Chief Executive Officer
Kunal Chopra has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company since April 2020 and Chief Executive Officer of our subsidiary, Kaspien Inc. (f/k/a etailz) since September 2019. Prior to joining etailz, Mr. Chopra was General Manager – Worldwide Learning for Microsoft from April 2018. From August 2016 through April 2018, Mr. Chopra served as General Manager – Amazon Fashion. Prior to joining Amazon, Mr. Chopra served as Chief Operating Officer of Unikrn from March 2015 through August 2016.
Chief Financial Officer
Edwin Sapienza has been Chief Financial Officer of the Company since October 2018. Prior to being named Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Sapienza was the Company’s Vice President – Strategy, Secretary and Treasurer since 2012, and has continued in those roles, in addition to serving as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Sapienza joined the Company in 1993 as a staff accountant.
Board of Directors
Jonathan Marcus has been the Chief Executive Officer of Alimco Financial Corporation since March 2019. Prior to March 2019, Mr. Marcus was a managing member and co-founder of Broadbill Partners, L.P., a fund focused on special situations and distressed securities. Prior to Broadbill’s inception in 2011, he was the chief investment officer of Cypress Management, L.P., the predecessor fund to Broadbill, which he founded in 1995 to specialize in investing in distressed securities. Jon’s career also includes extensive investment banking and financial advisory work at Prudential-Bache Securities and Credit Suisse First Boston, with a substantial focus advising financially troubled companies or their creditors. Jon currently serves on the boards of directors of Alimco and Anacomp, Inc.
W. Michael Reickert
W. Michael Reickert has been the managing member of Independent Family Office, LLC since 2005. Prior to founding Independent Family Office in 2005, Mr. Reickert was employed by The Ayco Company, LP. From 1986 to 2004 in various positions, including Executive Vice President. Mr. Reickert provides the Board with financial and investment expertise. Mr. Reickert is a trustee of the Robert J. Higgins TWMC Trust, which is our largest shareholder, and is also trustee of various other trusts.
Tom Simpson has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ignite Northwest since July 2019. Prior to Ignite, Mr. Simpson was self-employed as Principal of Northwest Venture Associates. Previously, he was Co-Founderand Executive Chairman of etailz prior to being acquired by the Company in 2016. Mr. Simpson provides the Board with over 35 years of experience as an investment banker, venture capitalist, angel investor and 4 entrepreneur, including his role as founder of etailz. In addition to his role with Ignite, he is President of the Spokane Angel Alliance, Managing Member of Kick-Start angel investment funds and currently serves on the boards of Medcurity, Reenue, Sportscope and Vaagen Timbers.