Board of Directors
Walter L. Revell
Walter L.Revell is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Revell Investments International, Inc., a diversified investment, development and management company, which he founded in 1984 in Coral Gables, Florida.
He also is Chairman of the Board of International Finance Bank in Miami, the U.S. holding of the Fierro Group in Madrid, operating in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
He also is Chairman of the Board of SYMX Corporation, a global healthcare and infrastructure finance and development company.
He was Secretary of Transportation for the State of Florida from 1972 to 1975, in the Askew Administration, and is a former Chairman of the Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
He previously was a Director of The St. Joe Company, a large, diversified real estate company and major landowner (NYSE); Rinker Group Limited (Australia), a major producer of construction materials in several countries; Calpine Corporation, a major independent producer of electric power throughout the country (NYSE); Dycom Industries, Inc., a telecommunications and electrical services company (NYSE), and Sun Banks, Inc., the Florida holding company (NYSE).
He is a graduate of Florida State University.
David Abrams is the Senior Managing Director for Cerberus European Capital Advisors, LLP. Previously, he was the Founder & Partner, Non-Performing Loans, for Apollo Management International LLP, which he joined in 2007. From 1996 through 2007, Mr. Abrams was a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group of Credit Suisse, based in London and New York. From 2004 through 2007, he founded and was the Head of the Specialty Finance Investment business which included principal investing in non-performing loan portfolios and distressed assets. From 1996 through 2004, he was a founding member and Co-Head of the Global Distressed Sales and Trading Group at Credit Suisse (and its predecessor Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.). Mr. Abrams began his career in 1989 as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Bear, Stearns & Co. and then was an associate/vice president at the Argosy Group, a boutique corporate restructuring firm. He graduated cum laude with a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Adam M. Aron
Adam M. Aron is the CEO and President of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. AMC is the largest operator of movie theatres in the United States, in Europe and worldwide, with more than 1,000 theatres in 15 countries.
He previously served throughout 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., on an interim basis. Mr. Aron was CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers from 2011 to 2013, served as an Alternate Governor of the National Basketball Association and is currently a co-owner of the team.
He is also Chairman and CEO of World Leisure Partners, Inc., a personal consultancy for matters related to travel and tourism and high-end real estate development and which acts in partnership with Apollo Management L.P. In 2007, Mr. Aron facilitated Apollo's acquiring a controlling interest in Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line. As a result, in December 2007 Travel Weekly magazine named Mr. Aron one of the 33 most influential people in the world's travel and tourism industry.
Mr. Aron has previously served as President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Vail Resorts, Senior Vice President of Marketing for United Airlines and Senior Vice President-Marketing for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Since 1988, Mr. Aron previously served on the board of directors of more than a dozen companies including Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and on the board of directors of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Mr. Aron also serves on the boards of directors of a number of non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Business Executives for National Security, and is a former member of the Young Presidents' Organization. Mr. Aron previously served as Vice Chairman of the National Finance Committee of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and was a delegate to President Clinton's White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.
Mr. Aron received a Master’s of Business Administration degree with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude from Harvard College.
John W. Chidsey
John W. Chidsey was previously the chairman and chief executive officer of Burger King Corporation. Prior to being named CEO, he served as president and chief financial officer of the company. He has also served as president of the Americas and prior to this as president of North America.
Prior to his appointment at Burger King Corporation in March 2004, Mr. Chidsey served as chairman and CEO for two corporate divisions at Cendant: the Vehicle Services Division, a $5.9 billion division, which included Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car Systems, PHH and Wright Express, and the Financial Services Division, a $1.4 billion division that included Jackson Hewitt. Mr. Chidsey joined Cendant in 1996 as Senior Vice President, Preferred Alliances.
From 1992 to 1995 Mr. Chidsey served in various senior leadership positions with Pepsi. Most recently he served as the director of finance of Pepsi-Cola Eastern Europe and the chief financial officer of PepsiCo World Trading Co., Inc.
Mr. Chidsey holds a master’s of business administration degree in finance and accounting and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University, Atlanta, Ga, as well as a bachelor’s administration degree from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. He serves on the Board of Instawares Holding Company in Atlanta, Georgia , and on the Board of Red Book Connect™, and on the Board of HealthSouth in Birmingham, Alabama, as well as on the Board of Trustees for Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Mr. Chidsey is a certified public accountant and a member of the Georgia Bar Association.
Stella David was previously the Chief Executive Officer of William Grant & Sons Limited, an international spirits company, from August 2009 until March 2016. She was responsible for the significant growth of the business and in particular their premium and luxury brands and for leading the company’s expansion into new markets. Prior to that, Ms. David held various positions at Bacardi Ltd. over a fifteen year period, including Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, from 2005 through 2009 and Chief Executive Officer of the U.K., Irish, Dutch and African business from 1999 to 2004. Ms. David is an experienced independent director having served on the board of Nationwide Building Society, the U.K.'s second largest mortgage and savings provider, from 2003 to 2010. She rejoined Bacardi Limited as a non-executive member of their board of directors in June 2016, and has been an independent, non-executive director of HomeServe Plc and C&J Clark Ltd since November 2010 and March 2012, respectively. Ms. David graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in engineering.
