Ronald O. Perelman was named Chairman of the Board in November 2013. He has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, a diversified holding company with interests in a diversified portfolio of public and private companies, and various affiliates since 1980. Mr. Perelman is also Chairman of the Board of Revlon, Inc. and Revlon Consumer Products Corporation. During the past five years, Mr. Perelman has also served as Chairman of the Board of M & F Worldwide Corp.
Richard M. Haddrill was appointed Executive Vice Chairman of the Board and as a member of the Board's Executive and Finance Committee in December 2014. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Haddrill served as Bally Technologies, Inc.’s (“Bally”) Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2012 and from May 2014 until the Company's acquisition of Bally in November 2014. He served on Bally's Board of Directors from 2003 until the acquisition, including serving as Chairman of the Board from 2012 to 2014. Prior to becoming Bally's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Haddrill served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Manhattan Associates, Inc., a global leader in software solutions to the supply-chain industry. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Powerhouse Technologies, Inc., a technology and gaming company involved in the video lottery industry and online lottery and pari-mutuel wagering systems. Mr. Haddrill is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Corrective Education Company, a company involved in providing training and education alternatives to judicial prosecution. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.
M. Gavin Isaacs was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board in August 2016 and has been a member of the Board since 2014. Previously, from 2014-2016, Mr. Isaacs was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Isaacs is an accomplished gaming industry executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of SHFL entertainment, Inc. from April 2011 through November 2013 when the company was acquired by Bally Technologies, Inc. ("Bally"). Prior to joining SHFL entertainment, Inc., Mr. Isaacs served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bally from 2006 through 2011. Prior to joining Bally, he held senior roles at Aristocrat Leisure Limited, including Head of Global Marketing and Business Development, Managing Director of Aristocrat's London-based European subsidiary and President of Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., Aristocrat's Las Vegas-based subsidiary. Mr. Isaacs previously served as a Trustee and the President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Gaming Association.
David L. Kennedy is Senior Executive Vice President of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. He previously served in various senior leadership and management roles at Revlon, Inc., including CEO. From 1998-2001, he was Managing Director of the Board of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, a publicly-traded company with headquarters in Sydney, Australia, and operations in several countries in the Asia Pacific Region. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Kennedy served as General Manager of the Coca-Cola USA Fountain Division of the Coca-Cola Company. During the past five years, Mr. Kennedy also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Revlon, Inc. and as a director of Revlon Consumer Products Corporation. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of UCLA and the University of North Alabama.
Peter A. Cohen has been Vice Chairman of the Board since September 2004 and serves as our lead independent director. Mr. Cohen serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cowen Group, Inc., a diversified financial services company. Mr. Cohen was a founding partner and principal of Ramius LLC, a private investment management firm formed in 1994 that was combined with Cowen in late 2009. Mr. Cohen served as a member of the Board of Directors of Chart Acquisition Corp. (which, as a result of a business combination, is now known as Tempus Applied Solutions Holdings, Inc.) from 2013 to 2015. From November 1992 to May 1994, Mr. Cohen was Vice Chairman of the Board and a director of Republic New York Corporation, as well as a member of its executive management committee. Mr. Cohen was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shearson Lehman Brothers from 1983 to 1990.
Gerald J. Ford has been a financial institutions entrepreneur and private investor involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions of private and public sector financial institutions over the past 30 years. Mr. Ford served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Golden State Bancorp Inc. from September 1998 until its merger with Citigroup Inc. in November 2002. Mr. Ford is Chairman of Hilltop Holdings Inc. and serves as a director of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Ford has also served as Chairman of the Boards of First Acceptance Corporation and Pacific Capital Bancorp and as a director of McMoRan Exploration Company and SWS Group, Inc.
Paul M. Meister is President of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. He is also co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Lane Partners, LLC, a private investment company with diverse investments in healthcare and distribution-related industries. Mr. Meister previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of inVentiv Health, Inc., a provider of commercial, consulting and clinical research services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, until 2015. Mr. Meister served as Chairman of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a scientific instruments, equipment and supplies company, from November 2006 until April 2007. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Fisher Scientific International, Inc., a predecessor to Thermo Fisher, from March 2001 to November 2006, and as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Fisher Scientific from March 1991 to March 2001. Prior to Fisher Scientific, Mr. Meister held executive positions with the Henley Group, Wheelabrator Technologies and Abex, Inc. Mr. Meister is a director of Revlon, Inc., LKQ Corporation, Inc. and vTv Therapeutics Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Meister also served as a director of M & F Worldwide Corp.
Michael J. Regan is a former Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of KPMG LLP and was the lead audit partner for many Fortune 500 companies during his 40-year tenure with KPMG. Mr. Regan serves as a director of Lifetime Brands, Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Regan also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation and DynaVox Inc.
Barry F. Schwartz has been Executive Vice Chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and various affiliates since October 2007. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and various affiliates since 1993 and Senior Vice President of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and various affiliates from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Schwartz is a director of Revlon, Inc. and Revlon Consumer Products Corporation. During the past five years, Mr. Schwartz also served as a director of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp. and M & F Worldwide Corp.
Frances F. Townsend is Executive Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs of MacAndrews & ForbesIncorporated. She has been with MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated since October 2010. Ms. Townsend was a corporate partner at the law firm of Baker Botts L.L.P. from April 2009 to October 2010. Prior to that, she was Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008. Prior to serving the President, Ms. Townsend was the first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence for the U.S. Coast Guard and spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice in various senior positions. She also serves on numerous government advisory and nonprofit boards. Ms. Townsend is a trustee on the board of the New York City Police Foundation and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Ms. Townsend is a director of The Western Union Company and Freeport-McMoran Inc. During the past five years, Ms. Townsend has also served as a director of SIGA Technologies, Inc.
Judge McDonald is a former U.S. District Court judge. From 2001 until 2013, Judge McDonald served as a judge on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, The Netherlands. Judge McDonald served as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague for six years, and was President of the Tribunal from 1997 until 1999. Judge McDonald is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. During the past five years, Judge McDonald has also served as a director of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Judge McDonald received her law degree from Howard University School of Law, completing the program as the top student in her class.