Ronald O. Perelman has been a director since 2003 and 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.
Kevin M. Sheehan joined our Board of Directors in August 2016 when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sheehan served as Chief Executive Officer of NCL Corporation Ltd., a leading global cruise line operator (“Norwegian Cruise Line”), from November 2008 through January 2015 and as President of Norwegian Cruise Line from August 2010 through January 2015 (and previously from August 2008 through March 2009). Mr. Sheehan also served as Chief Financial Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line from November 2007 until September 2010. Before joining Norwegian Cruise Line, Mr. Sheehan served as a consultant to private equity firms, including Cerberus Capital Management LP and Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Previously from 1999 through 2005, Mr. Sheehan served in various roles with Cendant Corporation including Chief Financial Officer of Cendent Corporation, President – Corporate and Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of Avis Group Holdings, Inc. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cendant Corporation’s Vehicle Services Division (included responsibility for Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car, Budget Truck, PHH Fleet Management and Wright Express). From August 2005 to January 2008, Mr. Sheehan served on the faculty of Adelphi University as a Distinguished Visiting Professor – Accounting, Finance and Economics. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. (since 2011), New Media Investment Group Inc. (and served its predecessor since 2006); and Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (since 2014). Mr. Sheehan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Hunter College and an MBA from New York University’s Graduate School of Business. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Richard M. Haddrill was appointed Executive Vice Chairman when he joined the Board in December 2014 following the Company’s acquisition of Bally Technologies, Inc. (“Bally”), where Mr. Haddrill had served as Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2012 and from May 2014 until 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 joining Bally, 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 also served on the board of directors of JDA Software Group, Inc., a leading provider of end-to-end integrated retail and supply chain planning and execution solutions, through 2012.
M. Gavin Isaacs was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board in August 2016 and has been a member of the Board since 2014. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from June 2014 until August 2016. Mr. Isaacs is an accomplished gaming industry executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience. He served as Chief Executive Officer of SHFL entertainment, Inc. from April 2011 through November 2013 when the company was acquired by 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 Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the American Gaming Association.
David L. Kennedy has served as a director since 2009, including serving as a Vice Chairman from 2009 through 2016. Mr. Kennedy has been an employee of the Company, most recently serving as Executive Vice Chairman from June 2014 until August 2014. Previously, he served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer from November 2013 to June 2014, and as Chief Administrative Officer from April 2011 until March 2012. During his 45-year business career, Mr. Kennedy held senior executive positions with Revlon, Inc. and Coca-Cola Company and affiliates. Most recently, in June 2016, he retired from his role as Senior Executive Vice President of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. Mr. Kennedy also recently retired from the boards of Revlon, Inc., where he had served as Vice Chairman since 2013 and as a director since 2006, and Revlon Consumer Products Corporation, where he had served since 2006. 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 a director since 2000. 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.
Viet D. Dinh joined our Board of Directors in 2017. Mr. Dinh is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, an international law firm providing legal advice in the areas of complex litigation, corporate and tax law, intellectual property, restructuring and other general counseling matters. Mr. Dinh has also served as a Professional Lecturer in Law focusing on corporations and constitutional law and a Distinguished Lecturer in Government at Georgetown University since 2014. Previously, he served as a tenured law professor at Georgetown University from 1996 to 2014. Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis in 2016, Mr. Dinh was a partner at Bancroft PLLC, a law and strategic consulting firm which he founded in 2003. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Dinh served as Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism, including the USA Patriot Act. Mr. Dinh has served on the boards of directors of the following publicly traded companies within the last five years: Revlon, Inc. (since 2012); Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (since 2013), where he serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; News Corporation (from 2004 to 2013); and LPL Financial Holdings, Inc. (since 2015), where he serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Gerald J. Ford joined our Board since 2005. Mr. 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 serves as Chairman of the Boards of Hilltop Holdings Inc. and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Ford has also served as Chairman of the Board of Pacific Capital Bancorp and as a director of McMoRan Exploration Company and SWS Group, Inc.
Paul M. Meister has served as director since 2012. He 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 was previously 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.
Michael J. Regan, a director since 2006, 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 is a member of the Board of Directors of Lifetime Brands, Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Regan also served as a member of the board of directors of DynaVox Inc.
Barry F. Schwartz has been a member of our Board since 2003. He has been Vice Chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and various affiliates since December 2015. Mr. Schwartz was Executive Vice Chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and various affiliates from October 2007 to December 2015. 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.
Frances F. Townsend, a director since 2010, is Executive Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. 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 governmental 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.
Gabrielle McDonald joined our Board in 2014. She 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. Gabrielle 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. Gabrielle McDonald is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. During the past five years, she also served as a director of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and the American Arbitration Association. Gabrielle McDonald received her law degree from Howard University School of Law, completing the program as the top student in her class.