MANAGEMENT & BOARD
P. Kasper Jakobsen, 58
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jakobsen previously served as chief executive officer and president of Mead Johnson Nutrition, a global consumer company focused on infant and child nutrition, from 2013 until leading its sale to Reckitt Benkiser PLC in 2017. He was a Mead teammate for 19 years after previously serving for 8 years in various marketing roles at Unilever N.V., one of the world’s largest and oldest consumer goods businesses. He serves as a director of SC Johnson, a leading U.S. based manufacturer of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. Mr. Jakobsen holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Auckland University in New Zealand.
Joseph A. Gabelli, 37
Mr. J. Gabelli is a portfolio manager and equity research analyst at GAMCO Investors with specialization in the consumer sector. He serves as a portfolio manager within the Gabelli small and micro investment team, responsible for the management of investments below $500 million of capitalization. From 2008 until June 2017, Mr. J. Gabelli served as an equity research analyst covering the global food and beverage industry within the Gabelli organization’s consumer sector platform. He began his investment career at Integrity Capital Management, a Boston-based equity hedge fund, where he focused on researching small and micro-cap companies in the technology, healthcare and consumer discretionary sectors. He previously served as a data strategy consultant for an early-stage media and marketing analytics firm, beginning in July 2017. From 2018, Mr. J. Gabelli has been a part of the team responsible for the $594 million Teton Westwood Mighty Mites portfolio, as of June 30, 2020, reporting directly to Mario Gabelli, the Chief Investment Officer. Mr. J. Gabelli holds a B.A. from Boston College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
John N. Givissis, 56
Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Givissis serves as chief financial officer of Gabelli & Partners where he oversees accounting and financial reporting for clients invested in its hedge funds and alternative investment offerings, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to joining Gabelli & Partners, he was the financial and operations principal of Garban Giorgio Equity Trading (formerly a division of ICAP), an institutional brokerage firm, and controller at Gerard Klauer Mattison & Co., Inc., a boutique investment banking firm. Mr. Givissis began his career in public accounting at Weidenbaum Ryder & Company, a regional tax and audit firm. Mr. Givissis is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York State and earned his B.S. in Accountancy and Economics from St. Peter’s College.
Peter D. Goldstein, 67
Executive Vice President
Mr. Goldstein initially started with Gabelli in 1997, and currently serves as the general counsel of Gabelli Funds. From 2004 until 2011, Mr. Goldstein served as the director of regulatory affairs and associate general counsel at GAMCO Investors Inc. and, prior to that, as chief compliance officer for the firm’s mutual funds complex. Mr. Goldstein previously served as the general counsel and chief compliance officer at Buckingham Capital Management, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Goldstein was a litigation partner with the law firm Dorsey & Whitney in New York, and a branch chief in the enforcement division of the Securities & Exchange Commission. He was also previously a senior compliance officer at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Mr. Goldstein holds a B.A., cum laude, from Brandeis University, an M.S. from Harvard University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School.
Board of Directors
Douglas R. Jamieson, 65
In addition to serving as our Non-Executive Co-Chairman, Mr. Jamieson also acts as a managing member of our sponsor. Mr. Jamieson has served as president and chief executive officer of Associated Capital Group, Inc. since November 2016 and as a director since May 2017. He served as president and chief operating officer of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (“GAMCO”) from August 2004 to November 2016. He has served as a director of GAMCO Asset Management Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of GAMCO, since 1991, as its president and chief operating officer since 2004, and as its executive vice president and chief operating officer from 1986 to 2004. Mr. Jamieson also serves as president and a director of Gabelli & Company Investment Advisers, Inc. (f/k/a Gabelli Securities, Inc., “GCIA”), a director of Gabelli Securities International (UK) Ltd. and a director of GAMCO Asset Management (UK) Ltd. Mr. Jamieson served on the Board of Teton from 2005 through 2010. Mr. Jamieson also serves as a director of several investment funds that are managed by GCIA. Mr. Jamieson was a securities analyst with the predecessor of G.research, LLC from 1981 to 1986. He was a director of GGCP, Inc. from December 2005 through December 2009, and served as an advisor to the GGCP, Inc. board through 2010.
