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Marc C. Bergschneider
Marc C. Bergschneider, Managing Member, co-founder Starboard Capital Partners, LLC
marcb@starboardcapital.net
Mr. Bergschneider is a Managing Member and co-founder of Starboard Capital Partners. Marc currently serves as a Director of JPC Holdings, LLC, chairs the Board of Managers of CV Properties, LLC and is observing director of Apothecare, LLC. Marc was a past Chairman of WHI Solutions, Inc. and Vice Chairman of Jan-Pro Holdings, LLC. Prior to co-founding Starboard, Marc was Chairman and CEO of National Fairways, LLC. Earlier in his career, Marc was a Managing Director at Drexel Burnham, Lehman Brothers, and Kidder Peabody. Marc graduated with a BA from Brown University and has an MBA from The University of Chicago. He is a steward for the Brown University Crew, and a past Director for both the Brown University Sports Foundation and the National Rowing Foundation.
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Dean E. Fenton
Dean E. Fenton, Managing Member, Chairman, Advisory Board, co-founder Starboard Capital Partners, LLC
deanf@starboardcapital.net
Dean E. Fenton is a Managing Member and co-founder of Starboard Capital Partners. Dean currently serves on the Board of Managers of CV Properties, LLC. Prior to co-founding Starboard, Dean was a founding partner of Prime Capital Management. Prior to that, he was a General Partner at Sprout Capital Group Ventures. Dean was the lead Project Manager and a member of the Board of Director for numerous Prime Capital and Sprout Capital portfolio companies. Dean began his career as an investment professional at three Boston based financial institutions including Boston Capital. Dean has a BA from Harvard College and a MBA from Columbia University. While attending Harvard and Columbia, he was a Flyer for eight years in the United States Air Force.
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Peter (PJ) H. Smith, Jr
Peter (PJ) H. Smith, Jr., Managing Director
PJS@starboardcapital.net
Peter H. Smith, Jr. is a Managing Director at Starboard Capital Partners. PJ currently serves on the Board of Directors of Starboard's Physical Therapy platform and the Board of Directors of PureRED, and he is a Board Observer at JPC Holdings, LLC. Prior to joining Starboard, PJ was President and Founder of Canwell Capital, LLC. Before that, he worked at the asset management firm Birinyi Associates. PJ began his career by spending seven years in corporate finance at Bear Stearns, holding several positions in Debt Capital Markets and on the Investment Grade Debt Syndicate desk. PJ graduated with a BA from Middlebury College.
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Jeffrey B. Kindler
Jeffrey B. Kindler, Operating Partner
jeffk@starboardcapital.net
Jeff is a Director of Starboard Capital Partners. Prior to joining Starboard in 2011, he was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer, the world's largest research-based biopharmaceutical company, which he joined in January 2002 and from which he retired in December 2010. He joined Pfizer as Executive Vice President and General Counsel and, prior to his appointment as CEO in July 2006, he served as a Vice Chairman of the Company. In 1990, Jeff joined the General Electric Company, where he was Vice President of Litigation and Legal Policy. In 1996, he joined McDonald's Corporation as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, responsible for both legal and corporate affairs, and then moved into line management as President of Partner Brands, which included several restaurant brands such as Boston Market, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Donato’s Pizza, and Pret a Manger. He began his career as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission and served as a law clerk to Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit and later as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He practiced civil and criminal litigation at the firm of Williams & Connolly, where he became a partner. Jeff currently serves as a Director or Advisor to a number of companies and institutions including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Lux Capital, Paragon Pharmaceuticals, AgaMatrix, Intrexon, Sheridan Healthcare, PPD, Tufts University, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, and the Manhattan Theatre Club. He is a member of President Obama’s Management Advisory Board. Jeff earned his BA from Tufts University and his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
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Edgardo Mercadante
Edgardo Mercadante – Operating Partner
edm@starboardcapital.net
Ed has led MedOptions as CEO since November 2012 and is also President/Founder of Dante Capital Management which focuses on consulting operations for healthcare turn-arounds. He previously led the early growth of NuScriptRX and was CEO for Partners Pharmacy (the 3rd largest LTC pharmacy in the US). Previously Ed was the CEO and Co-Founder of APP, a pharmacy benefit management company, and COO for the Arrow Pharmacy & Nutrition Center Franchise System. Additionally, Ed has deep experience in Wellness and Nutritional Healthcare having been the key idea driver for the buyout of General Nutrition Centers (GNC) from Royal Numico in 2003 by Apollo Global Management, subsequently serving on the GNC Board of Directors and chairing its audit committee.
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Brian E. Stern
Brian E. Stern, Operating Partner
brians@starboardcapital.net
Brian is a Director at Starboard Capital Partners. Prior to joining Starboard, Brian spent 35 years at Xerox Corp. He joined Xerox in 1976 at its corporate headquarters, where Brian held finance and product development positions. From 1992 to 1994, he headed Corporate Business Strategy of the firm. He was a Senior Vice President and President of Xerox Technology Enterprises from 1999 to 2001, Senior Vice President from 1996 to 1999, and President of the Office Document Products Group of Xerox from 1994 to 1999. He was the President of the Xerox Supplies Business Group, where his organization focused on an array of products for document processing, such as paper, toner, inks, and cartridges. Throughout his career at the firm, Brian held various positions at the firm including that of the Chief Strategy Officer for 15 years. Other positions held included Senior Vice President of Fuji Xerox Operations of Xerox Corp., Corporate Vice President of Xerox Corp., and Corporate Senior Vice President. Brian began his career with the Boston Consulting Group. He has been an Independent Director of HNI Corp. since 1998, Deluxepinpoint since 1995, and is currently the Chairman of ESP (Electronic Systems Protection, Inc.). Mr. Stern was previously on the Boards of Esselte AB, New England Business Services, Integic, Fuji Xerox, Inxight Software, and was the Chairman of Mondus.com. Brian earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of East Anglia, and has a M.B.A. from Harvard.
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Hunter A. Bergschneider
Hunter A. Bergschneider - Vice President

hunterb@starboardcapital.net
Hunter is a Vice President at Starboard Capital Partners. He currently supports Starboard's deal sourcing, structuring, and portfolio management efforts and is responsible for financial modeling and analysis, market research, and investor presentations. Prior to joining Starboard he worked at Google and Thomson Reuters, where he created data-driven solutions toward sustained growth and operational excellence among Partnerships and Sales organizations. Hunter holds an MBA (2017) from the ie/Brown Executive Program and a BA from Brown University in History. He is fluent in Spanish and SQL.
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