Brad Jacobs has started five companies from scratch and led each of them to become a billion dollar or multi-billion-dollar enterprise. These include three publicly traded companies: XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO), United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) and United Waste Systems, Inc. XPO and United Rentals were among the 20 best-performing stocks of the last decade. Prior to starting XPO in 2011, Mr. Jacobs founded United Rentals in 1997 and led the company for 10 years as chairman, including six years as chief executive officer. He founded United Waste Systems in 1989 and served eight years as chairman and chief executive officer. Mr. Jacobs serves as chairman of the board of GXO Logistics, the 2021 spin-off of XPO’s global logistics segment.
AnnaMaria DeSalva is chairman and chief executive officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Previously, she served as senior advisor to the chief executive of DowDuPont, and earlier, as DuPont’s chief communications officer. Prior to DuPont, Ms. DeSalva was vice president of corporate affairs for biopharmaceutical innovation at Pfizer, 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 director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Ms. DeSalva serves on the board of governors of Argonne National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy and is a member of its compensation and nominating committees. She is a member of The Economic Club of New York, the Partnership for New York City, and the Paley International Council, and is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board. Additionally, she serves on the boards of the non-profit Project Sunshine and the William & Mary Alumni Association. She is a graduate of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she serves as executive in residence at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, and has completed the Harvard School of Public Health’s Executive Education Program in risk communication, as well as the Advanced Health Leadership Program jointly offered by the University of California, Berkeley and Pompeu University in Spain.
Michael Jesselson is the president of Jesselson Capital Corporation. Additionally, he serves as a director of C-III Capital Partners LLC, Ascendant Digital Acquisition Corp. and other private companies, as well as several philanthropic organizations. Mr. Jesselson was a longstanding director of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., where he served as lead independent director.
Adrian Kingshott is the chief executive officer of AdSon LLC, managing director of Spotlight Advisors, LLC, and a member of the board of directors of Centre Lane Investment Corp. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor of Global Capital Markets and Investments at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. Mr. Kingshott was previously with Goldman Sachs, where he served as co-head of the firm's leveraged finance business, among other positions. More recently, he was senior advisor to Headwaters Merchant Bank, and a managing director of Amaranth Advisors, LLC. He holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University.