Peter A. Cohen
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Cowen Group, Inc.
Peter A. Cohen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cowen Group, Inc. Prior to Cowen Group, Mr. Cohen was the founder of Ramius LLC. He also served as a managing member and senior member of the Executive Committee of Ramius.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University in 1968, Mr. Cohen earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1969 and began a career on Wall Street at Reynolds & Co.
In 1970, he joined the firm which became Shearson Lehman Brothers. In 1973, Mr. Cohen became Assistant to the Chairman of the firm, Sanford Weill, and was involved in all aspects of the firm's activities. In 1978, Mr. Cohen left Shearson for one year to work directly for Edmond Safra at Republic NY Corporation and Trade Development Bank Holdings in Geneva, Switzerland and returned to Shearson in 1979. Shearson merged with American Express in 1981 at which time he became President & Chief Operating Officer and in 1983 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until 1990.
In 1991, Mr. Cohen formed Republic New York Securities and Republic Asset Management for Republic National Bank of New York and at the same time commenced the activities around which Ramius was formed in 1994.
Over his career he has served on a number of corporate, industry and philanthropic boards, including The New York Stock Exchange, The Federal Reserve International Capital Market Advisory Committee, The Depository Trust Company, The Ohio State University Foundation, The New York City Opera, The American Express Company, GRC International, Olivetti SpA, Société Générale de Belgique, Telecom Italia SpA, Presidential Life Corporation, Kroll, Inc., and L-3 Communications. He is presently a Director of Mount Sinai Hospital, Safe Auto Insurance, and Scientific Games Corporation.
Jeffrey M. Solomon
President, Cowen Group, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Cowen and Company
Jeffrey M. Solomon is President of Cowen Group, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Cowen and Company, a Cowen Group company.
Previously, Mr. Solomon served as Cowen Group's Chief Operating Officer and Head of Investment Banking at Cowen and Company. Mr. Solomon joined Ramius, Cowen Group's investment management division, when it was founded in 1994 and was responsible for the development, management and oversight of a number of the investment strategies employed by Ramius.
From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Solomon was at Republic New York Securities Corporation, the brokerage affiliate of Republic National Bank, now part of the HSBC Group, where he was the firm's Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to Republic, Mr. Solomon was in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Shearson Lehman Brothers.
Currently, Mr. Solomon is a Director of NuGo Nutrition, the manufacturer of NuGo Nutrition Bars and Acrobatiq, an innovative adaptive learning company. Mr. Solomon is also co-chair of the Equity Capital Formation Task Force, a group of individuals from across the country’s startup and small-capitalization company ecosystems advocating for market structure reform to encourage job creation and growth, and a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent and non-partisan 501(c)(3) research organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the U.S. capital markets and ensuring the stability of the U.S. financial system.
Mr. Solomon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 with a B.A. in Economics.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Singer is the Chief Executive Officer of Ramius, a Cowen Group Company.
Prior to joining Ramius, Michael Singer most recently served as Head of Alternative Investments at Third Avenue Management. Before that, Mr. Singer was Co-President of Ivy Asset Management, a Fund of Hedge Funds business with over $14 billion in assets. At Ivy, Mr. Singer established the firm’s strategic plan and ran the day to day activities. Mr. Singer began his career at Weiss, Peck & Greer where he spent nine years and served as Senior Managing Director and Executive Committee Member overseeing day to day operations, new product development, client relationship management, hedge fund sales and risk functions.
Mr. Singer received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with honors from Penn State University and a Juris Doctorate from the Emory University School of Law.
Thomas W. Strauss
Chairman, Ramius and Vice Chairman, Cowen Group, Inc.
Mr. Strauss is the Chairman of Ramius, a Cowen Group company and Vice-Chairman of Cowen Group. From 2010-2012, Mr. Strauss was Chief Executive Officer and President of Ramius. From 1995 to 2009, Mr. Strauss was a Managing Member and a member of the Executive Committee of Ramius LLC. Mr. Strauss was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Fund of Funds Group. From 1963 to 1991, Mr. Strauss was with Salomon Brothers Inc. He was admitted as a General Partner in 1972 and was appointed to the Executive Committee in 1981. In 1986, he became President of Salomon Brothers and a Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Salomon Inc, the holding company of Salomon Brothers and Phibro Energy, Inc. From 1986 through 1991, Mr. Strauss was responsible for the firm's Investment Banking, Sales and Trading, Asset Management and International Activities.
During his first nine years at Salomon Brothers, he served in various Fixed Income Sales and Sales Management capacities. From 1972 to 1981, Mr. Strauss managed the Government Securities, Money Market and Foreign Exchange departments. In 1978-1979, with the advent of listed Fixed Income Futures and Options trading, he separated the firm's Proprietary Trading activities from the traditional client based business, which provided the foundation for Global Proprietary Trading in New York, London and Tokyo.
