Corporate Governance Biography
Director and Chair of the Risk Committee
Mr. Tavakoli became our director in November 2009. Mr. Tavakoli served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ambac Financial Group, Inc., or AFG, a financial services company, from January 2016 to December 2016 and served as the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of AFG from January 2015 to January 2016. Mr. Tavakoli also served as a director of AFG from May 2013 to December 2016, and was co-chairman of the board of AFG from May 2013 until December 2014. In addition, Mr. Tavakoli served as the Executive Chairman of AFG’s wholly owned subsidiary, Ambac Assurance Corporation, or AAC, from January 1, 2015 to May 7, 2016, and served as a member of the audit committee and chairman of the compensation committee of AFG and AAC from May 2013 until December 2014. Mr. Tavakoli is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EagleRock Capital Management, a private investment partnership based in New York City. Prior to founding EagleRock in 2002, Mr. Tavakoli managed substantial investment portfolios with Odyssey Partners and Highbridge Capital Management. During his nearly 25 year investment career, Mr. Tavakoli has made substantial investments across numerous industries, including significant investments in semiconductor, technology and telecommunications companies. Mr. Tavakoli began his professional career as an attorney with the New York City law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, where he represented institutional clients in banking, litigation and corporate restructuring matters. Mr. Tavakoli was a director of NextWave Wireless, Inc., prior to that company’s acquisition by AT&T Inc. in January 2013. Mr. Tavakoli also serves on the board of MF Global Holding Ltd., and also serves as the company’s Litigation Trustee, pursuing claims against former management and others on behalf of the company. Mr. Tavakoli is the past chair of the Montclair State University Foundation Board and its investment committee. Mr. Tavakoli holds a B.A. in History from Montclair State University, where he was selected Valedictorian, and a Juris Doctor from the Rutgers Law School, where he was an Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.