Board

The Board of Rubicon consists of six directors:

  • Thomas Avery (appointed 18 July 2018)
  • Hugh Fletcher (appointed 23 March 2001)
  • Ozey Horton (appointed 11 July 2018) 
  • David Knott* co-Chairman (who has a 28.28% relevant ownership interest in Rubicon) (appointed 16 December 2011)
  • Luke Moriarty (Chief Executive Officer) (appointed 22 January 2001)
  • Ranjan Tandon co-Chairman (who has a 17.64% relevant ownership interest in Rubicon) (appointed 12 September 2017)

* David Knott Jr is David Knott's alternate (appointed 24 February 2017).

Biographies of the Rubicon Board of Directors 

 

Thomas Avery

Independent Director

MBA Harvard Business School; BSc Georgia Institute of Technology

Tom has nearly 40 years of investment banking and venture capital experience. He has served on numerous private company boards throughout his career, advising companies on the successful financing, planning and execution of growth strategies.

As an investment banker, Tom worked primarily with middle market growth companies in executing mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and private placements of equity and debt. He served as a Managing Director at Raymond James & Associates from 2000-2014, which involved the management of the technology investment banking group and the financial sponsors’ efforts. Prior to that, Tom’s career saw him act as the head of the investment banking group at Interstate/Johnson-Lane, be a general partner at Summit Partners and at Noro-Moseley Partners, and work as a Senior Vice President at The Robinson-Humphrey Company.

He currently has directorships at Cicero Inc., CRA International Inc, and KIPP Metro Atlanta.

 

Hugh Fletcher

Independent Director

MBA Stanford University; MCom (Hons) and BSc University of Auckland

Hugh is Chairman of IAG (New Zealand) Holdings Limited, IAG (New Zealand) Limited and Fletcher Brothers Limited, and a Director of Insurance Australia Group Limited.

He is also a Trustee of The University of Auckland Foundation, the Dilworth Trust, The Fletcher Trust, JMC Fletcher Family Trust and The New Zealand Portrait Gallery, and a member of the Asia Pacific Committee of the Trilateral Commission, and the Advisory Committee of the Knox Investment Partners Fund IV.

Hugh has broad pastoral farming interests. His executive experience includes six years as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Fletcher Challenge Limited, before he became CEO from 1987–1997.

 

Ozey Horton

Independent Director

MBA Harvard Business School; BSE Duke University

Ozey has extensive experience in global operations, strategic planning, merger and acquisition integration and change management. He has been a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Co., a business consulting organisation, since 2011 when he retired after nearly 30 years with the firm. At McKinsey, Ozey led various practice areas around the globe, including Pulp, Paper and Packaging, Industrial, Change Management, Global Operations in Energy and Materials, and Basic Materials. His McKinsey client service and practice leadership provided for considerable experience working in Europe, South America, India, and Asia. He is a faculty member for McKinsey’s leadership development program and also serves as an independent business advisor.

He currently serves on the boards of Metso Corporation, Worthington Industries, Al Dabbagh Group, and Louisiana–Pacific Corp. He also serves on the Board of Spoleto Festival, USA and the Advisory Board of The MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

 

David Knott

Director and co-Chairman 

BA University of Pennsylvania; MBA Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

David is the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chief Investment Manager and Co-Managing Partner of Knott Partners who, with associated entities, is Rubicon’s largest shareholder. He has served as Chief Investment Manager of Knott Partners since 1987, and prior to this he was a General Partner and analyst at Mandrakos Associates.

 

David Knott Jnr*

Alternate Director*

BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

David is the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chief Investment Manager and Co-Managing Partner of Knott Partners who, with associated entities, is Rubicon’s largest shareholder. He has served as Co-Chief Investment Manager of Knott Partners since March 2017. David is on the Advisory Board of The HiGro Group, LLC.

 

Luke Moriarty

Chief Executive Officer and Director

MS Stanford University; LLB (Hons) and BCA Victoria University 

Luke has a strong background in business and commercial transactions, both in New Zealand and North America. His financial experience has included extensive international business valuation, acquisition, divestment and joint venture analysis and negotiation, and structuring and execution in multi-billion dollar transactions – ranging from minority buyouts to trade sales and IPOs.

He joined the Fletcher Challenge Executive Office in 1999, and in 2000 was instrumental in the structuring of the financial separation of the Fletcher Challenge Group, including the establishment of Tenon (then Fletcher Challenge Forests) and the formation of Rubicon in 2001.

Luke is a Director and the CEO of Rubicon and a Director of ArborGen Inc. He was previously (2012 – 2016) a Monetary Policy Advisor to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and the Chairman of Tenon Limited.

 

Ranjan Tandon

Director and co-Chairman

MBA Harvard Business School; B Tech Indian Institute of Technology

Ranjan is Founder and Managing Member of Libra Advisors LLC (Libra), which holds a 17.6% interest in Rubicon. Libra had assets of $2.5 billion and invested in domestic and emerging market equities prior to conversion to a family office in 2012. He previously served as Sr Management Trainee with DCM in India, CFO of an LBO, InterMarine Incorporated, Houston and as a VP with Merrill Lynch prior to establishing Libra in 1990.

Ranjan is also a Board Member of the NYU Tandon Engineering School, the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy and has endowed Faculty Chairs at the Harvard Business School and Yale University. He is also a Director of a listed Stockholm Company, Vostok Emerging Finance, which invests in early and growth stage fintech companies across emerging markets.