Charles M. Fernandez is the Co-Founder, Chairman, and largest investor in Kempstar Partners, a transactional marketer of commodities in the energy and agricultural fields and an investor in the storage and transportation of these products. Prior to co-founding Kempstar, Charles founded Barnstar Funds and served as President and COO of Fairholme Capital Management.
Earlier in his career Charles was an investor, Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Ivax Corporation, the largest generic pharmaceutical company in the United States at the time. Ivax was sold in 2005 for $9.9 billion.
In the course of his distinguished career, Charles has been involved in over 100 mergers, acquisitions and major restructurings. He played an instrumental role in the restructuring of GGP General Growth Properties, which was, at that time, the largest US real estate restructuring ever accomplished. Charles also helped engineer the multi-billion dollar spinoff of AIA in Asia from global insurer AIG.
Throughout his exceptional career, Charles has developed a deep network of industry veterans with outstanding business, legal, government and academic expertise. He has been a highly successful investor and executive in all business cycles, across a broad spectrum of large public companies and private entities.
Charles M Fernandez graduated from Florida International University with a double major in Finance and International Business.
Prior to joining Kodak, Clarke was a Managing Partner of Augusta Columbia Capital (ACC), a private investment firm he co-founded in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, Clarke was the Chairman of Travelport, Inc., a private, travel technology firm, where he served as CEO from 2006 to 2011, after leading its sale from Cendant Corporation to the Blackstone Group for $4.3 billion in 2006.
Clarke was the Chief Operating Officer of CA, Inc., an enterprise software company, from 2004 to 2006. At CA, he was responsible for sales, services, distribution, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, information technology, corporate strategy and planning.
From 2002 to 2003, Clarke was Executive Vice President of Global Operations at HP. In this role, he was responsible for HP’s worldwide supply chain, manufacturing, procurement and internet operations. He also co-led HP’s merger integration with Compaq Computer. Prior to HP, Clarke was the Chief Financial Officer of Compaq Computer, which he joined in 1998 following the merger of Compaq with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Clarke was with DEC from 1985 to 1998, serving in management roles in international operations, finance and manufacturing.
In 2016, Clarke joined the board of directors of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Clarke has served on the board of directors of Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company, since 2008. He served as Chairman of Orbitz Worldwide, a global online travel agency, from 2007 to 2014. He also served as director of the Compuware Corporation, an enterprise software company, from 2013 until 2014.
Clarke earned an MBA from Northeastern University, where he serves as a Trustee. He holds a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Geneseo.
Michael Evans was named president of Alibaba Group in August 2015. As president, Michael is responsible for leading and executing Alibaba Group’s international growth strategy for globalizing the company and expanding its business outside of China. He also serves as a member of Alibaba’s board, having served as an independent director since the company’s initial public offering in September 2014.
Michael served as vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from February 2008 until his retirement in December 2013. He served as chairman of Asia operations at Goldman Sachs from 2004 to 2013 and was the global head of Growth Markets at Goldman Sachs from January 2011 to December 2013. He also co-chaired the Business Standards Committee of Goldman Sachs from 2010 to 2013. Michael joined Goldman Sachs in 1993, became a partner of the firm in 1994 and held various leadership positions within the firm’s securities business while based in New York and London, including global head of equity capital markets and global co-head of the equities division, and global co-head of the securities business.
Michael is a board member of City Harvest. He is also a trustee of the Asia Society and a member of the Advisory Council for the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. He joined the board of Barrick Gold Corporation in August 2014 and was appointed as an independent board member of Castleton Commodities International LLC in October 2014.
Michael received his bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University in 1981.
Matthew J. Bassiur, Vice President, Head of Global Intellectual Property Enforcement of Alibaba Group, since January 2016. Matthew leads a team that works with international brands and retail partners, industry associations, government regulators, law enforcement and other organizations to advance Alibaba Group’s anti- counterfeiting and IP rights protection efforts.
Matthew joined Alibaba Group from Pfizer Inc., where he served as Vice President and Deputy Chief Security Officer. He oversaw Pfizer’s anti- counterfeiting operations, large-scale investigations into criminal activity, physical security and crisis management for North, Central and South America.
Prior to Pfizer, Matthew was Senior Director, Americas Region, and Counsel for IPR Enforcement at Apple, where his responsibilities included building and overseeing an investigative program into complex thefts, frauds, leaks, threats and cyber-related crimes, as well as developing and implementing Apple’s civil, criminal and administrative anti-counterfeiting program.
Prior to joining Apple, Matthew was a federal prosecutor in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), where he prosecuted large-scale, multi-jurisdictional IP crimes, and coordinated domestic and international IP enforcement training and outreach. During his tenure with the DOJ, he also served as the Intellectual Property Liaison to Industry for his section.
From 1998 to 2006, as an assistant district attorney in the Trial Division under Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, Matthew specialized in investigations and prosecution of New York’s trademark counterfeiting industry and Asian organized crime.
Matthew was a United States Fulbright Scholar and, under the Fulbright Specialist Program, taught Intellectual Property law at Renmin University in Beijing. He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia, School of Law in 1998 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. In 2007, he was the recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Award for Distinguished Service as a Federal Government Official for his work in the field of IP investigations, prosecutions, education and outreach.