Philip A. Falcone
Chairman, President and CEO
Philip A. Falcone has served as a director of HC2 since January 2014, and as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of HC2 since May 2014. Mr. Falcone served as a director, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of HRG Group, Inc. (f/k/a Harbinger Group Inc., “HRG”) from July 2009 to November 2014. From July 2009 to July 2011, Mr. Falcone also served as the President of HRG. Mr. Falcone is also the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Harbinger Capital Partners LLC (“Harbinger Capital”), and is the Chief Investment Officer of other Harbinger Capital affiliated funds. Mr. Falcone co-founded the funds affiliated with Harbinger Capital in 2001. Mr. Falcone has over two decades of experience in leveraged finance, distressed debt and special situations. Prior to joining the predecessor of Harbinger Capital, Mr. Falcone served as Head of High Yield trading for Barclays Capital. From 1998 to 2000, he managed the Barclays High Yield and Distressed trading operations. Mr. Falcone held a similar position with Gleacher Natwest, Inc., from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Falcone began his career in 1985, trading high yield and distressed securities at Kidder, Peabody & Co. Mr. Falcone has been a member of the Board of Directors of Inseego Corp. (NASDAQ: INSG), a provider of intelligent wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market since 1994 and has served as Chairman of the Board since May 2017 and as a member of its Audit Committee since June 2017. Mr. Falcone also serves as a director at several of HC2’s subsidiaries. Mr. Falcone received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University.
Michael J. Sena
Chief Financial Officer
Michael J. Sena has been HC2’s Chief Financial Officer since June 2015 and is a director and/or officer of several of HC2’s subsidiaries. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sena was the Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of HRG Group, Inc. from October 2014 to June 2015, and had previously served as the Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, from November 2012 to October 2014. Mr. Sena was also the Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Zap.Com, a subsidiary of HRG Group, Inc., from November 2012 to June 2015, and served as a director of Zap.Com. From January 2009 until November 2012, Mr. Sena held various accounting and financial reporting positions with Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., last serving as Vice President and North American Controller. Before joining Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., Mr. Sena served as Director of Reporting and Business Processes for Barr Pharmaceuticals from July 2007 until January 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Sena held various positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Mr. Sena is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from Syracuse University.
Suzi R. Herbst
Chief Administrative Officer
Suzi Raftery Herbst has been Chief Administrative Officer of HC2 since March 2015. Ms. Herbst has over 17 years of diverse human resources, recruiting, equity and foreign exchange sales experience. Prior to joining HC2, Ms. Herbst was the Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources of Harbinger Capital and HRG from March 2010 through March 2015. Before joining Harbinger Capital and HRG, Ms. Herbst was the Head of Recruiting at Knight Capital Group. Prior to Knight, Ms. Herbst held various positions in the Human Resources and Foreign Exchange Sales departments at Cantor Fitzgerald. Ms. Herbst started her career in the Equity Sales department at Merrill Lynch. Ms. Herbst also served on the Board of Trustees of Cheshire Academy from September 2013 through September 2015. Ms. Herbst earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Studio Art from Marist College.
Joseph A. Ferraro
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
Joseph A. Ferraro has been Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of HC2 since September 2017 and is an officer of several of HC2’s subsidiaries. Mr. Ferraro brings to HC2 over 16 years of extensive experience building and managing legal and compliance departments for permanent capital vehicles (including registered investment companies, such as business development companies (“BDCs”) and closed-end funds), registered investment advisers, private equity funds and other pooled investment vehicles. He is responsible for all legal matters at HC2, encompassing mergers and acquisitions, securities, commercial, employment, corporate governance, regulatory and other activities. Prior to joining HC2, for nearly nine years Mr. Ferraro was the General Counsel of Prospect Administration LLC, the administrator for Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEC, together with its affiliates, “Prospect”), a BDC. Mr. Ferraro also served as Assistant Secretary of PSEC and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer of Prospect Capital Management, L.P., and advised multiple Prospect-affiliated registered investment companies, registered investment advisers and funds. At Prospect, Mr. Ferraro was responsible for legal matters across all Prospect entities and investment funds. Together with other industry general counsel, Mr. Ferraro also promoted, and provided Congressional testimony in support of, legislation to modernize the BDC provisions of the Investment Company Act of 1940, which became law in March 2018. Before joining Prospect, Mr. Ferraro was a corporate associate at the law firms of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Mr. Ferraro graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and graduated with honors from The Law School at The University of Chicago, where he served on the University of Chicago Law Review as a Staff Member and Managing Editor.
