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Sebastian “Sam” Cassetta is a Partner and a Senior Managing Director at Barington. Prior to rejoining Barington in 2018, Mr. Cassetta was a Managing Director at Miller Howard Investments, Inc. from 2011 to 2018 and the Managing Partner at Singer Partners, LLC from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Managing Director of Barington and the CEO of Smartserv, Inc. He was also a Managing Director and Vice President of Brinks, Inc. Mr. Cassetta began his career as a special assistant to Governor and Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller and was appointed by President Reagan to the U.S. Export Council.
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 currently serves on the board of M III Acquisition Corp. and 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 received an A.B. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.
Nicole Luongo is Barington's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Barington, she was an Associate Director at SS&C Technologies, Inc. and was previously CFO at Cobia Capital (2014-2016) and at Landmark Advisors (2006-2014). Prior to joining Landmark, Ms. Luongo was an Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston, serving as a Private Equity Controller. Prior to joining CSFB, Ms. Luongo was an auditor for both KPMG LLP and Eisner LLP where she specialized in overseeing the audits of investment management companies. Ms. Luongo graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in Business Administration – Accounting, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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 and Barington's Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. 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, he was an attorney at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Landaw is a frequent speaker on corporate governance and public company shareholder issues. Mr. Landaw is a director of Costar Technologies, Inc. and serves on the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. Mr. Landaw received 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.
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. and The Eastern Company. 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 currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.