From 1981 to 1986, Mr. Strauss was responsible for the development of the firm's international business in Europe and the Far East, including both Sales and Trading and Investment Banking. From a single office in London in 1971, the firm built an international presence in Europe, Asia and North America. In 1986, he further became responsible for the Global Investment Banking, High Yield and Equity businesses and several years later initiated the firm's Global Asset Management efforts.
In 1993, Mr. Strauss became Co-Chairman of Granite Capital International Group, a private investment management firm, where he developed an Absolute Return Alternative Asset Class investment business. In July of 1995, he joined Ramius.
Mr. Strauss is a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Stock Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Public Securities Association, the Securities Industry Association, the Federal Reserve International Capital Market Advisory Committee and the U.S. Japan Business-Council. He is a past President of the Association of Primary Dealers in U.S. Government Securities. Mr. Strauss currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the U.S.-Japan Foundation and is a member of the Boards of Trustees and Executive Committees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital. Mr. Strauss is also Trustee Emeritus of Riverdale Country School and Vice President and Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation.
Head of Real Estate
Mr. Boxer is a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate for Ramius, a Cowen Group Company and is a Managing Partner of RCG Longview. Mr. Boxer has been responsible for Ramius’ real estate related investments since 1994, its year of formation and is a member of the RCG Longview Investment Committee.
Mr. Boxer represents Ramius in its real estate investment activities including investments in mortgages, tax liens, direct acquisitions and development as well as its indirect ownership of the general partners to the RCG Longview Debt and Equity funds. Before joining Ramius, Mr. Boxer negotiated and structured the disposition of real estate and real estate related assets on behalf of institutional lenders at Victor Capital Group. While at Victor Capital, Mr. Boxer also assisted clients in the identification, pricing, negotiation and acquisition of assets from the RTC and the FDIC. Mr. Boxer began his career as a real estate attorney and practiced at Shea & Gould until 1993, where he represented owners and lenders in the structuring and consummation of real estate development, leasing and financing transactions. Mr. Boxer is on the Boards of Directors of the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation and I.D.E.A.S. Inc.
Mr. Boxer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin & Marshall College and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Chief Operating Officer
Cowen Group, Inc.
Mr. Holmes serves as Chief Operating Officer of Cowen Group. Previously, Mr. Holmes was Chief Administrative Officer after serving as the Head of Technology and Operations at Cowen Group following the merger between Cowen and Company and Ramius. Mr. Holmes joined Ramius in June 2006 as Global Head of Operations.
Prior to joining Ramius, Mr. Holmes was Global Head of the Equity Product Team at Bank of America Securities. Mr. Holmes has also held senior operations management positions at Deutsche Bank, Credit Lyonnais and Kidder Peabody. His experience includes treasury, foreign exchange, equity, fixed income & derivative operations.
Mr. Holmes is NASD licensed as a General Securities Representative, General Securities Principal and a Financial & Operations Principal.
Stephen A. Lasota
Chief Financial Officer
Cowen Group, Inc.
Mr. Lasota serves as Chief Financial Officer of Cowen Group. Mr. Lasota was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2009. Following the consummation of the Transactions, Mr. Lasota was the Chief Financial Officer of Ramius LLC and a Managing Director of the Company. Mr. Lasota began working at RCG in November 2004 as the Director of Tax and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2007.
Prior to joining RCG, Mr. Lasota was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Cowen Group, Inc.
Mr. Littman serves as the General Counsel and Secretary of Cowen Group, Inc. In such capacity, Mr. Littman is responsible for overseeing all aspects of legal and compliance for Cowen Group, Inc. Mr. Littman joined Ramius LLC in October 2005 as its senior transactional attorney, becoming the General Counsel of Ramius LLC in February 2009 and the General Counsel of Cowen Group, Inc. in July 2010. From September 1997 to October 2005, Mr. Littman was an associate in the Business and Finance Department of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he represented public and private companies in various corporate transactions, including public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Mr. Littman also represented underwriters in initial public offerings of securities.
Mr. Littman received a B.A., cum laude, in Public Policy and Economics from Duke University in 1994 and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1997.
Head of Investment Banking
Cowen and Company
Kevin Raidy is Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking. Prior to his current position, Mr. Raidy served as Co-Head of Cowen's Equity Capital Markets group, which is responsible for the origination and execution of all equity capital-raising transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Raidy was a managing director at Ramius LLC, where he was portfolio manager for PIPEs/opportunistic financings and convertible bonds. Mr. Raidy also was the founder of H4 Capital Management LLC. His sell-side experience includes ten years at Shipley Raidy Capital Partners LP, a boutique investment banking firm he co-founded, where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and structuring numerous debt and equity financings and also performed M&A advisory services. Prior to founding Shipley Raidy, Mr. Raidy was an associate at Philadelphia First Group. Mr. Raidy started his career at Cantor Fitzgerald before moving to Merrill Lynch as an analyst in the municipal finance group.
