Mr. Raynor is currently a principal of R&S Associates LLC, a consulting firm, since October 2011. Mr. Raynor also serves as President of The Sidney Hillman Foundation, a foundation that supports and rewards socially conscious journalism, since January 2001, is a member of the Board of Directors of the TransAfrica Forum Inc., a foreign-policy organization promoting diversity, equity and justice, since January 2003, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rockland BOCES Family Resource Center Foundation, a community-based education non-profit, since January 2005.
Previously, Mr. Raynor served as Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union, and as President of Workers United labor union. Mr. Raynor also had a seminal leadership role in advancing Taft Hartley pension fund investment in private equity and hedge funds and served two terms as co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors, the largest organization of corporate, public and union pension funds in the country, representing three trillion dollars in assets. Additionally, Mr. Raynor served for 10 years as chairman of the 4.5 billion dollar Amalgamated Bank, the only union owned bank in America, and was chairman of Amalgamated Life Insurance Company for fifteen years.
In addition to the above, Mr. Raynor’s 38-year career as one of the most respected labor leaders in North America, where he served as President of the garment workers union UNITE, and UNITE HERE, the merger between the national garment union and the hotel and casino union, Vice President of the AFL-CIO, and was a founding member of Change To Win, a separate labor federation of some 6,000,000 workers, give him the extensive leadership and policymaking experience to serve as a director.
Mr. Ahmed has served on the Board of Directors of MNK as the lead independent non-executive director since August 2014. He has served as an executive director of Ritz Tiles, an importer and distributor of tiles, since 2002. Mr. Ahmed is also a director for investment holding companies and a real estate investment trust, and previously held directorships with other companies in the clothing and textile industry. We believe that Mr. Ahmed’s qualifications to serve as a director include his finance and leadership experience over more than 25 years and related industry and investment experience.