Corporate Governance Biography
Board of Directors, Member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Risk Committee
Mr. Tavakoli became our director in November 2009. Mr. Tavakoli also served as our Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from November 2018 to June 2020. Mr. Tavakoli is the former Chairman, CEO and President of Ambac Financial Group and Ambac Assurance Corporation, having led the operational and financial restructuring of Ambac from 2012 through 2016. Prior to assuming executive responsibility at Ambac, Mr. Tavakoli served as a financial advisor and independent director at the company, and served on the audit and compensation committees of Ambac’s board. Since 2013, Mr. Tavakoli has served as a Plan Administrator and Director of MF Global Inc., and also serves as the company’s court appointed Litigation Trustee charged with pursuing certain claims on behalf of the company’s stakeholders. Mr. Tavakoli also serves as the CEO and Plan Administrator of Cobalt International Energy and as the Trustee of TRU Taj LLC, the successor in interest of Toys R Us’ European and Australian operations. Mr. Tavakoli is also the Chairman and CEO 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. Mr. Tavakoli began his professional career as an attorney with the New York City law firm of Milbank, where he represented institutional clients in banking, litigation and corporate restructuring matters. Mr. Tavakoli previously served as Chairman of the Board of the holding company for Aman Resorts Group, an international hospitality and real estate development company, and was a director of NextWave Wireless, Inc., prior to that company’s acquisition by AT&T Inc. in January 2013. 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. Mr. Tavakoli is a Governance Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Our Board has concluded that Mr. Tavakoli should serve on the Board based upon his familiarity with our business and his extensive investing and corporate governance experience.