Mr. Raidy has a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Head of Equities
Cowen and Company
Mr. Charney joined Cowen and Company from Jefferies where he most recently served as Managing Director and Head of Global Electronic Trading Services as well as Head of U.S. Salestrading. Before joining Jefferies, Mr. Charney was a Managing Director and head of West Coast equity distribution at UBS Securities and he held various other positions in the financial services sector earlier in his career.
He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley.
Head of Equity Research
Cowen and Company
Robert Fagin is Head of Equity Research at Cowen and Company. He joined Cowen from Jefferies, where he was Co-Head of U.S. Equity Research and the global coordinator of Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Research. Prior to joining Jefferies, Robert was the president of Darga Consulting, which provides strategic consulting services to high- profile private companies, including business planning, capital introduction, M&A analysis, and board constitution, and served on a variety of private company boards, such as Brightwire. Before founding Darga, Robert was a managing director in Bank of America’s equity research department for five years, where he had senior managerial responsibilities including management of the firm’s TMT, financials, and energy research practices. He also established Bank of America’s Taiwan-based TMT equity research effort. Prior to coming to Bank of America, Robert was a senior equity research analyst at Bear Stearns, where he was responsible for stock coverage of the Internet Infrastructure Services sector (1999 –2002) and U.S. telecommunications sector (2002 –2004). He was recognized as a member of Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team for coverage of both sectors and was named by Forbes/Starmine as one of the top 5 earnings estimators in the US across all industries. Robert’s equity research experience also includes three years as an analyst at Oppenheimer, where he covered software stocks. Before his Wall Street career, Robert was a research analyst at IDC, the world’s leading technology market research firm, and before that worked in the National market analysis group of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he was responsible for analyses of high- technology clients and potential clients, and supported consulting engagements and due diligence for several large M&A transactions in technology sector. At Coopers he also served as a member of the firm’s 8-person national technology planning team.
Morgan B. Stark
Chairman of Ramius Alternative Investments
and Head of Macro Trading Strategy
Morgan B. Stark is Chairman of Ramius Alternative Investments and Head of Macro Trading Strategy. He is responsible for overseeing the firm's multi-strategy investment platform. From 1994 to 2009, Mr. Stark was a Founder, Managing Member and member of the firm's Executive Committee of Ramius LLC.
Mr. Stark attended the Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from New York University. He served for 3 ½ years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In 1963, he started his business career in the Chase Manhattan Bank Municipal Department and received a comprehensive grounding in syndicate management, general obligation, discount note and bond trading and sales management. In 1970, Mr. Stark was named sales and syndicate manager of the Primary Government Dealership and promoted to vice president to build a domestic and international distribution team and to manage the Federal Agency Underwriting and Selling Group participations. In 1975, Mr. Stark was named Manager of the Government Dealership and proprietary-trading desk.
In 1979, Mr. Stark joined Chemical Bank as Senior Vice President and Treasury Department Deputy Head. He had senior management responsibility of the Capital Market's Primary Government and Municipal Dealerships, Public Finance, Retail Securities Distribution, Asset Sales and Bank Funding, Liability Management and Portfolio Departments. He also managed the marketing and investment-related products for foreign institutions and a related multi-billion dollar asset management program. Mr. Stark was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1984 and served on the Bank's Asset & Liability Policy and Management Committees. In 1986, Mr. Stark was appointed senior officer in charge of the Private Banking Group to build assets, improve investment performance and grow fee income for the Global Group. In 1988, Mr. Stark returned to the Capital Markets Group. In 1989, he became President and CEO of Chemical Securities, Inc., a Section 20 securities subsidiary. He, in addition, supervised the discretionary management of foreign client funds until January 1993.
In 1993, Mr. Stark joined the Granite Capital International Group as portfolio manager and Managing Director to develop a non-correlating investment management business. As such, Mr. Stark was directly responsible for trading, back office, asset raising and client services. In July of 1995, he and Thomas W. Strauss joined Ramius as partners with Peter A. Cohen in the development of Ramius' investment management business.
Mr. Stark is a member of the Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is the former Chairman and member of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Bond Market Association. He served on this Committee for 24 years.
Mr. Stark's industry and philanthropic activities include his position as member of the Investment Committee for the American Heart Association - Heritage Affiliate and President of the Board of Directors of the Perlman Music Program. He previously served as President, Vice President, and member of the Board of Directors of the Dealer Bank Association and as a trustee to various charitable organizations.