our team

Our management team is comprised of industry professionals with expertise across a diverse range of industries.

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Omar M. Asali

President and Chief Executive Officer

Omar M. Asali is Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the Board of Directors of HRG Group.

Omar M. Asali is Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the Board of Directors of HRG Group. Mr. Asali is also the Vice Chairman of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., the Chairman of HGI Asset Management Holdings, LLC and a member of the Board of the Directors of Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Front Street Re (Cayman) Ltd, Zap.Com Corporation, and Compass Production GP, LLC, each a subsidiary of HRG Group.

Mr. Asali is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of HRG Group, including M&A activity and overall business strategy for HRG Group and HRG Group’s underlying subsidiaries. Mr. Asali has been directly involved in all of HRG Group’s acquisitions across all sectors, and he is actively involved in HRG Group’s management and investment activities. Prior to becoming President of HRG Group, Mr. Asali was a Managing Director and Head of Global Strategy of Harbinger Capital Partners LLC, an affiliate of HRG Group, where he was responsible for global portfolio strategy and business development.

Before joining Harbinger Capital in 2009, Mr. Asali was the co-head of Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies (“Goldman Sachs HFS”) where he helped manage approximately $25 billion of capital allocated to external managers. Mr. Asali also served as co-chair of the Investment Committee at Goldman Sachs HFS. Before joining Goldman Sachs HFS in 2003, Mr. Asali worked in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, providing M&A and strategic advisory services to clients in the High Technology Group. Mr. Asali previously worked at Capital Guidance, a boutique private equity firm. Mr. Asali began his career working for a public accounting firm. Mr. Asali received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Tech.

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George C. Nicholson

Acting Chief Financial Officer

George C. Nicholson serves as the Acting Chief Financial Officer of HRG

George Nicholson serves as the Acting Chief Financial Officer since January 2016. In November 2015, the Company appointed Mr. Nicholson to the position of Chief Accounting Officer of the Company. Mr. Nicholson has been employed by HGI Asset Management, a subsidiary of the Company, since May 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Nicholson served as Vice President and Controller of FGL Insurance from August 2007 through May 2013. Prior to joining FGL Insurance, Mr. Nicholson served as Chief Accounting Officer of Capital Bank Corporation from September 2005 to August 2007 and previously held executive positions at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and London Pacific Life & Annuity Company. Mr. Nicholson spent 10 years with Ernst & Young ending as a Senior Manager specializing in the energy and financial services industry. Mr. Nicholson is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

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Ehsan Zargar

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Ehsan Zargar serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of HRG Group.

Ehsan Zargar serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of HRG Group. Mr. Zargar joined the Company in June 2011 as a member of the legal department and since then has served in positions of increasing responsibility.

From November 2006 to June 2011, Mr. Zargar was an Associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Prior to that, Mr. Zargar worked as an Associate at a major international law firm. Mr. Zargar received his J.D. from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and a B.A from the University of Toronto.