Christopher J. Pappano is a Partner and Head of Risk Management at Barington. Mr. Pappano rejoined Barington in 2016. From 2008 through 2015, Mr. Pappano was a Managing Director at Richmond Hill Investment Co., a New York-based special situations fund, where he served on the Investment Committee. From 2002 through 2008, Mr. Pappano was a Senior Analyst at Barington. Mr. Pappano also served on the board of Register.com after the company was taken private by an investor group that included Barington. From 1996 through 2002, Mr. Pappano worked at Greenhill & Co, an M&A and restructuring advisory firm, rising from the level of Analyst to Vice President. From 1994 through 1996, Mr. Pappano was an Analyst in the M&A Group of Merrill Lynch & Co. From 1992 through 1994, Mr. Pappano was a consultant in the Business Reorganization Group of Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Pappano holds an A.B. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.
Mashrib Zahid is a Senior Analyst focusing on investments. Prior to joining Barington in 2014, Mr. Zahid served as the Managing Director of Cosmopolitan Finance, a merchant bank in Bangladesh that focuses on infrastructure financing in South Asia from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he was the cofounder of RACE Asset Management, an asset management company in Bangladesh where he worked from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Zahid’s other previous experience includes working as a Senior Analyst with Prime Capital Investors, an Analyst with Endowment Capital Group, and an investment banking Analyst with Lazard and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Zahid holds a B.S. in Economics from Middlebury College where he was a Frederick C. Dirks Scholar and President of the Student Investment Club, which managed a portion of Middlebury College's endowment.
George (Geordie) W. Hebard III, CFA is a Partner and Director of Research at Barington. Prior to joining Barington, Mr. Hebard was Principal Executive Officer and COO of Enzon Pharmaceuticals. From 2005 through 2011, Mr. Hebard was a Managing Director with Blue Harbour Group. Other previous experience includes working as a Managing Director with Icahn Capital and Ranger Partners. Mr. Hebard began his career as an Analyst for Latin American M&A at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Hebard is a director of Ebix, Inc. and Turning Point Brands, Inc. He holds an A.B. magna cum laude in Economics from Princeton University, where he was a member of the varsity lightweight crew team, and an MBA from INSEAD in international business.
Jared L. Landaw is a Partner, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Barington. Prior to joining Barington, Mr. Landaw was Vice President of Law at International Specialty Products Inc., where he worked directly with Samuel J. Heyman on a variety of activist investments and was the recipient of the Chairman's Award for "outstanding work and notable contribution to the affairs of the Company." Prior to working at ISP, Mr. Landaw was an attorney at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Landaw is a frequent speaker on corporate governance and public company shareholder issues and chairs an annual conference on activist investing. Mr. Landaw is a director of Costar Technologies, Inc. and Barington/Hilco Acquisition Corp. and serves on the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. Mr. Landaw holds a B.A. from Colgate University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Managing Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review.
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James A. Mitarotonda is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barington Capital Group, L.P., a value-oriented activist investment firm that he founded in January 2000. Mr. Mitarotonda is an experienced public company director. He currently serves as a director of A. Schulman, Inc., OMNOVA Solutions Inc., The Eastern Company and Barington/Hilco Acquisition Corp. He has also served as a director of The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack, The Jones Group, Griffon Corporation, Gerber Scientific, Inc., Register.com, Inc., Sielox, Inc. and Ameron International Corporation, among other companies. Mr. Mitarotonda began his career in operating positions at Bloomingdales and Citibank and subsequently was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Associates (now Comvest). He received a B.A. in economics from Queens College, where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Brian F. Moss, CFA is a Partner at Barington in charge of Marketing and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Barington, Mr. Moss was a Managing Director at Optima Fund Management for ten years. At Optima, Mr. Moss was responsible for marketing and investor relations. He was also a member of the Chairman’s Committee, a select group of individuals responsible for providing guidance to the managing partner. Prior to joining Optima, Mr. Moss was a partner at the RiskMetrics Group, where he served as head of the alternative investments business and the manager of alternative investment sales and marketing groups. Mr. Moss began his career at UBS Capital Markets where he held various positions in fixed income investments, including Co-Head of Fixed Income Strategy. Mr. Moss received a B.A. in Economics with honors from Union College.
Melvyn Brunt is Chief Financial Officer at Barington. Mr. Brunt first served as CFO for Barington from 2002 though 2007. Prior to rejoining the firm in 2015, he worked as a consultant for Costar Technologies and as CFO and Secretary for Sielox Inc. Mr. Brunt's previous experience includes serving as President of AirMar and as Director and CFO for TCX International. He holds a Diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Diploma in Commerce from the University of Salford.