Chief Executive Officer
Golnar Khosrowshahi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reservoir and a member of the Board. Established in 2007, Reservoir is the first female founded and led publicly traded independent music company in the U.S. Under Ms. Khosrowshahi's leadership, Reservoir has grown to own and administer over 150,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings, with titles dating as far back as 1900. Ms. Khosrowshahi continues to lead the team in building a well-attended roster and an established catalog, and regularly appears as one of Billboard's Most Powerful Female Executives, as well as a Billboard Power Player. She notably earned a spot in Billboard's Women In Music Hall of Fame in 2023, following her recognition as Executive of the Year for 2022. Golnar has been named Music Week's International Woman of the Year in 2023, one of Fast Company's Most Creative People In Business, Forbes' 50 Over 50, and to Variety's New Power of New York, and Power of Women lists. Furthermore, Reservoir has twice been awarded both Publisher of the Year at Music Business Worldwide's The A&R Awards and Independent Publisher of the Year at the Music Week Awards.
In addition to her role as CEO of Reservoir, Ms. Khosrowshahi serves as a Director on the board of the National Music Publishers' Association, working to ensure fair compensation for songwriters and their representatives. She also sits on NMPA's S.O.N.G.S. Foundation Board of Directors, an organization that raises funds to support career songwriters. Working alongside Artist Director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma for over a decade, Ms. Khosrowshahi served as Board Chair of the musical collective, Silkroad. In 2022, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the New York Philharmonic. Golnar also previously served on the Board of Directors for RBI (Restaurant Brands International) and the Board of Directors of Nomad Foods. Ms. Khosrowshahi is a classically trained pianist through the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. She holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York City and a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.
President, Chief Operating Officer
Rell Lafargue is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Reservoir and a member of the Board. Mr. Lafargue has been Reservoir's President and Chief Operating Officer since October 2013 and oversees all aspects of day-to-day operations in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. When Mr. Lafargue joined Reservoir at its inception, the company represented four songwriters and 2,000 songs. Building on over twenty years of industry experience, Mr. Lafargue built the company's infrastructure, assembled its Creative and Synch teams, established its administration systems, and developed the international network that oversees Reservoir's copyrights to this day. Under Mr. Lafargue's direction, Reservoir has grown to represent over 150,000 compositions and 36,000 master recordings worldwide.
Mr. Lafargue continues to spearhead Reservoir's international and domestic expansion efforts, having overseen the acquisitions and integrations of the historic Shapiro Bernstein catalog, TVT Music Publishing catalog, First State Media Group catalog, UK publishers Reverb Music and P&P Songs, and iconic record labels Chrysalis Records, Tommy Boy Music, and Philly Groove Records. Additionally, Rell was instrumental in signing Nate "Danja" Hills, one of the company's first high-profile writer-producers, to the Reservoir roster. Prior to his time at Reservoir, Mr. Lafargue was Vice President at TVT Records and TVT Music Publishing, where he worked with artists including Nine Inch Nails, Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Scott Storch, and Pitbull.
Mr. Lafargue was named a 2023 Billboard Indie Power Player, as well as a 2023 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Power Player. Rell serves on the board of the International Confederation of Music Publishers, Mechanical Licensing Collective, and Music Publishers Canada, working to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners. He also previously served on the board of the Association of Independent Music Publishers—NY Chapter. Beyond his career in music publishing, Mr. Lafargue is an accomplished producer, performer, arranger, software consultant, and university lecturer. He holds a master's degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from the University of Miami.
Ezra S. Field
Ezra S. Field is the Chair of our Compensation Committee and the Chair of the Board. Mr. Field is currently the Managing Partner of Harborfield Management Co., LLC, a private investment management firm. From 2007 until late 2021, he served in a variety of capacities for Roark Capital Group, including serving as Chief Investment Officer, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Managing Director and Senior Advisor. Prior to Roark, Mr. Field worked at ACI Capital Co. from 2001 until 2007. Mr. Field was an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with TeachScape and Open Venture Group in 2000. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, from 1998 until 1999.
Mr. Field currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mursion, a leader in immersive virtual reality training for emotional intelligence in the workplace, since February 2021, Allvision, a digital outdoor advertising company and Le Botaniste, a plant-based limited-service restaurant chain. He served on the Board of Directors of GAM Holdings, A.G., a public company based in Switzerland, from 2016 until 2019. In addition, Mr. Field has served on a number of Boards of Directors at Roark Capital Group and ACI Capital Co. Since 2014, Mr. Field has served on the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit Business Executives for National Security. His prior not-for-profit board experience includes serving on the Board of Directors for Global Kids from 2014 until 2019, the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women Support Foundation from 2008 until 2015 and the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation from 2003 until 2012. Mr. Field served as an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School in 2005, where he taught mergers and acquisitions. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1998, where he was a Senior Review and Essay Editor for the Columbia Law Review, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a John M. Olin Law & Economics Fellow. He earned his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in the same year, where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society. Mr. Field earned his B.A., with honors, from Wesleyan University in 1991.
