People: Genie Energy Ltd (GNE)

GNE on New York Consolidated

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24 Oct 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Howard Jonas

57 2014 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Ira Greenstein

53 2011 President

James Courter

72 2011 Independent Vice Chairman of the Board

Geoffrey Rochwarger

43 2011 Vice Chairman

Avi Goldin

35 2011 Chief Financial Officer

Claude Pupkin

52 2014 Senior Vice President

Alan Burnham

63 2008 Chief Technology Officer of American Shale Oil, LLC

Harold Vinegar

64 2008 Chief Scientist of IEI

W. Wesley Perry

57 2013 Lead Independent Director

Alan Rosenthal

60 2011 Independent Director

Allan Sass

74 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Howard Jonas

Mr. Howard S. Jonas is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Genie Energy Ltd. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Genie since January, 2011, when Genie was spun off from IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT). Also, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Genie since January 2014 and Co-Vice Chairman of Genie Energy International Corporation since September 2009. He has been a director of IDT Energy since June 2007 and a director of American Shale Oil Corporation LLC since January 2008. Mr. Jonas founded IDT in August 1990, and has served as Chairman of its Board of Directors since its inception. Mr. Jonas has served as Chief Executive Officer of IDT from October 2009 through December 2013 and previously served in that capacity from December 1991 until July 2001. From August 2006 until August 2011, Mr. Jonas served as a director of Starz Media Holdings, LLC, Starz Media, LLC and Starz Foreign Holdings, LLC, each of which is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation. Mr. Jonas is also the founder and has been President of Jonas Media Group (f/k/a Jonas Publishing) since its inception in 1979. Mr. Jonas received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.

Ira Greenstein

Mr. Ira A. Greenstein is President of Genie Energy Ltd. Mr. Greenstein currently also serves as Counsel to the Chairman of IDT Corporation and served as the President of IDT from 2001 through 2011 and Counsel to the Chairman of IDT in 2000 and 2001. He has served as a Director of IDT and General Counsel and Secretary of IDT's subsidiary, Net2Phone, Inc. Prior to joining IDT, Mr. Greenstein was a partner in Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he served as the Chairman of that firm’s New York Office’s Business Department. Mr. Greenstein was an associate in the New York and Toronto offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and served on the Securities Advisory Committee and as secondment counsel to the Ontario Securities Commission. Mr. Greenstein serves as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Ohr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NasdaqCM:OHRP) and Nano Vibronix, Inc. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Arista Power, Inc. (OTCBB: ASPW), Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE Mkt:DSS) and Regal Bank of New Jersey. Mr. Greenstein received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School where he serves as a member of the Dean's Council.

James Courter

Mr. James A. Courter is Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of Genie Energy Ltd. Mr. Courter served as President of IDT from October 1996 until July 2001, and as Chief Executive Officer from August 2001 to October 2009. Mr. Courter served as a director of IDT from March 1996 to October 2011, and served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDT from March 1999 to October 2011. Mr. Courter has served as Co-Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Genie Energy International Corporation since September 2009. Mr. Courter has been a senior partner in the New Jersey law firm of Courter, Kobert & Cohen since 1972. He was also a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand from January 1994 to September 1996. Mr. Courter was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for twelve years, retiring in January 1991. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Courter was Chairman of the President’s Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. He received a B.A. from Colgate University and a J.D. from Duke University Law School.

Geoffrey Rochwarger

Mr. Geoffrey Rochwarger is Vice Chairman of Genie Energy Ltd. He has served as Vice Chairman of Genie since August 2011, Chief Executive Officer of IDT Energy since January 2007, as Chairman of IDT Energy since June 2007 and as Chief Executive Officer of Genie Israel Holdings Ltd. since 2013. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Rochwarger served as President and Director of IDT Capital, Inc., the then business incubator for IDT. Prior to 2004, Mr. Rochwarger has held various positions at IDT Corporation and its affiliates. Mr. Rochwarger received a B.A. in Economics at Yeshiva University in 1992. Mr. Rochwarger is not a member of the Board of Directors of the Company.

Avi Goldin

Mr. Avi Goldin is Chief Financial Officer of Genie Energy Ltd. He served as Vice President of Corporate Development of IDT Corporation from May 2009 through October 2011. Mr. Goldin originally joined IDT in January 2004 and held several positions within IDT and its affiliates before leaving to join CayComm Media Holdings, a telecommunications acquisition fund, where he served as Vice President, Finance. Mr. Goldin rejoined IDT in May 2009 as Vice President of Corporate Development. Prior to joining IDT, Mr. Goldin served as an Investment Analyst at Dreman Value Management, a $7 billion asset management firm and an Associate in the Satellite Communications group at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Goldin holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business of New York University, a BA in Finance from the Syms School of Business of Yeshiva University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Claude Pupkin

