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|Thomas Staggs, Kevin Mayer||Idan Shani|
Thomas Staggs, Kevin Mayer
Thomas Staggs has served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairperson of the Board since inception. Mr. Staggs has been the Executive Chairman of Bertsch Industries, GmbH, a company engaged in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of eco-friendly water-soluble substitutes for plastic across a range of applications since August 2020. Since March 2017, Mr. Staggs has served as the Executive Chairman of Vejo, Inc., a nutrition company that manufactures and sells pod-based nutritional beverage blends and associated devices. Since June 2017, Mr. Staggs has been a member of the board of directors and the Chairperson of the audit committee of Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT). From 1990 to October 2016, Mr. Staggs held various positions at The Walt Disney Company, including as Chief Financial Officer, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer. Since November 2018, Mr. Staggs has served as a director of PureForm Global Inc., a company engaged in development and sale of synthetically produced cannabidiol and other cannabinoids. Mr. Staggs has served as a member to the board of directors of Weta Digital, a digital visual effects company and the parent company of Weta Animated, since December 2020. Mr. Staggs has served as a director of Forest Road Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: FRX), a special purpose acquisition company like ours that is searching for a target business with which to consummate an initial business combination, since September 2020, and the Chairperson of its Strategic Advisory Committee since November 2020. Since August 2020, Mr. Staggs has served as a director of REQPay, a company engaged in development and management of a cloud-based construction management platform. In addition, Mr. Staggs serves on the boards of trustees of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and the Center for Early Education. He also was previously a member of the board of directors at Euro Disney SCA from 2002 to February 2015. Mr. Staggs is an investor in and serves on the strategic advisory board of Forest Road. Mr. Staggs holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Staggs is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his extensive experience in the entertainment industry, expertise in corporate finance and operations, as well as his publicly company experience.
Kevin Mayer has served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairperson of the Board since inception. In November 2020, Mr. Mayer agreed to advise Access Industries with the title of Senior Advisor. From May 2020 to August 2020, Mr. Mayer served as Chief Executive Officer of TikTok Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of ByteDance Ltd., TikTok’s parent company. Prior to joining TikTok, Mr. Mayer oversaw the launch of Disney+ while serving as Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International division at Disney. After joining Disney in 1993, Mr. Mayer led strategy and business development for Disney’s interactive and television businesses worldwide. He later became Executive Vice President of the internet group, responsible for the operations, business plans, creative direction, and distribution of Disney’s popular websites, including ESPN.com and ABCNews.com. Mr. Mayer departed Disney in 2000 but returned in 2005, eventually rising to the role of Chief Strategy Officer before accepting the position of Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International until his departure in May 2020. Prior to rejoining Disney in 2005, Mr. Mayer served as a partner and head at L.E.K. Consulting’s Global Media and Entertainment practice. Prior to L.E.K., he held leading positions at interactive and internet businesses, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Interactive, where he managed all aspects of new media business, including content, sales, business and technology development, and distribution. Mr. Mayer is an investor in and serves on the strategic advisory board of Forest Road. Mr. Mayer has served on the Strategic Advisory Committee of Forest Road Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: FRX) since November 2020. Mr. Mayer received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University. Mr. Mayer is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his extensive experience in the technology industry and management expertise.
|Idan Shani has served as our Chief Financial Officer since inception. Mr. Shani has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Forest Road Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: FRX) since September 2020. Since October 2018, Mr. Shani has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Forest Road. Prior to that, Mr. Shani was President and Head of Research of Antarctica Asset Management (U.S.), Inc. (“Antarctica”) and its predecessor Antarctica Asset Management LLC, a global hedge fund solutions firm, from June 2008 to September 2020. He remains involved at Antarctica as a senior independent member of the investment and allocation committee with reporting duties to the board of directors. Mr. Shani was a research analyst at Ivy Asset Management, a firm owned by BNY Mellon, from 2005 to 2008, focusing on credit strategies. Mr. Shani holds a B.A. degree in Economics with a Division of Studies in Management (summa cum laude) from The Open University of Israel.|
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