Our management team is comprised of industry professionals with expertise across a diverse range of industries.
Joseph Steinberg is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of HRG Group.
Joseph Steinberg has served as Chief Executive Officer as of April 2017, Chairman of the Board since December 2014 and as a director of HRG Group since July 2014. Mr. Steinberg has also served on the board of directors of Fidelity & Guaranty Life and Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., each of which is a subsidiary of HRG Group. Mr. Steinberg is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Leucadia National Corporation (“Leucadia”). He served as a director of Leucadia since December 1978 and as President from January 1979 until March 1, 2013. Mr. Steinberg has served as Chairman of the board of directors of HomeFed Corporation since 1999 and as a HomeFed director since 1998. Mr. Steinberg serves on the board of directors of Crimson Wine Group, Ltd. Mr. Steinberg has served as a director of Jefferies since April 2008. Mr. Steinberg previously served as a director of Mueller Industries, Inc. from September 2011 to September 2012.
George C. Nicholson serves as the Chief Financial Officer of HRG
George Nicholson serves as the 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.
Ehsan Zargar serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of HRG Group.
Ehsan Zargar, age 40, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HRG effective as of January 2017, as General Counsel since April 2015, and as Corporate Secretary since February 2012. Mr. Zargar is responsible for leading and carrying out the Company’s strategic and tactical initiatives, including M&A and capital raising activities. Mr. Zargar is also responsible for providing the Company’s Board and senior management with advice on the Company’s strategies and for their implementation. In addition, Mr. Zargar is responsible for overseeing the Company’s legal and risk management function. 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. Prior to HRG, Mr. Zargar worked in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP from November 2006 to June 2011, where he worked on a range of capital markets and securities transactions and public and private M&A transactions and other corporate governance and securities laws matters. Prior to that, Mr. Zargar practiced law at another major law firm focusing on general corporate matters. Mr. Zargar received a law degree from Faculty of Law at University of Toronto and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.