Mr. Claude Pupkin is Senior Vice President of Genie Energy Ltd. He served as President, Treasurer and Secretary of AMSO LLC since April 2008. Mr. Pupkin also served as Chief Executive Officer of Genie Energy Ltd. from August 2011 through December 2013, Chief Executive Officer of Genie Oil and Gas, Inc. from November 2010 through February 2014, Chief Executive Officer of Genie Energy International Corporation from September 2009 through February 2014, and as Chief Executive Officer of Genie Mongolia, Inc. from October 2012 through February 2014. Previously, Mr. Pupkin served as Executive Vice President of IDT Corporation from December 2008 until Genie Energy was spun off from IDT in October 2011. Mr. Pupkin joined IDT in January 2003 and has held several other positions with IDT including Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Before joining IDT, Mr. Pupkin was the Executive Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for Net2Phone, which was a publicly-traded affiliate of IDT that IDT fully acquired in March 2006. In that role, Mr. Pupkin led a follow-on public equity offering for Net2Phone in 2003. Prior to joining Net2Phone, Mr. Pupkin’s career included more than 17 years of finance, investment banking and accounting experience. Immediately prior to joining Net2Phone, Mr. Pupkin led JP Morgan Chase’s Latin America Telecommunications, Media and Technology Investment Banking business. He also worked for several years at Morgan Stanley & Co. and Citibank as an investment banker, assisting companies in raising capital from the debt and equity markets and executing strategic transactions. He began his professional career as a CPA with Ernst & Young. Mr. Pupkin holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Mr. Pupkin is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Alan Burnham

Dr. Alan K. Burnham is Chief Technology Officer of American Shale Oil, LLC., subsidiary of Genie Energy Ltd. Prior to his position as CTO of AMSO, LLC, Dr. Burnham was employed at the Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the areas of oil shale processing, petroleum geochemistry, laser fusion targets and large optics for the National Ignition Facility, and energetic materials. Dr. Burnham has published three patents and approximately 250 journal articles, conference proceedings, and publicly available LLNL technical reports. He has been active in numerous professional societies and won a Federal Laboratory Consortium award for excellence in technology transfer in 1990. Dr. Burnham received his BS in Chemistry from Iowa State University and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Harold Vinegar

Dr. Harold Vinegar is Chief Scientist of IEI of Genie Energy Ltd. Prior to his position as Chief Scientist of IEI, Dr. Vinegar was Chief Scientist, Physics, of Royal Dutch Shell. Dr. Vinegar spent 32 years at Shell’s Bellaire Technology Center in Texas working on novel hydrocarbon exploration and production technologies. Dr. Vinegar has spent almost 30 years in developing novel thermal recovery processes to unconventional resources. Dr. Vinegar is a co-inventor of Shell’s In situ Conversion and In situ Upgrading Processes (ICP and IUP) that have been piloted successfully in Colorado oil shale and Alberta tar sands. Dr. Vinegar was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1999, cited “for contributions to the science and technology of oil exploration and environmental remediation, particularly thermal methods for extracting hydrocarbons from the ground and for applications of NMR methods to well logging.” In addition, Dr. Vinegar has published over 270 patents and 50 publications in fields such as the complex conductivity of shaly sands; Xray CT, NMR spectroscopy and NMR imaging of cores; NMR well logging; microseismic imaging of hydraulic fractures; and wireless power and communications for intelligent wells. In 2005, Dr. Vinegar was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Vinegar received his BA in Physics from Columbia University and his MA and PhD degrees in physics from Harvard University.

W. Wesley Perry

Mr. W. Wesley Perry is Lead Independent Director of Genie Energy Ltd. He has also served as a director of Genie Energy International Corporation since September 2009. Mr. Perry served as a director of IDT Corporation from September 2010 to October 2011. Mr. Perry owns and operates S.E.S. Investments, Ltd., an oil and gas investment company since 1993. He has served as CEO of E.G.L. Resources, Inc. since July 2008 and served as its President from 2003 to July 2008. Mr. Perry has served as Chairman of the board of directors of Genie Energy International Corporation since September 2009. Mr. Perry has been a director of United Trust Group (OTC:UTGN) since June 2001 and has served on its Audit Committee since June 2002. He has served as a director of American Capitol Insurance Company and Texas Imperial Life Insurance Company since 2006. He served as a director of Western National Bank from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Perry served as an at-large councilperson on the Midland City Council from 2002 to 2008. He was the Mayor of Midland, Texas, from January 2008 through January 2014. He is the President of the Milagros Foundation and a board member of the Abel-Hangar Foundation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from University of Oklahoma.

Alan Rosenthal

Dr. Alan B. Rosenthal is Independent Director of Genie Energy Ltd. Dr. Rosenthal is the founding and managing partner of ABR Capital Financial Group LLC, an investment fund, founding partner and owner of NorthStar Travel, founding partner of Alaska Business Monthly and founding partner and owner of Master Dental Alliance. Dr. Rosenthal is an assistant clinical professor of Micro-Neurosurgical Treatment of Oral Pathology at New York University. Dr. Rosenthal is a board member of Yeshiva University and served on the board of directors of IDT Corporation from 1994 through1996. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and a DMD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Allan Sass

Mr. Allan Sass is Independent Director of Genie Energy Ltd. Mr. Sass is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Oil Shale Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the technical journal, In-Situ. Mr. Sass has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union and a Master of Science and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Yale University.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Howard Jonas

19,565,600

Ira Greenstein

700,063

James Courter

--

Geoffrey Rochwarger

1,175,410

Avi Goldin

342,000

Claude Pupkin

831,000

Alan Burnham

--

Harold Vinegar

--

W. Wesley Perry

--

Alan Rosenthal

--

Allan Sass

--
As Of 30 Dec 2013
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