Neil de Gelder
Neil de Gelder is the Chair of our Audit Committee, a member of our Compensation Committee and a member of the Board. Since January 2021, Mr. de Gelder has served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Stern Partners Inc., a Vancouver-based private investment firm with a portfolio of controlling interests in numerous operating companies across a wide range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, distribution, retailing, environmental services, publishing and printing and real estate development. Prior to his retirement in December 2020, Mr. de Gelder served as the Executive Vice President of Stern Partners Inc. from 2005, where he held senior executive roles with responsibilities for various activities, including strategic advice to operating companies, acquisitions and divestitures and capital deployment generally. In addition, Mr. de Gelder is a Director of Highgate Investments LLC, which owns approximately 1.5% of Reservoir's Common Stock. Mr. de Gelder has provided conflict of interest advisory services to TransLink, the largest public transportation services provider in British Columbia, since 2008. He also provided conflict of interest advisory services to HSBC Global Asset Management (Canada) Inc., the portfolio manager of HSBC's Canadian mutual funds, from 2015 until March 2021. Previously, Mr. de Gelder worked in private legal practice from 1990 until 2005, specializing in public company financing, mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance for clients across a variety of industry sectors. He was frequently identified as a leading lawyer in Canada in his field and was appointed Queen's Counsel by British Columbia's Attorney General in 1999. Mr. de Gelder began his legal career in 1978 and practiced corporate and commercial law until 1987, when he was appointed the Executive Director of the British Columbia Securities Commission, where he led its regulatory, policy and enforcement operations, until 1990. Mr. de Gelder serves as an Independent Director and, since 2012, has chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee and served as a member of the Audit Committee of Pan American Silver Corp., a NYSE- and TSX-listed precious metals mining company with operations in Latin America, Mexico and Canada. Mr. de Gelder also served as a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of Pan-American Silver Corp from May 2021 until May 2023. He was also the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Governance Committee of ICBC, a multi-billion-dollar auto insurer owned by the Province of British Columbia, from 2004 until 2011. Mr. de Gelder also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Audit Committee of Discovery Fund VCC, a public, unlisted venture capital fund for British Columbia-based technology companies, from 2002 until 2016. He received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.
Adam Rothstein is a member of our Audit Committee and a member of the Board. From December 2020 until July 2021, Mr. Rothstein was a Sponsor and Director of Roth CH Acquisition II Co. (NASDAQ: ROCC). Roth CH Acquisition II was a special purpose acquisition company that merged with Reservoir Holdings, Inc. in July 2021, and in July of 2021, Mr. Rothstein was then named a Director of Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR). Mr. Rothstein is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Disruptive Technology Partners, an Israeli technology-focused early-stage investment fund, Disruptive Growth, a collection of late-stage investment vehicles focused on Israeli technology, and the Disruptive Technologies Opportunity Fund which he co-founded in 2013, 2014 and 2018 respectively. Since 2014, Mr. Rothstein has also been the Managing Member of 1007 Mountain Drive Partners, LLC, which is a consulting and investment vehicle. Previously, Mr. Rothstein was a sponsor and the Executive Chairman of 890 5th Avenue Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENFA) from September 2020 until December 2021. 890 5th Avenue Partners, Inc. was a special purpose acquisition company that merged with Buzzfeed, Inc. in December of 2021 and is now publicly listed on NASDAQ as Buzzfeed, Inc. (NASDAQ: BZFD). In December of 2021, Mr. Rothstein was named a Director of Buzzfeed, Inc and a member of its Audit Committee. (NASDAQ: BZFD). Mr. Rothstein was also a Sponsor and Director of Roth CH Acquisition I Co. (NASDAQ: ROCH), from May 2020 until March 2021. Roth CH Acquisition I was a special purpose acquisition company that merged with PureCycle Technologies LLC and is now publicly listed on NASDAQ as PureCycle Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCT). Mr. Rothstein was also a Sponsor and Director of Roth CH Acquisition III Co. (NASDAQ: ROCR) from March 2021 until February 2022. Roth CH Acquisition III Co. is now publicly listed on NASDAQ as QualTek Services Inc (NASDAQ: QTEK). Mr. Rothstein also served as a Director and member of the Audit Committee of Roth CH Acquisition IV Co. from August 2021 until May 2023. Roth CH Acquisition IV Co. was special purpose acquisition company that merged with Tigo Energy Inc. is now publicly listed on NASDAQ as Tigo Energy Services Inc (NASDAQ: TYGO). Since November 2021, Mr. Rothstein has served as a Director and member of the Audit Committee of Roth CH Acquisition V, a special purpose acquisition company. From July 2019 until January 2021, Mr. Rothstein was a Director of Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp. (NEO: SVC.A.U) (OTCQX: SBVCF), a special purpose acquisition company that partnered with Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter and Roc Nation in January 2021 to acquire CMG Partners Inc. and Left Coast Ventures, Inc. and which now trades as TPCO Holding Corp. (NEO: GRAM.U) (OTCQX: GRAMF). Mr. Rothstein has over 20 years of investment experience and currently sits on the Boards of Directors of several early- and mid-stage technology and media companies both in the United States and in Israel. Mr. Rothstein graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Finance from the University of Cambridge