Pei-Yu “Sandra” Yu, 51
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Yu is the former president of Mead Johnson Nutrition for Greater China and worked alongside our Chairman Kasper Jakobsen. During Mead’s integration into its acquirer Reckitt Benckiser, she was named chief advisor to establish Reckitt’s China advisory board. Prior thereto, Ms. Yu served as acting chief marketing officer and vice president of global marketing during Mead’s initial public offering following its separation from Bristol Myers Squibb. She also was employed as vice president of regional marketing for Asia. She began her career at Unilever and served as vice president of skin care Asia and as a marketing director for home and personal care. She is also a former chair of the Pediatric Nutrition Industry Association. She has over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Her career successes were focused on global brand management, corporate governance, and business transformations. She received an MBA in marketing and a Bachelor of International Business Management from National Taiwan University. She is also an alumnus of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
Jeffrey M. Illustrato, 37
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Mr. Illustrato serves as chief operating officer of Gabelli & Partners, LLC, an alternative investment manager, overseeing sales and marketing for its alternative and non-U.S. offerings since 2012. He has spent his entire 19-year career with Gabelli and has developed extensive administration and operations experience during that time. Mr. Illustrato received a B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University.
Manjit S. Kalha, 45
Executive Vice President, Finance
Mr. Kalha has been a member of the board of directors of The LGL Group, Inc. since 2011. Mr. Kalha is chief executive officer of Jeet Associates Private Limited, a consulting firm based in New Delhi, India, that provides business strategy, finance, and taxation advisory services. He holds the role of managing partner with Horizon Research, a firm that provides investment management and consulting services. Between 2001 and 2006, Mr. Kalha was co-founder and chief operating officer of a manufacturer of high quality specialty plastic components. He began his career in Arthur Andersen’s New Delhi office and is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Mr. Kalha holds a MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Mr. Kalha has extensive experience in management and manufacturing operations, and in depth knowledge of global financial markets.
Clarence A. Davis, 78
Mr. Davis served as the chief executive officer of Nestor, Inc. until January 2009 and a director of the company until it went into receivership in June 2009. Mr. Davis is currently a director and a member of the audit committee of Telephone & Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS) He is also a director of three funds advised by Gabelli Funds—The GDL Fund, The Gabelli ESG Fund and The Gabelli Capital Asset Fund, and is a member of the audit committee of The GDL Fund and The Gabelli ESG Fund. He formerly served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Davis has served as an audit committee member and director of Oneida Ltd., Pennichuck Corp., and Sonesta International Hotels Corp. Mr. Davis founded Clarence A. Davis Enterprises, Inc., which provided financial and organizational consulting, due diligence for acquisitions, and forensic accounting for various industries for eight years. Mr. Davis is a certified public accountant and was a senior audit partner for twelve years, during a career of twenty-three years in public accounting, for Spicer & Oppenheim. He is a former chairman of the Accountants for Public Interest/Support Center of New York and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Minority Recruitment Committee. Mr. Davis was appointed to the American Red Cross Liberty Fund and September 11 Recovery Oversight Commission, the New York State Board of Public Accountancy, and the Future Issues Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as a consultant for the American Red Cross National Office. Mr. Davis was also a faculty member of the Long Island University Brooklyn Center, the New York Institute of Finance, and the Foundation for Accounting Education. Mr. Davis received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Long Island University.
Susan V. Watson, 68
Ms. Watson is an experienced business executive with diverse experience in multiple industries. Most recently, she was a member of the research team for Spencer Stuart’s global executive search practice, specializing in placement of board of directors members. She is also a current director of the Gabelli Dividend & Income Trust. Ms. Watson has worked as an independent marketing consultant and as an investor relations executive for companies including MCI, Inc.; Interpublic Group; Pepsico, Inc.; Nielsen Media Research; and Gannett Co. Her other experience includes roles as a senior media analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co; vice president (financial relations) at Metromedia, Inc.; senior media analyst and assistant vice president at EF Hutton & Co.; and vice president (research) at Scudder, Stevens & Clark. Ms. Watson is a member of the CFA Institute and a past president of the Investor Relations Association. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and Master of Arts from City College of New York. She has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1980.
Daniel E. Zucchi, 79
He is president of Zucchi & Assoc., a marketing and communications consulting firm. He is also a director of three funds advised by Gabelli Funds—The Gabelli Multimedia Trust, the Gabelli Gold Fund and the Gabelli Capital Asset Fund. Mr. Zucchi served as a board member and an investor in Anduro Holdings Inc., a manufacturer of consumer packaging. He served as a board member and was one of the initial investors in Cypress Care LLC, a pharmacy benefit management company. In addition, Mr. Zucchi was a senior executive at Time Warner and the Hearst Corporation for over thirty years. In the public sector, Mr. Zucchi has served as a locally-elected government official, most recently as a member of the Westchester County Executive’s task force. Mr. Zucchi is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Storrs and attended the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance program during his tenure at Time Warner.