Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. oversees the management of the business and affairs of the Oppenheimer group of companies, including Oppenheimer Holdings’ domestic and foreign subsidiaries (collectively the "Oppenheimer Group"). The management of the business and affairs of the Oppenheimer Group is supervised by the Board. The Board provides direction and oversight to the senior management of, and oversees the strategic direction of, the Oppenheimer Group.
Mr. Behrens joined the Board in 2016. Mr. Behrens is currently the Managing Member of B Capital Advisors LLC, an investment firm. He also serves as a board member of Sidewinder Drilling LLC, a land based oil rig operator, and SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc., an offshore oil and gas provider, positions he has held since 2017. From 2009 to 2017, Mr. Behrens was a Senior Vice President with SEACOR Holdings Inc., a global provider of equipment and services supporting the offshore oil and gas and marine transportation industries that he initially joined in 2008. From 2012 to 2017, he was Chairman of the Board of Trailer Bridge, Inc., a Jones Act container company. Additionally, he served as a board member of Penford Corporation from 2013 to 2015, a board member of Global Marine Systems from 2014 to 2015, and a board member of Continental Insurance Group, Ltd. from 2016 until 2017. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Portfolio Manager and Partner at Level Global Investors, a New York based hedge fund. Mr. Behrens has a B.A. degree from the University of Chicago. The Company believes that Mr. Behrens’ qualifications to serve on the Board include the extensive experience that he has gained through his key roles with several other significant businesses, including his experience as a Board Chairman, as well as his demonstrated management, financial and business development skills and acumen. He is a member of the Audit, Compliance, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
Timothy M. DwyerTitle:
Mr. Dwyer joined the Board in 2016. He is the founder, former CEO and Chairman of Entitle Direct Group, Inc., a title insurance company. Prior to founding Entitle Direct Group, Inc. in 2006, Mr. Dwyer served as Managing Director at the investment banking firm of Greenhill & Company from 2002 to 2005, specializing in the insurance industry. He previously held a similar position at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as a Managing Director specializing in the insurance sector from 1993 to 2001. Mr. Dwyer was also a Vice President at Salomon Brothers Inc. from 1987 to 1993, and he was a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Illinois from 1983 to 1985. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, and brings significant financial, accounting and insurance knowledge to the Company, as well as demonstrable entrepreneurial, compliance and advisory skills. Mr. Dwyer has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois. He is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit, and Compliance Committees.
William J. EhrhardtTitle:
Mr. Ehrhardt joined the Board in 2008. He is a retired senior audit partner formerly with Deloitte & Touche LLP, New York with over 30 years of professional experience primarily in the banking and securities and insurance industries. While in the practice of public accounting, Mr. Ehrhardt supervised the audits of the firm’s largest multinational financial services clients. In addition, Mr. Ehrhardt participated in numerous firm wide initiatives relating to the audit practice and related quality control matters and served as Partner in Charge of the Tri State Financial Services Assurance and Advisory Practice. Mr. Ehrhardt is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA. Mr. Ehrhardt brings strong accounting and financial skills and experience to the Company which is important to the oversight of the Company’s financial reporting and enterprise and operational risk management. Mr. Ehrhardt is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation and Compliance Committees.
Paul M. FriedmanTitle:
Mr. Friedman joined the Board in 2015. Mr. Friedman spent 27 years at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. from 1981 to 2008, most recently holding the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Fixed Income Division. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Friedman was a Managing Director responsible for business development at Mariner Investment Group, LLC. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Friedman was Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Guggenheim Securities LLC. Mr. Friedman brings an extensive amount of operational and risk management experience to the Company as well as a deep knowledge of the financial services industry. Mr. Friedman is a Certified Public Accountant. He is the Lead Director, Chairman of the Compliance Committee and a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
Teresa A. GlasserTitle:
Ms. Glasser joined the Board in May 2018. Ms. Glasser, a Principal with Financial Risk Group, Inc. since 2017, has a 30 year track record advising clients in the areas of risk, data and analytics. She joined the Financial Risk Group after consulting independently with Briter Consulting, LLC, a family owned consulting firm, from 2016 through 2017. Prior to this, Ms. Glasser was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase from 2013 to 2016, initiating Capital Stress Testing Analytics for the Corporate Office and, as Chief Data Officer for Asset Management, establishing the Chief Data Office. Ms. Glasser served as the first Deputy Director of the Office of Financial Research (US Treasury), delivering data, standards, analytics and technology to support the Financial Stability Oversight Council from 2011 to 2013. As Chief Risk Officer, she established the Chief Risk Office for Bunge Limited from 2007 to 2010. Ms. Glasser led and established teams in risk and analytics at Credit Suisse from 2002 to 2005, and at Merrill Lynch from 1987 through 1998 and 2001. She developed and delivered financial services for IBM, from 2002 to 2005, and KPMG Consulting, from 1999 through 2000. She began her career as an Assistant Professor of Finance at Rutgers University from 1984 to 1986 and Bentley College from 1986 to 1987. She has a PhD and MA in Economics from Fordham University and has a BS in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ms. Glasser brings extensive experience in risk management to the Board. She is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committees.
