BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gail Mandel is the Executive Chair for PureStar Linen Group. She is also Managing Director of Focused Point Ventures, LLC a business advisory and consulting services firm. Prior to the 2018 Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) spin-off transaction, she dedicated the last 25 years to Wyndham. Most recently, she served as the President & CEO of Wyndham Destination Network (WDN), the world's largest provider of professionally managed, unique vacation accommodations with over 120,000 properties in over 100 countries. During Gail's four-year tenure as CEO of this $1.6B revenue division of Wyndham, the division delivered four consecutive years of organic earnings growth which was more than double the prior four years. While leading the WDN team of 10,000 employees and generating 60% of its revenue outside the US, she introduced and implemented the strategy of "Leveraging Our Strengths" which focused on cross- functional collaboration as well as maximizing and customizing innovative activities to enhance the needs of the diverse product offerings. Prior to this role, Gail served as the CFO of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals ($1.5 billion revenue division) and held senior finance positions at Wyndham Worldwide, Cendant Corporation and HFS Incorporation. She began her career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche and earned her CPA in New York.
Emily Pollack is a Managing Director of Cornell Capital. She has over 15 years of M&A and private investing experience. Prior to joining Cornell Capital in 2017, Emily served as a Vice President of Harron Communications, a regional cable company, where she was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for M&A and financing activities, legal matters and operational management. She began her career at Davis Polk & Wardwell in the Mergers & Acquisitions group and previously worked at American International Group, Inc. (AIG). Emily was recently recognized as one of the Wall Street Journal’s Women to Watch in Private Equity. She is a Director of Talcott Resolution, Spectrum Automotive and PureStar Linen Group.
Emily holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Henry Cornell is the Senior Partner of Cornell Capital. Prior to founding the firm, he was the Vice Chairman and one of the original architects of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Henry has over 35 years of experience across all aspects of private equity investing in a broad array of industries. He began his career as an attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell before joining Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division in 1984. He moved to Tokyo in 1988 to found Goldman Sachs’s real estate efforts in Asia, and then moved to Hong Kong in 1992 where he founded Goldman Sachs’ principal investment business in Asia.
Under his leadership, Goldman Sachs made numerous landmark investments in the region, including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Kookmin Bank, Ping An Insurance Company of China and Sanyo Corporation. Henry returned to New York in 2000 as the Head of Private Equity Americas and Asia, and as a member of the Global Investment Committee. He was subsequently named Vice Chairman of the Merchant Banking Division. Henry’s notable US investments while at Goldman Sachs include Allied World, Barrett Energy, Cobalt, Kinder Morgan, MRC Global and USI. Henry is a Director of Corelle Brands, Blue Mistral, MRC Global, PureStar Linen Group and Talcott Resolution. Henry is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Whitney Museum, The Asia Society and the Navy SEAL Foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Henry holds a JD from New York Law School and a BA from Grinnell College.
Henrik Slipsager served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ABM Industries Incorporated from 2000 to 2015. Prior to joining ABM Industries, Mr. Slipsager was President of 2M-Invest and held roles of increasing responsibility at ISS, a Copenhagen-based cleaning and food service facility management company. Henrik is the Chairman of the board of CSC Serviceworks, a leader in commercial laundry solutions and air vending services, and Impark, one of the largest parking management companies in North America. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Lithko, and Artic Glacier. Mr. Slipsager has an M.B.A. degree (equivalent) from the Business School of Copenhagen.
Jean-Paul Montupet was Chair of the Industrial Automation business of Emerson and President of Emerson Europe prior to his retirement in December 2012. Jean-Paul joined Emerson in 1981 and served in a number of senior executive roles at the global technology provider. He serves on the boards of IHS MarkIt, WABCO Holdings Inc. and Assurant, Inc. and previously served on the board of Lexmark International, Inc. In addition, he was the non-executive chair of the board of PartnerRE Ltd. until March 2016.
Brian Herington was appointed PureStar’s Chief Executive Officer and to the Company’s Board of Directors on September 16, 2020.
Brian has more than 30 years of industrial and commercial experience leading complex, technology-driven businesses both regionally and globally. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Univar Solutions, a publicly traded, global distributor of chemicals and ingredients, following Univar’s acquisition of Nexeo Solutions, where Brian served as Executive Vice President of Chemicals from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, Brian was a Region Division Head, Americas at ABB and a President at Thomas & Betts. Earlier in his career, Brian spent more than 20 years in various positions of increasing responsibility in the United States, Latin America and Europe at General Electric, SABIC, a portfolio company of Sun Capital, and Amoco Chemical. He has a B.S. from Illinois State University and an MBA from Ashford University.
Mattias is a Principal at Cornell Capital, based in the New York office. Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Mattias began his career in investment banking at LionTree, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Mattias was appointed to the Board of Directors for PureStar in February 2022, and also serves on the board for S.i. Systems.