Board of Directors
Lachlan P. Given
Mr. Given was appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2014.
Mr. Given is a member of the board of directors of The Farm Journal Corporation, a 134 year old pre-eminent US agricultural media company. He is also on the boards of: Senetas Corporation Limited (SEN.AX), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of certified, defense‐grade encryption solutions; CANSTAR Pty Ltd, the leading Australian financial services ratings and research firm; and RateCity.com Pty Ltd, one of Australia's largest Internet based financial services comparison organizations.
Mr. Given began his career working in the investment banking and equity capital markets divisions of Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia, where he specialized in the origination and execution of a variety of M&A, equity and equity-linked and fixed income transactions. Mr. Given currently serves as a consultant to Madison Park LLC, and has also served as a consultant to EZCORP and Cash Converters International Limited (CCV.ASX)("Cash Converters"), an affiliate of EZCORP.
Mr. Given graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Banking and Finance (with distinction).
Stuart I. Grimshaw
Mr. Grimshaw was appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2014.
Mr. Grimshaw served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Queensland Limited since November 2011. BOQ is a publicly traded consumer banking and financial services institution with branches in every Australian state and territory. During his 30-year career in financial services, Mr. Grimshaw held a wide variety of roles across many functions of banking and finance, including eight years at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. At CBA, he started as Chief Financial Officer. Over time he became Group Executive, responsible for core business lines including Institutional and Business Banking as well as Wealth Management (Asset Management and Insurance). Prior to joining CBA, Mr. Grimshaw worked for the National Australia Bank, and was the Chief Executive Officer of Great Britain, with responsibility for large UK consumer banks Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank.
Mr. Grimshaw represented New Zealand at the 1984 Olympics in Field Hockey and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand) and an MBA (Melbourne University, Australia). He has also completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Joseph L. Rotunda
Mr. Rotunda was appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2014.
Mr. Rotunda served as EZCORP's Chief Executive Officer and a member of the EZCORP Board of Directors for 10 years from August 2000 to November 2010. Under his leadership, the Company grew from a few hundred store fronts operating in 11 states to over 1,000 owned and operated locations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. EZCORP's market capitalization during that time grew from approximately $17 million in 2000 to over $1 billion at the time of his retirement. During Mr. Rotunda's tenure, EZCORP’s growth and performance were recognized with the company’s inclusion on Forbes list of “200 Best Small Companies” in 2006, Business Weekly’s “100 Hot Growth Companies” in 2007, the Association for Corporate Growth’s “2010 Outstanding Corporate Growth Award” for Central Texas, and FORTUNE Magazine’s 2010 list of “100 Fastest Growing Companies.”
Since his retirement from EZCORP, Mr. Rotunda served as a consultant to the Company from November 2010 to November 2013 and has since served as a consultant and adviser to various businesses. He is currently a director of eCommission Financial Services, Inc., a privately held company focusing on commission advance products to real estate sales professionals. Mr. Rotunda served for ten years as a director of Easyhome Ltd. (TSX EH), Canada's largest, and North America's third largest, merchandise leasing company, offering consumer leasing agreements through both corporate and franchise stores, as well as a variety of financial services through its Easyfinancial services business.
Thomas C. Roberts
Mr. Roberts was appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2014.
Mr. Roberts previously served on the EZCORP Board of Directors from January 2005 to January 2014. He served as Chairman of the Audit Committee from January 2004 to November 2008, and as Lead Independent Director from November 2008 to September 2013. Since 1990, Mr. Roberts has been a private investor and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pensco, Inc., a financial services company, having previously served as a senior executive (including Chief Financial Officer) of Schlumberger, Ltd. (1970 to 1985) and President and director of Control Data Computer Systems and Services (1985 to 1989). Mr. Roberts has agreed to serve on the Audit Committee and to Chair the committee on an interim basis.
Pablo Lagos Espinosa
Mr. Lagos has served as a director since 2010 and serves on the Compensation Committee.
During his 30-year career, he has held various executive management positions concentrating exclusively in Latin America. Most recently Mr. Lagos served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as Chief Operating Officer for Pepsi Bottling Group Mexico. Prior to joining Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., he held a variety of senior executive positions with PepsiCo Inc., where he ran multi-country and multi-regional operations in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Since his retirement in 2008, Mr. Lagos has been engaged as an investor and consultant in various private business ventures. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Executive President for the Mexican subsidiary of Areas, and as Chairman of the Board of Residencial Puente de Piedra.
Santiago Creel Miranda
Mr. Creel was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2014.
Mr. Creel is a former Senator of Mexico, having served from 2006 to 2012. During his term, he acted as Speaker of the Senate and Chairman of the Senate's Political Coordination Committee. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Mr. Creel served as Secretary of Governance in President Vicente Fox's administration from 2000 to 2005 and as a Federal Deputy (Congressman) in the 57th Congress, where he was Vice Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies and chaired the Government and Constitutional Issues Committee.
Mr. Creel began his professional career as a lawyer in the firm of Noriega y Escobedo in Mexico City, where he practiced for almost 20 years, becoming the firm's managing partner. He has been a legal consultant to many companies, both domestic and foreign, as well as to international organizations and to the Mexican government. Mr. Creel is now a member of the governing body of Pacto por México, which sponsors an extensive agenda of political, economic and structural changes in Mexico.
Mr. Cumins was appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2014.
Mr. Cumins is the Managing Director of Cash Converters International Limited, a public company headquartered in Perth, Western Australia with a market capitalization of almost $500 million. Cash Converters owns and franchises retail and financial services stores in 21 countries. EZCORP owns approximately 33% of Cash Converters, owns and operates 35 stores in the United States and Canada under the Cash Converters brand, and has entered into a joint venture with Cash Converters to develop a network of franchised buy/sell stores in Mexico under the Cash Converters brand.
Mr. Cumins joined Cash Converters in August 1990 as Finance and Administration Manager, became General Manager in March 1992 and became Managing Director in April 1995. Mr. Cumins has overseen the major growth in the number of company-owned and franchised locations in Australia, as well as the international development of the Cash Converters franchise system.
Mr. Appel was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2015.
Mr. Appel spent 37 years in finance, administration and operations roles with a variety of companies, most recently Zale Corporation, a NYSE listed jewelry retailer, where he served as Chief Financial Officer from May 2009 to May 2011 and Chief Administrative Officer from May 2011 to July 2014 and co-led the successful turnaround of the company.
Prior to joining Zale, Mr. Appel was Chief Financial Officer of EXL Service Holdings, Inc., a NASDAQ listed business process solutions company (February 2007 to May 2009); spent four years (February 2003 to February 2007) at Electronic Data Systems Corporation, serving as Vice President, Finance and Administration BPO and Vice President, BPO Management; and held a variety of finance and operations roles from 1984 to 2003 at Tenneco Inc., Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Appel began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Company, working there from 1977 to 1984.
Mr. Appel received an MBA in Accounting from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Business in 1977 and a Business Administration degree from Rutgers College in 1976. Mr. Appel is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.