Chief Executive Officer & Director
Joseph Mannello is the CEO of MYOS CORP (NASDAQ: MYOS), in Cedar Knolls, NJ, a research-based company focused on addressing musculoskeletal health through the development and commercialization of advanced nutrition products for both humans and pets. Previously, from March 2013 to May 2015, Mr. Mannello was the Executive Managing Director at Brean Capital LLC, an independent investment bank and asset management firm, also serving as member of the firm’s operating committee. From March 2008 to March 2012, Mr. Mannello was Head of corporate credit for Gleacher & Company, Inc. (OTC:GLCH), a publicly-traded investment bank. Prior to that, he was Head of the Fixed Income Division of BNY Capital Markets, Inc., a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (NYSE:BK). In March of 1998 Joe and his partners sold their firm Mendham Capital Group to BNY.
Christopher Pechock joined us as a Director in February 2014. Mr. Pechock has been a partner at Matlin Patterson Global Advisers, a global alternative asset manager, since its inception in July 2002. From November 1998 to July 2002, Mr. Pechock served as a member of the Global Distressed Securities Group Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS). From January 1997 to October 1998, Mr. Pechock served as a Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst at Turnberry Capital Management, L.P. Prior to that, Mr. Pechock served as a Portfolio Manager at Eos Partners, L.P. (February 1996 to December 1996), a Vice President and high yield analyst at PaineWebber Inc. (May 1993 to January 1996) and an analyst in risk arbitrage at Wertheim Schroder & Co., Incorporated (August 1987 to April 1991). He serves on the board of directors of Gleacher & Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLCH), and Oceanus LLC, a private ship-owning company. Mr. Pechock received a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Pechock’s extensive financial background qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.
Mr. Mandel served as a director of the Company from December 2015 until March 2016. He is the founding partner of Criterion Capital Management, LLC and has over twenty-five years of experience in investments, corporate strategy and corporate governance. Mr. Mandel previously served as Co-Chairman of Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBC) from May 2013 through December 2014 and as a director, chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee and member of its Audit and Strategy and Risk Policy Committees from May 2013 until May 2016. Additionally, he has previously served as a member of the board of directors and on the audit committees of Comsys IT Partners, Inc. (now a Manpower company), Broadpoint Gleacher Securities Group, Inc. (now Gleacher & Co., Inc.), and XLHealth Corp. (now a United Healthcare company). He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Circle.com (NASDAQ:CIRC) and served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Development of Snyder Communications, Inc. (NYSE:SNC) from 1999 to 2000. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Mandel served as vice president in the Investment Research department at Goldman Sachs & Co. (NYSE:GS). Mr. Mandel holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, an A.B. in Computer Science from Harvard University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Eric Zaltas is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pivot Nutrition LLC, a startup company focused on researching, developing and distributing products for various brands targeting athletes. Mr. Zaltas was previously Vice President of R&D and Commercialization at Premier Nutrition Corporation, a division of Post Holdings, Inc. from 2014 to 2018 where he led the integration of the R&D teams, pipelines and innovation processes for both the Premier and PowerBar(s) teams.
Andrew Ponte is a seasoned executive with over 25 years in the pet industry. He has experience with multiple ownership platforms such as private equity, entrepreneur, public, hedge fund, and Chapter 11 reorganization and has been involved in various acquisitions and integrations. Mr. Ponte was previously Senior Vice President of the sales and business unit at Central Garden and Pet from May of 2015 to February of 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Ponte spent 15 years as an executive at United Pet Group (now Spectrum Brands) where he served a variety of positions from 1999 through 2015 including Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Vice President of Sales and Trade Marketing, Vice President of Sales and Walmart Team Leader. Prior to that, he held various sales and marketing management positions, initially with Dogloo, Inc. and Doskocil, Inc (after the merger of the two companies). Prior to that, he spent 8 years with Koch Industries in various leadership positions in sales, marketing, accounting and finance. Mr. Ponte holds a BA in Accounting from Kansas State University. We believe Mr. Ponte’s extensive experience in the pet industry and management experience qualify him to serve on our Board of Directors.