Edition:
United States

Professional Diversity Network Inc (IPDN.OQ)

IPDN.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Capital Market

3.62USD
10:36am EDT
Change (% chg)

$0.02 (+0.56%)
Prev Close
$3.60
Open
$3.59
Day's High
$3.62
Day's Low
$3.59
Volume
156
Avg. Vol
8,687
52-wk High
$6.74
52-wk Low
$2.49

Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jingbo Song

64 2018 Executive Chairman of the Board

James Kirsch

55 2018 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Star Jones

55 2014 President, Director

Maoji Wang

45 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jiangping Xiao

38 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Katherine Butkevich

55 2017 Chief Executive Officer of NAPW, Inc.

Christopher Wesser

47 2016 Executive Vice President, Secretary

John Hall

65 Executive Vice President

Joseph Bzdyl

35 2017 Senior Vice President

Michael Belsky

57 2018 Director

Xin He

45 2018 Director

Lee Hillman

61 2016 Independent Director

Xiaojing Huang

60 2016 Independent Director

Xianfang Liu

65 2016 Independent Director

David Schramm

67 2016 Independent Director

Hao Zhang

50 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Jingbo Song

Mr. Jingbo (James) Song is re designated as Executive Chairman of the Board of the company effective June 4, 2018. He is no longer Executive Co-Chairman of the Board of the Company effective June 4, 2018. He has served as Chairman of GNet Group Plc., an e-commerce company based in China, since March 2016. Before joining GNet Group Plc., Mr. Song was retired. Mr. Song was originally appointed to our Board and has been nominated to stand for reelection as a director on our Board under the terms of a stockholders’ agreement entered into between the Company and CFL, our majority stockholder, which agreement grants to CFL the right to designate one director nominee for every 9.9% of the total voting power of our common stock that CFL beneficially owns, up to a maximum of six directors.

James Kirsch

Mr. James R. Kirsch is re designated as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the company. He is no longer Executive Co-Chairman of the Board of the Company effective from June 4, 2018 . He previously served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board from the consummation of our initial public offering in March 2013 until March 2016 and, prior to our initial public offering, served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our management board since 2008. Mr. Kirsch served as Chief Strategic Officer at AMightyRiver.com, a division of the Company from 2004 to 2008 and from 1996 to 2001 as Chief Executive Officer of eSpecialty Brands, an online retail company. Previously, Mr. Kirsch served as Chief Executive Officer at iMaternity.com, the ecommerce partner of iVillage.com from 1983 to 1996 and Manager, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Dan Howard Industries, a vertically integrated retailer of apparel. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from University of Arizona.

Star Jones

Ms. Star Jones is President, Director of Professional Diversity Network, Inc. She joined NAPW’s predecessor company in September 2011 as its National Spokesperson and became its Chief Development Officer in May 2013 and President in June 2014. Ms. Jones became the “face” of NAPW, tasked with conveying the message, brand and image of NAPW worldwide. As President, she has responsibility for the overall development, expansion and implementation of NAPW’s development and programming strategy. For the last 25 years, Ms. Jones has been a licensed attorney in the State of New York and was formerly a New York homicide prosecutor. Ms. Jones has worked in television for more than 20 years as a journalist, talk show host, commentator, NBC News Legal Correspondent and Veteran Legal Analyst and co-host of ABC’s The View for nine years. She is also regularly seen on NBC’s Today Show and CNN’s Piers Morgan Live as a veteran law and news analyst. Ms. Jones is also an accomplished author who has written two best-selling non-fiction books, You Have to Stand for Something, or You’ll Fall for Anything and Shine...a Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love. Her third book, Satan’s Sisters, a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes workings of a daytime talk show, was published in the spring of 2011. In the corporate world, Ms. Jones has been a featured personality for numerous consumer brands including Payless, Saks Fifth Avenue and Kohls, and has appeared on the cover of and/or been featured in a number of major newspapers and magazines in the country on topics ranging from news to lifestyle. Her newest venture, Status, by Star Jones, a collection of women’s apparel for the professional woman, was launched by QVC in the fall of 2013.

