Board of Directors

Board of Directors

President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Hamid Hashemi, the Chairman of our Board of Directors, founded the company in 2010 . Mr. Hashemi has served as our President and Chief Executive Offi cer since September 2010. Mr. Hashemi has over 30 years of experience owning and operating entertainment venues and is recognized as one of the motion picture industry’s most dynamic business developers, having successfully developed and launched three companies involved in motion picture exhibition. Mr. Hashemi founded iPic to pursue his vision of creating social destinations anchored by theaters and making the luxury screening room movie-going experience available and aff ordable to the general population. Mr. Hashemi earned a B.S. in microbiology from Florida Atlantic University. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Pinecrest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale. He is also a current member of World Presidents’ Organization and has made television appearances on shows including The Today Show, CNN, Neil Cavuto, CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, Fox Network, and Wall Street Week. Mr. Hashemi was selected to our board of directors because of his role in our founding and long career in the motion picture exhibition industry and because of his prior experience building the Muvico brand.
Chairman of the Board
Director
Andrew Essex has served on our Board of Directors since November 2018. Mr. Essex joins the Board with extensive experience within the marketing and advertising industry. He is the founder and CEO of Plan A, an NYC-based creative holding company, and previously served as CEO of Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival. Most notably he is the founder and former Vice Chairman and CEO for Droga5, one of the world’s most sought-after creative agencies, before it was acquired by the William Morris Endeavor Talent Agency in 2013. Essex has also served as an award-winning journalist and editor at such publications as The New Yorker, Details and Salon.com, among others. He has been a television commentator for ABC, CNN, and CNBC. He is also the author of “The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die and the Creative Resurrection to Come” and the co-author of three books.
 
Andrew currently serves on the board of the American Advertising Federation, a former advisor to the White House American Office of Innovation and the Wharton SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management. He additionally serves as an angel investor and advisor to myriad disruptive companies.
Independent Director
Director
Robert Kirby has served as a director of our Company since September 2010. Mr. Kirby is currently the Co-Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Ltd., where he has spent his entire business career. Through the launch of Roadshow Home Video, Mr. Kirby was the driving force behind the Australian video revolution of the 1980’s and 1990’s. He is a pioneer of new cinema concepts in both Australia and internationally and has been at the forefront of Village Roadshow’s successful diversification into theme parks, radio and international fi lm production. Mr. Kirby earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. Mr. Kirby is the Deputy Chair of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, Member of Patrons Council of Epilepsy Foundation and Patron of Arts Centre Melbourne. Mr. Kirby brings to our Board a wealth of operating experience within the hospitality industry having operated theaters in 26 countries and theme parks in Australia.
Independent Director
Director
Dana Messina serves on our Board of Directors. Mr. Messina is currently Director of Volt Information Sciences, which he joined in October 2015 and is also the President of Kirkland Messina, which he founded in March 1994. From August 1993 until September 2013, Mr. Messina held various positions at Steinway Musical Instruments, including Executive Vice President from August 1993 to August 1996, and Chief Executive Officer from August 1996 to October 2011. In addition, Mr. Messina served on the Board of Steinway Musical Instruments from August 1993 to September 2013. Earlier in his career, Mr. Messina was a Senior Vice President in the High Yield Bond Department at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated. Mr. Messina earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University where he graduated magna cum laude and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Messina brings to our Board significant operating and financial expertise as well as extensive experience as a public company director.
Financial Expert
Independent Director
Director
George M. Philip has served as a director of our Company since October 2017. Mr. Philip served as President of the University at Albany, State University of New York from November 2007 until he retired in January 2013. Prior to the University of Albany, Mr. Philip served in various roles at the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) including as Chief Investment Officer from February 1992 until November 2007. Mr. Philip earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University at Albany, State University of New York and a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law. Mr. Philip is a current or past member of numerous professional organizations and governing bodies involved in financial, educational and community activities including: First Niagara (FNFG), National Council on Teacher Retirement, Pension Managers Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, The Research Foundation of SUNY, St. Peter’s Health Partners, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, US Airways Group, Inc., The University at Albany Council and The Council of Institutional Investors. He also serves as an advisor to the Investment Committee of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, as a member of the board of Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc., owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, and a member of the board of Trinity Health. Mr. Philip brings to our Board significant strategic-advisory and financial-management expertise.