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Executive Leadership

Michael Rosenthal
Executive Chairman and CEO

Otto Schwethelm
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Rosenthal

Executive Chairman and CEO

Mr. Rosenthal served as a Managing Director of QVT Financial LP, an alternative investment management firm. He concentrated on global equities, distressed debt and special situations with a focus on the global automotive sector and on China. Prior to joining QVT Financial LP, he worked as a senior high yield credit analyst for Shenkman Capital Management. He is fluent in Chinese. Mr. Rosenthal graduated from Duke University with an A.B. degree in Economics and Comparative Area Studies.

Otto Schwethelm

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Schwethelm has 30 years of experience as an accounting and finance executive, predominantly in the energy sector. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 refining, marketing and logistics company, as Chief Financial Officer of Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company and as Chief Financial Officer of a Saudi Arabian family-owned leader in the provision of multiple-sector contracting services. Mr. Schwethelm has also worked in Saudi Arabia with the Internal Audit department of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, and with the State Auditor of Texas supervising the compliance and financial audits of The University of Texas System. Additionally, he served as Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer of a Texas Hill Country-based community bank holding company. Mr. Schwethelm received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He began his career with Touche Ross & Co., a predecessor to a Big Four Accounting Firm.

Board Members

James Litinsky
Co-Chairman

James Litinsky

Co-Chairman

Mr. Litinsky is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of JHL Capital Group LLC, an alternative investment management firm. Before founding JHL in 2006, Mr. Litinsky was a member of the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to Fortress, he was a Director of Finance at Omnicom Group, and he worked as a merchant banker at Allen & Company. Mr. Litinsky received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, cum laude, and a J.D./M.B.A. from the Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar.

Executive Leadership

Michael Rosenthal
Executive Chairman and CEO

Michael Rosenthal

Executive Chairman and CEO

Mr. Rosenthal served as a Managing Director of QVT Financial LP, an alternative investment management firm. He concentrated on global equities, distressed debt and special situations with a focus on the global automotive sector and on China. Prior to joining QVT Financial LP, he worked as a senior high yield credit analyst for Shenkman Capital Management. He is fluent in Chinese. Mr. Rosenthal graduated from Duke University with an A.B. degree in Economics and Comparative Area Studies.

Otto Schwethelm
Chief Financial Officer

Otto Schwethelm

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Schwethelm has 30 years of experience as an accounting and finance executive, predominantly in the energy sector. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 refining, marketing and logistics company, as Chief Financial Officer of Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company and as Chief Financial Officer of a Saudi Arabian family-owned leader in the provision of multiple-sector contracting services. Mr. Schwethelm has also worked in Saudi Arabia with the Internal Audit department of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, and with the State Auditor of Texas supervising the compliance and financial audits of The University of Texas System. Additionally, he served as Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer of a Texas Hill Country-based community bank holding company. Mr. Schwethelm received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He began his career with Touche Ross & Co., a predecessor to a Big Four Accounting Firm.

Board Members

James Litinsky
Co-Chairman

James Litinsky

Co-Chairman

Mr. Litinsky is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of JHL Capital Group LLC, an alternative investment management firm. Before founding JHL in 2006, Mr. Litinsky was a member of the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to Fortress, he was a Director of Finance at Omnicom Group, and he worked as a merchant banker at Allen & Company. Mr. Litinsky received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, cum laude, and a J.D./M.B.A. from the Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar.