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Andrew Cohen, Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Cohen is our Chief Executive Officer and a Board Member. From January 2019 to September 2023 Mr. Cohen was a Founder and the CIO of Difesa Capital Management, a special situations fund focused on convertible bonds, SPAC securities, PIPEs, warrants and public equities. Prior to launching Difesa, Mr. Cohen worked at Ramius from 2001 to 2018. Ramius was a $13 billion multi-strategy hedge fund that ultimately merged with the investment bank Cowen in 2009. While at Ramius Mr. Cohen worked across a range of investment strategies including merger arbitrage, event driven, small cap equity activism, and distressed debt. Most recently, Mr. Cohen was one of two partners overseeing the Ramius Event Driven and Merger Arbitrage business within Cowen Investment Management. From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Cohen co-founded and operated a nine-person team investing Cowen proprietary capital and fiduciary assets in merger arbitrage and event driven strategies. During his time with the firm the Ramius Merger Fund LLC had peak assets of $500 million and the Merrill Lynch Investment Solutions / Ramius Merger Arbitrage UCITS Fund had peak assets of $250 million. Prior to joining Ramius, Mr. Cohen worked as an analyst in the investment banking and private equity groups at Thomas Weisel Partners. Mr. Cohen received a B.A. in Public Policy from the Terry Sanford Institute at Duke University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Roger Lazarus, Chief Financial Officer

Roger Lazarus has served as our Chief Financial Officer since March 2021. From 1997 to 2013, Mr. Lazarus worked as a transactions partner at Ernst & Young advising on acquisitions and investments by private equity and corporate clients. He was the managing partner of Ernst & Young’s West Region Transactions service line before relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area to Ernst & Young Colombia, where he served as Chief Operating Officer from 2013 to 2019, as Chief Operating Officer from 2017 to 2019 and a board member of Ernst & Young’s Latam North region, which comprised 13 countries. In these roles, Mr. Lazarus managed internal operations and oversaw financial and operating reporting. Mr. Lazarus joined Ernst & Young in the Boston, Massachusetts office in 1997 as a partner. Prior to joining Ernst & Young , Mr. Lazarus served a three-year term as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Xenergy, Inc., a Massachusetts-based energy services, trading and software company. In 1986, Mr. Lazarus joined the Coopers & Lybrand investigations and transaction support team in Boston, Massachusetts and was promoted to partner in 1992. He is a Chartered Accountant (FCA: Fellow of the Institute of England and Wales) and started his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in London before moving to the United States. Mr. Lazarus is a director and the Chair of the audit committee of Latam Logistic Properties S.A., a logistics property company with operations in Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru. Mr. Lazarus is also a venture consultant to MVP and its portfolio companies. Mr. Lazarus joined the Board of Heliogen Inc in March 2023 and serves on the Company's audit and compensation committees. Mr. Lazarus received his Social Sciences degree in Economics from the University of York.

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