Ryan P. Taylor
Ryan P. Taylor is a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Board. Mr. Taylor previously served on the Board of Directors of Reservoir Holdings, Inc. from April 2019 to July 2021. He has been the Managing Partner of Richmond Hill Investment Co., LP since its founding in 2010 and has also served as a Managing Director of Richmond Hill Investments, LLC since its founding in 2008. Richmond Hill is based in New York City and is a registered investment adviser that manages private investment partnerships that invest on an opportunistic basis across a variety of industries and asset classes. Before joining Richmond Hill, Mr. Taylor worked at the global investment bank, Greenhill & Co. Inc., from 1998 until 2008, most recently as a Principal. Mr. Taylor served on the Board of Managers of Tommy Boy Music, LLC from 2017 until the consummation of the acquisition of Tommy Boy Music, LLC by Reservoir in June 2021. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of private companies, including several involved in the music business. He earned a B.B.A. in Finance with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998.
Stephen M. Cook
Stephen M. Cook is the Chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, a member of our Compensation Committee and a member of the Board. Mr. Cook previously served on the Board of Directors of Reservoir Holdings, Inc. from April 2019 until July 2021. He has been an investment partner at Slate Path Capital, an investment firm based in New York that he co-founded, since 2012. Prior to co-founding Slate Path Capital, Mr. Cook worked at Blue Ridge Capital from 2005 until 2012. Prior to receiving his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in May 2005, Mr. Cook worked at Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst in Dallas, Texas, where he focused on leveraged buy-outs and corporate restructuring. He began his career as an analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston working on corporate mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Cook received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in May 2005 and his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Texas.
Jennifer G. Koss
Jennifer G. Koss is a member of our Audit Committee and a member of the Board. Ms. Koss has served as a Founding Partner of Springbank Collective, an early-stage investment firm focused on gender equality, since 2020. She has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of BRIKA, an experiential retail agency, since she co-founded the company in 2012. In February 2022, the company was acquired by SALT XC, a leading experiential commerce agency with offices in Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles. Previously, Ms. Koss worked for over a decade in management consulting and investment banking as an Associate at The Bridgespan Group, a Senior Investment Associate at Ontario Teachers' Private Capital and a Senior Associate at the Parthenon Group LLC. Ms. Koss has served on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Audit and Governance Committees for Dream Unlimited, a public Canadian real estate company, since 2014. Ms. Koss served on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Audit Committee for Komplett Group, a Norwegian e-commerce company, from August 2020 until May 2023 and on the Board of Directors of Moller Eiendom, a Norwegian real estate portfolio company, from June 2021 until June 2023. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Active Brands AS, a sports apparel and equipment company from August 2022 until June 2022. Ms. Koss also served on the Board of Directors of Senscom, a Norwegian healthcare technology company, from August 2020 until June 2023, and on the Board of Directors of Sneakersnstuff, a shoe and streetwear company, from August 2020 until June 2023. Ms. Koss has served as a trustee and member of the Finance Committee for the National Ballet of Canada since 2018. She also served as a trustee and member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario from 2017 until 2020. Ms. Koss holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) from the University of Oxford and an A.B. from Harvard University
Helima Croft is a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Board. Ms. Croft is a Managing Director and the Head of Global Commodity Strategy and Middle East and North Africa Research at RBC Capital Markets. Ms. Croft has also been a CNBC contributor since 2016. Prior to her current roles, Ms. Croft was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research at Barclays from 2008 until 2014 and worked in Lehman Brothers' Business Intelligence Group from 2005 until 2008. Ms. Croft also served as a senior economic analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency from 2001 until 2005 and served as a National Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2003 until 2004. Ms. Croft has served as a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council since 2018 and as a member of the National Petroleum Council since 2016. Ms. Croft is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Trilateral Commission. Ms. Croft has received a number of industry accolades, including Breaking Energy's Top Ten New York Women in Energy and Oil and Gas Investor's Top 25 Most Influential Women in Energy for 2019. Ms. Croft graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and earned her Ph.D. in Economic History from Princeton University in 2001.