Lead Independent Director, Chairperson of the Board
Landel Hobbs has served as the Company’s Chairperson of the Board since August 2016. Mr. Hobbs has served on our company’s Board of Directors since June 2014.
Mr. Hobbs served as the COO and CFO of Time Warner Cable (“TWC”). Prior to his time at TWC, Mr. Hobbs served in various leadership positions with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Banc One Illinois Corporation.
Mr. Hobbs brings to the Board significant cable and broadest television expertise which is invaluable to the Company and management when assessing and structuring both cable and satellite distribution.
Director, Vice Chairperson
Eyal Lalo has served as the Company’s Vice Chairperson since May 2019.
Mr. Lalo has been owner, Chief Executive officer and member of the board of directors of Invicta Watch Company of America, Inc. (“IWCA”), a designer and manufacturer of Invicta branded watches and watch accessories, since December 1996. Under Mr. Lalo’s leadership, IWCA has been recognized for its vast amount of design and product innovations targeted to all demographics and age groups, and a strong following from collectors worldwide. For over 20 years Mr. Lalo has worked very closely with the Company to develop fundamental strategies to drive sales growth benefiting Invicta and the Company.
Mr. Lalo brings to the Board experience in consumer product design, sales, development and manufacturing, as well as operational expertise. Through Mr. Lalo’s service on the Board, his experience may now be applied to all product categories within our portfolio.
Alan Aldworth was elected to the Company’s board of directors in January 2023.
Mr. Aldworth is an experienced board director and chief executive with extensive media and technology transformation experience. Mr. Aldworth currently serves as the managing director for a family office, Alexander West Capital LLC, with oversight of 6 operating companies and the family investment portfolio.
Mr. Aldworth previously served as the CEO of ProQuest Company, a publicly traded digital media company. Prior to that he served as CFO for Bell+Howell Company and for Tribune Publishing Company. He founded the Education and New Media division of Tribune Company in 1995 and led it as President until it’s sale to McGraw Hill in 2000.
Mr. Aldworth has served on over twenty boards including public companies, private companies, venture capital backed technology companies and not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Aldworth brings to the Board significant financial, accounting, transactional and operational experience.
Michael Friedman has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since May 2019.
Mr. Friedman has been an owner and officer of Sterling Time, LLC, which is the exclusive distributor of Invicta Watch Company of America, Inc. watches and watch accessories for television home shopping and our long-time vendor, since 2005. Sterling Time, LLC has served as a vendor to the Company for over 20 years.
Mr. Friedman brings to the Board both financial and operational expertise.
Jill Frizzley was appointed to the Company’s board of directors in April 2023.
Ms. Frizzley has served as the President of Wildrose Partners LLC, a firm that provides advisory services, including regarding fiduciary duties, corporate and board governance and corporate transformation and turnaround management planning, since June 2019. Her professional experience includes functioning as an independent director in corporate transformations. Ms. Frizzley has served as a director on numerous public and private boards of directors. Currently, Ms. Frizzley serves as an independent director on the board of directors of several companies, including Avaya Holdings Corp. (AVYAQ), Envision Healthcare Corporation, Voyager Digital, LLC (VYGVQ), Virgin Orbit Holdings, Inc. (VORB), Twin Star International, Inc. (d/b/a Twin Star Home), Eyecare Services Partners Management LLC and BlockFi International, Ltd. In the past five years, Ms. Frizzley has also served on the boards of Hudson Technologies, Inc. (HDSN) and Vivus, Inc.
From April 2016 to May 2019, she served as Business Finance and Restructuring Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she counseled boards of directors and senior leadership teams regarding restructuring transactions, contingency planning and corporate governance. Ms. Frizzley began her career at Shearman and Sterling, as an associate in September 2000 and, in January 2010, became counsel. Ms. Frizzley received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Laws from University of Toronto. Ms. Frizzley brings to our Board extensive corporate governance and corporate transformation experience.
Jill Krueger has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since September 2019.
Since 1995, Ms. Krueger has been CEO of Symbria, Inc., a leading national developer and provider of innovative, outcome-driven programs that enhance the lives of the geriatric population. Prior to joining Symbria, she was a partner at KPMG LLP, an international accounting firm. Ms. Krueger is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, and she is experienced in corporate governance, having served as a director of two publicly-traded boards, six privately held for-profit or limited liability company boards, and three nonprofit boards.
Ms. Krueger brings to the Board significant financial, accounting and operational experience.
Steven Panagos was appointed to the Company’s board of directors in April 2023.
Mr. Panagos has served as an independent director of various companies since June 2018, providing advisory services, including regarding corporate transformation and turnaround management. Mr. Panagos has served as a director on numerous public and private boards of directors. Mr. Panagos currently serves as an independent director on the board of directors of several companies, including Revlon Inc. (REVRQ), Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Old Copper Company, Inc., American Consolidated Natural Resources, Inc. and MA Eagle Investments. In the past five years, Mr. Panagos has also served on the boards of Spirit Master Trust A, PhyMed Healthcare Group and Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
From April 2009 to June 2019, he served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of the Recapitalization & Restructuring Group at Moelis & Company, a financial advisory services corporation, where he led restructurings and reorganizations for companies and their creditors across a broad spectrum of industries. From March 1988 to March 2008, Mr. Panagos was the National Practice Leader of Kroll Zolfo Cooper’s Corporate Advisory & Restructuring Practice where he provided restructuring advice to numerous companies and creditors. Mr. Panagos received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Michigan. Mr. Panagos brings to our Board extensive corporate transformation experience.
Darryl Porter has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since August of 2020.
Mr. Porter is a proven media executive with over 30 years of diversified business and creative experience in television, film and music. Mr. Porter is the CEO of Iconic Spectrum, a licensing company that specializes in monetizing African American icons like Miles Davis and George Duke across all forms of media. Prior to Iconic Spectrum, Mr. Porter served as CEO of Underworld Entertainment, a Disney-affiliated, feature film production company. During his tenure, Underworld developed notable films such as “Dead Presidents” and “Menace II Society.” Mr. Porter began his career at the law firm of Schuyler, Roche & Zwirner, specializing in securities litigation and sports and entertainment law. Mr. Porter holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Mr. Porter brings to the board significant media and entertainment experience, along with unique legal expertise.
Aaron Reitkopf has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since July of 2019.
Mr. Reitkopf has served as the Global Chairman of MullenLowe Profero, a global, experience-led transformation agency that is part of the MullenLowe Group, an integrated marketing communications network consisting of specialized agencies in communications, media, CRM, public relations and experience-led transformation. Mr. Reitkopf served as Chief Executive Officer and President of KBS+, a marketing communications company. Prior to that Mr. Reitkopf worked in various positions for different advertising agencies, as well as being a trader on Wall Street.
Mr. Reitkopf brings to the Board deep contemporary integrated marketing communications expertise across all channels with deep expertise in multiple business-to-business and business-to-consumer industries.