Daniel G. Cohen has, since February 21, 2018, served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company and of the Board of Managers of the Company’s majority owned subsidiary, Cohen & Company, LLC, and has, since September 16, 2013, served as the President and Chief Executive of the Company’s European Business, and as President, a director and the Chief Investment Officer of the Company’s indirect majority owned subsidiary, Cohen & Company Financial Limited (formerly known as EuroDekania Management Limited), a Financial Conduct Authority regulated investment advisor and broker dealer focusing on the European capital markets. Mr. Cohen served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and of the Board of Managers of Cohen & Company, LLC from September 16, 2013 to February 21, 2018. Mr. Cohen served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the Company from December 16, 2009 to September 16, 2013 and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors from October 6, 2006 to September 16, 2013. Mr. Cohen served as the executive Chairman of the Company from October 18, 2006 to December 16, 2009. In addition, Mr. Cohen served as the Chairman of the Board of Managers of Cohen & Company, LLC from 2001 to September 16, 2013, as the Chief Investment Officer of Cohen & Company, LLC from October 2008 to September 16, 2013, and as Chief Executive Officer of Cohen & Company, LLC from December 16, 2009 to September 16, 2013. Mr. Cohen served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J.V.B. Financial Group, LLC (formerly C&Co/PrinceRidge Partners LLC), the Company’s indirect broker dealer subsidiary, from July 19, 2012 to September 16, 2013. Mr. Cohen served as a director of Star Asia Finance, Limited (“Star Asia”), a permanent capital vehicle investing in Asian commercial real estate, until the Company’s sale of its interest in Star Asia on February 20, 2014. Mr. Cohen served as Chairman of Cohen Financial Group, Inc. since its inception in April 2007 until its liquidation in February 2012. Mr. Cohen served as a director of Muni Funding Company of America, LLC, a company investing in middle-market non-profit organizations until it merged with Tiptree Financial Partners, L.P. in June 2011. 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, and since January 2015 has served as Executive Chairman of The Bancorp Bank. Mr. Cohen is a member of the Academy of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Visiting Committees for the Humanities and a member of the Paris Center of the University of Chicago. Mr. Cohen is also a Trustee of the List College Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary, a member of the board of the Columbia Global Center in Paris, a Trustee of the Paideia Institute and a Trustee of the Arete Foundation.
G. Steven Dawson has served as a director of the Company since January 11, 2005. Mr. Dawson also currently serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee, as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Dawson was previously the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Dawson was previously a member of the compensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee for Sunset Financial Resources, Inc. (“Sunset”), and was also the Chairman of Sunset’s special committee in connection with Sunset’s merger with Alesco Financial Trust. Mr. Dawson is a private investor and, in addition to his current board activities noted above, he has, from time to time, served on the boards of other public and private companies. He currently serves on the board of directors of Medical Properties Trust (NYSE: MPW), a Birmingham, Alabama-based real estate investment trust (“REIT”) specializing in the ownership of acute care facilities and related medical properties (Chairman of the audit committee and member of the investment committee) and American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC), an Austin-based equity REIT focused on student housing (Chairman of the audit committee). From 1990 to 2003, Mr. Dawson served as Chief Financial Officer of Camden Property Trust and its predecessors, a multi-family REIT based in Houston with apartment operations, construction and development activities throughout the United States.
Jack J. DiMaio, Jr., has, since February 21, 2018, served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company and of the Board of Managers of the Company’s majority owned subsidiary, Cohen & Company, LLC, and, from September 24, 2013 until February 21, 2018, Mr. DiMaio served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and of the Board of Managers of Cohen & Company, LLC. Mr. DiMaio is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Mead Park group of companies and has served in this capacity since September 2011. Prior to founding Mead Park, Mr. DiMaio was a Managing Director and Global Head of Interest Rate, Credit and Currency Trading of Morgan Stanley, and served in this capacity from September 2009 to August 2011. In addition, Mr. DiMaio served as a member of Morgan Stanley’s Management Committee during his tenure at the firm. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. DiMaio co-founded DiMaio Ahmad Capital LLC, a New York-based asset manager specializing in credit markets, and served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner from February 2005 to August 2009. Before founding DiMaio Ahmad Capital LLC, Mr. DiMaio was a Managing Director and Head of the Diversified Credit Hedge Fund Group at Credit Suisse Alternative Capital, Inc. from March 2004 to February 2005. Prior to that time, Mr. DiMaio was the Chief Executive Officer of Alternative Investments at Credit Suisse Asset Management. In addition, Mr. DiMaio was an Executive Board Member of Credit Suisse Securities (USA), Inc. and of Credit Suisse Asset Management. Mr. DiMaio joined Credit Suisse in 1989, and, after completing its sales and trading program, he joined Credit Suisse’s credit research group. In 1990, Mr. DiMaio joined the Credit Suisse corporate bond trading desk where he was appointed Head Trader in 1995 and the Department Head in 1996. At the end of 1997, Mr. DiMaio was appointed Head of Credit Suisse Global Credit Trading. In 2000, Mr. DiMaio was responsible for Credit Suisse’s entire Global Credit Products Cluster and was named Head of Fixed Income Division North America. Mr. DiMaio holds a B.S. in Finance from New York Institute of Technology.
Diana Louise Liberto, Esq. has served as a director of the Company since December 21, 2015 and serves as the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Liberto is a graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law, having earned a Juris Doctor degree with honors. After clerking for a United States District Court Judge from September 1991 to September 1992, Ms. Liberto worked with a law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Liberto then joined the office of the General Counsel of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., serving in various capacities from 2004 until October 2015, including an interim assignment in Wal-Mart India. From October 2015 to April 2018, Ms. Liberto served as the Chief Executive Officer of WalkMyMind, Inc., a corporate and personal wellness company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since April 2018, Ms. Liberto has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of WalkMyMind, Inc. and its parent holding company, WMM Holding Co., LLC. Ms. Liberto serves on the advisory board of J3Personica, a medical education selection and assessment startup company.
Jack Haraburda has, since October 6, 2006, served as a director of the Company, a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (except for a seven-month period in 2010) and the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Haraburda has been a member of the Audit Committee since June 13, 2018. Mr. Haraburda served as a trustee and Chairman of the compensation committee of the board of trustees of Alesco Financial Trust (“AFT”) from January 2006 until Sunset’s merger with AFT. Mr. Haraburda is the managing partner of CJH Securities Information Group, a professional coaching business. Mr. Haraburda served as managing director for the Philadelphia Complex of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated from 2003 to 2005. He has also served in various positions at Merrill Lynch from 1984 until 2003, including as managing director of Merrill Lynch’s Princeton Complex, resident Vice President of Merrill Lynch’s Philadelphia Main Line Complex, marketing director and national sales manager of Merrill Lynch Life Agency and Chairman of Merrill Lynch Metals Company. From 1980 to 1984, he was managing director of Comark Securities, a government securities dealer. From 1968 until 1980, he served as a financial advisor, national sales manager for the Commodity Division, manager of the Atlanta Commodity Office and the Bala Cynwyd office of Merrill Lynch.