Albert G. LowenthalTitle:
Mr. Lowenthal joined the Board in 1985. Mr. Lowenthal is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, positions he has held since 1985. Mr. Lowenthal has worked in the securities industry since 1967. Mr. Lowenthal’s extensive experience in the securities industry and as Chief Executive of our Company gives him unique insights into the Company’s challenges, opportunities and operations. Since his arrival at the Company, Mr. Lowenthal has built the Company through acquisition and organic growth taking stockholders’ equity from $5 million to $513 million at December 31, 2016. Mr. Lowenthal is R.S. Lowenthal’s father.
Robert S. LowenthalTitle:
Mr. Lowenthal is President of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. as well as the firm’s broker-dealer Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. He has been a member of the firm’s Board of Directors since May 2013 and provides strategic, financial reporting, enterprise, and operational risk management perspectives given his longstanding experience and direct connection to the businesses. Mr. Lowenthal chairs the Executive Management Committee and Co-Chairs the Risk Management Committee, where he drives the firm’s agenda for growth, balanced with operational and financial risk. In addition, he serves as Head of Investment Banking, where he leads the division responsible for delivering capital raising and advisory services to privately-held and publicly-traded companies, investment funds, and government entities. Mr. Lowenthal joined the firm in 1999, and subsequently became Head of the Taxable Fixed Income business in 2007, and in 2012 assumed responsibility for all Global Fixed Income capabilities, including oversight of the Public Finance and Municipal Sales and Trading departments. He received his BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from Columbia Business School.
A. Winn OughtredTitle:
Mr. Oughtred joined the Board in 1979. Mr. Oughtred, now retired, was Counsel from January 1, 2009 to May 31, 2009 and prior to December 31, 2008 a Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (law firm). Mr. Oughtred practiced corporate law. Mr. Oughtred brings strong governance, legal, business and financial industry knowledge to our Board, important to the oversight of the Company’s financial reporting, enterprise and operational risk management and governance policy. Mr. Oughtred is a director of CI Financial Corp., the shares of which are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and Belmont House. Mr. Oughtred is certified as an Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada) certified director (ICD.D). Mr. Oughtred is Chairman of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees and a member of the Compensation and Compliance Committees.
R. Lawrence RothTitle:
Mr. Roth joined the Board in July 2018. Mr. Roth’s career has spanned over three decades in which he has been an operator of companies, a dealmaker, a strategic advisor and a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Roth is currently the Managing Partner of RLR. Strategic Partners LLC, a consulting company, a position he has held since October 2016. Prior to that, from 2014 to 2016, Mr. Roth served as Chief Executive Officer of Cetera Financial Group, the nation's second largest network of independent broker-dealers, with over 9,000 financial advisors supporting approximately two million retail clients and over $200 billion in advisory and brokerage assets. Prior to that, from September of 2013 to May of 2014, Mr. Roth was the Chief Executive Officer of Realty Capital Securities, a financial services firm engaged in the independent wealth management business. From January 2006 to September 2013, Mr. Roth was Chief Executive Officer of AIG Advisors Group, one of the largest networks of independent broker-dealers in the country. He started his career as an accountant at Deloitte and Touche where he became a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Roth has an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a J. D. from the University of Detroit School of Law. He is also a graduate of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He is a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.