BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Thomas F. (“Tom”) Lesinski is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National CineMedia, Inc. (NCMI). He also serves on the board of NCMI. as a Director.
A highly accomplished executive with a career bridging the entertainment, digital media, sales, marketing and advertising industries, Lesinski was appointed to the role of CEO in 2019 after serving as both an Independent Director (2014) and Chairman of the Board (2018) of NCMI Since, 2015, he had also served as CEO of Sonar Entertainment, a leading TV production company, after serving as a Sonar Board Director since 2013.
His extensive 25-year Hollywood career also includes prior leadership roles as CEO of Sonar Entertainment, a leading TV production company, after serving as a Sonar Board Director since 2013. His extensive 25-year Hollywood career also includes prior leadership roles as CEO and founder of Energi Entertainment, President of Digital Content & Distribution with Legendary Entertainment, President of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment and President of Worldwide Home Entertainment for Paramount, and both Executive Vice President and General Manager of Home Entertainment and Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing & Development at Warner Bros. He began his career in advertising, working at industry leaders BBDO, Foote, Cone & Belding, and Clairol Inc.
He holds bachelor’s degree in Journalism and master’s degree in Advertising from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Mr. Glazek joined Standard General in 2008. He is a Partner and the Portfolio Manager of the SG Special Situations Fund. His responsibilities include investment research and analysis and helping companies that Standard General controls or influences with operational, transactional and financing needs. He was formerly an investment banker at Lazard Frères & Co., where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings. He has also worked at the Blackstone Group. Mr. Glazek is currently a Director of Turning Point Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TPB) and Standard Diversified Inc. (NYSE: SDI) as well as a Manager of Standard Purification Holdings LLC and Donau Carbon USA LLC. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Mr. Goodman has been a director of NCM, Inc. since February 2007. Mr. Goodman founded White Mountain Media, a media consulting company, in July 2004 and he served as its president since inception until 2015. From July 2003 to July 2004, Mr. Goodman was retired. From March 1995 to July 2003, Mr. Goodman was the President of Sales and Marketing for CNN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Mr. Goodman currently serves as a director of Sagacity Media.
In 2005 Kurt helped found National CineMedia LLC (“NCM LLC”), the World’s largest cinema advertising network operated by partnership of the three largest cinema companies in the U.S., Regal Entertainment Group (“REG”), AMC Entertainment and Cinemark Theatres. At the time of NCM’s founding, Kurt was Co-Chairman/Co-CEO of REG and CEO of Regal CineMedia, Inc. (“RCM”), REG’s wholly-owned cinema advertising subsidiary and predecessor company to NCM LLC. NCM went public in 2007 through a complex Up-REIT structure that involved the formation of National CineMedia, Inc. (“NCMI”), a Company owned 100% by public shareholders that became a partner of the three theatre circuits in NCM LLC.
In January 2016, Kurt retired as NCM’s Chairman and CEO to pursue other interests, including spending more time with his wife and 11-year-old daughter (14 years old now). Kurt and his family have settled in Aspen Colorado, making it easy for them to pursue their many outdoor interests. Kurt is an avid skier, road biker, bow hunter and fly fisherman. In addition to these outdoor activities, Kurt has stayed active in business and presently serves as an advisor to the Board of Vector Media, a private equity-owned double decker bus advertising company based in New York City and consults with Cinemark Theatres on their cinema advertising business in South America. Kurt also serves on the board of the Aspen Education Foundation (“AEF”), a charitable organization that helps fund the Aspen School District so that it can provide a richer curriculum than is supported by Colorado Public School funding.
From NCM’s formation through retirement Kurt managed the complex NCM partnership between the three largest cinema companies and public shareholders (after the IPO), and led all of the Company’s corporate strategy and management of a high performing group of media sales, financial, operations and digital and network technology executives.
After founding NCMI and its predecessor RCM, Kurt led NCM from a media start-up to a mature public company. Kurt has a strong track record of thriving within all stages of business development - from developing the original idea through the chaos and uncertainty of start-up and early stage phases, through the more structured and disciplined realities of a public company. Throughout his business career as a CFO then CEO, Kurt has effectively leveraged his unique combination of strong financial, leadership and people skills and his competitive nature, to create companies that balance a focus on results and a strong culture that recognizes the value of its people and open communication.
