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Board of Directors
Mr. Malik has been involved in the financial technology sector for over the past decade. He currently serves as Global Head of Trading at Voltaire Capital, a leading liquidity provider in the foreign exchange market. Prior to joining Voltaire Capital, he served as Head of FX Electronic Trading at Morgan Stanley and Head of Electronic Market Making for Emerging Markets and Precious Metals in the Capital Markets Division at Citibank. Mr. Malik began his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers, working in both New York and London across various derivative trading roles in fixed income, commodities and currencies. While completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Econometrics at the University of Oxford, Mr. Malik also performed economic research at the International Monetary Fund and The World Bank in Washington D.C.
Philip J. Thomas has served as our Chief Executive Officer since the consummation of the Business Combination on May 27, 2015, and served as Chairman of the Board from May 2015 to June 2016. Mr. Thomas also has served as the Chief Executive Officer of LIBB since its formation in February 2011 and previously served as the Managing Member and a member of the board of managers of LIBB from February 2011 until May 2015. Since 2005, Mr. Thomas has also served as President of Capital Link LLC, a nationally recognized ATM processing network that he founded. Capital Link partnered with, among others, WSFS Bank (NASAQ: WSFS), Cash Connect, RBSWorldPay (RBS) and Switch Commerce, and these parties, in the aggregate, fund over 13,000 ATMs in all 50 states with over $8 billion annually. From 2008 to November 2010, he served as Chief Executive Officer of KarbonEx Corp, a company he founded dedicated to creating innovative, market driven solutions to address climate change and resolve the way businesses impact the environment. Prior to this, Mr. Thomas revitalized his family’s 45 year old food and beverage distribution business, Magnum Enterprises, by creating strategic partnerships with Coca-Cola, Vitamin Water and Kelloggs. Mr. Thomas began his career in 1998 while attending college at James Madison University where he created Highlawn Restaurant & Lounge, which he sold in 2001. Mr. Thomas graduated from James Madison University, where he was a Division I GTE scholar athlete. We believe Mr. Thomas’ business experience in the beverage industry makes him well suited to serve as a member of the Company’s board of directors.
Mr. Carson is the Chairman of IBC and the former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of several leading beverage companies including Marbo, Inc. and Triarc Beverages, both private equity backed corporations. As Chairman of Triarc Beverages (RC Cola), he led the acquisition and integration of Snapple Beverages and expanded business internationally by leading negotiations in China, Japan, Mexico, South America, Russia and Poland. Mr. Carson led the sale of the entire beverage portfolio of Triarc to Cadbury Schweppes, generating a significant return for investors. He is former President of Cadbury Schweppes North America where he led the expansion of the Schweppes brand beyond mixers and into adult soft drinks. Mr. Carson is also a Board Member of the National Soft Drink Association and the Board of Directors of Water Source Inc.
Mr. Ghosh is a blockchain technology entrepreneur with over eleven years of experience in technology and computing, with its applications in investment banking, health and wellness, asset management, algorithmic trading and cryptocurrency. He was previously the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of London-based health-tech start-up Earthmiles. Prior to that, Mr. Ghosh worked in quantitative trading and structuring roles at Deutsche Bank, UBS and Societe Generale in Hong Kong and London. He holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Mr. Ghosh is a regular speaker at the London Python and London Django Conferences.
Tom Cardella has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2016. Mr. Cardella is the founder of Cardella & Associates LLC and is a beverage industry consultant. Prior to founding Cardella & Associates in February 2015, Mr. Cardella was the President and CEO of Tenth and Blake Beer Company, a division of MillerCoors, from June 2010 to January 2015. He also served as President Eastern Division for MillerCoors from June 2008 to June 2010, where he was responsible for all commercial operations in the eastern half of the United States. Prior to the merger with Coors, Mr. Cardella was Executive Vice President of Sales and Distribution for Miller Brewing Company from May 2006 to June 2008. From August 2005 through April 2006, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Market Development and Import Brands with Miller. Prior to rejoining the Miller Brewing Company in August 2005, Mr. Cardella spent nearly a decade at InBev where he held several senior-level positions, including U.S. Vice President of Sales from September 2004 through August 2005, CEO of Beck’s North America from June 2003 through August 2004, Vice President of Strategy for FEMSA Cerveza in Monterey, Mexico (joint venture of InBev/Femsa) from January 2001 through May 2003, and Vice President of Marketing at Labatt USA from January 1996 through December 2000. Mr. Cardella spent the earlier years of his career with Miller Brewing Co. from 1978 through 1995 in various sales and marketing positions. Mr. Cardella has served on the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers since July 2010, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee since March 2010 and the Marcus Center for Performing Arts since July 2012. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Brewing Company (parent company is FIFCO, San Jose, Costa Rica) since January 2016. Mr. Cardella received a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Geneseo and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2000. We believe Mr. Cardella’s contacts and past business experience in the beverage industry make him well suited to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Mr. Hayde has spent over 25 years in the investment banking and securities industry, primarily focused on the CPG sector, and is Executive Vice President and co-founder of IBC, a New York based merchant bank focused on the beverage and CPG industries. He has successfully raised growth and acquisition capital for middle market companies, and facilitated mergers, acquisitions, financial restructurings and divestitures. Through his experience, Mr. Hayde also has extensive knowledge of FINRA, NASDAQ and other regulatory bodies and issues. He is also a managing director at The Interim Opportunity Fund LLC and its advisor, Waterside Capital Advisors, Inc., a newly formed fund focusing transactions with a defined strategy for exit with a heavy emphasis on the consumer markets. He is currently a registered agent for Network 1 Financial Securities.