Mr. Langone is the founder and, since 1974, has been Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Invemed Associates, LLC, a New York Stock Exchange firm engaged in investment banking and brokerage. He is a co-founder of The Home Depot, Inc. and was a director and member of the executive committee of its board for 30 years. He also serves on the boards of YUM Brands and Unifi, Inc.
In addition to his business affiliations, Mr. Langone's extensive philanthropic endeavors include serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Langone is also the Chairman of the Promise Academy, a charter school in New York City, and serves on the boards of The Ronald McDonald House of NY, Robin Hood Foundation, CSIS, The Medal of Honor Foundation and the Harlem Children's Zone.
Kathryn (Katy) McCarthy has served as Chief Executive Officer since March 2013 and prior to that was Geeknet's Chief Financial Officer from January 2011. For 18 years prior to joining Geeknet, Inc., Kathryn was with GE, where she was named a Company Officer in 2003. As Vice President and CFO of GE Healthcare in London, UK, she partnered with the CEO to deliver global growth, reduce costs and support mergers and acquisitions and integration activities. As Vice President of the GE Audit Staff, she led global audits and reported frequently to the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors. Previously, she was CFO of GE Transportation Systems and held leadership positions within GE Plastics in Europe and the US. She graduated from the GE Financial Management Program and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.
Peter A. Georgescu is Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc., a network of preeminent commercial communications companies dedicated to helping clients build their businesses through the power of brands. He served as the company's Chairman and CEO from 1994 until January 2000.
Elected as the company's eighth CEO in 1994, Mr. Georgescu was the first chairman of Young & Rubicam Inc. born outside of the United States. His career spans 37 years and top management experience, both in the United States and Europe. Mr. Georgescu has been instrumental in developing the integrated communications strategy that has shaped the course of Young & Rubicam's development and become the standard for industry thinking. He has served as President of Y&R Advertising, as well as President of Young & Rubicam's former international Division.
Under Mr. Georgescu's leadership, Young & Rubicam successfully transformed from a private to a publicly held company. Also during his tenure, Young & Rubicam built the most extensive database on global branding and, from its findings, developed a proprietary model for diagnosing and managing brands. Within the marketing community, he is known as a leading proponent of creating unified communications programs, agency accountability for measuring the impact of communications programs, and structuring value-based agency compensation. In recognition of his contributions to the marketing and advertising industry, Mr. Georgescu was elected to the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2001.
Mr. Georgescu immigrated to the United States from Romania in 1954. He was educated at Exeter Academy, received his B.A. with cum laude honors from Princeton and an MBA from the Stanford Business School.
Mr. Georgescu's belief in the power of education has fueled his involvement with organizations such as A Better Chance and Polytechnic University, both of which he has served as a member of their Boards of Directors. The University of Alabama and Cornell College in Iowa have awarded Mr. Georgescu honorary doctorate degrees. Mr. Georgescu is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Mr. Georgescu serves as a board member of several publicly registered companies, including Levi's and International Flavors & Fragrances. Previously, he has served on the Boards of Toys R Us, EMI Recorded Music and Briggs & Stratton. He is currently Vice Chairman of New York Presbyterian Hospital, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Frank A. Riddick, III is currently the chief executive officer of JMC Steel. Most recently, he was a consultant for TowerBrook Capital Partners LP, a New York based private equity firm from May 2008 to August 2009. Mr. Riddick was president and chief executive officer of Formica Corporation from January 2002 to April 2008.
He also served as president and chief operating officer of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. from February 2000 to November 2001 where he also was chief executive officer of Triangle Pacific Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Armstrong. From March 1995 to February 2000, he was chief financial officer of Armstrong.
Mr. Riddick has previously served as controller of Chicago-based FMC Corporation. He joined FMC as treasurer in 1990.
Before joining FMC, Mr. Riddick was with Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York, where he held successive management positions in investment banking and treasury operations since 1987. His most recent position prior to joining FMC was as vice president of mergers and acquisitions.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics at Vanderbilt in 1978 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 1980, he joined General Motors Corporation, where he held several positions, including director of new business development and investor relations. His last position with General Motors was as regional treasurer-Europe.
Mr. Riddick is a former member of the board of GrafTech International (NYSE:GTI). He is a member of the board of JMC Steel and a member of the board and chairman of the audit committee of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE). He also serves on the board of visitors of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Frank and his wife Carol are the parents of three sons and live in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Semler founded TCS Capital Management in 2001 and is responsible for managing investments in a range of technology, entertainment, media and communications companies. Prior to founding TCS, Mr. Semler was a managing director responsible for making investments in media and telecommunications companies and also worked as an investment banker following his graduation from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School with a joint JD/MBA. Before attending graduate school, Mr. Semler was a journalist for the New York Times and The Moscow News and co-authored two books.