Vistage International Board of Directors

CEO Organization- Vistage International Board of Directors
Vistage International is a CEO organization. Our Board of Directors represent the best and brightest minds in the business world today, and their achievements show their passionate pursuit for success and excellence.

Peter J. Campbell Kerry D. Hatch Michael Fleisher
Brian Jacobsen Brian Nairn Travis Nelson
Rafael Pastor Ian Sacks Leon D. Shapiro

Peter J. Campbell

Peter J. Campbell is a Managing Partner at Education Growth Partners. He has over 20 years of experience successfully investing in, and helping drive the scaling of high-growth education, media and information services firms.

Campbell began his career by providing senior and subordinated debt financing for leading, high-growth media and information services firms at the Bank of New England. Afterwards,  he joined Burr, Egan, and Deleage, the trail-blazing growth equity firm focused on growth companies in the media and content services sectors. He then worked as a senior operating executive for several years before he was named a partner at Generation Partners, a $345 million growth equity firm where he focused on the education sector for more than 10 years.

In addition to his investing experience, Campbell has a passionate interest in social entrepreneurship.  For nine years, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Echoing Green Foundation, which has provided seed funding to over 500 social entrepreneurs.

Campbell holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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Kerry D. Hatch

Kerry Hatch is the CEO of Gocella, a software start-up in New York City. Additionally, she is an active angel investor and on the Board of Plastiq, a new payment alternative for high ticket purchases. Kerry has also been a consultant to start-ups and Fortune 100 companies in the payments and digital advertising arena.

Previously, Hatch worked for Time, Inc. as the CEO and President of QSP, a $300MM for-profit school product fundraising business that sells magazine subscriptions, food and gift products. Prior to that, she was President of the St. Regis and Luxury Collection businesses for Starwood Hotels. Previously, she was the CEO and President of GoodTimes Entertainment, which was sold to two strategic buyers in 2005.

For the first 22 years of her career, Hatch worked for American Express Travel Related Services in its card issuing, merchant and travel businesses. During her last four years at AE, she  served as President of OPEN: The Small Business Network and also as a member of the Global Management Team.

Hatch earned an MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Michael Fleisher

Michael Fleisher, Chief Financial Officer, drives finance, mergers & acquisitions, and business strategy at, the largest online retailer of home products and furnishings in the U.S.’s portfolio of home brands includes AllModern, Joss & Main, and DwellStudio. ended 2012 with $600+ million in revenue and currently employs over 1,400 people in offices located in Boston (HQ), Utah, Kentucky, the U.K., Ireland, Germany and Australia.

Prior to joining, Michael served as Warner Music Group’s (WMG) Vice Chairman, Strategy and Operations, where he oversaw the company’s global corporate strategy and operations, led the transformation of its business models and operational processes and managed all corporate development and M&A activity.  Prior to his departure, he led the deal process that culminated with the sale of WMG to Access Industries in a $3B take private transaction.

Michael joined WMG in 2005 as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide financial operations and led the company to achieve its highest operating margins. Michael played a prominent role in taking the company public in May 2005.

Michael came to WMG from Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading technology research company, where he served as Chairman and CEO.  Michael led the company’s initial public offering and its move to the New York Stock Exchange. While at Gartner he completed more than 30 acquisitions and investments and, as head of the Gartner Events organization, developed Gartner Symposium/ITxpo into the world’s premier IT strategic planning event.

He joined Gartner in 1993, was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 1998, became Chief Executive Officer in 1999 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2001.

Michael’s previous business experience includes working from 1990 to 1993 as an associate at Bain Capital, a venture capital and buy-out firm. He was a consultant at Bain & Company, a strategy-consulting firm, from 1987 to 1990. Fleisher holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business.

Michael is on the Board of Directors of Vistage International, SkillSoft and LogicSource and is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Packer Collegiate Institute.

Michael Fleisher in Forbes
Michael Fleisher in Wharton Magazine

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Brian Jacobsen

Brian Jacobsen serves as an Advisory Partner for TowerBrook Capital Partners, where he has served in a variety of capacities since 2006. Jacobsen also serves on the Board of Directors for Wilton Brands Inc., one of the largest food and paper crafting companies in the U.S., and for BevMo, one of the nation’s largest specialty retailers of alcoholic beverages.