Kurt has spent nearly 30 years working for public companies and companies controlled by large corporations and private equity firms in the media and entertainment business, including in the cable TV, cinema and advertising business sectors. Prior to taking NCM public in 2007, as CEO of United Artists Theatre Company (“UATC”) Kurt helped with the bankruptcy restructuring and then merger of UATC, Edwards Theatres and Regal Cinemas to form Regal Entertainment Group(“REG”). Kurt helped take REG public as its Co-Chairman and Co-CEO in 2002. Prior to being CEO of UATC, Kurt became its CFO when it was sold to private equity firm Merrill Lynch Capital Partners in 1992. Prior to the sale of UATC by its parent company United Artists Entertainment Company (“UAE”), a public cable TV and cinema company controlled by cable company Telecommunications, Inc., Kurt was VP Treasurer and Director of Finance/Public Reporting for UAE. Prior to entering the entertainment/media business Kurt worked for a short time in the Oil and Gas business. Kurt started his business career at national accounting firm Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) after graduating from the University of Vermont in 1983 with a BA in Business Administration.
While growing up in a small town in northern Vermont and a suburb of Portland Maine, Kurt became an avid sportsman and outdoorsman and highly competitive athlete. After promising early careers in baseball, soccer and ski racing in Vermont and Maine, Kurt played professional baseball for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees for three years after graduating from high school and then returned to college. Kurt spent one semester at the University of Maine and then returned home to Vermont to finish his studies at the University of Vermont.
Mr. Mitchell has served as a director of NCM, Inc. since October 2006. Mr. Mitchell has served as Chairman of the Board of Cinemark USA, Inc. since March 1996 and as a Director since its inception in 1987 and Chief Executive Officer of Cinemark USA, Inc. until December 2006. Mr. Mitchell serves on the boards of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and National Association of Theatre Owners. In addition, Mr. Mitchell serves as a director and member of the compensation committee of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc.
Mr. Segall, is the owner and Managing Director of Kidron Corporate Advisors, LLC, a New York based mergers and acquisitions corporate advisory boutique founded in 2003, and is the CEO of Kidron Capital Advisors LLC since 2009. Previously, he served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Investec, Inc. from 2001 to 2003, following his role as Investec Inc.’s head of investment banking and general counsel. Prior to that, he was a partner at the law firm of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP, specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and capital markets activities. Mr. Segall has over two decades of board leadership experience at both public and private companies, giving him the ability to offer guidance to NCM and its operations.
A trailblazing advertising executive with extensive experience on both the advertising agency and media network side, Speciale was most recently the President of Advertising Sales at WarnerMedia where she oversaw advertising revenue for the company’s domestic entertainment, news and kids’ television and digital brands since 2012. While in this role Speciale also developed a suite of brand content studios and launched a social practice that helped better the overall ad and consumer experience and drove new revenue streams to the company. She joined Turner Broadcasting in 2012 as President of Turner Entertainment and Young Adult Ad Sales, maximizing advertising revenue for TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim.
Prior to that, from 2003-2012, she worked directly with clients on the agency side as President of Investment, Activation and Agency Operations at MediaVest Worldwide, overseeing the agency’s integrated digital, broadcast, print, and out-of-home practice and overseeing media investments for brands such as Kraft, Walmart, P&G, and Coca-Cola. Her past advertising agency experience also includes nearly 15 years at Mediacom on the broadcast team in a variety of leadership roles including Executive Vice President of National and Local Broadcast, managing media investments for brands including Warner Bros., GlaxoSmithKline, Hasbro, Kmart, Staples and Subway. She began her advertising career at Leonard Monahan Saabye.
Well known for driving innovation in the media marketplace, Speciale has received numerous industry awards and has served on the Board of Directors for industry associations including MAKERS, She Runs IT, The Advertising Club of New York and the Video Advertising Bureau (VAB). She also currently serves as a Board Member for Digital Remedy.
Ms. Teperberg has served as Chief Commercial Officer of Cineworld Group plc since 2016 and Senior VP Commercial from 2014 to 2015. Prior to that time, she served as Head of Programming and Marketing for Cinema City International from 2002 to 2013. On February 28, 2018, Cineworld Group plc acquired the parent corporation of Regal. Ms. Teperberg has extensive experience in the cinema industry which enables her to share with the board suggestions about how similarly situated companies effectively assess and undertake business considerations and opportunities.