen, a supplemental oxygen services company based in Aspen, Colorado. Neukomm earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Vermont and an MBA in finance and strategy from the International School of Management in Paris.
Jeffry Allen
Jeffry Allen was a member of the Board of Directors at NetApp from 2005 to 2017. Prior to his role on the board at NetApp, Allen was the vice president of business operations at NetApp. He managed manufacturing operations and took responsibility for content delivery and NearStore business lines as well as strategic initiatives for the SAN market. Allen joined NetApp in 1996 as CFO and vice president of finance and operations. Before coming to NetApp, Allen served as senior vice president of operations for Bay Networks, where he was responsible for manufacturing and distribution functions. From 1990 to 1995, he held the position of controller for SynOptics Communications and became vice president and controller for Bay Networks, the new company created via the merger of SynOptics and Wellfleet Communications. Previously, Allen had a 17-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he served in a variety of financial, information systems, and financial management positions, including controller for the Information Networks Group. Allen holds a bachelor of science degree from San Diego State University. Mr. Allen has also been a member of the Board of Directors at Whitefish Community Foundation from 2017 to present.
Desiree Perez
Desiree Perez will also act as Chief Social Equity Officer advising The Parent Company with respect to investments made by its new social equity fund focused on investing in Black and other people-of-color Cannabis entrepreneurs. Since 2009, Desiree Perez, Roc Nation’s CEO, has been, besides for Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter himself, the person most responsible for realizing his ultimate vision of creating a business empire that spreads far beyond its origins. In her time at the company Roc Nation has grown beyond a record label, music publishing, and artist & sports management agency, to become a company that both engages and employs his community. In addition to her involvement in all aspects of his music career, from platinum records to sold-out tours, Perez has had her hand in every significant deal the company has made in the past decade, all while overseeing Roc Nation’s day-to-day operations. In 2015, Perez negotiated the deal to purchase the streaming service TIDAL and subsequently selling a stake in the company to Sprint. In 2017, she negotiated the worldwide touring deal between JAY-Z and Live Nation, a decade after the two parties had inked a multi-million dollar 360-degree deal that included management, publishing, licensing and other outside investments. In addition, her work led to a worldwide partnership with Universal Music Group in 2013, under which Roc Nation joined the Universal family, while still operating as a standalone label. She also negotiated its multi-million-dollar renewal in 2018. She continued to further help to expand JAY-Z’s portfolio with the product launches of successful luxury liquor brands D’Usse cognac and Ace of Spades champagne. Perez worked with Meek Mill’s legal team to petition the courts to secure the rapper’s release from prison. In 2019 she was named Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music Executive of the Year. The Bronx, NY native honed her skills through the nightlife and restaurant management ranks at several locations in NYC before co-founding the flagship 40/40 club located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, of which she is part owner. Ms. Perez will not be considered an executive officer or director of The Parent Company for the purposes of applicable securities law.