Maoji Wang

Mr. Maoji (Michael) Wang is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He is also an investor in Cosmic Forward Limited (“CFL”), the Company’s majority stockholder and is currently the managing partner of Beijing Daqian Law Firm, and has held that position since November 2005. Mr. Wang has also served as a vice president at GNet Group Plc, an e-commerce company based in China, since April 2014, and as Chief Executive Officer of Tibet Weibai Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd. since March 2016, Guangzhou Gaixin Network Technology Development Co., Ltd. since May 2016 and Guangzhou Yougaojiu Marketing Management Co., Ltd. since June 2016. He has also worked as a supervisor at Guangzhou Wu Wei E-commerce Services Co., Ltd. since January 2015 and Yunnan Linkenuodi Education Information Consulting Co., Ltd. since November 2012. Mr. Wang was originally appointed to our Board and has been nominated to stand for reelection as a director on our Board under the terms of a stockholders’ agreement entered into between the Company and CFL, our majority stockholder, which agreement grants to CFL the right to designate one director nominee for every 9.9% of the total voting power of our common stock that CFL beneficially owns, up to a maximum of six directors.

Jiangping Xiao

Mr. Jiangping (Gary) Xiao is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Prior to that, he served as Corporate Controller of United Tactical Systems, a private-equity owned non-lethal weapon and projectile manufacturer, from April 2016 until March 7, 2017. Prior to that, from June 2013 to April 2016, Mr. Xiao served as Controller of Petstages, a pet toy company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Xiao served as the Controller of the Operations Management Group of The Jordan Company, a private equity firm, from August of 2008 to May of 2013, and as a Senior Finance Associate, Financial Planning and Analysis of United Airlines from June 2006 to August of 2008. Mr. Xiao obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business Management at the University of Michigan in 2006 and a B.A. in Accounting from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 2000.

Katherine Butkevich

Ms. Katherine A. Butkevich is Chief Executive Officer of NAPW, Inc. of the Company. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of NAPW, and previously served, from March 2016 through November 2016, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Prior to March 2016, Ms. Butkevich had been a consultant to the Company’s NAPW division since January 2016, helping optimize NAPW’s operations, analyze the market opportunity and build a strategic plan for sustainable and profitable growth and increased member retention. Prior to that, from September 2014 to March 2016, she served as chief operating and financial officer of Recyclebank, a venture capital backed marketing-as-a-service company focused on recycling. Before joining Recyclebank, Ms. Butkevich served as chief financial officer of NAPW, Inc. from April 2012 to April 2014. Earlier, from November 2010 through March 2012, Ms. Butkevich was an independent consultant assisting private clients with their capital raising activities. Prior to that, Ms. Butkevich served as a VP of Emigrant Capital, the private equity division of Emigrant Bank, and from April 2009 through November 2010, she simultaneously served as chief financial officer of Emigrant Capital’s portfolio companies, Boylan Bottling Company and The Jolt Company. During her over 30 year long career, Ms. Butkevich also held numerous other financial and operational leadership positions in middle market, PE/VC–backed companies as well as at GE Capital, the financing arm of the General Electric Company. She began her career at KPMG and is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and is also a graduate of GE’s world-renowned Management Development Institute at Crotonville.

Christopher Wesser

Mr. Christopher James Wesser is Executive Vice President, Secretary of the Company. He originally joined NAPW’s predecessor company in September 2009 and served as its General Counsel and Secretary, managing all legal, insurance, logistical and business risk matters for that company until its merger with the Company. Prior to joining NAPW’s predecessor company, for over five years Mr. Wesser was with a private boutique litigation firm spun off from one of the largest law firms in the United States, where he ultimately became a partner before he left private practice. In private practice, he served as counsel to large corporations in numerous complex business litigations in state and federal courts and governmental agencies throughout the country. Mr. Wesser received a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from LeMoyne College and J.D. degree from the College of William & Mary School of Law.

John Hall

Mr. John Michael Hall is Executive Vice President of Professional Diversity Network, Inc. He currently serves as the Company’s Executive Vice President, managing partnerships and overseeing the Company’s Professional & Technology Diversity Career events. Mr. Hall has held this position for over four years. He was previously the President and owner of Personnel Strategies Inc. (“PSI”), a company he founded and led until its acquisition by PDN in 2013. At the time of its acquisition, PSI had been identified by INC Magazines as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the United States. Mr. Hall’s experience as a diversity practitioner led to his forming a unique Community Partner Network that included the NAACP, National Urban League, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, National Council of La Raza, The Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities, Black Data Processing Association, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and Women in Technology.

Joseph Bzdyl

Mr. Joseph Bzdyl is Senior Vice President of the Company. He has been with the Company since 2014 and, since January 2017, has led the PDN Recruitment and Noble Voice business divisions as Senior Vice President. From December 2015 to January 2017, he was Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Business Intelligence for the Company, and prior that, was Director of Business Intelligence from October 2014 until November 2015. He was originally hired by Noble Voice as a business analyst. Mr. Bzdyl’s professional career began in sales, moved into post-secondary admissions management, transitioned to business analysis, and is now centered in operations, finance planning and analysis and project management. Mr. Bzdyl holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MBA.

