Denis J. Gallagher
Denis J. Gallagher, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Student Transportation Inc., has over 30 years of experience in the passenger transportation industry. He directs the strategic operations of STI while leading and developing investor activities through capital raises and debt financing for the company. Gallagher is a proven senior executive who has spent his entire career in transportation. In 1997, Gallagher formed Student Transportation Inc. making him the third generation in his family to found and head a passenger transportation company. Prior to forming Student Transportation Inc., Gallagher was Regional Vice President and then Senior Vice President of Operations for Laidlaw Passenger Services Group, with responsibility for over 200 locations in the US. As a member of the Laidlaw senior executive team, he played a key role in the company's expansion into new markets, along with the consolidation and integration of many acquisitions. Gallagher began his career at Coast Cities School Buses Inc.; founded in 1922 by his grandfather and father, which later, as president and CEO he grew to the largest privately held school bus company in New Jersey. A 1976 graduate of Monmouth University, Gallagher earned a B.S. in Business Administration. He is a past member of the University's Board of Trustees and was the recipient of the University's Distinguished Alumni Award. He is involved in numerous industry and community activities. Gallagher served as an original member of the Board of Directors of Canada Cartage Fund, a dedicated trucking and logistics company listed on the TSX, until the company was acquired in 2007.
Irving R. Gerstein
Lead Director, CNCG Chair
A retired executive, Mr. Gerstein is a director of Medical Facilities Corporation, Atlantic Power Corporation and Economic Investment Trust Limited, and previously served as a director of other public issuers, including CTV Inc., Traders Group Limited, Guaranty Trust Company of Canada, Confederation Life Insurance Company and Scott's Hospitality Inc. He also served as an officer and director of Peoples Jewellers Limited. Mr. Gerstein is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of Ontario. He is an honorary director of Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto), having previously served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman Emeritus and a director over a period of 25 years, and is currently a member of its Research Committee.
Mr. Wells is a director and chair of the Audit Committee for MagIndustries Corp., GT Canada Medical Properties Inc. and Northstar Healthcare Inc. He was formerly a director and member of the Audit Committee of Tri-North Capital Inc. and was a Trustee of Canada Cartage Diversified Income Fund and chaired its Audit Committee. Mr. Wells was Vice President, Finance and CFO of Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund from its initial public offering in July 2001 until 2006. From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Wells was Vice President of Finance and CFO of Tahera Diamond Corporation, a diamond mining company listed on the TSX. He is a member of Financial Executives International, a past chapter president and director. Mr. Wells is currently Chairman of the Committee on Corporate Reporting and was a member of the Accounting Standards Board from 1991 to 1995. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation with Ernst and Young in Toronto, and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 1990 and a Fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2006.
Kenneth B. Needler
Mr. Needler is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of STA Holdings. He began his career in the passenger transportation industry in 1972 with a company that was subsequently acquired by Laidlaw, Inc. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the company in July 1999, and served as such until June 30, 2005, after being appointed to the company's Board of Directors in 1998. Between 1972 and 1990, he served in a number of management capacities at Laidlaw, Inc. including Division Manager, Regional Vice President, and President of the Canadian school bus operations. In 1984, Mr. Needler was appointed to the Board of Directors of Laidlaw, Inc. where he served as a Member of the Audit Committee and then as President of the Passenger Services Group.
Audit Committee Chair
Mr. Rossi is a consultant and corporate director. He serves on the boards of several public and private entities including Dolan Media Company, a NYSE-listed publisher of local business and legal newspapers in the United States; and Radio Nord Communications, a Quebec broadcaster, and One, the Body, Mind & Spirit digital cable specialty channel. He also serves on the investment valuation committee of Investissements Desjardins. As the Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Cinar Corporation from November 2000 to 2002 and as Interim President from 2002-2003, Mr. Rossi successfully led the turnaround and financial restructuring of the company.
Mr. Scopelliti is a Principal of GarMark Partners, a private investment firm in Stamford, Connecticut. David also sits on the advisory board of The Camelot Group, an independent investment advisory firm that provides advice to private equity investors. Mr. Scopelliti has over 20 years of experience as a principal investor in the private equity and debt markets. Prior to GarMark, he was a Managing Director Corporate Development and Client Service at PCG Asset Management, advising pension fund clients on alternative investments. Prior to that, he was head of Private Equity for the State of Connecticut Pension Plan and Vice Chairman of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA). Previously, he was a Principal of USBX Advisory Services focusing on the security industry. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director with CIBC World Markets in New York, focusing on mezzanine and private equity transactions. Previous to that, Mr. Scopelliti was the founder and head of ING's New York Merchant Banking Group, focusing on mezzanine and private equity capital in support of buyouts and growth financing.
Grace Palombo is a corporate director, lawyer, business consultant and most recently served as the Senior Vice President Corporate Human Resources for CanWest Global Communications. Ms. Palombo also worked with the Boards of Directors and the HR Committees for the CanWest businesses. Prior to joining Canwest, Ms. Palombo held various executive positions in Human Resources, Legal and Corporate Services with Husky Injection Molding Systems, Canada Life Financial Services, Westcoast Energy/Union Gas and Bombardier Aerospace. Ms. Palombo served as Corporate Secretary at Union Gas and is a director of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association and the Norshield Investors Advisory Group (NIAG). She currently is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Conference Board of Canada, Council of National Human Resource Executives, the Law Society of Upper Canada, The Canadian Bar Association, the Women's Law Association and the Women's Executive Network.
Mr. Jean-Pierre Farandou, Director of SNCF's Public Transport Division, has been a driving force in the growth of European passenger train service for the past 15 years. He was project manager for the launch of High-Speed Train (TGV) service between Paris and Lille in 1993. Mr. Farandou later created the legal entity of Thalys International and managed its high-speed service between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne from 1993 to 1998. He later joined SNCF in Lyon where he headed the largest regional train network in France operating 1000 trains and 400 buses serving 100,000 passengers. Mr. Farandou later became the head of Keolis Lyon, a large regional supplier of bus, subway and tram transportation. Since 2006, he has served as director of SNCF's Public Transport Division. Mr. Farandou also serves on the Board of Directors of Keolis and Effia, a French transportation-related services company.
Wendi Sturgis has worked at the intersection of technology, marketing and the digital worlds since the inception of her career. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Enterprise Sales and Services at Yext, a NY-based local technology and marketing platform. She previously ran the North America Account Management team at Yahoo! where she was responsible for an 800 person organization and $1.4B in revenue.
She has a BS from Georgia Institute of Technology and currently serves on the Georgia Tech Presidential Advisory Board. Ms. Sturgis is the Vice Chair of the National Board of Step Up Women’s Network. Ms. Sturgis is actively involved in the start-up community in NY and currently serves on the Dailyworth.com board.