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“The dedication, energy and innovation of our company is a reflection of the qualities that characterize our people.”
Douglas Listman, Chief Accounting Officer and Assistant Treasurer
Rachael Fink, General Counsel
Daniel G. Cohen has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the Company since December 16, 2009, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since October 6, 2006 and as the executive Chairman of the Company from October 18, 2006 through December 16, 2009. In addition, Mr. Cohen has served as the Chairman of the board of managers of our majority owned subsidiary, IFMI, LLC, since 2001, as the Chief Investment Officer of IFMI, LLC since October 2008 and as Chief Executive Officer of IFMI, LLC since December 16, 2009. Mr. Cohen was also the Chief Executive Officer of IFMI, LLC and its subsidiary, Cohen & Company Securities, LLC, a securities brokerage firm, from September 2001 until February 2006. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS), a real estate finance company focused on the commercial real estate industry, from December 2006 when it merged with Taberna Realty Finance Trust to February 2009, and served as a trustee from the date RAIT acquired Taberna until his resignation from that position on February 26, 2010. Mr. Cohen was Chairman of the board of trustees of Taberna Realty Finance Trust from its inception in March 2005 until December 2006 and its Chief Executive Officer from March 2005 to December 2006. Mr. Cohen has served as Chairman of Cohen Financial Group, Inc., or CFG, which is in the process of liquidation, since its inception in April 2007. Mr. Cohen is currently a director of Star Asia, a joint venture investing in Asian commercial real estate, and a director of Muni Funding Company of America, LLC, or MFCA, a company investing in middle-market non-profit organizations. Since 2000, Mr. Cohen has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBBK), a holding company for The Bancorp Bank, which provides various commercial and retail banking products and services to small and mid-size businesses and their principals in the United States. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Dekania Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: DEK), a publicly held business combination company focused on acquiring businesses that operate within the insurance industry, from its inception in February 2006 until December 2006, and remained a director of Dekania Acquisition Corp until its liquidation in February 2009. Mr. Cohen served as a member of the board of directors of TRM Corporation (OTC:TRMM), a publicly held consumer services company, from 2000 to September 2006 and as its Chairman from 2003 to September 2006.
Joseph W. Pooler, Jr. has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since December 16, 2009 and as IFMI, LLC's Chief Financial Officer since November 2007 and as Chief Administrative Officer since May 2007. From July 2006 through November 2007, he also served as Senior Vice President of Finance of IFMI, LLC. From November 2007 through March 2009, Mr. Pooler also served as Chief Financial Officer of Muni Funding Company of America, LLC, a company investing in middle-market non-profit organizations. Prior to joining IFMI, LLC, from 1999 through 2005, Mr. Pooler held key management positions at Pegasus Communications Corporation (now known as Xanadoo Company (OTC: XAND)), which operated in the direct broadcast satellite television and broadcast television station segments. While at Pegasus, Mr. Pooler held various positions including Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, and Senior Vice President of Finance. From 1993 through 1999, Mr. Pooler held various management positions with MEDIQ, Incorporated, including Corporate Controller, Director of Operations, and Director of Sales Support. Mr. Pooler holds a B.A. from Ursinus College, an M.B.A. from Drexel University, and was a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (license lapsed).
Douglas Listman has served as the Chief Accounting Officer of the Company since December 2009 and Chief Accounting Officer of IFMI, LLC since 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Listman served as an associate for Resources Global Professionals (a worldwide accounting services consulting firm). From 1992 to 2003, Mr. Listman served in various accounting and finance positions including: senior accountant with KPMG; Assistant Corporate Controller of Integrated Health Services (a publicly traded provider of skilled nursing services; NYSE: IHS); Controller of Integrated Living Communities (a publicly traded provider of assisted living services; NASDAQ: ILCC); Chief Financial Officer of Senior Lifestyles Corporation (a private owned provider of assisted living services); and Chief Financial Officer of Monarch Properties (a privately owned health care facility real estate investment company). Mr. Listman is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in accounting.
Mr. Vernhes is President of Cohen & Compagnie SAS and Managing Director of Cohen & Company Financial Limited. He has 17 years of insurance experience. Mr. Vernhes also served as chief financial officer of Dekania Corp from February 2006 until March 2009. From January 2004 to April 2005, Mr. Vernhes was the chief financial officer of Corifrance, the French reinsurance subsidiary of Markel Corp. Prioer to and in addition to his role as chief financial officer, Mr. Vernhes served as a treaty and facultative reinsurance underwriter for Corifrance in Europe and Latin America. Previously, Mr. Vernhes served as a strategy and management consultant to the insurance industry at A.T. Kearney and Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish. Mr. Vernhes is a graduate of the Ecole de Hautes Etudes Commerciales ("HEC") and holds a M.Sc. in Finance from the London School of Economics ("LSE").
Mr. Masuyama is President of Cohen Asia and a partner of Star Asia Management LLC. Previously, Mr. Masuyama was a Managing Director, and Head of Pacific Rim Structured Credit Products and Japan Credit Sales and Marketing at Merrill Lynch. He was responsible for origination, structuring, trading and marketing of all CDOs and fund products in the Pacific Rim region as well as sales and marketing of credit products in Japan. During his seven years at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Masuyama and his team executed numerous transactions in excess of $40 billion including some of the largest and most innovative transactions, resulting in awards from IFR, Thomson Dealwatch, Asiamoney, ISR, Finance Asia, Euroweek and Nikkei. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in April 1999, Mr. Masuyama was a Vice President of Global Credit Derivatives at Bankers Trust in New York, where for five years he provided various structured balance-sheet solutions primarily to Japanese banks. Mr. Masuyama was also a management consultant at Andersen Consulting in Tokyo, Chicago and Los Angeles, where he helped multi-national corporations streamline their headquarter functions. Mr. Masuyama holds a B.A. from Waseda University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
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