|SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC. filed this Form DEF 14A on 11/20/2017|
Director Since: July 2010 Age: 47
Mr. McMahon was appointed Vice Chairman as of January 12, 2016 and was previously our Chairman from July 2010 to January 2016. Prior to joining us, from 2000 to December 31, 2009, Mr. McMahon served in various executive level positions with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE). Mr. McMahon also sits on the Boards of Directors of International Sports Management (USA) Inc., a Delaware corporation, and Global Power of Literacy, a New York not-for-profit corporation.
Mr. McMahon has significant marketing and promotion experience and has been instrumental in exploiting content programming on a global basis. In light of our business and structure, Mr. McMahon’s extensive executive and industry experience led us to the conclusion that he should serve as a director of our Company.
Robert G. Benya
Director Since: October 2017 Age: 58
Mr. Benya was appointed as Chief Revenue Officer and director of the Company effective as of October 9, 2017. Mr. Benya is a highly distinguished media executive with over 35 years of experience who has pioneered numerous businesses and product innovations in the U.S. and Scandinavian cable television industries. Prior to joining the Company, from January 2010 to June 2017, he was the President & CEO of iN DEMAND L.L.C., the pioneer & world leader in providing transactional entertainment through TV’s most innovative technologies. Prior to joining iN DEMAND, Mr. Benya led numerous innovations at Time Warner Cable (“TWC”) and helped create new, multi-billion dollar businesses including: Road Runner High Speed Internet, Broadband Portals, Online Video Stores, Advertising Sales Interconnect Joint Ventures, Pay Per View, Video on Demand, Interactive TV and Cloud DVR services. During his career he was the Chief Revenue Officer for Road Runner High Speed Internet, Senior Vice President of AOL/Time Warner Interactive Video and Corporate Senior Vice President for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Mr. Benya has received numerous industry awards including the Cable TV Vanguard Award, multiple ACE and CTAM Awards, two Marketing Executive of the Year Awards, the Paragon Communication President's Award and a Time Warner Cable Innovation Award. He also holds six patents and has won a Technical Emmy Award.
Mr. Benya has significant operational, revenue and executive management experience in the content content distribution and, cloud services space and has significant experience serving in senior executive positions, including chief revenue officer. In light of our business and structure, Mr. Benya’s extensive industry and management experience led us to the conclusion that he should serve as a director of our Company.
James S. Cassano*
Director Since: January 2008 Age: 71
Mr. Cassano was appointed as director of the Company effective as of January 11, 2008. Mr. Cassano is currently a Partner & Chief Financial Officer of CoActive Health Solutions, LLC, a worldwide contract research organization, supporting the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Mr. Cassano has served as executive vice president, chief financial officer, secretary and director of Jaguar Acquisition Corporation a Delaware corporation (OTCBB: JGAC), a blank check company, since its formation in June 2005. Mr. Cassano has served as a managing director of Katalyst LLC, a company which provides certain administrative services to Jaguar Acquisition Corporation, since January 2005. In June 1998, Mr. Cassano founded New Forum Publishers, an electronic publisher of educational material for secondary schools, and served as its chairman of the Board and chief executive officer until it was sold to Apex Learning, Inc., a company controlled by Warburg Pincus, in August 2003. He remained with Apex until November 2003 in transition as vice president business development and served as a consultant to the company through February 2004. In June 1995, Mr. Cassano co-founded Advantix, Inc., a high volume electronic ticketing software and transaction services company which handled event related client and customer payments, that was renamed Tickets.com and went public through an IPO in 1999. From March 1987 to June 1995, Mr. Cassano served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Hill Group, Inc., a privately-held engineering and consulting organization, and from February 1986 to March 1987, Mr. Cassano served as vice president of investments and acquisitions for Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a public venture development company. From May 1973 to February 1986, Mr. Cassano served as partner and director of strategic management services (Europe) for the strategic management group of Hay Associates. Mr. Cassano received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania.