Bradley Jacobs is a career CEO. He has led two public companies: United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), which he co-founded in 1997, and United Waste Systems, Inc., founded in 1989. Mr. Jacobs served as chairman and chief executive officer of United Rentals for the company's first six years, and as executive chairman for an additional four years. He served eight years as chairman and chief executive officer of United Waste Systems. Previously, Mr. Jacobs founded Hamilton Resources (UK) Ltd. and served as its chairman and chief operating officer. This followed the co-founding of his first venture, Amerex Oil Associates, Inc., where he was chief executive.
AnnaMaria DeSalva is chairman and chief executive officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, one of the world’s leading public relations companies. Ms. DeSalva previously served as senior advisor to the chief executive officer of DowDuPont, following her role as DuPont’s chief communications officer. Prior to her tenure at DuPont, Ms. DeSalva was head of corporate affairs for biopharmaceutical innovation at Pfizer; served as an advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and led the global healthcare practice of Hill & Knowlton. Earlier, at Bristol-Myers Squibb, she led global public affairs for the oncology business and served as the director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Ms. DeSalva is a member of the board of governors of Argonne National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy and serves on the compensation and nominating committees. Additionally, she serves on the boards of directors of the non-profit Project Sunshine and the William & Mary Alumni Association and is a member of the Economic Club of New York. Ms. DeSalva graduated from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has completed the Harvard School of Public Health’s executive education program in risk communication, and the Advanced Health Leadership Program jointly offered by the University of California at Berkeley and Pompeu University in Barcelona, Spain.
Gena Ashe is general counsel and corporate secretary with Anterix Inc., following positions as chief legal officer and corporate secretary with Adtalem Global Education Inc. Previously, she held senior legal roles with The Brickman Group, Ltd. (now BrightView Landscapes, LLC), Catalina Marketing Corporation, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Darden Restaurants, Inc., Lucent Technologies, Inc. and AT&T. Earlier, Ms. Ashe was an electrical engineer with IBM Corporation before joining IBM’s legal team. She holds a juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Spelman College. Ms. Ashe is a graduate of the executive development program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a certificate in international management from Oxford University in England.
Marlene Colucci has served as the executive director of The Business Council in Washington, D.C. since 2013. She previously was executive vice president of public policy for the American Hotel & Lodging Association for eight years, where she provided guidance on regulatory matters. From 2003 to 2005, she served in the White House as special assistant to President George W. Bush in the Office of Domestic Policy. In this role, she developed labor, transportation and postal reform policies and advised the president and his staff on related matters. Earlier, Ms. Colucci served as deputy assistant secretary with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Her law career includes more than 12 years with the firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she served as senior counsel. She holds a juris doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Michael Jesselson is the president of Jesselson Capital Corporation. He is a longstanding director of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO), and serves as the company's lead independent director. Additionally, he serves as a director of C-III Capital Partners LLC and other private companies, as well as several philanthropic organizations.
Aris Kekedjian advises global companies on finance and M&A strategies, drawing on his three decades of Fortune 20 experience. His expertise spans 30 years with General Electric Company, where he most recently served as chief investment officer. He was instrumental in the $30 billion merger between GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes, which combined industrial service operations in 120 countries, and led acquisitions in disruptive industries, including the industrial Internet of Things, 3D printing, life sciences and renewable energy. Mr. Kekedjian’s earlier positions at GE Company included roles as deputy treasurer and as managing director, Latin America. Additionally, as a divisional executive at GE, he served as global head of financial portfolio management and M&A for GE Capital; chief financial officer of GE Banking and Consumer Finance (GE Money) for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region; and chief executive officer of GE Capital for the MEA region, among other roles. Mr. Kekedjian holds a degree in finance and international business from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He formerly served on the board of directors of transportation geo-technology provider Maptuit (now Verizon), and on the advisory board of enterprise software company eMOBUS (now Asentinel).
Adrian Kingshott is the chief executive officer of AdSon LLC, senior advisor to Headwaters Merchant Bank, and advisory director of Spotlight Advisors, LLC. Previously, with Goldman Sachs, he served as co-head of the firm's Leveraged Finance business, among other positions. More recently, Mr. Kingshott was a managing director of Amaranth Advisors, LLC. He is an adjunct professor of Global Capital Markets and Investments at Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business; and an adjunct professor of International Corporate Financial Management at Fordham University's School of Business and the Gabelli School of Business. He holds a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School and a master of jurisprudence degree from Oxford University. Mr. Kingshott is a member of the board of directors of Centre Lane Investment Corp.
Jason Papastavrou, Ph.D., is the founder and chief investment officer of ARIS Capital Management, LLC, and is the co-founder of Empiric Asset Management, LLC. Previously, Dr. Papastavrou was the founder and managing director of the Fund of Hedge Funds Strategies Group of Banc of America Capital Management (BACAP); president of BACAP Alternative Advisors; and a senior portfolio manager with Deutsche Asset Management. He was a tenured professor at Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering, and holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Papastavrou serves on the board of directors of United Rentals, Inc.
Oren Shaffer was most recently vice chairman and chief financial officer of Qwest Communications International, Inc. (now CenturyLink, Inc.). Previously, Mr. Shaffer was president and chief operating officer of Sorrento Networks, Inc.; executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ameritech Corporation; and held senior executive positions with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, where he also served on the board of directors. Mr. Shaffer is a director on the board of Terex Corporation (NYSE: TEX) and the supervisory board of Terex Material Handling & Port Solutions. He has previously held board positions with Belgacom S.A., Demag Cranes AG and Intermec, Inc. He holds a master’s degree in management from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a degree in finance and business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.