Michael Belsky

Mr. Michael D. Belsky is Director of the company. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Municipal Finance at The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Xin He

Mr. Xin (Adam) He is an Director of the Company. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of Wanda America Investment Holding Co., a leading real estate company in China and a global property manager, since May 2012. Prior to that, from December 2010 to May 2012, he served as Financial Controller of Xinyuan Real Estate Co. (NYSE: XIN), a publicly traded Chinese developer of large scale, high quality residential real estate projects. Earlier in his career, Mr. He served as an auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP in New York, and held various positions, including financial controller and accounting manager, at Chinatex Corporation, a leading textile manufacturer in China. Mr. He obtained a Master of Science in Taxation from Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, and a Master of Science in Accounting from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Mr. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Lee Hillman

Mr. Lee Hillman is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as the CEO of Performance Health Systems, LLC, or its predecessor, a business manufacturing and distributing PowerPlate® and bioDensity™ branded, specialty health and exercise equipment, since 2009. Mr. Hillman has also served as President of Liberation Advisory Group and Liberation Management Services, LLC since 2003. Mr. Hillman currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of HC2 Holdings, Inc., a diversified holding company engaged in acquiring and growing businesses in the United States and internationally. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and as lead independent director of Lawson Products, Inc., where he also serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Hillman also serves as a Trustee of Adelphia Recovery Trust and as a director of Business Development Corporation of America. He serves as a member of the Audit Committee of each of the aforementioned boards. Mr. Hillman is a certified public accountant and former audit partner with Ernst & Young, LLP. Mr. Hillman’s experience as a chief executive officer, chief financial officer and/or a director of other public U.S. and international companies and as a former audit partner of an international accounting firm provides valuable insights to our Board. Mr. Hillman has previously served as a director of public companies which include Lawson Products (NASDAQ: LAWS), HC2 (NASDAQ: HCHC), and Adelphia Recovery Trust (formerly traded OTC).

Xiaojing Huang

Ms. Xiaojing (Tammy) Huang is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Huang was a senior consultant at Shaklee (China) Co., Ltd., a manufacturer and distributor of personal care products based in China, from September 2005 to September 2016. Ms. Huang was originally appointed to our Board and has been nominated to stand for reelection as a director on our Board under the terms of a stockholders’ agreement entered into between the Company and CFL, our majority stockholder, which agreement grants to CFL the right to designate one director nominee for every 9.9% of the total voting power of our common stock that CFL beneficially owns, up to a maximum of six directors.

Xianfang Liu

Mr. Xianfang (Scott) Liu is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Liu has been a professor and Director of the Center for International Business Studies at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) since September 1997. Since September 2008, Mr. Liu has also served as Executive Associate Dean for Global Programs at NYIT. From December 2006 to September 2008, he also served as Dean of the School of Management at NYIT. Mr. Liu was originally appointed to our Board and has been nominated to stand for reelection as a director on our Board under the terms of a stockholders’ agreement entered into between the Company and CFL, our majority stockholder, which agreement grants to CFL the right to designate one director nominee for every 9.9% of the total voting power of our common stock that CFL beneficially owns, up to a maximum of six directors.

David Schramm

Mr. David Schramm is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Schramm is currently retired. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Capacitor Science. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Schramm served as advisor to the Board of Directors of Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. From 2007 until 2013, Mr. Schramm was President and CEO of Maxwell Technologies, Inc. From 2001 to 2006, he was president and chief executive officer of Arrowhead Products Corp., a leading supplier of specialty systems to the aerospace and automotive industries. Previously, he spent the bulk of his business career in a series of senior management and engineering positions with General Motors. Mr. Schramm is a Certified Governance Fellow by the NACD and brings to the Board his extensive managerial experience and expertise in a broad range of board oversight matters.

Hao Zhang

Mr. Hao (Howard) Zhang is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Zhang is a private investor based in China. Mr. Zhang has served as a director of Wealth Power Global Trading Limited since June 2015. Mr. Zhang was originally appointed to our Board and has been nominated to stand for reelection as a director on our Board under the terms of a stockholders’ agreement entered into between the Company and CFL, our majority stockholder, which agreement grants to CFL the right to designate one director nominee for every 9.9% of the total voting power of our common stock that CFL beneficially owns, up to a maximum of six directors.