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 XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) and two other publicly traded companies: United Rentals (NYSE: URI) and United Waste Systems. XPO Logistics and United Rentals were among the 20 best-performing stocks of the 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.
AnnaMaria DeSalva is chairman and chief executive officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. She previously served as senior advisor to the chief executive of DowDuPont, and as DuPont’s chief communications officer. Prior to DuPont, Ms. DeSalva was head of corporate affairs for biopharmaceutical innovation at Pfizer, an advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and head of 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 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 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 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, Berkeley and Pompeu University in Spain.
Gena Ashe is general counsel and corporate secretary of Anterix Inc. Previously, she was chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Adtalem Global Education, and 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 as special assistant to President George W. Bush in the Office of Domestic Policy, where she developed labor and transportation 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. Additionally, he serves as a director of C-III Capital Partners LLC 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 a master‘s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University.
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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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., and executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ameritech Corporation. He also held executive positions with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and served on Goodyear’s board of directors. Mr. Shaffer was a longstanding member of the board of directors of Terex Corporation and served on the supervisory board of Terex Material Handling and Port Solutions. He held earlier board positions with Belgacom S.A., Demag Cranes AG and Intermec, Inc. Mr. Shaffer holds a master’s degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a degree in finance and business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.