Kathryn O'Connor Gardner
Ms. Gardner is an experienced distressed debt investor and has served as one of our directors since May 3, 2022. She also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Director and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of GSE Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: GVP). In 2020, she helped launch Livello Capital, a fund focusing on deep value, event-driven situations. Previously, Ms. Gardner was a Senior Vice President and Corporate Credit Research Analyst within AllianceBernstein’s high-yield research group, focusing on the energy sector. In this role, she oversaw all energy-related investments for traditional high yield portfolios with roughly $35 billion in assets under management. She was also an Investment Committee Member for the Energy Opportunity Funds at AllianceBernstein. Prior to joining AllianceBernstein in 2016, Ms. Gardner was a Managing Director on the sell-side at Deutsche Bank where she covered industries including energy, automotive, and aerospace & defense. Ms. Gardner’s Wall Street experience spans more than 20 years, and she also has experience serving as an advisor for startups on strategy, financial analysis and capital market transactions. Ms. Gardner is a Founding Board Member of the Haas Center for Gender, Equity & Leadership, which seeks to build the economic case for supporting workplace diversity, and is a member of the Haas Dean’s Advisory Board, which brings together the school’s next generation of leaders. Finally, she sits on the board of the CSNK2A1 Foundation, which is focused on finding a cure for an ultra-rare genetic disorder called Okur-Chung Neurodevelopmental Syndrome. Ms. Gardner holds a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in business administration (Walter A. Haas School of Business) from the University of California, Berkeley. We believe Ms. Gardner is qualified to serve as one of our directors due to her financial expertise and prior board experience.