Board of Directors
Robert V. Leffler, Jr.
Robert V. Leffler, Jr. has served as lead independent director of HC2 since June 2016. Before that he was a director of HRG (Harbinger Group, Inc.) and beginning in 1995 was a director of Zapata Corp. He has chaired the compensation committee on all three directorships. Leffler is currently the principal of Milton Drive Consulting, LLC which advises on media effectiveness matters and helps clients deal with the complexities of modern media strategies. Leffler founded and owned The Leffler Agency, Inc. a full service sports-entertainment boutique advertising agency with offices in Baltimore and Tampa. Over its 33 years of operation, the agency represented 97 sports/entertainment entities in 27 markets highlighted by NFL, MLB, NHL, Thoroughbred horse racing, Grand Prix auto racing and NCAA D1 clients. The agency created 18 Preakness logos, the Army-Navy game logo and numerous other iconic campaign logos. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in US History/Social Sciences with a minor in English from Towson University in Baltimore where he was elected to Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in US Pop Culture History from Morgan State University, also located in Baltimore.
Wayne Barr, Jr.
Wayne Barr, Jr. has served as a director of HC2 since January 2014 and is a director of several of HC2’s subsidiaries. Mr. Barr is the principal of Oakleaf Consulting Group LLC, a management consulting firm focusing on technology and telecommunications companies, which he founded in 2001. Mr. Barr also co-founded and was president from 2003 to 2008 of Capital & Technology Advisors, a management consulting and restructuring firm. Mr. Barr served as Managing Director of Alliance Group of NC, LLC, a full service real estate firm providing brokerage, planning and consulting services throughout North Carolina to a wide variety of stakeholders including landowners, developers, builders and investors, from 2013 through March 2018. Mr. Barr has previously served on the boards of directors of several companies and is currently on the Board of Concurrent Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: CCUR), where he serves as Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW). Mr. Barr received his J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University and is admitted to practice law in New York State. He is also a licensed real estate broker in the state of North Carolina.
Warren H. Gfeller
Warren H. Gfeller has served as a director of HC2 since June 2016. He has been a member of Crestwood Equity GP LLC’s board of directors since March 2001. He served as a director of Crestwood Midstream GP LLC from December 2011 to October 2015. He has engaged in private investments since 1991. From 1984 to 1991, Mr. Gfeller served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ferrellgas, Inc. (“Ferrellgas”), a retail and wholesale marketer of propane and other natural gas liquids. Mr. Gfeller began his career with Ferrellgas in 1983, as an executive vice president and financial officer. Prior to joining Ferrellgas, Mr. Gfeller was the Chief Financial Officer of Energy Sources, Inc. and a Certified Public Accountant at Arthur Young & Co. He also served as a director of Inergy Holdings GP, LLC (2001-2013), Zapata Corporation (1997-2009) and Duckwall-Alco Stores, Inc. (2003-2009) Mr. Gfeller received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas State University.
Lee S. Hillman has served as a director of HC2 since June 2016. He has served as President of Liberation Advisory Group, a private management consulting firm, since 2003. Mr. Hillman has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Performance Health Systems, LLC, an early-stage business distributing Power Plate™ and bioDensity® branded, specialty health and exercise equipment since 2012, and its predecessor since 2009. From February 2006 to May 2008, Mr. Hillman served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Power Plate International (“Power Plate”) and from 2004 through 2006 as Chief Executive Officer of Power Plate North America. Previously, from 1996 through 2002, Mr. Hillman was Chief Executive Officer of Bally Total Fitness Corporation, then the world’s largest fitness membership club business. Mr. Hillman has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lawson Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAWS) since January 2004, where he has served as the Lead Independent Director since March 2017 and as a member of the Audit Committee since 2010 as well as Chair of its Compensation Committee since 2006. He has also served as a board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of Business Development Corporation of America since February 2017 and as trustee and member of the Audit Committee of Adelphia Recovery Trust since February 2007. From July 2016 until December 2017, Mr. Hillman served on the Board of Directors of Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPDN), serving as a member of its Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee in 2016 and chairing its Audit Committee from 2016 until his departure from the board in 2018. Previously he has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chairman or as a member of the Audit Committees of HealthSouth Corporation (2003-2005), Wyndham International (2004-2005), RCN Corporation (where he was Chairman of the Board) (2004-2010) and Bally Total Fitness Corporation (where he was Chairman of the Board) (1996-2002). Mr. Hillman holds a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago. Mr. Hillman is a Certified Public Accountant and former audit partner with Ernst & Young.