Previously, Jacobsen was Chief Financial Officer and Director of Retail Operations of Truefitt & Hill, N.A., a men’s shaving and grooming products company. He was the co-founder of CombineNet, Inc., a consulting services and optimization software company focused on corporate sourcing and supply chain initiatives, where he held a number of roles, including Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Jacobsen also worked as a private equity investment professional at Madison Dearborn Partners and as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jacobsen earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Brian Nairn

Brian Nairn is the Operating Partner at Education Growth Partners, with an extensive background as an operating executive in the education and information services industries. He has successfully managed several growth businesses, with a particular expertise in managing technological change in content businesses, and driving the growth of smaller companies. Nairn was most recently the CEO of Elsevier Health, which he grew from $650 million to $1.6 billion in seven years. He also initiated and executed nine growth-oriented transactions during his tenure at Elsevier, each of which experienced double-digit revenue and EBITDA growth post-acquisition.

Before he joined Elsevier Health, Nairn spent more than 20 years serving some of the most recognized names in publishing senior leadership positions. He was President and COO of Cahners Business Information, an $800 million U.S.-based provider of magazines, data, and online services across widespread geographic locations and multiple, diverse vertical markets.

Born in Scotland, Brian Nairn was educated at St. Andrews University in the UK, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Iowa.

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Travis Nelson

Travis Nelson is a Managing Director of TowerBrook Capital Partners. Prior to joining TowerBrook, he was a Managing Director and co-founder of Pacific Partners. Previously, he was an investment professional at Goldman Sachs, Oak Hill Capital Partners and Freeman Spogli & Co., and he served as a consultant to Rich Santulli, CEO of NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

Nelson earned his B.A. from DePauw University and received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Rafael Pastor

As Vistage CEO and Chairman of the Board from 2004 to 2013, Rafael Pastor assembled a talented team and executed important initiatives that propelled Vistage’s accelerated growth, expansion and value. In 2012, he transitioned Vistage from its prior owners to its current investors, TowerBrook Capital Partners and Education Growth Partners.

Prior to joining Vistage, Pastor had an extensive background in both leading and advising business enterprises. He held senior executive positions at global media companies as CEO of Hoyts Cinemas Corporation; President of USA Networks International; Executive Vice President, International, of News Corporation and Fox Television; and President of CBS/Fox Video International. In these positions, he dealt with all aspects of the film, television and publishing businesses in the United States and throughout the world. Subsequently, he co-founded the Sonenshine Pastor investment-banking firm, now Sonenshine Partners, in New York City.

Pastor started his career as an attorney, first at the Wall Street law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood and then as Associate General Counsel at CBS Inc. He earned a BA from Columbia University and a JD from NYU School of Law, and serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. He speaks several languages.

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Ian Sacks

Ian Sacks is a Managing Director at TowerBrook. He focuses on healthcare and business services-related investments. He was previously a Management Partner with Soros Private Equity, and prior to joining Soros, he was Chairman and CEO of HelpCare. Sacks served as a Partner at MESA Partners and as a healthcare management consultant with APM. Mr. Sacks is currently a director of the OI Foundation, Pat Tillman Foundation and Uncommon Schools Collegiate Board of trustees. He earned a B.S. from Tufts University.

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Leon D. Shapiro

Leon Shapiro was named CEO of Vistage, effective March 31, 2013. He is also a Director at The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) and eTouches Inc.

Between 2007 and 2011, Mr. Shapiro served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations, at Warner Music Group. From 2005 to 2006, he served as Group President of The NPD Group, Inc., a global provider of consumer and retail information, where he led all of their entertainment and technology related businesses.

From 1989 to 2004, Shapiro was with Gartner, Inc., the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, where he served as President, Gartner Executive Programs and was a member of the Gartner Leadership Team. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gartner Community, which included Gartner’s Worldwide Events, Best Practices and Executive Programs business divisions.

Mr. Shapiro earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

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