Frank J. Del Rio
Frank J. Del Rio is the president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., comprised of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Del Rio was previously chairman and CEO for Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company operating both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Del Rio founded Oceania Cruises in 2002, and in doing so, created a new "upper premium" segment of the cruise industry. Under his leadership the line has grown from a fledgling start-up with one 684-passenger ship to a dominant player in the upscale cruise market with 5 ships totaling 4600 berths, including the addition of two highly acclaimed 1,250-passenger sister ships, Marina and Riviera.
With Del Rio at the helm, Oceania Cruises quickly became widely recognized for offering the finest cuisine at sea, outstanding personalized service and award-winning itineraries all at an extraordinary value. Under Del Rio's direction, Prestige Cruise Holdings acquired luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2008 from the Carlson Company and quickly completed a turnaround which positioned Regent Seven Seas Cruises as the market leader.
Del Rio earned his bachelor's in accounting from the University of Florida and is a certified public accountant. He and his wife, Marcia, have two children and four grandchildren and live in Coral Gables, Florida.
Russell W. Galbut
Russell W. Galbut currently serves as the Managing Principal of Crescent Heights, one of America’s largest and most respected residential developers of quality condominiums. Having been active in the urban mixed-use real estate sector for over 30 years, Mr. Galbut and Crescent Heights are a “best in class” developer with a successful track record of new constructions and renovations. Crescent Heights has been active in over 15 markets from coast-to-coast and has developed over 50,000 residential units, including pioneering the condo hotel concept. After graduating from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Galbut became a Florida licensed CPA (currently inactive). In 1980, Mr. Galbut received his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Galbut served as a member of the Board of Directors of Prestige Cruises International, Inc. or its predecessor from September 2005 until Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s acquisition of Prestige in November 2014. He also previously served on several charitable boards, and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Chad A. Leat
Chad A. Leat is a retired Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup Inc., and has nearly thirty years of markets and banking experience on Wall Street. He is a leader and innovator in corporate credit and M&A finance. Mr. Leat joined Salomon Brothers in 1997 as a partner in High Yield Capital Markets, which became Citigroup in 1998, from where he retired in 2013 as Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking. Over the years he served on the firm’s Investment Banking Management Committee, the Fixed Income Management Committee and the Capital Markets Origination Committee. From 1998 until 2005 he served as the Global Head of Loans and Leveraged Finance. He grew this business from a small second-tier position to one of the largest loan and high-yield businesses on Wall Street. During the financial crisis, Mr. Leat helped Citigroup work through many challenging risk, regulatory and client issues.
Mr. Leat began his career on Wall Street at The Chase Manhattan Corporation in their Capital Markets Group in 1985 where he ultimately became the head of their highly successful Syndications, Structured Sales and Loan Trading businesses. This group was on the cutting edge of the fast-developing loan market and Mr. Leat was one of a handful of market professionals associated with the development and creation of this now vibrant capital market.
Mr. Leat serves on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Pace Holdings Corp. Mr. Leat serves on the Supervisory Board of Directors of BAWAG P.S.K. and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of MidCap Financial, PLC, a middle-market direct commercial lending business. Previously, Mr. Leat served on the Board of Directors of Global Indemnity, PLC, a Dublin-based provider of property and casualty insurance from 2009 to 2015 and served as Chairman of the Board of HealthEngine LLC, a healthcare technology company.
Mr. Leat is dedicated to many civic and philanthropic organizations. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York and has served on the boards of several charitable organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of The Hampton Classic Horse Show and is a Trustee of the Parrish Museum of Art. Mr. Leat is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received his Bachelors of Science degree.
Steve Martinez is Head of Asia Pacific for Apollo Management, an alternative investment manager with approximately US$165 billion of assets under management. Mr. Martinez joined the firm in 2000 and during his tenure has led investments in a variety of sectors including shipping, leisure, media and general industrial. He is a member of Apollo’s Senior Management Committee and serves as Head of the Hong Kong Office.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Leighton Services, Nine Entertainment Corporation, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Veritable Maritime. He previously served as a director of Allied Waste, Goodman Global, Hayes-Lemmerz International, Hughes Telematics, Jacuzzi Brands, Prestige Cruises and Rexnord Industries.
Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Martinez was a member of the mergers and acquisitions department of Goldman Sachs & Co. Before that he worked in Asia at Bain & Company. Mr. Martinez received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA and BS from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School, respectively.